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Legislative conference: 'Senator, we're here to talk to you about competitive bidding'
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Looks like providers had the luck of the Irish March 17 during AAHomecare's Washington Legislative Conference. H.R. 1041, the new bill to repeal competitive bidding, picked up 18 new co-sponsors in that one day. "This bill has infused the conference with excitement," said Tyler Wilson, president and CEO of AAHomecare. "Providers are saying, 'I can push this ball down the field.'" More than 250 HME stakeholders held 300 meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill during the two-day conference. It was an opportunity for HME providers to not only stump for the new bill but also introduce 87 new members of the House to the industry. More

Standing wheelchair spotlighted at science show in Thailand
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Disabled people who are normally confined to a seated position in a traditional wheelchair are now able to stand up and stretch out with ease and safety thanks to the development of a standing wheelchair in Thailand. The head of the development team Bunyong Rungroungdouyboon, said the semi-powered standing wheelchair was assistive technology, similar to a standing frame, which allowed a wheelchair user to raise the chair from a seated to a standing position. The device took two years to develop, and the first standing wheelchair was ready for use in late 2009. Since then, more than 50 standing wheelchairs have been built and are in daily use by disabled people. More

New multi-use campus opened in the name of international leader in disability rights    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The late Ed Roberts founded the Berkeley's Center for Independent Living in 1972, initiating the world's first organization run both by and for people living with disabilities. When Roberts passed away in 1995, the CIL partnered with six other independent living and civil rights organizations to commemorate the international leader in disability rights with a stand-alone complex supplying services to the disabled. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects recently completed the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, Calif., which provides vocational training, educational courses, housing and benefits assistance, and fitness and health support to people with disabilities. More

Symmetry Mobile is unlike other mobile upright standing systems - there are no belts to slip or adjust. We use a positive chain and sprocket system so when you push or pull the hand-rims the drive wheels propel you where you want to go without wasting valuable energy.
The TrueBalance is a revolutionary product, allowing clinicians and suppliers to measure how "tippy" their client's wheelchair is. With the TrueBalance it is easy to optimize the position of the rear axle, leading to reduced rolling resistance, improved responsiveness, minimized impact from sidewalk cracks, and eased ability to traverse cross slopes.
Prone Standers
Rifton Prone Standers are designed to provide the user with the benefits of weight bearing in an upright position. Adjustable standing aid supports promote correct alignment of the trunk and lower extremities in the prone stander. The manual height adjustment moves effortlessly and reliably. You can easily monitor and adjust the rate and amount of weight bearing your child can manage comfortably.

Technology helps visually impaired people to enjoy art
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The Long Gallery at Nottingham Castle, U.K., is crowded with fine art — but how do you make it appeal to visitors who can't see the exhibits? This was the task for Artfully Sighted, a group of people with a range of visual impairments who are all involved with the Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind. The result is Blockwerk Orchestra, an installation which enables visitors to hear music and sound effects depending on which pictures they are near to in the gallery. Cameras in the ceiling have been programmed to recognize shapes printed on blocks carried around by visitors — triggering the sounds at appropriate locations. More

Speech recognition technology can provide children with disabilities an opportunity to learn
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Speech recognition can be a valuable tool for individuals with disabilities. As this technology continues to evolve, it can be used to meet a growing need. According to global estimates, 10 percent of the world's population has a disability of some form. With such a large portion of the population facing this challenge, it stands to reason that technology should be leveraged to make life a little easier. More

Is DME competitive bidding working?
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The American Association for Homecare claims the competitive bidding process the Medicare program recently introduced to the procurement of durable medical equipment is not working, reports Healthcare Finance News. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced competitive bidding at the start of this year in nine U.S. metropolitan areas as part of a pilot project. However, comments posted on the website of the AAH suggest the program has been plagued with problems, including difficulties finding local providers, reduced choices and quality and confusion regarding home-based health care that may be contributing to longer hospital stays. More

Fujitsu special needs mobile phone application wins universal design award 2011
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Fujitsu recently announced that it has been awarded with Germany's universal design award 2011, for its mobile phone application that provides educational and social support for children with special needs, including those with learning disabilities and autism. This is the third universal design prize won by Fujitsu, following its 2008 award for "Fujitsu Accessibility Assistance" and 2009 award for "ColorAttendant." More

iPads are not a miracle for children with autism
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The iPad has received evangelical coverage in the media and blogosphere, especially when it comes to autism. Parents have flocked to the device and governments and other organizations that support children with a disability have been hit hard with requests for funding and to support the purchase of the device. Of course, this has had the unintended impact of being quite a difficult experience for families of children with autism who can't afford the device. More
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