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White House Readies for America’s PrepareAthon

April 2014 – The White House is currently readying for FEMA’s PrepareAthon, which will take place on April 30, 2014.

Presentations Released - State of Science Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities

April 2014 — Presentations from the State of the Science Conference, sponsored by the University of New Hampshire, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) and the Kessler Foundation, are now available. Held April 8-9, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland, the conference addressed employment disparities experienced by people with disabilities and presented research from three NIDRR-funded employment rehabilitation research and training centers.

Does your State Have a Tech Savvy Lawmaker?

April 2014 — Government Technology has released an interactive map detailing legislators with the most involvement in technology-related policies and legislation.

New Hearing Aid Allows Users to Sync with Wireless Devices

April 2014 — Starkey has released Halo, a new hearing aid which is designed to be compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPods. Halo hearing aids act as stand-alone hearing aids but have the added feature of using Bluetooth to connect directly to wireless devices. Using the TruLink Hearing Control app, Halo users can use their iPhone to stream calls, music and Facetime directly to the hearing aid. The app also enables users to remotely adjust hearing aid settings and create TruLink Memories, which geotags and saves hearing aid settings for specific locations.

Open Letter to LA Senators Urges Support for Assistive Technology

March 2014 — Former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, issued an open letter to Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) and other Louisiana Congress Members  urging them to consider supporting a recent bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act [S.948 and H.R. 942].  The Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that complex rehabilitation technology is covered under Medicare.

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