Amazing! Restored Sense of Touch (and Other Tech Wonders)

Restored Sense of Touch for Amputees

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Technology Glove that Translates Sign Language Into Speech

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Learn All About the Tech Glove at Talk Able

Glasses that Help the Blind Live

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Competition Drives the Exoskeleton

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The Phoenix

“The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye” (Source).

Esko Bionics

“Ekso Bionics helps survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again. The Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton has changed the course of recovery in gait training and neurorehabilitation by augmenting not only the individual’s strength, but the therapist’s ability to work with their patients” (Source).

The Rewalk

“ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb and descend stairs*. ReWalk is the only FDA cleared exoskeleton for rehabilitation and personal use in the United States” (Source).

Rex Exoskeleton

“REX® is the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device. No frames, no crutches, no stress. All the benefits of standing and walking, but with minimal impact on the shoulders and leaving the hands free. We understand that, for wheelchair users, protecting the health of their shoulders is important, as is the ability to use their hands, which is why REX is designed to allow hands-free standing and walking. Working, painting, cooking, or hugging; hands-free” (Source). 

Veterans and Disability

The reality of experiencing a disability often comes on the heels of performing service for your country. In America, we recognize those who’ve served, though the truth remains, much more can be done to help our veterans. If you happen to run a Google search on “disabled veterans,” more than likely you will encounter the webpage for Disabled Americans Veterans.

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From this page their mission statement states: “DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals” (Source).

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And after a twenty year push to recognize veterans with disabilities, the effort has finally paid off in the form of a memorial located in Washington D.C. To watch the video, please follow this link to the page provided by the Voice of America: Memorial to Disabled Veterans.

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Sonoma County has its own veterans outreach known as the Sonoma County Vet Connect. And their goals are much the same: “Our mission is to provide outreach to all former military service members and their families and to assist them in obtaining access to services and benefits due them for their service to our country” (Source).

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Would you be surprised to discover that the Sonoma County Vet Connect will be a part of DSLC’s Tech Expo 2015?

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Fact is, Sonoma County veterans have participated in past expos and will probably continue to do so for as long as the need remains.

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To learn more about what Sonoma County Vet Connect does, how they participate in solving the problems so many veterans continually face, or if you’d like to just drop by and say hello and thank you, please come and visit the 10th Annual Tech Expo and More.

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People Helping People at a Tech Expo

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DSLC’s Tech Expo, held yearly at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, is an all-day effort, a full-scale campaign to promote awareness as to the products and services that are available to both the disabled and the greater community at large. But its mission could not be accomplished without the hard work put forth by the people who stand behind the principle. The people you see at a Tech Expo are there to provide information to the people who need to know that information, people who otherwise may not have known about a particular kind of assistive technology, or a certain service that can increase independence.

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Tech Expo exhibitors are the backbone of this incredible event. They are the ones who take the time to show up, and they are the ones who explain. Tech Expo exhibitors are the ones who’ve spent their lives immersed in the technology and services they know so well, and the Tech Expo is their chance to reach out, to speak to the public about the ways in which they can help others.

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The Tech Expo is a place of exploration for visitors, where the size and scope increases each year the event is held, testament to the demand for an event like this to occur. The Tech Expo is, in essence, a critical opportunity to educate and inform, where the chances stand that if even one life has been touched, then the event becomes more than worth the effort.

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This year’s Tech Expo celebrates two occasions: the tenth time it has been put on, meaning that DSLC’s Tech Expo has been running for an entire DECADE! And the anniversary of the ADA — The Americans with Disability Act — a groundbreaking law that was passed in 1990, resulting in life-enhancing, society-altering changes that affected millions. Our exhibitors will be working with DSLC to commemorate these occasions, to make the magic happen, and they’ll be waiting and eager to see and speak with you as you arrive with any questions you might have.

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Not doing anything on October 9th this coming fall? Why not drop by and see what’s going on? Drop by even if you are, because you never know what you might find; something may be there that might be important to the life of someone you know.

Join us for Tech Expo 2015!

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