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Accessibility & Technology: Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controllers

Technology is working alongside Accessibility more than ever.

Microsoft is coming out with adaptive Xbox controllers and we are all excited!

Watch the video bellow to see all the attachments you can use...

Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that help make gaming more accessible. Connect external devices such as switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours.

Click here to go to Microsoft Xbox website.

 

According to Microsoft Story Labs page

" The new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will be available later this year, can be connected to external buttons, switches, joysticks and mounts, giving gamers with a wide range of physical disabilities the ability to customize their setups. The most flexible adaptive controller made by a major gaming company, the device can be used to play Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games and supports Xbox Wireless Controller features such as button remapping. "
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There is a group of gamers who have tested these controllers. One of the gamers, Dan Bertholomey, is excited for the endless possibilities the controllers have. He now plans on competing again in eSports! 

Another gamer, Solomon Romney said,

"I can customize how I interface with the Xbox Adaptive Controller to whatever I want. If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can. I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want. You plug in whatever you want and go. It takes virtually no time to set it up and use it. It could not be simpler. I get to redesign my controller every day and get to choose how I want to play, Romney said. For me, that's the greatest thing ever." 

There is so much more to read and learn about the Xbox adaptive controllers.

I am very excited but really I am happy this FINALLY exists. Inclusivity matters. Sofia was thinking the same thing as me, It's about time!

Would you use these controllers? Have you made your own adaptive controller?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Harmar Stair Lifts- Made in USA

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Any home can be accessible. Harmar Pinnacle Stair lifts are made in the USA, guaranteeing high quality! Call us today to learn more about stair lifts at (734)414-9525 and check out the Stair lift section of our website here.

Bathroom Renovation Tips that Make Cleaning a Breeze

What if I told you that one day, you may enjoy cleaning your bathroom?

Would you call me crazy?

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In this article from Houzz, Becky Harris talks about her recently renovated bathroom and how much easier it is to clean it.

If you think about it, these renovations can make a big difference.

  • Having a hand held shower makes it easy to rinse the shower area.
  • Wall mounted toilet and sinks are the best! They take up little space and give you an open layout. This makes it so much easier to clean the floor, since there is less stuff in the way.
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  • Also, take into consideration the premium quality materials we use in bathroom remodels. BFA LLC, always double waterproofs bathrooms and use mold and mildew resistant grout. We also look for tile that is low maintenance and  non slip. 

When your bathroom is properly renovated with modern materials and technology, you will want to be in there more and it will be a lot easier to keep clean.

Learn more about BFA LLC. and the services we provide, give us a call at 734-414-9525 or send us an email.

What does your dream bathroom look like?

Comment below!

Virtual Reality and Accessiblity

Have you heard of Virtual Reality?

The most common access to Virtual Reality is the Samsung Galaxy Gear. This kit consists of a headset that you put your Samsung phone in (shown in video below) and then put that head piece on. This form of technology has the ability to take you anywhere in or out of this world, using the Samsung phone screen. 

My first experience with Virtual Reality, or VR, was this Samsung. It is almost like putting on  goggles that give you a 360 degree view of any image or video the phone is displaying. 

When I put on the VR Gear, I saw a video of a National Forrest. It was incredible, I felt like I was really there. I was amazed that I could go anywhere I wanted with this VR, which meant that anyone else can too. Even someone in a wheelchair or someone who is bed bound. It was like a light bulb turned on in my brain. And I was not alone!

Watch the video below from USA Today, where Tim learns about VR and tries it out!

My favorite quote from Tim was, 

" Everywhere is Accessible! "

That's the beauty of this technology. It is accessible and makes everything accessible! 

I hope that the VR experience shows Tim that he can do all the things he dreams of doing. To learn more about Tim and how you can help, go to his GoFundme page.

What do you think about Virtual Reality? Do you have experience with it?

Let us know in a comment below!

From bathtub to Roll-in shower

The BFA,LLC. team is currently working on a Roll in shower for a client. Take a look at the progress our team has made already.

After demolition, the crew has a blank slate, where they work their construction magic!

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What do you think about this shower?

Want your bathroom to look like this? 

Call us today to learn more about Roll-in Showers at 734-414-9525 or feel free to contact us via email.

 

Do you know American Sign Language?

Watch this video from NPR, that educates others on American Sign Language and its differences.

Did you learn something new? Do you already know ASL and would like to add something?

Let us know by commenting below!

Transformation Tuesday

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Spring is officially here, which means we can finally spend time outside!

Is your front entrance accessible? Is it ready for the spring?

The BFA, LLC. team just finished this front deck and ramp in Dearborn Heights, MI.

Now our client will be able to soak up the sun, on the porch, while in her wheelchair. Remember, accessible modifications are all about Quality of Life! I think it is safe to say that our client will be living a better quality of life with her new deck and ramp.

Call us today at 734-414-9525 to learn more about accessible entrances.

 

Wellness Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Friends!

In honor of Wellness Wednesday, lets talk about exercise!

There are many kinds of exercises you can do, no matter your age or ability.

What Tyrell told The mighty in his interview is right, “Being disabled, we always have to adapt.” He says "started small" at home, using water battles as weights and from there progressed. Even if you cannot move a certain muscle, ask for help.

Watch the video below that Tyrell Eddy and Lisa Rivera from The Axis Project in New York City, made on 7 simple exercises you can do in a wheelchair.

Click here for the full article and read Tyrell and Lisa's descriptions.

I will leave you all with this quote from Tyrell, 

“Even if you have no mobility, but can move your head, keep moving your head. Keep moving something, The more you do it, the better it gets, the stronger you get.”

What is your favorite exercise? Which exercise looks interesting to you? 

Leave a comment below.

Ceiling Lifts 101

Arjo Huntleigh Ceiling Lift System installed by BFA, LLC.

Arjo Huntleigh Ceiling Lift System installed by BFA, LLC.

Ceiling lifts are a godsend for caregivers and clients who want to be independent in their homes. There are ceiling lifts for every need and every budget.

Since this equipment is meant to lift a person and transfer them to another room, you want to make sure it is reliable, sturdy and is able to complete the services you need. Also, take into consideration that ceiling lifts are long term solutions, thus you should think about this as an investment.

The most important parts of ceiling lifts are the quality and the installation. BFA LLC. is a certified dealer and installer for ARJO Huntleigh premium quality lifts. We have been working with these equipments for years and they are hospital grade, so we know they are sturdy.

Ceiling lifts have different forms of installation, so there are lots of things an installer needs to consider structurally before hand.

In above images, the lift is installed next to our clients bed and has a ceiling track that goes to the bathroom. This gives our client independence to transfer from her bed to the bathroom and back.

The installation for this ceiling tract required our team to go to the attic in order to securely bolt it. After the installation is completed, our technician needs to do a series of tests with weights around the whole track.

As you can see, ceiling lifts are a great investment, but you want to make sure that the provider is knowledgeable and has expertise with this equipment.

Do you have any questions? Want to know more about the kinds of lifts we provide?

Comment below and/ or Give us a call at 734-414-9525 .

 

Cerebral Palsy Awareness!

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March 25th is Cerebral Palsy Awareness!

Today, we want to bring awareness to CP. 

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I am trying to do my part to help to educate people about CP, as my 23 year old daughter, Sofía has Cerebral Palsy. As you all know, Sofia is the reason BFA LLC. exists!

Children and adults with Cerebral Palsy deserve more research into the cause and prevention, more research into treatment options, new thinking about the standard of care, more clinicians and scientists who specialize in it. ......

Please look up UCP- Detroit, http://www.ucpdetroit.org if you are interested in getting involved, needs resources or other information.