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1st call for RESNA award nominations
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Help RESNA recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the fields of assistive technology or rehabilitation engineering or for their service to RESNA. Your first step is to identify those you believe are worthy and submit an award nomination.

Awardees will be honored at the RESNA Annual Conference in Baltimore on June 30-July 2.

The deadline for submission of award nominations is Feb. 14. (strictly enforced this year)

Please refer to the following Web page for the award types, criteria and updated nomination instructions.

If you have any questions about the award nomination instructions, criteria or process, please contact:

David L. Jaffe, MS
RESNA Awards Committee

RESNA 2012 Annual Conference
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Count down ... you have approximately 27 days to submit your Instructional Course and Workshop Proposals for the RESNA 2012 Annual Conference. The deadline is Dec. 5.

K2M continues its momentum with 9 new products at 2011 North American Spine Society Annual Meeting
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K2M, Inc., a spinal device company developing innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and minimally invasive procedures, recently introduced five new products at the North American Spine Society 26th Annual Meeting, which took place Nov. 2-5 in Chicago. Since its acquisition by leading private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe one year ago, K2M has continued to steadily meet a series of aggressive strategic goals toward becoming a global leader in the spinal industry, including the rapid growth of its product portfolio to address the full spectrum of spinal pathologies. More

Disability employment shows signs of improvement
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The job situation for Americans with disabilities improved dramatically in October with unemployment dropping to its lowest level in more than two years, the Labor Department said. The improvement in the employment situation is significant because it comes even as the number of Americans with disabilities who were in the labor force — those working or seeking work — increased. More

Wheelchair users stage 'Roll-In' protest against 'Taxi of Tomorrow'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wearing yellow buttons stating "Separate is NOT equal," a dozen advocates in wheelchairs rolled into the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit near Madison Square Park in New York on Nov. 3 to raise concerns about the lack of disability access in the city's forthcoming fleet of cabs. The "Roll-In" protest against the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission exhibit was designed to pressure officials to reverse their position on accommodating disabled riders before New York City's newly designed fleet of cabs hits the streets in 2013. More

CMS defines durability, industry awaits CBO score
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CMS recently issued final rules related to durable medical equipment, including a finalized definition of "durability." CMS originally proposed the defining "durability" as meeting a three-year minimum lifetime standard in the July 8, 2011, Federal Register. At the time, stakeholders said they were unsure of what CMS sought to accomplish. The industry is now waiting for it to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. More

Toyota debuts machines to help people with disabilities
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Toyota recently unveiled its ambitions for high-tech health care, displaying experimental robots that the auto giant says can lift disabled patients from their hospital beds or help them walk. The company aims to commercialize products such as its "independent walk assist" device sometime after 2013 — seeking to position itself in an industry with great potential in Japan, one of the world's most rapidly aging nations. More

Inventor uses video game technology to help those who are blind
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Steve Hoefer is an inventor and maker for Grathio Labs. While working on a video game project, Hoefer had several ideas about how to guide players through a dark room or cavern. Most of them were audio-based. Then he thought that audio would be cumbersome to use in a game, as it can also be in life when you have fewer visual cues. More

Feds look to make health care more accessible
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People with disabilities have long complained of inequities at the doctor's office due to everything from inaccessible equipment to the physicians themselves. Now, the federal government is taking steps toward leveling the playing field. More

BMO program lets disabled workers showcase their abilities
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Ken Hall had only been working at the Bank of Montreal a few days when he found himself face to face with a particularly outspoken customer. "Oh, wow. They're hiring people like you here?" a woman asked him as she stared with surprise at his wheelchair. Hall wasn't fazed. The ex-wheelchair basketball champ and Paralympic gold medalist has spent much of his adult life answering questions about that chair, and the reasons behind his restricted ability to walk. More

NSF grants 2 universities $3 million to train experts to assist people with disabilities
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Arizona State University and California State University, Long Beach, will help produce the next generation of experts trained in the skills and equipped with the tools to assist people with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives. In early 2012, the universities will begin awarding up to 30 doctoral students fellowships to pursue studies and work experience in multiple fields — from technology development to public policymaking — that contribute to efforts to assist individuals with disabilities. More

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