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Winners Named in da Vinci Accessibility Awards Program

September 21, 2001  1:30pm
Source: PR Newswire

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sep 21, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Six winners were selected from the nine finalists in the first annual da Vinci Accessibility Awards developed by ESD The Engineering Society (ESD) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Michigan Chapter, Inc.

Patricia McDonald, President of the Michigan Chapter of NMSS, and Lawrence Slimak, Executive Vice President of ESD, announced results of the judging.

The winners will be honored Sept. 28 at a program called Dinner with da Vinci at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.

The six winners by category are:

-- Assistive Technology: IBM Home Page Reader. (A software program enabling visually impaired persons to surf the web, and send and receive e-mail)

-- Facilities: Donald and Susan Miles Home. (A private residence in Oakland Township, Michigan, designed to cover a range of potential disabilities ranging from those associated with the normal aging process to degenerative disabilities to those requiring assistive care)

-- Information Technology: . (A Birmingham, Michigan-based web site providing information and a forum for people with disabilities, developed by Heidi Van Arnem)

-- Materials: Cool Thing Fabric. (A water-permeable fabric developed by a husband and wife team in Armonk, New York, to provide cooling for people)

-- Personal Mobility: Michigan State University's Shaw Lane Crossings. (State-of-the-art pedestrian signals at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. First application of the technology outside of California)

-- Vehicular Mobility: GM Mobility Center. (A process which brings together resources throughout the company to institutional universal design techniques, enabling widespread information sharing and fast execution to develop more user friendly vehicles to meet diverse customer needs)

ESD and NMSS joined forces in this venture to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges facing people regardless of their physical ability.

The program was named after da Vinci because of his efforts to broaden humanity's horizons, which changed the way people saw the world. The da Vinci awards are designed to honor and showcase the individuals and companies continuing his work through accessibility design innovations, which have empowered people, regardless of their physical ability.

The first annual Dinner with da Vinci and awards program is sponsored by General Motors Corporation. The collaborative venture of two seemingly unrelated non-profit organizations is a unique partnership to bring awareness to the general public of the challenges individuals with physical disabilities face in their daily lives.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the evening's keynote speaker. G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., General Motors President and CEO, is Chairman of the Leadership Committee for the program.

SOURCE:      ESD The Engineering Society

CONTACT:    Lee Sechler of ESD The Engineering Society, +1-248-355-2910, or
                  pager, +1-248-815-1355


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