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March 21, 2013

CREATE Assistive Technology and Transform Lives

Category: General — NYSID @ 6:21 pm

By Emily Gydesen, CREATE Marketing Intern

NYSID is collaborating with colleges and universities across New York state to tap into innovative technologies – and help make connections to better lives for the individuals we serve.

Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology (CREATE) brings engineering students from colleges and universities within New York State together with community rehabilitation centers to create new and inspiring technologies and devices which improve lives and livelihoods.

Currently, two groups of students at SUNY Maritime are partnering with Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, Inc. (GIGNY) on CREATE; one group is working on a heat sealing machine modification and the other group is working on a tagging gun design project.

“Staff members have enjoyed working with the students and we are excited to see what solutions they design,” said Linda Scarce-Turner, GIGNY’s executive vice president of human services. “It has been a real pleasure working with the students and a valuable learning experience for them, as well.”

CREATE could be a key component in a Capstone course for engineering students, while resulting in a practical application of assistive technology that will help workers with disabilities overcome obstacles. Participating teams are eligible for seed money to finance their CREATE projects and possibly put into production the winning technology that will transform the workplace environment.

NYSID’s goal is to have multiple participating colleges and community rehabilitation centers participate in the 2013 CREATE program.

“We are excited to work with all the amazing institutions and bright minds within New York,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “We are looking forward to the many great inventions that we will receive and a new landscape of employment options for persons with disabilities.”

For more information on CREATE, contact CREATE@nysid.org or visit www.createnysid.net.


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