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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 his feet.

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 evaluation.

"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."

 

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