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AU-Syracuse University Joint Center's Institute to Aid ASEAN Region
A joint AU-Syracuse University project has won about $10 million in funding to launch the world’s first virtual graduate institute focused on disability and public policy for the Southeast Asia region.
From www.american.edu, April 08, 2011

Canada: Ryerson Students Invent Breakthrough Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
Two Ryerson University undergraduate biomedical engineering students are changing the world of medical prosthetics with a newly developed prosthetic arm that is controlled by brain signals. The Artificial Muscle-Operated (AMO) Arm not only enables amputees more range of movement as compared to other prosthetic arms but it allows amputees to avoid invasive surgeries and could potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The AMO Arm is controlled by the user's brain signals and is powered by 'artificial muscles' - simple pneumatic pumps and valves - to create movements. In contrast, traditional prosthetic limbs – which typically offer more limited movements – rely on intricate and expensive electrical and mechanical components.
From ryerson.ca, April 07, 2011

USA: Free Hearing Aids for Special Olympics Athletes
Special Olympics athletes with hearing impairments will finally be able to enjoy the roars of the cheering crowds as they compete, thanks to a three-year agreement between Phonak US and the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program. As part of the national partnership, Phonak US will donate hearing aids to be distributed during free hearing screenings provided at Special Olympics events across the United States, as well as the ability for athletes to visit local hearing centers for fittings and calibrations of the devices. An official signing event is being held Friday, April 8, as part of the American Academy of Audiology conference in Chicago.
From www.disabled-world.com, April 07, 2011

Opinion: How Health Checks on Our Special Athletes Are Saving Lives
Today is World Health Day and an expert explains the vital role of screening at events for disabled people.
From www.herald.ie, April 07, 2011

Siemens Introduces Waterproof Hearing Aids
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., will unveil a host of products at the American Academy of Audiology AudiologyNOW! 2011 conference – including the new Aquaris, a waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant digital hearing instrument.
From www.businesswire.com, April 07, 2011

New Technology Allows Deaf, Blind to Experience Movie Theater
Special effects and pulsing soundtracks have made today's movie theater experience more entertaining than ever. Now, the deaf and blind can enjoy them, too, thanks to new technology being put into some Utah movie theaters. “I wasn’t sure about this system at first,” said Andy Rhodes, the general manager of the Megaplex 20 in South Jordan. “But once I found out about it, it’s really a neat system. We’re getting a lot of good feedback on it.”
From www.deseretnews.com, April 06, 2011

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

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