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Last chance — RESNA Fundamentals in AT at Medtrade
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Don't miss out on this opportunity to participate in the RESNA Fundamentals in AT course at Medtrade ( in Atlanta on Oct. 27-28. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 21. This course provides interested individuals with an overview of numerous areas of assistive technology. It is designed to broaden the knowledge of service providers. Throughout the course, multiple case studies will be used to illustrate the application of principles and theories in AT provision. A comprehension quiz will be given after each module. Faculty for the course will be Barbara Crane, professor in physical therapy and Glen Ashlock an AT coordinator and rehabilitation engineer. A total of 1.4 CEUs can be earned for this course. For more information, including learning outcomes and bio statements of the faculty, click here.

FCC moves to implement disability-access regulations
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The FCC will give companies two years to comply with new regulations to make advanced communications services accessible to people with disabilities. The order, announced Oct. 7, is meant to implement the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The law requires that providers of advanced communications services, such as emails and text messages, make their products accessible to people with disabilities, unless it is not possible to do so. More

7 technology breakthroughs that empower people with disabilities
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Adaptive technology is a fairly new term, but the basic idea is not. Some adaptive devices are simple, like the cane, which has a history as old as mankind itself. Others seem to come more from the realm of science fiction. However mundane or complicated, all are a testament to human determination, creativity and ambition. Mashable takes a look at seven high-tech assistive devices and how they're helping those with disabilities lead full and fulfilling lives. More

Japan researchers create wheelchair moved by facial muscles
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A team of researchers at Japan's Miyazaki University devised an interface that allows someone to power and steer a wheelchair by engaging different facial muscles. Clench your teeth and the wheelchair goes forward (or again to stop). Blink with your left or right eye and the wheelchair turns in the corresponding direction. "The system is intended for people who are paralyzed from the neck down and people who are gradually losing the use of their muscles due to muscular dystrophy or ALS," the project's lead, Hiroki Tamura said, an associate professor at the University of Miyazaki. More

Syracuse University to increase disability culture awareness
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At Syracuse University, there are curb cuts, brick paths, construction zones and, more than anything else, stairs. For wheelchair users like Stephanie Woodward, the Syracuse University campus leaves much to be desired in terms of accessibility. This year, the university will aim to address some of these issues with the new Disability Cultural Center. More

Will Apple's Siri bring voice-control into the mainstream?
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Many critics were disappointed at the lack of any iPhone 5 announcement from Apple, and whilst there is no flashy new design for the exterior, the iPhone 4S has a number of major new features. One of the main features being touted was Siri, a voice-controlled software assistant. Speech recognition is already well established and widely used as an important assistive technology. More

New rules leave Iowa's deaf students without help
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An Iowa law forced school administrators this year to dismiss Jayden Van Sant's sign-language interpreter, leaving the 14-year-old hearing-impaired freshman at Pella Christian High School without a communication assistant for the first time since he started school. The reason is a 2005 law that went into full effect in July and requires sign-language interpreters to obtain a license before working professionally in Iowa. More

Feds make case for accessible taxis
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Federal prosecutors in New York say the city's lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In a recent federal court filing, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he supports efforts by disability advocates who sued the city earlier this year over the inaccessibility of many cabs. More

Arsenal unit teams with blind workers
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A unique arrangement between a Chicago social service agency and a unit on the Rock Island Arsenal is making a dent in a pair of daunting challenges — the high rate of unemployment among the blind and a mountain of yet-to-be closed contracts from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army Contracting Command on the Arsenal has hired six legally blind people to help it close out thousands of contracts that are left over from the two wars. The six workers come from the Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, a 105-year-old social service agency located on the city's west side. Adaptive technology is provided by the Chicago Lighthouse to help the workers. More

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