Two LiveWell RERC Projects, iMUp and GaitBox, Win the Coveted TREAT Award at RESNA's 2019 Developers Showcase

RESNA’s Developers Showcase allows for developers to gain feedback from conference attendees on their projects. Developers can obtain feedback from engineers, assistive technology professionals, and clinicians. Along with obtaining feedback on designs from other professionals, products can win awards by sponsor organizations. One such organization, TREAT: Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology provides an award for products that most closely represent their mission. TREAT works with developers of assistive and rehabilitation technologies to provide education, consultation, and assistance in the effort to help products reach commercialization.

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LiveWell 2020 Student App Challenge

LiveWell RERC is sponsoring its third annual app development competition for middle, high school, and college students as well as non-professional developers. Winning submissions will be selected to receive a cash award. To see past winners please visit – (2018) http://www.livewellrerc.org/712460154054 and (2019) http://www.livewellrerc.org/news/2019/6/19/2019-student-app-challenge-winners-announced.

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2019 Student App Challenge Winners Announced!

The LiveWell RERC sponsored an app development competition for middle, high school, and college students, as well as non-professional developers interested in building applications to be used within the assistive and accessibility spaces. Students were required to consult with clinical specialists and complete a quiz on basic mobile application accessibility to gain a better understanding of the clinical populations and mobile accessibility challenges.

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Need financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps on mobile platforms?

The LiveWell RERC has just released its annual App Factory call for proposals. Each year, the LiveWell RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. and Canada to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, smart speakers, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or cloud computing.

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LiveWell RERC researchers win the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research

LiveWell RERC researchers Nicole Thompson, John Morris, Mike Jones, and Frank DeRuyter won the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology for their paper, Use of mHealth Technologies by People with Vision Impairment, at this year’s annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.

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LiveWell 2019 Student App Challenge

LiveWell RERC is sponsoring its second app development competition for middle, high school, and college students as well as non-professional developers. Three winning submissions will be selected to receive a cash award. Two submissions will also be selected at random for prizes, so it is encouraged you submit your project even if it is a simple app. To see past winners please visit - http://www.livewellrerc.org/712460154054

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LiveWell RERC to present at the 2018 RESNA Annual Conference

July 11-15th the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Annual Conference will be held in Arlington, VA. LiveWell RERC staff will present on Friday, July 13th during the Emerging Technology platform session (1:15 – 2:15 pm): Introduction to information communication technology applications for aging


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LiveWell staff to present at the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury

The 4th Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury is coming up in Washington DC June 11-13. The Interagency Meeting offers opportunities for leaders in TBI rehabilitation to share updates and advances in TBI rehab research and clinical practice. LiveWell RERC staff will present an oral paper on Tuesday June 12:

EyeRemember: Development and Testing of a Memory App for Brain Injury on Emerging Wearable Platforms

As you plan your conference schedule, we welcome you to join us at this session.

2018 App Factory Request for Proposals Announced

Need financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps on mobile platforms? 

The LiveWell RERC has just released its annual App Factory call for proposals.  Each year, the LiveWell RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. and Canada to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or cloud computing.

Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWellRERC) seeks to enhance the use and usability of wireless technologies for people of all ages and abilities. The LiveWell RERC's mission is to promote Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access to existing and emerging technologies for all people regardless of ability; and to develop and validate ICT applications to improve the capacity for independent living and community participation. Included in this effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App Factory”.

Proposals for 2018-19 are due on August, 15 2018. More information on the RFP can be found at the link:

http://www.livewellrerc.org/2018appfactoryrfp

If you have any questions about the App Factory, please feel free to contact Tracey Wallace at tracey.wallace@shepherd.org.

IDEAL Group Launches Free, Game-Changing, Communications App for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

HILLIARD, Ohio, March 27, 2018 - IDEAL Group today announced the release of a speech to real time text (RTT) communications application designed to help more than 45 million Americans with hearing loss and speech disabilities. Speech2RTT® is an Android application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone using their Android smart phone.

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LiveWell 2018 Student App Challenge

LiveWell RERC is sponsoring an app development competition for middle, high school, and college students as well as non-professional developers.  Three winning apps will be selected to receive a cash award.  We will also select two apps at random for prizes, so we encourage you to submit your project even if it is a simple app.

The LiveWell App Challenge is intended to promote awareness of the need for assistive and accessible technologies by fostering innovation through a fun, hands-on activity. Applicants are encouraged to submit mobile applications that address a need from in one of LiveWell’s target areas, but apps from any area will be accepted.  We are particularly interested in apps that can be used by people with disabilities and people who are aging.

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Call for submissions on mHealth and people with disabilities for ICCHP 2018

The LiveWell RERC invites submissions to its Special Thematic Session on “Mobile Healthcare and mHealth Apps for People with Disabilities” at the 16th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, July 11-13, 2018 at the University of Linz, Austria. Special Thematic Sessions present a detailed and comprehensive view of specific topics; and the proceedings will become a visible and wide spread reference of these topics. Abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by at least 3 experts in the field. In case of acceptance a camera ready versions of full papers (max. 8 pages) and short papers (max. 4 pages) has to be submitted till March 25, 2018. ICCHP publishes with Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. To learn more, please visit http://www.icchp.org/session/10693, or contact John Morris, PhD, at john.morris@shepherd.org, 404-367-1348.

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LiveWell RERC to present at the 2018 CSUN Conference on Technology and Disability

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWell RERC) is pleased to announce the schedule of its presentations at the 2018 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. LiveWell RERC researchers and engineers will be participating in 6 sessions – 3 in the General Track and 3 in the Research Track.

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LiveWell RERC Releases Amazon Echo Skill That Reads TechWatch and LiveWell News Blogs

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Information and Communications Technology Access (LiveWell RERC) development staff recently released an Amazon Echo Skill that will read aloud the latest posts from our two blogs, TechWatch and LiveWell News.  The new skill can be installed on the Amazon Alexa app and then utilized on any Amazon Echo product.  The skill taps into the RSS feeds from our blogs and is called the LiveWell News Skill.    Once enabled, saying the command “Alexa, what’s the news”, or “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing,” will allow your Echo to read aloud the latest LiveWell RERC news feeds.  A user will only get information if it has been updated within the past week.  The LiveWell RERC developer of the new skill from Duke University, Leighanne Davis, says “The new skill will make the news feeds more accessible and convenient to a variety of users by providing speech output.”

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