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Friday, October 21, 2011

ALS: A Complex Rehab Challenge (for Powered Mobility)

Unpredictable & Swift, This Neurological Condition Demands Creativity, Foresight & Expertise from the Seating & Mobility Team

http://mobilitymgmt.com/Articles/2010/05/01/ALS.aspx

Mind Reading Computer System May Allow Paralyzed People To Communicate and Control Robots (with video)

Imagine living a life in which you are completely aware of the world around you but you're prevented from engaging in it because you are completely paralyzed. Even speaking is impossible. For an estimated 50,000 Americans, this is a harsh reality. It's called locked-in syndrome, a condition in which people with normal cognitive brain activity suffer severe paralysis, often from injuries or an illness such as Lou Gehrig's disease.

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=34976

Nissan and EPFL to Push Development For Thought Controlled Vehicles

Nissan’s sudden enthusiasm for the development of wheelchairs controlled by brain activity has taken a lot of people by surprise. The technology is not particularly new but Nissans’s enthusiasm is.

http://thinktechuk.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/nissan-and-epfl-to-push-development-for-thought-controlled-vehicles/

Brain-Computer Interaction Needs Better Sensors and Signal Analysis

Computerworld published an interesting article today about the evolution of Neurotechnology which is close to the point where humans will be able to communicate with computers through thought, allowing us to navigate the web just by thinking what we want

http://neurogadget.com/2011/10/19/brain-computer-interaction-needs-better-sensors-and-signal-analysis/2840

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lives Worth Living Documentary on PBS

Dear Colleagues:

Rarely in the history of media has a documentary captured the authentic voices of disability leaders as they reframe the debate on the disability rights movement in America. This October 27 premiere of Lives Worth Living coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and gives “Independent Lens” a whole new meaning as this film recalibrates the focus that chronicles the Independent Living Movement.
This film is for everyone with – and without - disabilities. We encourage students to watch and discuss in school; employees to watch (with their Employee Resource Groups); families to experience it with friends. Blog about it, talk about it.
Let PBS know this is the kind of authentic programming that is important.
Lives Worth Living IS the film worth watching!

Lead On.....

Tari

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Cara White 843-881-1480 cara.white@mac.com
For downloadable images, visit http://pressroom.pbs.org
LIVES WORTH LIVING Premieres on the PBS Series INDEPENDENT LENS
Thursday, October 27 at 10 PM During
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Powerful Documentary Chronicles the History of America’s Disability Rights Movement
While there are over 54 million Americans living with disabilities, Lives Worth Living is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, Lives Worth Living is a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like everyone else, and a look back into a past when millions of Americans lived without access to schools, employment, apartment buildings, and public transportation – a way of life unimaginable today. Lives Worth Living premieres on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings) to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Lives Worth Living traces the development of the disability rights movement from its beginning following World War II, when thousands of disabled veterans returned home, through its burgeoning in the 1960s and 1970s, when it began to adopt the tactics of other social movements. Told through interviews with the movement’s pioneers, legislators, and others, Lives Worth Living explores how Americans with a wide variety of disabilities — including blind, deaf, physical, intellectual and psychiatric — banded together to change public perception and policy. Through demonstrations and legislative battles, the disability rights community finally secured equal civil rights with the 1990 passage and signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most transformative pieces of civil rights legislation in American history.

Tobii Eye Gaze Evaluator

Tobii releases Gaze evaluator for C-series and PCeye - benchmark and chart eye tracking progress. Dont Guess - Assess 

http://www.tobii.com/en/assistive-technology/global/products/software/tobii-gaze-evaluator/

World’s smallest text-to-speech device

http://www.cambridgefirst.co.uk/business/world_s_smallest_text_to_speech_device_1_1092990#.Tp6KkCpmJFA.twitter