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Next Generation 911 Systems: Impact on the Deaf Community
Daniel Steed and I attended a conference at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf under Rochester Institute of Technology, which the main concern is to address the nation’s aging and unreliable 911 network for the Deaf. We felt that the information shared within the seminar should be shared nationwide, ensuring that everyone participates in this process of making the new 911 system for the Deaf more accessible. For example, if I have a cell phone, how can I call 911 and acknowledge that they’re dispatching a response?
From deaftechnews.com, April 06, 2011

Working with Online Volunteers Who Have Disabilities
Online volunteering programs can allow for the greater participation of people who might find volunteering difficult or impossible because of a disability. This in turn allows organizations to benefit from the additional talent and resources of more volunteers, and allows agencies to further diversify their volunteer talent pool.
From www.serviceleader.org, April 06, 2011

USA: Paralympic Veterans May Qualify for New Benefit
Some Veterans in training for the Paralympics will be able to qualify for a monthly subsistence allowance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under a new program to help disabled Veterans more easily take part in competitive sports. “Our disabled Veterans are models of courage, resilience and determination,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This new allowance will enable our disabled athletes to further their recovery by taking part in world-class adaptive sports.”
From www.va.gov, April 05, 2011

USA: Project Mina Enables Upright Mobility for Those Who Have Lost the Ability to Walk
Dr. Kenneth Ford, Director and CEO of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), joined institute researchers to unveil Mina, a robotic exoskeleton developed to restore ambulation for individuals afflicted with paraplegia, hemiplegia, paresis, asthenia, and functional muscle loss. Developed by the IHMC robotics team led by Dr. Peter Neuhaus and Dr. Jerry Pratt, Mina acts as a pair of robotic legs that assist people, who have lost their ability to walk, in regaining upright mobility when outfitted with the device. Future applications of Mina are envisioned to span from rehabilitating those with stroke and spinal cord injuries, to augmenting human strength capabilities when operating in complex mobility environments.
From www.ereleases.com, April 05, 2011

New Hack Lets Xbox Kinect Read Sign Language
Soon, you may not necessarily need to be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) in order to interpret it. Scientists have hacked Microsoft's Xbox Kinect motion control sensor to read ASL.
From www.msnbc.msn.com, April 05, 2011

Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Mean More Freedom for the Disabled
Since the nineteen seventies, scientists have been searching for ways to link the brain with computers. Brain-computer interface, or BCI, technology could help people with disabilities send commands to machines.
From www.voanews.com, April 04, 2011

UK: New Benefit Will Replace Disability Living Allowance
Disabled people will continue to be able to rely on a non-means tested cash benefit as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is replaced with a new Personal Independence Payment.
From www.disabled-world.com, April 04, 2011

Canada: Ontario College of Art and Design Launches Course in Inclusive Design
Recognizing the high level of demonstrated need and demand for designers and developers with specialized knowledge in inclusive design principles and practices, both in Canada and abroad, OCAD University is launching an innovative new graduate program in Inclusive Design. Inclusive Design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.
From www.ocad.ca, April 04, 2011

Blind Bargains Announces 2010 Access Award Winners
A mix of mainstream companies and individual efforts have been recognized as winners of the 4th annual Blind Bargains Access Awards. Building on their mainstream success of 2009, Apple was the only company to receive three awards while three other companies and individuals received two each. The 4th Annual Blind Bargains Access Awards recognizes the best products, websites, stores, and people in the blind community. Open nominations are held at the beginning of January. Visitors then vote from the top nominees in each category. This year, nearly 500 people participated in the nomination and voting rounds.
From blindbargains.com, April 01, 2011

USA: House Wants Updated Language on Persons with Disability
Republican Vicki Truitt's bill was unanimously passed without objection or debate. The words that are "out" are disabled, developmentally disabled, mentally disabled, mentally ill, mentally retarded, handicapped, cripple and crippled. The preferred references are persons with a disability, persons with developmental disabilities and persons with mental illness.
From trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/, April 01, 2011

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