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RESNA Founders Fund
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We are continuing our efforts to raise $25,000 by the end of the 2011 calendar year for the RESNA Founders Fund. Please help us make this goal a reality. The primary purpose of the Founders Fund is to financially enable RESNA to continue its leadership role in assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering by focusing on support of new initiatives that will address challenges of today and tomorrow. Examples of initiatives include hosting consensus-building meetings, providing seed-funding for innovative activities and establishing programs that will encourage students to pursue a career in the field of AT and rehab engineering. Donations made to the Founders Fund will not be used for operational expenses of RESNA. We hope you will consider supporting this worthwhile activity to support. For more information, click here.

RESNA 2012 Annual Conference
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Count down ... you have approximately 34 days to submit your Instructional Course and Workshop Proposals for the RESNA 2012 Annual Conference.

Man embeds smartphone into prosthetic arm
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Fifty-year-old Trevor Prideaux is an ordinary man with an extraordinary idea that could make it easier for others who are missing limbs to use smartphones — embed a phone dock right into your prosthetic. It's worked for him. The catering manager from Somerset, England, who was born without a left forearm, came up with the idea to integrate a smartphone into his prosthetic after using an iPhone. More

Blind drivers operate car using robotics technology
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Bloomberg's Sheila Dharmarajan reports on a vehicle prototype that allows blind people to drive. The automobile's robotics technology, created by Dennis Hong, a professor at Virginia Tech, is designed with sensors that signal the visually impaired. More

Scientists report breakthrough in quest for 'prosthetic exoskeleton'
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A Brazilian-born physician and neuroscientist has a goal: A young quadriplegic, suited up in a "prosthetic exoskeleton," will deliver the first kick at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It's a long shot or, as Dr. Miguel Nicolelis calls it, a "Brazilian moon shot." But Nicolelis and his international team of researchers are one major step closer to making it happen, according to the results of their experiment, published in Nature. More

Amid cutbacks, states expand community living
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Most states are expanding community-based care for people with disabilities over institutional options in an effort to rein in long-term care costs and meet consumer demand, a new survey finds. The trend is detailed in a report that's based on a survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More

Study: HME saves billions
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A new study that shows how the HME industry can save Medicare billions of dollars should have CMS, Congress and the general public intrigued and excited, its chief analyst says. Brian Leitten, a Florida-based consultant who, with the help of VGM Group, spent four months compiling data to make "The Case For Medicare Investment in DME," recently told Medtrade attendees that CMS needs to "invest" in home medical equipment because it can save Medicare billions, along with generating handsome return on investment for the program. More

Thoughtful design can accommodate disabilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adam Kisielewski loves walking around his brand-new Frederick, Md., home, partly because of its open floor plan, custom-built cabinetry and thick crown molding, but mostly just because he can. The former Marine sergeant lost his left arm at the shoulder and his right leg below the knee Aug. 21, 2005. Many single-family homes present navigational problems for people with disabilities, especially if they're multilevel and have narrow doorways, says Greg Olavarria, a Maryland business owner. More

Hearing loops — An assistive listening system
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Dreaming of having places in communities such as auditoriums, business windows and public gathering places, as well as home TV rooms, broadcasting sound through hearing aids might seem like nothing more than a pastime. Fortunately, refinements of, induction loop systems, that magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants using, telecoils, or, T-coils, bring these capabilities to us right now. More

Wisconsin sees success with disabled workers
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Wisconsin is no longer on the forefront of efforts to move people with disabilities into the competitive job market, but it has bright spots and success. The state Department of Health Services provided $700,000 in grant funding in 2008 to 17 sheltered workshops, segregated facilities that employ individuals with disabilities, to increase their focus on supporting integrated employment. More

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