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Fundamentals in AT offered at Medtrade in October
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RESNA will conduct its two-day Fundamentals in Assistive Technology at Medtrade at the World Congress Center in Atlanta Oct. 27-28. This course provides interested individuals with an overview of numerous areas of assistive technology. It is also designed to broaden the knowledge of AT providers. Throughout the course, multiple case studies will be used to illustrate application of principles and theories in AT provision. Faculty for this course are Barbara Crane, professor in physical therapy and Glen Ashlock an assistive technology coordinator and rehabilitation engineer. A total of 1.7 CEUs can be earned for this course. For more information, visit the RESNA website.

World report on disability
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The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners. Click here to view full report.

Paraplegic college graduate lands his first job: A bionic leg tester
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After walking across the stage at his graduation with the help of exoskeletal legs, Austin Whitney strolled straight into a new career: bionic leg tester. Before he starts law school next fall, the recent University of California-Berkeley graduate is working for the team who designed his robotic exoskeleton, named Austin in his honor. He spent nine months honing the design before his May 14 graduation, and he has been continuing his work, helping technicians make continual adjustments and refinements. More

Nonprofit for people with disabilities honors famous film critic
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Access Living, a Chicago nonprofit for people with disabilities, is honoring world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Access Living's "Lead On!" awards are presented to individuals for their contributions to empowerment of people with disabilities. This year Ebert is the recipient. Since becoming disabled, Ebert uses a customized text-to-speech software. He has become a strong advocate for people with disabilities. More

Iowa school gives teachers high-tech touch
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Officials at the University of Iowa are touting the College of Education's new Teacher Leader Center as one of the first of its kind in the nation, where education majors can become familiar with cutting-edge technology and learn how to incorporate it into their curriculums and student assessment practice. They also learn how to use tools such as iPads, 3-D SMART Boards, SMART Tables, virtual reality programs and other technology to engage a new generation of students with diverse backgrounds and needs, said Susan Lagos-Lavenz, director of the center. More

Smart wheelchair soars in top innovations list    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aviator, the smart wheelchair technology, has been developed at the University of Technology, Sydney, in the form of two wheelchairs: Thought-controlled Intelligent Machine and Semi Autonomous Machine. The system directs and controls the chairs' navigation by reading users' head movements and brainwaves. More

Against the grain : AT as the equalizer in a multicultural environment
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Professor Charmaine Lowe of Austin Peay State University is a power user of technology. Among those with whom she uses it are highly mobile students whose parents are seasonal workers. Those students, she notes, may use technology to retain connection with family members abroad. In the latest edition of Family Center on Technology and Disability's Technology Voices, Dr. Charmaine Lowe shares her insights on a variety of assistive and instructional technology topics, including pre-service training, universal design for learning and some of her favorite tech tools. More

Will CMS' new face-to-face checklist help or hurt?
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Industry reaction is mixed about a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services checklist that guides physicians through the process of prescribing and documenting the need for power mobility devices. CMS released MLN Matters Article SE1112, "Power Mobility Device Face-to-Face Examination Checklist," to improve compliance with the documentation requirements for face-to-face exams. It has six pages of information and a checklist on page seven. More

Nevada students show off inventions to help the disabled
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If a soldier who loves golf loses an arm in Iraq or Afghanistan, Amanda Hedberg feels sure the question of whether they can play the game again will come up. "Research has repeatedly shown that if someone can't go out and do what they used to do with their buddies, high-level depression sets in," Hedberg said as she stood in a classroom at Touro University in Nevada. That Hedberg would be thinking in such fashion — and coming up with a way to help someone without an arm continue to play the game they love — is not unusual in Dr. Yvonne Randall's class in assistive technologies and adaptive devices. More

AT devices help make home a safer place    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, assistive technology can make home a safer place. AT for people with dementia can be divided into four broad categories: memory aids, assistive devices that prevent wandering and locate people who are lost, and monitoring systems. More

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