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Leading Event for People with Disabilities Features Latest Technologies, Products, Services, Education and Special Events

Governor Perdue and Mayor Franklin welcome attendees to Abilities Expo on Nov. 6-8, 2009.

Atlanta, GA – The anticipation for Abilities Expo Atlanta (www.abilitiesexpo.com) has been building for months. Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this free, three-day expo and conference will take place Friday, November 6, through Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops and special events to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between.

“Abilities Expo’s distinguished 30-year track record of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through technology, education and networking continues in Atlanta,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “Between the adaptive sports demonstrations, the sneak peek at the future of assistive technology, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display…this is a must-attend for everyone in the Community.”

Attendees will find:

- Cutting-edge products and services for people with disabilities

- Brand-new assistive technology prototypes that are still in development and the latest commercially available AT products at the Assistive Technology Pavilion

- Hundreds of low-cost daily living aids at the Retail Pavilion

- Free compelling workshops

- Free career-boosting CEU-seminars (for healthcare professionals)

- The Artist Market where Georgia’s most-celebrated artists with disabilities will display, demonstrate and sell their artwork

- Interactive, adaptive sports

- A fashion show featuring contemporary and accessible clothing and accessories

- Dance performance and instruction

- Canine assistance demonstration

- Fun activities for kids, seniors and everyone in between

- The opportunity to donate used disability equipment

- And much more

For more information, schedules and pre-registration, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com.

About Abilities Expo
Abilities Expo is the nation’s premiere event for the 1 in 5 Americans with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For the past three decades, the Community has gathered at Abilities Expos across the country to discover the latest, life-enhancing products and services and learn from relevant, free workshops. On the industry side, Abilities Expo is the premiere trade show for manufacturers, distributors and service providers to showcase their products and services directly to the end-user and professional healthcare providers. For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com.

Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo on November 6-8, 2009

Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center to sponsor new Assistive Technology Pavilion

Atlanta, GA – The cutting-edge of assistive technology—including both commercially available and next-generation AT products—will be showcased at the Assistive Technology Pavilion at Abilities Expo (www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta) on November 6-8, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this free, three-day expo and conference for a taste of the latest technologies, techniques and tips for improving their physical, technological and social environs.
The following products—many of which are still in development—will impact people of all ages with a wide range of physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

• Tongue Drive System (TDS): Enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse-driven computer cursor using simple tongue movements.

• Accessible Wii: Custom-designed Nintendo Wii interface for quadriplegic users.

• Cushion Pressure Mapping: Allows for the development of more comfortable and usable wheelchairs by mapping pressure points on seat cushions of various materials.

• Implanted Electrode Technology: Experimental technology which can actually be implanted in the body and, when used with external programmable control units, it can help provide function to paralyzed limbs.

• Auditory Menus and Deaf911 Phone: Exciting demonstrations of experimental technology currently under development for people with visual and manual limitations (Auditory Menus) and hearing loss (Deaf911 Phone).

• Robotics technology: Displays on robots that retrieve and deliver objects using a laser pointer.

• Accessible Bluetooth headset options for people with manual limitations.

• Visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta/pavillions.html for more.

This unique peek into the future of AT is made possible by the Shepherd Center, NeuroTech Network and Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technology (Wireless RERC) and Aware Home Research Initiative.

“In addition to providing an exciting forum for people with disabilities to gain knowledge and view products and services, we are thrilled to present the Community with the new Assistive Technology Pavilion.” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The forward-thinking scientists and professionals at Georgia Tech and the Shepherd Center are revolutionizing accessibility and, at Abilities Expo Atlanta, attendees will find out how!”

Registration for Abilities Expo is free. Pre-register for priority access at www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta.

 

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