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April 12, 2017

Assistive Technology Culminates with CREATE Symposium April 26

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:31 pm

A record number of teams and schools is gearing up for NYSID’s third CREATE Symposium at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Fifteen teams representing eight colleges and universities will participate in the April 26 event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Terrace overlooking The Well.

During the 2016 CREATE Symposium, the QRNavigation team from City College of New York demonstrated a mobile app that assists individuals to navigate indoor environments

The CREATE Symposium showcases prototypes of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities. Special guests, including New York State legislators, will speak at 11 a.m. NYSID member agencies and corporate partners are welcome to attend.

Spectrum News recently profiled the CREATE collaboration between Schenectady ARC and Union College to design a greenhouse temperature controller for 10 individuals with disabilities to use at the agency’s Maple Ridge facility.

CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that brings undergraduate and graduate student engineers and professors from colleges and universities across New York State together with NYSID organizations that employ individuals with disabilities.

Participating NYSID member agencies include: ABVI Goodwill; Arc of Livingston-Wyoming; Arc of Steuben; Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey; Human Technologies; LAICO Industries; Lifespire; and Schenectady Arc.

Participating colleges include: Alfred University; City College of New York; Manhattan College; Mohawk Valley Community College; Rochester Institute of Technology; SUNY Alfred; Union College; and University of Rochester.

Students and professors will demonstrate their CREATE inventions to Symposium attendees, including New York State legislators and staff.

Among this year’s CREATE inventions:

Ergonomic Improvement – Cart to improve efficiency of an apparel factory

Panoramik – Mobile panoramic imaging system to assist visually-impaired workers

Therapeutic Virtual Environments – Virtual Reality system to better train workers with autism

Cotton Fabric and Synthetic Fiber Recycling Systems – Convert cotton clothing donated to Goodwill that cannot be re-sold into shredded material that can be re-sold for thermal and acoustic insulation, acoustic tiles, bulletin boards, furniture and air filters

Stapel – Staple remover for document shredding

“CREATE offers undergraduate and graduate student engineers the opportunity to put their knowledge to use in the context of practical, hands-on experience while developing products that can make lives easier for New Yorkers with disabilities,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO.

For more information on CREATE and the April 26 Symposium, visit: http://www.createnysid.net.


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