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Is your calendar marked for the 2012 RESNA Annual Conference?
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Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2012 RESNA Annual Conference. The conference is being held June 28-July 3, 2012, in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront hotel. For more information, click here.

Powerful documentary chronicles the history of America's disability rights movement
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While there are close to 50 million Americans living with disabilities, "Lives Worth Living" is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, "Lives Worth Living" is a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like everyone else, and a look back into a past when millions of Americans lived without access to schools, apartment buildings and public transportation — a way of life unimaginable today. "Lives Worth Living" premieres on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens," at 10 p.m. Oct. 27. More

CMS: Equipment bidding will save Medicare $28 billion
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A second round of medical equipment competitive bidding is expected to save the Medicare program $28 billion over 10 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Aug. 19. The program aims to increase competition between suppliers and control payment rates for medical equipment and supplies, such as walkers and power wheelchairs. CMS implemented bids for medical equipment in nine cities on Jan. 1. By July 1, 2013, new prices will be set for supplies in 91 metropolitan areas. More

Disabled STEM students to benefit from $415,000 federal grant
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University of Wisconsin-Stout has received a federal grant to help students with disabilities get more jobs in the important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National Science Foundation has awarded UW-Stout $415,000 to enhance employment outcomes for STEM students with disabilities and to reduce the employment gap between STEM students with disabilities and those without. Michael Lawler, a senior rehabilitation specialist with the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, said he and his fellow researchers believe that STEM students with disabilities will benefit from a "direct intervention of soft skills development" that will "lead to greater rates of employment, thus increasing the number of STEM professionals with disabilities." More

Pennsylvania school's program brings technology training to disabled
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The first of three workshops designed to introduce persons with mobility-related disabilities to computer and related technology fields was recently held at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, Pa. Project Enable is an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led jointly by East Stroudsburg and New Mexico State Universities. "The group is severely underrepresented in the computer and information science field," said workshop instructor Dr. Heather Pfeiffer. More

Vanderbilt leads in special education research
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When it comes to finding the latest information on educating students with disabilities, Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas are the places to turn. Researchers at the institutions published more journal articles on special education between 2005 and 2009 than their peers at other universities across the country, according to a recent ranking from Science Watch, which tracks research trends. More

Better hearing is being made more convenient
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A group of hearing health professionals, including ear, nose and throat doctors, audiologists and sound engineers, have teamed up to tackle the wide and underserved market of people who have some hearing loss, but not necessarily enough to require a hearing aid. "Although 38 percent of the world's population has some degree of hearing loss, only a very small percentage actually seek professional help," said Andrew Van Hasselt, who chairs the ear, nose and throat department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Van Hasselt is one of the principal developers of ACEHearing, a "firmware" — software embedded in hardware. They say ACEHearing essentially turns everyday consumer electronics into hearing-enhancement devices. More

Bidding marries manual, power wheelchairs
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Providers of manual wheelchairs have big decisions to make, now that CMS has combined manual and power wheelchairs into one product category for Round 2 of competitive bidding. That means, to submit a bid, manual wheelchair providers will also have to offer power wheelchairs, scooters and related accessories. Many manual wheelchair providers don't have the resources to provide power wheelchairs. To offer power wheelchairs, they would need to hire specialized staff to conduct site visits and complete complicated paperwork, say industry stakeholders. More

Teen behind inclusive cheerleading awarded $100,000 on VH1
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A teenager who started the nation's first school-based cheerleading squad including students both with and without disabilities is getting $100,000 to expand the concept. Sarah Cronk, 18, got the idea to include students with disabilities on a cheerleading squad at her Bettendorf, Iowa, high school in 2008 after observing the boost her brother with autism received when he was befriended by the school's swim team captain. Now, Cronk's organization — The Sparkle Effect — will get $100,000 after winning a Do Something Award during a star-studded awards show on VH1 that featured celebrities including Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell, Demi Lovato and David Beckham. More

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