In New York State, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is a staggering 70 percent. That's in part due to the challenges they face in the workplace, but college students across New York are hoping to ease those difficulties.
After partnering with various rehabilitation agencies, students from the Capital Region and beyond invented new technology into help disabled workers.
Manjekar Budhai is a CUNY City College student who created a cell phone app called ASSIST, or Assistive Sensor Solution for Independent and Safe Travel. It's used by people with autism or the visually impaired to guide them safely navigate an indoor location using voice commands.
Other inventions include everything from a GPS enforced cane to a tremor-stabilizing glove.
Students were judged by professional engineers and rehabilitation professionals to win cash prizes. Binghamton University took the top spot, followed by City College. UAlbany came in third.