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RESNA 2012 — Exhibit space going fast
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Don't miss an opportunity to get a prime location in the exhibit hall at the RESNA 2012 Annual Conference in Baltimore. Reserve your booth space today. Spaces are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. For a copy of the complete Exhibitor Prospectus, click here. The floor plan layout can be found here. By exhibiting at RESNA, you gain access to a group of individuals who are key decision-makers influencing purchasing decisions in their clinics, schools, agencies, AT centers, universities, private practices and other settings. To maximize your marketing efforts, don't pass up an opportunity to also be a sponsor or advertise in the final conference program and exhibit guide.

RESNA 2012 Annual Conference
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Count down ... there are approximately 7 days left to submit your Instructional Course and Workshop Proposals. Don't pass up an opportunity to share and exchange information on AT and rehabilitation engineering at this premier conference.

2 Tufts University faculty honored for mentoring
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President Barack Obama is honoring two Tufts University professors, one who mentors undergraduate students with disabilities and another who promotes the role of women in science and engineering. Physics professor Peggy Cebe is being honored for working with undergraduate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including by running a summer internship program for the past nine years. More

Disability programs in limbo following supercommittee collapse
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The collapse of Congress' supercommittee could lead to mandatory cuts among several federal programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say. Without a deal, automatic spending cuts to the tune of $1.2 trillion were triggered and are slated to begin in January 2013. While programs like Medicaid and Social Security will not be affected, other government programs assisting people who have disabilities with everything from housing to transportation to employment could be in jeopardy. More

Supercommittee delays inevitable
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Expect a bumpy 2012 now that the supercommittee has failed to come up with a deficit-reduction plan, industry stakeholders say. The supercommittee recently announced that it couldn't agree on a way to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years, triggering automatic cuts slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2013. Among them: a 2 percent across-the-board cut to Medicare, which represents, according to reports, a $13 billion blow to HME over 10 years. More

IPads to help disabled individuals taking life-skills classes
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Modern Living Services, a nonprofit located in Washington that works to provide training for young adults with developmental disabilities, recently delivered nine Apple iPad tablet computers to high schools in the Washington cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick. The tablets come loaded with software that has proved to be beneficial for teaching students with disabilities. Life-skills students receive training in basic tasks that will help them find work after graduation. The iPad can send out reminders shortly before the task needs to be completed, so students know to start cleaning up, for example. More

Smartphone technology as an accessibility platform
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Open the iPhone's settings application, tap on General and swipe down to the second-to-bottom option: Accessibility. Many iPhone owners won't ever see this menu, but its features — sorted into Vision, Hearing and Physical & Motor sections — are a big selling point for people with disabilities. Abi James, head of product innovation at iansyst — a company with 27 years of experience working on AT — says Apple is setting a high standard for its rivals to follow when it comes to accessibility. More

Thousands of disabled Texas Medicaid recipients to lose access to care
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The Health and Human Services Commission has proposed an across-the-board average cut to therapy services of 52 percent.The proposed reimbursement rates pay the therapist much less than the actual cost of the service; as a result, many therapists will be forced to stop accepting many or all Medicaid patients or close their practices completely. The cuts will impact people receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy, including children receiving early childhood services for developmental delays. Thousands of Texans who rely on therapy services provided by Medicaid will be left without access to care as a result of the drastic rate reduction. More

Census: 1 in 20 kids have a disability
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About 5 percent of school-age children in the United States have a disability, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau. The statistic comes from a brief offering an in-depth look at kids ages 5 through 17 with disabilities who live in community settings. While the Census has long collected data on this group through its annual American Community Survey, this year marks the first time that government officials analyzed the results, said Matthew Brault, a Census statistician and the author of the report. More

Vision loss motivates Florida student
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Alicia Betancourt has witnessed a spectrum of emotions from teens to the elderly struggling with loss of sight. But the 25-year-old intern at the Center for the Visually Impaired in Daytona Beach, Fla., tells them "it's not that bad" and they can still enjoy life. Betancourt was born legally blind with optic nerve atrophy, damage of the optic nerve that carries images from the eye to the brain. When clients at the center hear what she's accomplished — getting her master's degree in social work this past summer from the University of Central Florida — it "gives them hope." More

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