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Stroke Patients Get Boost From Virtual Reality Therapy
Virtual reality games may help patients recover after a stroke. The results of a new study show these games can improve the patient's arm strength. Patients were more likely to improve their arm strength if they played virtual reality games than if they received standard physical therapy, which includes exercises such as extending the elbow and flexing the wrists and thumbs, the study reported.
From www.msnbc.msn.com, April 09, 2011

Maine Student Born Without Hands Wins Best Penmanship Award
Born without hands and lower arms, fifth-grader Nicholas Maxim received a unique award Monday for his participation in Zaner-Bloser's 20th annual National Handwriting Contest.
From www.cnn.com/, April 08, 2011

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

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