New York State Industries for the Disabled has announced the 2019 CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive Technology) symposium where engineering students from nine colleges will collaborate with rehabilitation organizations to develop inventions that help those with disabilities succeed at work. They are hosting a symposium tomorrow and a panel of judges will score their projects. The winners will receive thousands of dollars for their school and rehab partners. Katie Tucci with NYSID says this is an amazing opportunity for students.
“I think knowing that they have this drive and the passion to want to help individuals with disabilities and to make the world a better place is something you don’t see and is very rare these days,” says Tucci.
One biomedical engineering student is helping to create a cord clamp to keep people’s hands further away from heat on an assembly line.
Rebekah Abrams says, “We wanted to make it easier for a larger variety of people to work on the assembly line.”
A pair of students are working on a fan to help suck out harmful fumes in the workplace. Taryn Milnas says, “I think it’s really important seeing that our design can actually be implemented.”
Hannah Goldring’s team made a device that can combine various assembly line steps in one, via a clip. It helps those with motor skills issues.
“So, to get to see that through and to see something that’s going to be used by actual individuals who we can make a difference in their lives, it means a lot,” says Goldring.
21 different inventions will be on display; other products include more efficient recycling tools, an easy open window latch, and more.
Colleges and partner organizations include: Alfred University/Arc of Steuben, Cooper Union/UCP of NYS, CUNY City College/Goodwill, NYIT/AHRC Nassau/AHRC NYC, RIT/Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Rochester University/Unistel, SUNY Albany/Living Resources/Center for Disabilities Services, SUNY Polytechnic/The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter, Union College/Schenectady ARC.
The symposium will take place Wednesday, April 10th in meeting room 6 of the North Concourse/Empire State Plaza in Albany at 10 AM. It is open to the public.
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