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EU takes positive steps to end book famine


The European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism.
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The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own


Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
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Inclusive education for children with muscle-wasting conditions


Muscular Dystrophy UK announced the availability of an informative, helpful and comprehensive guide and hopes it will continue to empower schools and parents to improve the lives and educational experiences of pupils with muscle-wasting conditions, enabling them to reach their full potential.
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NIST study provides voice for evacuation needs of mobility impaired


A new study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailing the challenges faced by people with mobility impairments during emergency evacuation from multistory buildings.
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Changes to retirement savings system may exacerbate economic inequality


A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
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Wearable tech helps adults with autism manage anxiety


Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety – though, traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned. However, wearable technology could provide the solution.
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