25 years of "Hello, how are you? My name is..."
The university's English Language Institute (ELI), long recognized by international educators as one
of the most distinguished English language institutes in the world, celebrated its 25th anniversary
October 21 with a gala reception in the Center for the Arts. More than 300 supporters, faculty,
administrators, students, alumni and visiting international educators attended.
Making markets: putting special populations in business
Billy Decker, born with Down syndrome, will be able to ice skate wearing skates specially designed for
Terri Prescott will be able to cook for herself using a new product called a kettle holder, designed
for persons with spasticity or limited grip strength.
These and other helpful assistive devices are being made possible through the UB Rehabilitation
Engineering Research Center for Technology Evaluation and Transfer. Center experts screen submissions
from private and corporate inventors and designers, then advance qualifying prototypes to consumer
"Really helpful products often never reach consumers with disabilities because many designers and
inventors don't have the resources to develop their ideas and make them marketable, and don't know how
to link up with a manufacturer," said Joseph Lane, research center director.
"On the other hand, manufacturers often lack knowledge about consumer needs and product requirements
for persons with disabilities. Our center provides the knowledge and resources to fill those gaps."