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03-24-2004

Rehabilitation Research And Assistive Learning Technologies Highlight Clarkson University Access-ability Day

Clarkson University will host Access-Ability Day on Wednesday, April 7, an all-day event that showcases disability awareness and assistive programs, as well as promising new research in rehabilitation engineering. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Cheel Campus Center. Access-Ability Day is sponsored by Clarkson's Office of Accommodative Services.

Guest speaker Sharon Trerise, coordinator of accessible information technology at the Northeast ADA & IT Center at Cornell University, will present a lecture titled "Ensuring Access to Course Content for Students with Disabilities." Trerise will introduce new technologies for presenting course curriculum to individuals with disabilities, including alternative formats and the role of the Web. She will also discuss faculty responsibilities for providing accessible course content. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the Barben Rooms.

Clarkson University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering James J. Carroll and George D. Fulk, an instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy, will present current interdisciplinary research at Clarkson that focuses on the application of virtual reality-based interventions to improve functions in people with disabilities. Their presentation, "Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation," will also include a demonstration of virtual reality technologies and is at 5 p.m. in the Barben Rooms.

Rehabilitation engineering is the application of science and technology to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Recent studies have demonstrated that utilizing advanced rehabilitation engineering technologies such as virtual reality, robotics and telerehabilitation as interventions for individuals with chronic disabilities may improve rehabilitation outcomes and quality of life for a number of individuals. Clarkson's promising rehabilitation research is based on an integrated approach that draws on its expertise and resources in engineering, business, science and physical therapy.

Other Access-Ability Day activities include disability awareness skits by "Kids on the Block" from the United Cerebral Palsy Association and a special guest appearance by "Frieda," a retired guide dog. Exhibits and participants also include representatives from Whiteface Mountain Adaptive Ski Program, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, L.E.A.P. (Living: Exploring All Possibilities), B.O.C.E.S., Canton-Potsdam Hospital Services, Kinney Drugs, Massena Independent Living Center, and the Clarkson University Physical Therapy Department.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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