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From: Jennison Mark Asuncion
Date: Thu, May 12 2011 8:00PM
Subject: A Cognitive Accessibility Project (fwd)
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Thought some here might find this of interest.

Jennison Asuncion
Co-Director, Adaptech Research Network http://www.adaptech.org

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Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 13:44:28 -0700
From: Seanna Kringen < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
Subject: [access-announcements] A Cognitive Accessibility Project

Subject: A Cognitive Accessibility Project

The first annual meeting of the RESNA Standards Committee on Cognitive
Technologies (CT) will take place June 8, 2011. Whether or not you can
attend this meeting, it is still possible to join this new accessibility
standards committee and help make technology easier to use.

What is this project?

There has been impressive accessibility work to make computers, the web,
cell phones and other technology usable by people with motor and sensory
impairments. Now it is time to address the needs of people with
cognitive impairments.

This project by the RERC-ACT of the University of Colorado School of
Medicine aims to make everyday technology products more usable by people
with cognitive impairment resulting from conditions such as Alzheimer's,
attention disorder, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome,
learning disability, Parkinson's disease and stroke. Of course, many
people will benefit from better design and more options for
customization. Please see this RERC-ACT newsletter article
0.pdf> for more information on the project.

What can you do?

* Join the RESNA Standards Committee on Cognitive Technologies.
Information on the first meeting follows. You can also contact the
chair, Seanna Kringen, = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = , (831) 685-4798, for
more information.
* Take a survey <http://www.beneficialdesigns.com/survey>; to
share your thoughts about the technologies that are most important for
people with cognitive impairment.

RESNA 2011

The first meeting of the RESNA Standards Committee for Cognitive
Technologies will be held in conjunction with RESNA 2011, Toronto, June
8, 2011, 5:30pm-7:30pm. There will be two additional meeting related to
the this committee at RESNA 2011:

* An informational meeting for our CT committee will
take place Tuesday, 07 June 2011, 12:00pm - 1:30pm. The primary goal of
this gathering is to recruit new members.

A presentation on the RERC-ACT D1 Development of Uniform Standards for
Cognitive Technologies project will be given during the RESNA Platform
11 Policy & Standards Session on Wednesday, 08 June 2011, 3:30-5:00.

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9

Direct: (416) 361-1000
Toll Free: 1-800-325-3535
Website: http://www.sheratontoronto.com

There is a RESNA hotel rate that should be available until 15 May 2011.
You may want to consider attending some of the FICCDAT Conference as

RESNA is being held in conjunction with FICCDAT this year, which is 6
conferences in one:

* Growing Older With a Disability

* RESNA/3rd International Conference on Technology and

* Advances in Neurorehabilitation

* Caregiving in the 21st Century

* 34th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering

International Conference on Best Practices in Universal Design

See the RESNA Website, www.resna.org <x-msg://14/www.resna.org> , for
information on the conference and RESNA hotel rate.

Please let us know if you would like to join the committee, will be
attending RESNA 2011, or have any questions.


Seanna Kringen, RESNA-CT Chair
Research Associate
Beneficial Designs, Inc.
(831) 685-4798 voice
(831) 685-4798 fax