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Have you checked out the RESNA Job Board lately?
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The Job Board allows employers to post current employment opportunities on the RESNA site and find talented and often certified individuals working in the field of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering including seating and mobility. Individuals can post their resume and browse available job openings at no cost. Willing to relocate? Find jobs available nationally and in specific locations. For more information, visit the Job Board or contact the RESNA office at

RESNA 2012 Annual Conference
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Count down ... there are approximately 13 days left to submit your Instructional Course and Workshop Proposals.

Instrument enables paraplegic to perform for symphony orchestra
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When Eric Wan wheels onto Montreal's Place des Arts stage, the audience will soon forget that the solo violinist is paraplegic. Paralyzed from the neck down, Wan will be playing violin with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Wanda Kaluzny. The concert will mark the world stage debut of the Virtual Music Instrument that Wan helped develop as a graduate student in engineering at the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. More

Lack of accessible cabs doesn't sit well with senator
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More than two decades after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the chief architects of the legislation is looking to eliminate transportation hurdles that people with disabilities continue to face. At a U.S. Senate hearing Nov. 17, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, lamented the lack of accessible taxis even in the nation's biggest cities and sympathized with Americans with disabilities who struggle daily to get from point A to point B. More

Census Bureau news — Disability Characteristics of School-Age Children: 2010
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This brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States. The brief compares disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. nonmetropolitan areas. More

Assistive technology in the classroom
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This is a video introduction to a few assistive technology devices used in the school classroom today. More

Harkins Theatres in Arizona to install technology for blind, deaf individuals
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Harkins Theatres is going to install equipment to aid blind and deaf customers in almost all of its 346 movie theaters throughout Arizona. According to The Phoenix Business Journal, the changes are part of a legal agreement over a federal disability accommodation case brought against the movie giant. The technology includes headsets for blind audience members providing narration of the action, character expressions and other visual aspects of the films, while deaf viewers will be provided with digital closed captioning devices that attach to their cup holders. More

Georgia disability agency innovates, builds partnerships
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights and Assistance Act of 1971. As a result of the law, councils like The Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities were created. Among a number of other projects, GCDD is also utilizing current technology in their fall edition of Making a Difference magazine. On the cover is a QR code that brings people directly to GCDD's Voices Beyond the Mirror YouTube videos. The feature ties in nicely with their article on how technology is giving people with disabilities more access, Technology: Enabling Bright Futures. More

Millions headed to states for disability housing
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More Americans with disabilities will soon have access to housing assistance from the federal government, Obama administration officials say. Under an initiative announced Nov. 16, nearly $150 million is headed to nonprofit agencies across the country to provide rental assistance and develop new housing options for people with disabilities. More

Filmmaker explores struggles with autism in new documentary
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Charles Jones is telling the little family secret about autism that few people talk about openly: That many fathers of children with special needs have a tough time facing it. Jones' son Charles Malik was diagnosed with autism as a toddler in 2006, and the filmmaker says he was overwhelmed and even embarrassed. Embarrassed no more, Charles Jones is the director of a documentary called "Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective." More
Related story: Doctors push for fathers to become involved with their autistic children's care (NY1)

CMS demo targets power mobility devices
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CMS recently announced new demonstration projects aimed at curbing improper Medicare and Medicaid payments, including a plan to require prepayment reviews and prior authorizations for power mobility devices. Beginning Jan. 1, claims for power mobility devices in seven states will undergo a prepay review process during the first phase of a three-year demonstration. More

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