With a Better Option
Upworthy.com by Matt Savener
A year ago, my friend Arash had a terrible accident that paralyzed his legs. But thanks to his hard work and some brilliant engineers, he was able to walk again. This technology could mean freedom and a completely different kind of life for people with paralysis. I can't wait until these cyborgs are walking our streets every day. And yes, wheechairs are really that old.
Oh no! This video has been removed. But you can read about it on Al Jazeera and keep track of Arash's progress on his blog, where he chronicled one year since his accident. You can also contribute to his recovery and check out more cool stuff from Ekso Bionics.
A Thanksgiving message from Representative Tulsi Gabbard
In a March 2013 letter from Representative Tulsi Gabbard:
Neighbors Oppose Affordable Housing at Historic Senior Care Home
Honolulu by Derek Tamura July 30, 2013 - In what is expected to be a heated discussion, neighbors of Lunalilo Home will weigh whether the importance of property values or affordable senior housing is better for Hawaii Kai. The exchange will occur at the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board 7pm 7/30/13, at Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria and may be a defining moment for the integrity and character of the East Oahu community . See: Follow Up.
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY November 4, 2013 story reported that the Transportation Department fined US Airways $1.2 million for a disability case because of its poor performance to passengers needing wheelchair assistance in Philadelphia and Charlotte. It is the largest penalty for a disability case against an commercial airlines.
Contracts Total Over $500 Million
Braulio Castillo, CEO of Strong Castle Inc., claims he broke his foot playing sports at a military prep school in 1984. As an IRS contractor he has been using a minor, possibly non-existent injury from his prep school days 27 years ago to secure government contracts for his company was publicly shamed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in such a magnificent way that it almost made his fraud worthwhile.
What can you do about it?
Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that it's not only the NSA that's watching us, but professional cybercriminals who exploit both weak code and trusts that human nature (you) will open the doors to a hack attack.
The promises of advancing technology is nothing less than amazing. Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics brings onstage two amazing exoskeletons, HULC and eLEGS -- robotic add-ons that could one day allow a human to carry 200 pounds without tiring, or allow a wheelchair user to stand and walk. It's a powerful onstage demo, with implications for human potential of all kinds.
Van Vooren has been the team's water boy for the past couple of years but today, duty had a much higher calling. He suited up, got out on the field with the intent of taking that ball into the endzone. And that is exactly what Van Vooren did. He took the handoff from the quarterback and ran 35 yards down the field for a touchdown. Van Vooren has Down syndrome.
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