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RESNA president to present at AAATE
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Jerry Weisman, president of RESNA will be a plenary speaker at the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe during its 11th European Conference Aug. 31- Sept. 2 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. His presentation will focus on RESNA's certification program. The conference theme, Everyday Technology for Independence and Care, was chosen to address the continued barriers to assistive technology in Europe. Over 200 contributions about assistive technology have been compiled into a two-and-a-half day program including oral presentations, keynote sessions, posters and exhibits. The preliminary program of this conference can be accessed by going to You will also find registration information on this site. RESNA serves as a sister organization to AAATE whose purpose is to promote assistive technology throughout Europe.

Briefing 'elevates' HME
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Industry stakeholders recently got another chance to insert home medical equipment into a larger discussion. At a June 23 congressional briefing, speakers talked about the continuum of care patients receive through rehabilitation, including the role HME plays in that process, said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility, who attended the hearing. The standing room only crowd heard from speakers like Dr. Gerard Francisco, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' attending rehabilitation physician. More

New Hampshire wilderness trails offer unparalleled disabled access
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Considered unique by the U.S. Forest Service for offering the disabled unparalleled access to mountain wilderness, the 2 1/2 miles of trails at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in southern New Hampshire opened to the public on June 24. The center's trails offer climbs, twists and turns, and lush views of hillsides and mountains. They were designed with the goal of easy access to people of all abilities, including people in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty walking. More

Man takes motorized wheelchair across country
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A California man is turning heads as he makes his way across the country to promote spinal cord research on a motorized wheelchair. Eleven years ago, Chet Dyerson suffered an injury that left him in a wheelchair. Now, Dyerson wants to raise awareness for spinal cord research and he is using a gas-powered wheelchair he built on his own to get the message to the public. More

Rehabilitation unlocks woman's silent world
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As 85-year-old Ruth Watt splashes in the warm water of the therapy pool at Royal Victoria Hospital in Canada, she feels young again. Free of her wheelchair, the fragile woman holds tightly onto Therese Pedlow, a physiotherapist, who gently guides her through body-strengthening exercises. But the time in the pool is all too brief and Watt quickly returns to her reality. She is trapped inside a body that can neither walk nor speak. Once wheelchair-bound without the ability to communicate with the world, Watt can now be found in the hospital's therapy pool, smiling and nodding her head when asked questions or communicating through a series of pictures and sentences in a book created for her by her rehabilitation team. More

GPS device guides you by pulling your hand
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The boffins at Japanese phone giant NTT recently showed off a prototype GPS device that guides users by seeming to pull their hand in a certain direction. Under development for the past few years, Buru-Navi is described as "route navigation by pseudo-attraction force." While it doesn't actually pull hands, vibrations within the unit create that sensation. The device could be incorporated into cellphones to aid visually impaired people, or in game controllers as an alternative force-feedback feature. More

Texas boy learns to maneuver with limited vision
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Zach Thibodeaux, an 8-year-old diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, walked, blindfolded down his suburban street, his white cane only partly guiding the way. Making intermittent clicks with his tongue, he traced the sidewalk, his instructor just behind. He paused unsure, then reached out with the cane and found one of the stout, stone mailboxes common in his neighborhood. "Good," said Daniel Kish, founder of World Access for the Blind, placing a hand on the arched structure. Kish's goal is to rewire the brain to rely on sound and touch, rather than sight, to construct images. More than 500 blind or low-vision students in 18 countries have gone through his program, which urges families to be active supporters. More

A day of pushing limits for wheelchair users
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A skateboarding park on Venice Beach in California transformed into a training ground as several dozen paraplegics and quadriplegics learned to drop, roll and dive on curved walls as tall as school buses. They did so all while sitting in their own wheelchairs. The event was held by Life Rolls On, a group born out of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help people with spinal cord injuries stay active. They teach surfing and this year, for the second time, skateboarding. More

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