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RESNA-ICTA Annual Conference
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How Medical Device Technologies are Supporting Aging in Place
This topic will be addressed by keynote Speaker Nigel Lovell on Wednesday, June 8, at 9 a.m., as the highlight of the RESNA-ICTA FICCDAT Conference in Toronto. Lovell will explore a number of medical device technologies aimed at relieving the burden of disease and improving quality of life, including telehealth monitoring and decision support systems for chronic disease management, wearable ambulatory technologies based on triaxial accelerometry for falls detection and falls risk prevention, and neuroprosthetic devices to provide some form of restoration for lost sensory function. Lovell is a professor of biomedical engineering with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where many of these devices were developed.

To learn more about the RESNA-ICTA Conference, click here. Registration for the conference remains open.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing launches EyeNote™ app to help blind, visually impaired denominate US currency
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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has developed a free app to help people who are visually impaired identify the denomination of U.S. currency. The app is called EyeNote™, designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), the iPod Touch 4G and iPad2 platforms. It is available through the Apple iTunes App Store. EyeNote™ uses image recognition technology to determine a note's denomination. Using the mobile device's camera, EyeNote™ can provide an audible or vibrating response that identifies the denomination of all Federal Reserve notes issued since 1996. Free downloads will be available whenever new U.S. currency designs are introduced. More

When medical devices speak to you
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Could your implanted medical device soon speak to you? Perhaps. Two unlikely corporate partners, Ford Motor Company and Medtronic, are partnering on an interesting new application. More

Paraplegic man stands, moves legs voluntarily after new treatment
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A team of researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Louisville have used a stimulating electrode array to assist a paralyzed man to stand, step on a treadmill with assistance and, over time, to regain voluntary movements of his limbs. More

Lawmakers restore mental health, disability funding in Las Vegas budget
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The budget committees of the Nevada legislature recently agreed to pump millions of dollars into the state's mental health programs and to restore full funding for services to children with autism and other disabilities. The committees voted to restore $2.8 million for treatment of 113 children with autism. Assemblywoman April Mastroluca said putting these children on a waiting list results in unacceptable damage to the children. More

Gallery: From vintage to today's assistive technology
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Popular Science showcases the history of inventions that have helped those with disabilities through a gallery of images. From swinging crutches to shovel-shaped prostheses and the echo flashlight, technology for the disabled has evolved dramatically. More

Assistive technology gives wounded warrior second chance
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Despite restricted abilities, athletes participating in the 2011 Warrior Games will boast strength, speed, stamina and a whole lot of willpower as they strive to reach higher and celebrate each other the best way they know how: through the power of sport. Because of the world of assistive technology, many have been introduced or reintroduced to sports they otherwise would not have approached. More

New partnership focuses on accessibility in placing orders at restaurants
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A Canadian pizza chain has joined forces with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ and March of Dimes Canada to participate in a Disability Community Involvement initiative. The partnership will allow customers to use assistive technology to order from the menu at Pizza Pizza, a leading pizza chain. More

Using virtual reality to recover from cerebro-vascular accidents
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It's possible to regain mobility in your arms using "Nano" after a cerebro-vascular accident. Developed by MindMaze, an EPFL spinoff company, this device can be used daily at home. More

FEMA grants provide opportunity for CIL and SILC involvement
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FEMA, in an effort to emphasize the importance and heighten the awareness of integrating people with disabilities into local and state government homeland security and emergency preparedness programs, has announced a grant program in which Centers for Independent Living and State Independent Living Centers have an opportunity to take part. More

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