Rectech Newsletter

Recent Updates

Dr. Dan Ding’s doctoral student, Shivyogi Hiremath, who is funded by Rectech, received a Switzer Fellowship (based on his work in project R2).The draft UDFE standard (by Beneficial Designs,Inc in partnership with Rectech), Work Item 34535: Standard Specification for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive Use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments is currently out for vote. AIMFREE is being used by researchers at McMaster University in Canada (Project R3), and a recent paper was published using our instrument (Universal Accessibility of “Accessible” Fitness and Recreational Facilities for Persons With Mobility Disabilities using AIMFREE instrument, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2011, 28, 1-15). So far about 300 undergrad students have used AIMFREE as part of their course work to learn more about the accessibility of fitness centers.Aldo Aguirre (Dr. Michael Scot’s PhD student who is working on Project D3) gave an invited presentation on the Standalone Gaming Device and related RecTech projects at the 2011 Assistive Technology Expo at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin on September 29.Paper accepted in high impact journal (Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews) by Rimmer and Schiller titled, Theoretical Effects of Physical Inactivity in People with Disabilities and New Strategies for Reducing Disability-Associated Low Energy Expenditure Deconditioning Syndrome (DALEEDS)Dr. Rimmer was invited to present two papers on Rectech-related work, one at the University of Lund, Lund, Sweden, and the other at the 2nd Baltic & North Sea Conference in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Vilnius, Lithuania (September 25 and 29, 2011).A poster was developed by Beneficial Designs,Inc in partnership with Rectech on strength training safety guidelines for wheelchair users.
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