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RESNA Catalyst Project announces 2012 webinars
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The RESNA Catalyst Project is offering a series of assistive technology webinars, produced in collaboration with the Keller Institute for Human disAbility at George Mason University in conjunction with the Southwest ADA Center and the Great Lakes ADA Center. The first, on Feb. 29, is entitled "Enhancing Student Services to Provide Accessibility in Post-Secondary Settings." The presenters are Brian Ayres, Arkansas Easter Seals; Janet Peters, Project Coordinator for Great Lakes ADA Center; and Ron Stewart, access technology instructor with the California Community College System. The webinars are free and open to all with registration, and CEUs are available for a small fee. Webinars are archived for up to a year after the live presentation. More

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Cognitive technologies standards meeting at CSUN Conference
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The RESNA Standards Committee on Cognitive Technologies will hold an informal discussion meeting during the CSUN Conference in San Diego at 7 p.m. PST Feb. 29. The meeting is open to all, and the agenda will focus on cellphone accessibility. More

Going to CSUN Conference? Get your CEUs
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If you have ATP certification, and are going to CSUN, please be aware that many of the pre-conference workshops and general conference sessions qualify for IACET continuing education units through the AAC Institute. IACET CEUs are accepted for ATP certification renewal. Stop by the CSUN customer service counter to pick up information. More

RESNA holding an open house at ISS
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RESNA will be holding an open house at the International Seating Symposium at 5:30 p.m. PST March 8. Everyone is welcome. RESNA staff members Eric Nepomuceno and Andrea Van Hook will be there with information on RESNA membership, the annual conference, and the Assistive Technology Professional and Seating and Mobility Specialist certification programs. More

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society announces award competitions
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The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is accepting submissions for two awards: the 2012 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in HF/E Research and the 2012 Stanley H. Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award. For the Prize of Excellence in HF/E research, the topic is the human factors/ergonomics science behind product design. The society is seeking articles that describe HF/E research that strengthens our understanding of the human-product interface, usability and safety. The cash prize is $10,000 plus publication in the journal Human Factors. More

The Stanley H. Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award emphasizes innovative and user-centered approaches to HF/E and industrial design. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will present at the society's 2012 annual meeting. The deadline is May 25. More


27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference
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The 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference takes place Feb. 27-March 3 in San Diego. More

28th International Seating Symposium
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The 28th International Seating Symposium takes place March 6-9 in Vancouver, Canada. More

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'New rage' for students with autism: iPads
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Teachers of students with autism say it's the year of the iPad. It provides motivation. It helps with therapy and handwriting practice. It even models appropriate ways to share toys or take turns. iPads are being used more often for students with autism because the devices help nonverbal children communicate. More

Utah school demonstrates devices that assist people with disabilities
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An ongoing collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Assistive Technology Lab at Utah State University aims to create devices that enrich the lives of the elderly and those with disabilities. In a recent press conference, representatives from the Utah Assistive Technology Lab and the mechanical engineering department demonstrated two machines designed to solve specific problems encountered by persons with disabilities. More

Invisible wheelchair control and more via iPhone accessory
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At the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, Georgia Tech unveiled a Tongue Drive System which works with an iPod or iPhone to control electric wheelchairs and computers. The system uses a specialized dental retainer with embedded magnets to send wireless signals to an iPhone or iPod specially programmed to operate the wheelchair. More

Rehab center in Canada a state-of-the-art gem
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Paul Franklin says he was in the best shape of his life when he nearly died. He was a 200-pound marathoner, mountain climber, medic and master corporal in Afghanistan when a bomb exploded his G-wagon Jan. 15, 2006, ripping off Franklin's left leg and mangling his right. Franklin's loss could have left him a defeated man. Instead, he chose his next training operation: physical rehab at Edmonton's Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Canada. More

Digital revolution changing lives of students with disabilities
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Kyle Beasley is a second-grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, Wis., who is functionally blind. Until last fall, the 7-year-old used 8-by-11-inch Braille texts that teachers printed for him on a special machine. Today, Beasley easily carries his own iPad and a special Braille translator that allow him to read all his textbooks, send emails, access the Internet, check the weather and do just about anything anyone else can do with a computer. More

Boston celebrates the achievements of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities
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The Arc in Massachusetts announced that it will be bringing the second All Aboard The Arc! event and rally to Boston on April 29 at John Hancock Hall. The Arc in Massachusetts is dedicated to supporting individuals and families with developmental and intellectual disabilities. More

Rehabilitation expert receives American Association for the Advancement of Science 2011 Mentor Award
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A University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences researcher who is a renowned expert in rehabilitation and AT has been awarded the 2011 Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "for his dedication and successful efforts to increase the number of women and persons with disabilities with doctoral degrees in rehabilitation science." More

Oklahoma nonprofit offers hope, help for people with hearing impairments
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Since he began losing his hearing in his 50s, Bill Strong has tried many avenues to bring it back. So much so that he "has a closet full" of technological devices — some that have worked, and some that have not. "You have to find out what you can do to alleviate your hearing impairment," he said. "I've graduated from many things." Finding the right devices can be quite expensive. That's why Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access has its Assistive Technology Center in Tulsa, Okla., where those with hearing loss can borrow and try out assistive devices before purchasing. More

Funding for Down syndrome research shrinks
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New data shows that federal funding for Down syndrome research dropped last year, despite already lagging behind other conditions, and that's leaving advocates none too pleased. The National Institutes of Health spent $20 million on Down syndrome research in 2011, according to funding data released. More


 
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