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RESNA 2007
Content Capture Project

The Content Capture Project is a trial effort to record and disseminate text, audio, photographic, and video information from the 2007 RESNA Annual Conference. The goal is to capture and make available content that is not included in the Conference Proceedings including scientific poster and platform sessions, keynote and plenary presentations, workshops and Show-and-Tell sessions, and SIG and PSG meetings.

This website includes slideshows and audio for all the Plenary Sessions, the Town Hall Meeting, Awards Ceremony, several workshops, a platform session, a poster session, a Show and Tell session, a PSG meeting, and several collections of digital photographs from the conference.

Your comments and suggestions about this effort and webpage are solicited. Please fill out the Content Capture Project survey.

Thank you,

Content Capture Project Committee:
Gary Downey
Dave Jaffe
Jerry Weisman

Table of Contents

Saturday - 06/16/2007
Sunday - 06/17/2007
Monday - 06/18/2007
Tuesday - 06/19/2007

Digital Photographs and Video

Title Slides

Presentation Tips

Saturday - 06/16/2007

Keynote Session - Table of Contents

photo of Gary Karp juggling
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Modern Disability: A Story of Exploding Potential - Gary Karp

Gary Karp is an internationally recognized public speaker, corporate trainer, author, and editor.

He has been living - fully - with a T12 spinal cord injury since 1973 when he was injured in a fall from a tree at the age of eighteen.

He is the author of three books:: Life On Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair Use, Choosing A Wheelchair: A Guide For Optimal Independence, and Disability & The Art of Kissing: Questions and Answers on the True Nature of Intimacy, all widely reviewed as definitive guides for people with disabilities. His investigative articles and profiles have appeared regularly in New Mobility magazine, and he is the former Executive Editor of SCI Life, the quarterly newspaper of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), for whom he was also program chair of the 2006 Summit on Spinal Cord Injury.

Audio 54:42 - 12.8 Mb mp3 file
Gary Karp's website

Sunday - 06/17/2007

Plenary Session - Table of Contents

photo of Mary Blake Huer

Building Cultural Bridges for Improving Quality of Care for Persons with Disabilities - Mary Blake Huer, PhD

Mary Blake Huer is the Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Indianapolis and President-Elect of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Dr. Huer led a successful campaign to win official UN recognition as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status, and was a participant at the UN during the historical 8th session of the UN Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities which approved many different human rights including education, access to the justice system, and quality of care for approximately 650 million disabled people around the world. A Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Dr. Huer is a frequent lecturer, scholar, researcher, expert witness, and advocate for the rights of persons with complex communication needs.

Audio 58:15 - 13.7 Mb mp3 file

W14 - The Incorporation of Tools and Instrumentation in the Assistive Technology Service Delivery Process - Table of Contents

Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP, RET
President, 6 Degrees of Freedom, LLC

Tina Roesler, PT, MS, ABDA

Participants will learn to implement measurement tools that describe an individual's performance with tools ranging fromlow-tech items to high-tech instruments (pressure mapping systems, force and moment sensing handrims for manual wheelchair propulsion, and data-logging systems).

Audio 52:21 - 12.3 Mb mp3 file

Scientific Poster Session - Table of Contents

P073 - Making "Printed" Posters More Accessible: Considerations and Solutions - Aimee J. Luebben, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Mark Novak, PE

Persons practicing in assistive technology are often asked to present information at poster sessions. Accessibility of poster sessions currently equates to the physical presence of the author during the display of a printed poster. This paper considers multiple audio solutions to making printed posters more accessible. Although a range of technology is discussed, many options consist of using off-the-shelf or consumer-friendly technology. Making printed posters more accessible benefits all involved: conference attendees with accessibility needs, poster designers expanding their accessibility skills, students learning to create professional products, and people accessing distance learning platforms.

Audio - 5:28 - 6.3 Mb mp3 file (160 Kb/sec)
Audio - 5:28 - 1.3 Mb mp3 file (32 Kb/sec)
Poster - 77 Kb pdf file
Full text (RESNA members only)
Mark Novak's comments - 07/25/2007:

"The important thing to note is that this "idea" is just another small step towards better or improving accessibility. It is not a total solution, and should not be presented as such. For more ideas/comments, please contact the authors."

NSF Update on Emerging Technologies - Table of Contents

Batteryless MicroPower Sensors for Context Aware Technologies - Zoya Popovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Popovic will discuss how these small, lightweight sensors can exchange data over short distances. Micropower sensors and communication technology could be integrated into smart homes, hearing aids, augmentative and alternate communication devices, used to non-invasively track individuals at risk, or provide environmental information to blind and low vision individuals.
Slides - 11.2 Mb pdf file

The Healthcare Mobility Project - James Albus, PhD, Senior NIST Fellow, Intelligent Systems Division, Manufacturing Enginerring Laboratory at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Instead of forcing wheelchair dependence onto immobile patients, the project seeks to provide devices that support the notion of walking again. Individuals with weak knees would don a wearable device to lift and maneuver one or both legs. The device would allow, for example, a stroke victim to independently exercise the affected leg toward rehabilitation, or in some cases, learn to walk again. The project is developing test methods and performance metrics to acquire and study sensor data, and suggest standards and specifications necessary for intelligent, assistive devices for the elderly, wheelchair dependents, and the blind. Their efforts will have a likely impact on robotic wheelchair standards. The application of robots and robotics technology has the potential for overcoming soaring healthcare costs, a shortage of healthcare professionals, and traditional labor-intensive services.
Audio for Part 1 1:36:12 - 22.5 Mb mp3 file

Technology Case Studies from the FLC - Susan Sprake, Vice-Chair, Federal Laboratories Consortium

Her presentation will draw from a number of FLC case studies, as she describes concepts being pursued. The FLC is comprised of more than 700 laboratories affiliated with the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal entities. Federal laboratories have been caralysts for world-class innovation across all scientific disciplines including biomedical and assistive technology development.
Slides - 2.7 Mb pdf file

Perspectives from the Assistive Technology Field - Stephen Bauer, PhD, Director T2 RERC (Buffalo, NY)

Dr. Bauer will tie the Emerging Technologies sessions together by examining the scope of assistive technology and reviewing important paths for technology development in the public and private sectors. Important social, legislative, and market factors will be discussed. Assistive technologies and products will highlight key issues and outcomes.
Slides - 1.0 Mb pdf file
Audio for Part 2 1:12:49 - 17.1 Mb mp3 file

PSG-04 (Rehabilitation Engineers and Technologists) Meeting - Table of Contents

Maureen A. Linden, MS, BME and Patricia Bahr, MSE, ATP, RET

Audio 1:04:48 - 15.2 Mb mp3 file
Slides - 64 Kb pdf file

Monday - 06/18/2007

Plenary Session - Table of Contents

The State-of-the-Art in Rehabilitation Engineering Research and Application

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) are funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to conduct advanced research designed to apply advanced technology, scientific achievement, and psychological and social knowledge to solve rehabilitation problems and remove environmental barriers. RERCs seek to find and evaluate the newest technologies, products, and methods that can ultimately benefit the independence of persons with disabilities and the universal design of environments for people of all ages.

Many of the key people in the field of AT and in RESNA have been affiliated with an RERC, and the centers have been a major point of entry for graduate students seeking to apply their talents to addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

Selected centers, that are in the dissemination phase of their work, will highlight their results and share the latest understandings and applications of cutting-edge technology.

RERC on Communication Enhancement - Frank DeRuyter, PhD, will present the AAC-RERC projects and how they address the unique needs of elderly persons, toddlers, children, and adults who require AAC. Projects address access to technology, language, literacy, employment, and technology use across contexts and partners.
RERC in Prosthetics and Orthotics - Steven A. Gard, PhD, will summarize their work involving improvements to fitting and manufacturing prostheses and orthoses, evaluation and development of componentry, and investigation of the human interactions with various systems.
RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access - Gregg Vanderheiden, PhD, will present new approaches to interface(s) for mainstream information technologies, including standards for using personal interfaces instead of the default interface on the product, suing network services to provide better access, the development of standards, and work to better characterize the interaction of people with disabilities and interfaces.
Slides - 1.4 Mb pdf file
RERC on Workplave Accommodations - Karen Milchus, MS, ATP, will discuss equitable access to employment by people with disabilities, including those who are aging, through increased knowledge about, availability of, and access to rehabilitation technology and universally designed accommodations. Some of the projects have included a universally designed retail checkstand, a supine computer workstation, a screen reader customization tool (AudioMorph), and a framework for developing assessment instrumentss.
Slides - 622 Kb pdf file
Audio 1:00:07 - 14.1 Mb mp3 file

W19 - Location Information Literacy: The State-of-the-Art in Wayfinding Technologies - Table of Contents

Christopher Grabowski
Training Specialist, Sendero Group, LLC

Global Positioning System (GPS) and related indoor navigation technologies, combined with ever-growing location databases, present the opportunity for those who are blind or visually impaired to see location through an audible representation of the environment. See demonstrations of the BrailleNote GPS and state-of-the-art wayfinding technologies like GPS cell phones and indoor navigation.

Audio 1:04:14 - 15.1 Mb mp3 file

W28 - Computer Applications Show and Tell - Table of Contents

Kirk Siqveland

This popular SIG-11 sponsored workshop will provide a forum for attendees to learn about adaptive techniques and tools involving computer applications in assistive technology. Topics may include (but are not limited to) adaptations made to computer devices or software, tips on the use of new computer hardware or software, little-known products, unusual combinations of different devices, or programs and unique ways to use computers as assistive technology.

  • Alan Cantor - Macro Express
  • Peter Newman - iPod Remote Control
  • Paul Schwartz -
  • Kirk Siqveland - Everest, Starter, Total Install / Uninstall
  • Kathy Griffin - Click and Type, 2nd Speech Center, VideoGet, GiveAway of the Day
Audio 1:14:30 - 17.5 Mb mp3 file

P8 - Computer Applications & AAC - Table of Contents

Moderated by Todd Schwanke, MSE, ATP
UW - Milwaukee, R2D2 Center

  • Development of an Interface for Integration of Communication and Play
    Kim Adams
    University of Alberta
  • Development of an Automatic Recognizer for Dysarthric Speech
    Kevin Caves
    Duke University
  • Reliability and Validity of Compass Software for Access Assessment
    Heidi Koester
    Koester Performance Research
  • Use of Tongue Movements as a Substitute for Arm and Hand Functions in People with Severe Disabilities
    Maysam Ghovanloo
    North Carolina State University
  • Usability Testing of Repositionaable and Customizable Mounts with Rehabilitation Professionals
    Emile Sunberg and Dianne Goodwin
Audio 42:45 - 10.0 Mb mp3 file
Note: The audio of this session was cut short.

Town Hall Meeting and Awards Ceremony - Table of Contents

photo of Glenn Hedman with briefcase hancuffed to his wrist

RESNA's annual in-person discussion about the organization and its activities. Brief highlights of the last year will be presented, but most of the meeting will be devoted tto your questions and comments. All Board of Directors members and Committee Chairs will be there to field your questions and listen to your suggestions.

Audio 1:55:39 - 27.1 Mb mp3 file
Note: This audio does not start at the beginning of the session.
President's Report - Glenn Hedman - Slides - 861 Kb pdf file
Financial Highlights - David A. Wilkie - Slides - 95 Kb pdf file
Website Revamp - Greg McGrew - Slides - 3.6 Mb pdf file
RESNA Awards - Slides - 1.8 Mb pdf file

Student Design Competition (SDC)

The Student Design Competition is open to students from any discipline who have a creative and innovative design that will assist an individual with a disability to function more independently.

Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. The RESNA SDC has a long history of providing a forum for the work of energitic students representing a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering. computer information science and architecture.

Slides - 407 Kb pdf file

University of Arkansas Press Release - Biological and agricultural engineering student team wins 2007 RESNA National Student Design Competition

Student Scientific Paper Competition (SSPC)

An important way for students to participate in the conference is through the Student Scientific Paper Competition, sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The five winning papers were presented in a Platform Session at the conference on Sunday, June 17th at 10:30am. Other qualifying student papers were included in the Interactive Poster Sessions and the RERC Student Platform Session on Monday, June 18th at 3:15pm.

The purpose of the Student Scientific Paper Competition is to promote high quality scientific and engineering research in the field of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. The competition encourages students from a variety of disciplines to address contemporary issues in these fields through research and submit their papers for presentation at the RESNA Annual Conference. It focuses on the rigorous use of research methods in the filed of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology and is based on the scientific and engineering merit of the research.

International Appropriate Technology Awards
Slides- 242 Kb pdf file

Tuesday - 06/19/2007

Platform Session #9 - Wayfinding Technologies - Table of Contents

Moderated by: Tony Gentry, MA, OTR/L
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • A Rollator-Mounted Wayfinding System for the Elderly
    Vladimir Kulyukin
    Utah State University
    Slides - 10.5 Mb pdf file
  • ShopTalk: Independent Blind Shopping
    John Nicholson
    Utah State University
    Slides - 482 Kb pdf file
  • Development of a Wearable Guide System for the Blind
    Byung-Seop Song
    Daegu University
    Slides - 2.0 Mb pdf file
  • The Locating Technology Project: Lessons Learned
    Elizabeth Steggles
    McMaster University
    Slides - 263 Kb pdf file

W45 - Accessibility and Microsoft Vista - Table of Contents

David Kendall Grant, PhD, ATP

Windows Vista offers significant improvements in its approach to computer accessibility. This course reviews these features and offers contrasts and comparisons to previous Windows versions and Mac OSX as well as known programs such as Dragon, Jaws, and screen magnification programs.

Audio 1:09:37 - 16.3 Mb mp3 file
Note: The low volume of the audio of this session is due to the presenter stepping away from the microphone.

Digital Photographs and Video - Table of Contents

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Title Slides - Table of Contents

Wheelchair Curb-Climbing: Randomized Controlled Comparison of Highly Structured and Conventional Training Methods
Sean Bennett, BSc
Dalhousie University
Slide - 57 Kb pdf file
The GameCycle Exercise System: Feature Improvement
Erin E. Mishey, BA, BS
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Slide- 197 Kb pdf file
Psychosocial Impact for Individuals with Disabilities: Do Services Dogs Help?
Michelle L. Sporner, BS
University of Pittsburgh
Slide - 71 Kb pdf file
Wheelchair Tiedown and Occupant Restraint System Loading Associated with an Adult Manual ANSI WC19 Transit Wheelchair with a Seated 50th percentile ATD Exposed to Rear Impact
Zdravko Salipur, BS
University of Louisville, Mechanical Engineering
Slide - 83 Kb pdf file

Presentation Tips - Table of Contents

How to reduce the size of photographic images in Powerpoint - Gary Downey

"I just remembered I had given a presentation that included how to shrink photos in a PowerPoint to make the photo file size (and therefore PowerPoint file size) smaller. You can do all the photos in the whole file with a single right click. Pretty easy."

"Here's the actual PowerPoint file and the PowerPoint Show file. The nice thing about the PowerPoint Show file, in addtion to being uneditable, is that you can download PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft for free if you don't have the actual PowerPoint software."

Powerpoint file - 793 Kb
Powerpoint show - 792 Kb
pdf file - 1.01 Mb

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