Knox County Public Library

As the COVID vaccine rollout continues, Midwesterners have a lot of questions about distribution plans — and the vaccine itself. One state is getting help from a surprising place: public libraries.

Can This Tiny House Solve Senior Housing Shortage?

Nov 21, 2018
Samantha Horton/Side Effects Public Media

If you’re a Baby Boomer, here are a couple of statistics that should concern you. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 and over. Yet a Harvard study says the nation has a serious shortage in accessible housing, the type that helps seniors age in place.

Making Menstruation Less Of A Hassle For Homeless Women

Apr 29, 2016

In the latest episode of Sick, a podcast from Side Effects Public Media, journalist Lisa De Bode got curious about how homeless women deal with menstruation, so she wrote a story on it. Then, things started to change.

Plus, our reporter Jake Harper learns a valuable lesson about how to approach this topic as a male. 

New 3-D Printed Invention Lets Wheelchair Users Drive Hands-Free

Dec 2, 2015
KT Crabb Photography

Using 3-D printing, a non-profit organization at the University of Central Florida has developed a new, far cheaper alternative to the technology that allows quadriplegics to drive a wheelchair using their facial muscles. 

Limbitless Solutions is known for creating and giving away 3-D printed limbs for disabled children. Their new 3-D printed invention is a device that attaches to the driver’s temple allowing hands-free control of a wheelchair.

Gabriela Garbero poses outside Britches Clothing, in Columbia, Mo., while she is beta testing the accessibility app Compeer.
Jack Howard / KBIA

A new accessibility app called Compeer is currently being beta tested and may soon be able to help those with disabilities navigate cities more easily. Based in Missouri, the app is being tested in two cities in that state: St. Louis and Columbia.