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RESNA Student Scientific Paper Competition — Help get the word out
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The Student Scientific Paper Competition promotes quality scientific and engineering research in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. This competition impacts research in the field of engineering and assistive technology by setting high standards for student research activities. The SSPC is intended to encourage students from a variety of disciplines to address contemporary issues in this field through research and to submit their research papers for presentation at the RESNA Annual Conference. The SSPC focuses on the rigorous use of research methods in the field of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology and is therefore based on the scientific and engineering merit of the research. Full-time students in either an undergraduate or graduate academic program are eligible for the competition. Winner(s) and honorable mention(s) will receive a cash prize of $1,00 and $500 respectively. For more information about submitting papers for this competition, click here.

The SSPC is an activity held in conjunction with the Annual RESNA Conference. The conference will be held in Baltimore June 28-July 3 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Stevie Wonder: Steve Jobs gave 'the blind eyes; the deaf ears'
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Stevie Wonder offered a perspective on Steve Jobs' impact on the world that didn't get a lot of attention in the first round of reports about his death at age 56. "The one thing people aren't talking about is how he has made his technology accessible to the blind and the deaf and people who are quadriplegics and paraplegics," Wonder said. "He has affected not just my world, but the world of millions of people who without that technology would not be able to discover the world." More

1st global summit dedicated to mobile applications and services for senior citizens and people with disabilities
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The M-Enabling Summit invites you to participate in a groundbreaking sharing of experience among mobile industry, persons with disabilities, IT professionals, developers, government and accessibility experts. For a complete agenda, please visit: More

Forest Service highlights accessible trails in kicking off National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month in October
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October has arrived and that means cooler days, fall foliage and continued opportunities to hike on Forest Service trails. Families and friends enjoy hiking together, whether a person uses a wheelchair, is pushing a young child in a baby stroller or they are looking for more controlled grades to enjoy together on trails that comply with the Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines. Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. More

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Each summer, under the red-tiled roofs and sandstone of Stanford, the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center invites a select group of undergraduates from across the country to gather for a two-month immersion into the wonders of advanced computing. Adam Duran is one such undergraduate, a student both lucky and good. "Originally, our assignment was to create a character-recognition application that would use the camera on a mobile device — a phone or tablet — to transform pages of Braille into readable text," said Duran. Even before Duran arrived for the summer, his mentors began to talk to the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, people whose profession is helping blind and visually impaired students negotiate the world of higher learning. It became clear that there were bigger fish to fry. More

New website offers guide to disability services
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A new website recently launched with backing from the federal government is offering a one-stop overview of the services available to people with developmental disabilities in each state. The site, dubbed the Medicaid Reference Desk, offers a breakdown of the various Medicaid benefits — including medical and social services — offered to those with disabilities based on where they live. More

OIG maps out busy 2012
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The Office of Inspector General's 2012 Work Plan puts durable medical equipment supplies on the hot seat, particularly those supplies that are automatically shipped to Medicare beneficiaries. "A beneficiary or a beneficiary's caregiver must specifically request refills of repetitive services and/or supplies before a supplier dispenses them," states the report. More

Paralyzed man uses mind-powered robot arm to touch
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A monthlong science experiment at the University of Pittsburgh has allowed a quadriplegic man a taste of something that's been missing since a motorcycle accident seven years ago. Tim Hemmes has been able to use his brain to control a robotic arm parked next to his chair. Ordinary acts like giving a high-five or rubbing his girlfriend's hand have become a milestone for Hemmes. The Pennsylvania man is among the pioneers in an ambitious quest for thought-controlled prosthetics to give the paralyzed more independence. More

Feds allocate millions to train special educators
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Federal education officials are doling out over $19 million across the country in an effort to better prepare teachers to work with students who have disabilities. "The quality of education our students with disabilities receive is dependent on how well the workforce is prepared to address their needs," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. More

JFK Medical Center's Audiology Program celebrates audiology awareness month
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Hearing loss is an increasing health concern in this nation that is often preventable. While it is a common expectation that as we age we may lose some hearing, few realize that hearing loss is prevalent among adults of all ages with half of the 36 million people in the United States with hearing loss under the age of 65. When hearing loss occurs during our adult years, but long before old age, many tend to ignore it and not enlist the assistance of a specialist. Because of this, October has been identified as National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month. More

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