first_imgJoin us at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 12 for a 60-minute webinar on What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask, presented by Marcia Scherer, Ph.D.From wheelchairs to hearing aids, memory supports to speech devices, assistive technology (AT) solutions have long been a staple for supporting the functioning of individuals with disabilities, especially wounded service members. However, there can be barriers to successful implementation of an assistive technology solution.There are almost 40,000 different AT products on the market.  In spite of all the advances in AT, the average non-use rate has remained at about 30% for over 20 years. This is costly in terms of wasted products for military families, and the wounded warrior’s functioning and satisfaction. Successful integration is the key phrase. When warriors are provided with the support that best matches their needs, priorities, doesn’t interfere too much with their daily routine, and helps them realize benefit from use, then their functioning, confidence, and sense of control tends to increase.Research has shown that the most important way to reduce this non-use or abandonment rate is to know how to find the available AT resources, involve the service member in selecting the AT, and to use a systematic process for assessing both the warrior’s needs and preferences. The most effective support may be personal assistance, strategies, or technologies—most commonly, a combination of these. This webinar will present ways to be informed of the variety of available AT and the use of a systematic process to match the service member with the most appropriate solution for his or her enhanced functioning and well-being.PresenterDr. Scherer is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology.  She is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center and Project Director, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University.  She is a past member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, and is Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.Dr. Scherer is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).  Dr. Scherer authored Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment and Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities as well as authoring, editing, co-editing seven other books. She has published over sixty articles on disability and rehabilitation in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over twenty-five book chapters; she has been cited over 2500 times by others.No registration is required to join the web conference, go to What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.last_img read more


first_imgGetting into drone video production? Here are some tips for getting great footage and some must-know information for new pilots.Love them or hate them, drones are now a big part of video production. Not only do they allow you to quickly capture aerial shots in minutes, they have also become so agile that they can be flown at a low altitude to replicate traditional crane moves.In this post, we will be covering some basics of drone flight: the terms you should be using, no-fly zones, flying for commercial use, and the upcoming FAA drone registration and regulations.Flight TerminologyWhen in flight, you need to know the correct terms to communicate effectively with your crew. This is the same principle as traditional camera movements. You need to know what to do when a shot calls for a pan or tilt.When a drone is in flight, it can move in three dimensions. These axes are lateral, vertical, and longitudinal. Based on the drone’s center of mass, the flight parameters allow the aircraft to move in those three dimensions. In layman’s terms, you can control the drone to move forwards and backwards, up and down, and side to side. 1. YawA yaw changes the direction the drone faces by turning the aircraft to the left and right on the vertical axis.  This is the same as turning your head to the left or right.2. PitchA pitch angles the drone’s nose up or down to move the aircraft forward or backward. This is the equivalent of looking up or down.3. RollA roll angles the drone’s body to the left or fight to move the aircraft side to side. While always looking forward, tilt your head to the left of right. Flying for Commercial Use (in the United States)At the time of writing, it is still illegal to fly a drone for commercial purposes without a license. This includes creating videos for clients. There will be new legislation in the coming months that will allow commercial use after registering your aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA. The terms are still not known.Image via Federal Aviation AdministrationHowever, you can still fly your drone and shoot video for hobby purposes, as long as it’s recreational. Your other option is to apply for an FAA Section 333 Exemption which will allow you to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems, like a drone, for commercial use. These exemptions are issued on a case-by-case basis, so it’s not guaranteed that you will received approval to fly.Every country has their own various flight laws, so be sure you read up before you take flight. No Fly ZonesThe final thing we will cover is the ever-important No-Fly Zone. No-Fly Zones should be taken very seriously, as violating that airspace is a federal matter. There are four main types of No Fly Zones.1. Major AirportsThere is a No-Fly Zone around every major airport and most medium-sized airports. There is a five mile No-Fly Zone radius around an airport.2. U.S. Military BasesThese No-Fly Zones are directly above every military base of any size.3. U.S. National ParksAll National Parks are No-Fly Zones, so don’t even plan on flying over Old Faithful or by Mount Rushmore. Flying in a National Park is a good way to get tazed.4. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)These temporary No-Flight Zones are created for special events, usually with very large crowds. These are issued for sporting events like every NFL and NCAA football game, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and Indy Car races, as well as any major event that applies for an FAA airspace waiver.Pursuant to 49 USC 40103(b), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classifies the airspace defined in this NOTAM as ‘National Defense Airspace’. Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the rules pertaining to operations in this airspace may be subject to certain criminal penalties under 49 USC 46307. Pilots… may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel. – Sporting Event Temporary Flight Restriction FDC NOTAM 4/3621If you are planning a flight, I highly recommend Don’t Fly Drones Here. This is a great interactive map that features all No Fly Zones and is constantly updated with Temporary Flight Restrictions, so you will know if there are any places you shouldn’t be.If you are looking to buy your first drone, be sure to check out our definitive drone buying guide.Drone model from TF3DM user ysup12last_img read more


first_imgFour ministers who had lost in the assembly polls willFour ministers who had lost in the assembly polls will be reinstated in their departments in the rank of a minister by the government, Banerjee said.Chandrima Bhattacharya, former minister of state for health and law and judicial affairs, former power minister Manish Gupta, former PWD minister Sankar Chakraborty and former backward class welfare minister Upendranath Biswas will get a new position in their own departments.Popular Bengali singer Indranil Sen, who had won polls on a Trinamool ticket, will be the new minister of state for information and cultural affairs.Rabindranath Ghosh, also a new face, will be the north Bengal development minister and Churamani Mahato in backward class welfare.Siddiqullah Choudhury will be the minister of state with independent charge in mass education, library and parliamentary affairs.Bratya Basu, who was in charge of tourism earlier, has now been given the charge of IT and electronics.The chief minister said they have made IT a separate department to give special focus on it.Urban development and municipal affairs will remain with Firhad Hakim, agriculture with Purnendu Basu, forest with Binay Krishna Burman, Sundarbans development with Manturam Pakhira.Aroop Biswas will hold PWD, youth affairs and sports while Sashi Panja will be in women development and social welfare and child development.She will also hold the charge of health and family welfare as a minister of state with independent charge.Bachchu Hansda will be MoS for north bengal development, Sandhyarani Tudu in backward class welfare, Asima Patra in technical education department as independent charge.advertisementMoloy Ghatak will retain the portfolio of labour, law and judicial services. PTI NIK MD AMSlast_img read more


first_imgUncle: Half of Europe want Real Madrid midfielder Llorenteby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent and uncle of Marcos Llorente has cast doubt over his future at Real Madrid.The midfielder was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain on Saturday.Julio Llorente, his uncle and agent, admits going into the tournament they were preparing to leave Real next month.”We will remember this throughout his life because it is the first title in which Marcos has won,” said Julio Llorente.”To continue in Madrid is nice, but we knew it was not good for his development. We had the plan to leave on-loan until the match against Rayo.”Since the season ended with Alavés, I’ve been called by half of Europe, including Champions League teams.”I was surprised he did not have more participation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgSolskjaer pleased for debutant Chong: He lifted Man Utd crowdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Tahith Chong lifted the home support in his debut for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Chong, 19, replaced Juan Mata in the 64th minute of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading to become the 229th academy graduate to make their first-team bow for the club.”He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.”But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway. And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”He added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end. The second goal was excellent with Alexis [Sanchez] getting Romelu [Lukaku] in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgJourdan Lewis hangs on the rim after a dunk.Jourdan Lewis DunkMichigan senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis is known for his superb skills on the football field, but his athletic gifts also translate to the basketball court.While out in Oregon serving as a mentor at Nike’s The Opening, Lewis found some time to hit the hardwood. He posted a video to his Twitter this afternoon showing him throwing down a pretty legit dunk off a self alley-oop.Messin around s pic.twitter.com/h0ZwC688AG— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 9, 2016Not bad at all, especially considering Lewis is only 5-foot-10. [ 247Sports ]last_img read more