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Early registration for 2011 annual RESNA-ICTA conference
ends April 15

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The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and the International Conference on Technology and Aging, along with the International Research Symposium on Quality of Life Technology, will take place June 5-8 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. RESNA is one of six conferences under the umbrella of the Festival of Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology.

Don't miss the early bird registration that ends April 15. After this date, the rate will increase from CAD$750 to CAD$900.

For more information and to register, visit

For more information about the International Research Symposium on Quality of Life Technology, click here.

For a copy of the Conference Schedule At-A-Glance, click here.

New, revised wheelchair standards expected in 2011
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The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America is developing Volume 4 of its Wheelchairs and Transportation standards, which, when completed, will contain all U.S. voluntary industry standards for the equipment as seats in motor vehicles. Dr. Larry Schneider, chair of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety and head of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, said pupil transporters will soon need to learn the acronyms WC18 and WC20 to go along with WC19, which was first completed in 2002. More

Improving employment access for Americans with disabilities
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President Barack Obama commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July. The president gave a powerful speech and signed the executive order to increase the federal government's employment of individuals with disabilities. As Americans, we're imbued with those fantastic American values, embodied in the ADA, of a strong work ethic and working together to find common ground—all of which keeps us moving forward, diligently working to win the future. Today, those American values are once again on display. More

Lawmakers press to repeal DME bidding
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Reps. Glenn Thompson, R, Pa., and Jason Altmire, D, Pa., have introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. The lawmakers said the bidding process forces out smaller medical suppliers and decreases overall quality of care. "CMS' competitive bidding program limits seniors' ability to buy highly specialized medical equipment from the local suppliers they know and trust," Altmire said. Advocates say the process will save Medicare a significant amount of money and reduce the opportunity for fraud. More

Symmetry Mobile is unlike other mobile upright standing systems - there are no belts to slip or adjust. We use a positive chain and sprocket system so when you push or pull the hand-rims the drive wheels propel you where you want to go without wasting valuable energy.
The TrueBalance is a revolutionary product, allowing clinicians and suppliers to measure how "tippy" their client's wheelchair is. With the TrueBalance it is easy to optimize the position of the rear axle, leading to reduced rolling resistance, improved responsiveness, minimized impact from sidewalk cracks, and eased ability to traverse cross slopes.
Prone Standers
Rifton Prone Standers are designed to provide the user with the benefits of weight bearing in an upright position. Adjustable standing aid supports promote correct alignment of the trunk and lower extremities in the prone stander. The manual height adjustment moves effortlessly and reliably. You can easily monitor and adjust the rate and amount of weight bearing your child can manage comfortably.

SSA steps in to speed disability claims delayed by state furloughs    Share    Share on
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State cutbacks, including furloughs in 19 states, have slowed more than $33 million in disability benefit payments for more than 121,000 households. But efforts by the Social Security Administration have kept the impact from being as severe as once expected, according to the agency's inspector general. State Disability Determination Services workers normally make the initial call on millions of claims each year for Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance. More

Program teaches students to use assistive technology in Maryland
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In a small room with displays of various assistive technology tools, about 30 people gathered March 4 to learn the impact such technologies have had on their users. Hosted by Assistive Technology: Loans, Acquisitions, Services and Training Inc., — or AT LAST Inc. — in Columbia, Md., the event was an effort to provide disabled middle and high school students and their families, information about the assistive technologies available for people who need them. Among those technologies were speech-generating devices, writing aids and special keyboards and software to operate computers. More

Georgia Legislature passes Statewide Individual Development Account Program
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The Georgia State Legislature recently passed legislation that will establish a Statewide Individual Development Account Program. The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities has taken a proactive leadership role in the State IDA program. GCDD's focus has expanded to work with all people in communities rather than to specifically target people with disabilities and to focus on asset-building. The establishment of IDA programs in community-based nonprofits will contribute to this Real Communities initiative. More

Thought-provoking technology makes music with mind power
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A new computer system, which plays music using brainpower alone is being developed by researchers in the U.K. with the aim of helping people suffering from severe physical disabilities. The brain-computer music interface, which creates music in response to electrical impulses given off in the brain, was recently tested on a patient suffering from Locked-in Syndrome at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London with encouraging results, say the researchers. "It started as a musical project which became a scientific project," said Eduardo Miranda, a composer and computer music specialist from the U.K.'s University of Plymouth, who co-developed the system. More

Study: 71 percent of clinicians say organizations aren't doing enough to prevent readmissions
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While 94 percent of clinicians feel it is imperative to reduce readmissions, 71 percent say their organization's current procedures for preventing readmissions among high-risk patients are only somewhat or not effective, according to a study by the Society of Hospital Medicine and QuantiaMD. The study, which surveyed 1,013 clinicians, also revealed 54 percent believing their organization did not offer training and educational opportunities adequately focused on readmission reduction. More

Even mild stress can lead to disability
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Even mild stress can cause long-term disability that prevents people from working, new research suggests. While it has long been known that mental disorders can be a cause of disability, the new findings indicate that the effects of milder forms of stress should be taken more seriously, according to Dheeraj Rai, of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and colleagues. More

CTIA redesigns website to help the disabled shop for wireless access    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CTIA-The Wireless Association® has redesigned its website to help people with disabilities as well as seniors and their families choose wireless devices. On the site, The Mobile Manufacturer Forum, a trade association for mobile phone manufacturers, has integrated its Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative database into the "find a phone" section to allow consumers to compare phones' accessibility features. More
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