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Volume 11, Issue 3: Summer 2003

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What's Inside...the Summer 2003 issue

Only Congressional Action Will Save DATI Services
We have received numerous calls and emails expressing concern about the funding status and actual expiration of the Assistive Technology Act and what it means for Delaware. In order to clarify this and provide accurate information, the national Association of Tech Act Projects obtained confirmation of the following information from the Department of Education's Grant Office.

The "Disability-Friendly" Workplace
The concept of being "disability-friendly" is one way that employers are being made aware of what they can do to not only meet accessibility requirements, but to also expand their sources of good workers, enhance productivity for all workers, and create a more satisfying work setting.

Countour KeyboardErgonomics in the Office
I would like to take this opportunity to pass along some ideas that may help reduce the possibility of acquiring a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or tenosynovitis, associated with repetitive stress.

Inaugural Money Management Workshop A Great Success
On Friday, May 30, 2003, DATI hosted an exciting half-day workshop at Del Tech's Terry Campus in Dover on money management skills for persons with disabilities. This free workshop, titled "Money Matters!" was funded by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC).

Inclusion Conference Scheduled for November
Mark your calendars - the 10th Annual Inclusion Conference will be held on November 6, 2003.

Employment Opportunity
The Freedom Center, a consumer-driven organization providing a variety of services and supports for independent living, is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time position of Independent Living Specialist.

Tech Connections LogoDealing with Standing Limitations
Workers who have stamina or standing limitations can often benefit by alternating between sitting and standing to reduce or alleviate fatigue and back discomfort. Different types of stools or chairs might be considered as options depending on the type of work setting, the specific nature of the workstation, and specific tasks and activities that the worker will need to perform.

Technology in Literacy Education Grant Competition
A partnership between the International Reading Association and Don Johnston Incorporated supports a competition intended to foster the creative use of computer technologies in classrooms to "connect" students with literacy learning.

NIDRR Seeks Input to Long-Range Plan
NIDRR is in the process of updating its long-range plan, and seeks input from people with disabilities, interested family or friends, service providers, disability and rehabilitation researchers and others to guide its future activities.

Photo of book cover: Easy Things to Make... To Make Things EasyThe Low Down on Low Tech
For an individual with dexterity problems and/or fine motor impairments, using a key to unlock a door, cabinet, or drawer can be difficult and sometimes painful.

A Useful Web Site
NICHCY is pleased to let you know about the launch of the great new website by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).

Did You Know? - Access at the Gas Pump
The Delaware Code (Title 6, Section 2912) requires gas stations that offer both full- and self-serve fueling to provide full-service at self-service prices for disabled drivers with state issued disabled placards or license plates.

Election Reforms Benefit Voters with Disabilities
One of the few positive things generated by the 2000 federal election debacle is the Help America Vote Act ("HAVA"), 42 USC § 15301-15545, passed by Congress in 2002.

NMEDA LogoResource for the Road: National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is a 500-member trade association serving dealers, manufacturers, and professionals involved in the modification of transportation vehicles for people with disabilities.

Safe Transport for Children with Special Needs
The Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center has produced a free, web-based interactive training that provides information about safe transport for children with special needs.

What Is All This Talk About Blue Teeth
Bluetooth is the newest kid on the technology block, and it holds a lot of promise for the assistive technology industry.

Promising Products
Lift Mates, Inc. has developed two new products to make boxes easier to lift and stack.