Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Internal Market for assistive ICT - Final report, by the European Union

The Internal Market for assistive ICT - Final report, by the European Union 28 January 2012, 12:00pm SLT/PDT This study, provides an analysis of the Internal market for inclusive and assistive ICT, the different roles and stakeholders as well as legislative aspects, with an emphasis on the different approaches of nine Member States providing support to people with disabilities to acquire the adequate assistive ICT. This report explores the functioning of the European internal market and the barriers and the opportunities that this sector faces as well as the possible impact that can be derived from addressing barriers and embracing opportunities. Main findings and conclusions will be presented, as well as a number of recommendations. Given in text. About the Presenter: Carla Broek, RL Project Manager, and Accessibility Expert. Also survivor of Acquired Brain Injury The Report: Study: Internal market for inclusive and assistive ICT, targeted market analysis and legislative aspects

Monday, January 16, 2012

Deep Brain Stimulation and Neural Control Systems : Second Life Talk Mayo Clinic

Deep Brain Stimulation and Neural Control Systems

 A presentation and Q/A session, open to the public, led by Dr. Kendall Lee, surgeon in Neurologic Surgery, and Director, Mayo Neural Engineering Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.
When:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:30 pm PST
Where:  Mayo Clinic conference center, Mayo Clinic island (info)
How: Presented in Voice
Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Deep Brain Stimulation with electrode implants has been successfully used in over 80,000 patients to provide relief from different symptoms of various conditions.

 Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology at Mayo Clinic with an appointment in Neurologic Surgery and in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. His biographical information, including a list of publications and research activities, is available at

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that strives to provide the best patient care every day through integrated medical practice, education and research. This group is a designed to connect people with an interest healthcare to each other, information and other resources. (health & wellness) (medical services) (education & research)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

From HealthInfo Island to Second Life Medical Library

Today I handed over several HealthInfo Island social media accounts and tools over to Virtual Ability, Inc, in person to Gentle Heron and Eme Capalini.
This includes the HealthInfo Island Blog, but also

All data, posts, photo's and videos from HealthInfo Island's history will be transferred to this blog.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

"Mental" disabilities: social and educational issues : notes and extra info

Note: this page presents working notes for a presentation to be given on Jan 5.  Since these are working notes in progress, some contents will probably change.  

Health Info Island

Segmented lecture-discussion format

The segments (six)  are as indicated in the notes below.  I will give a brief (about 8 minutes) summary of the past and current state of each issue, then host a discussion for about 15 minutes.  The reason I chose this format will be apparent in the discussions.  
During the presentation, I will have  a BOP* poster (instead of a slide show) nearby.  I will also have a poster-giver with a web link for those using a viewer that lacks  BOP capability.  
*BOP = Browser on Prim
Part of the "Waiting on the World (to Change)" series hosted byVirtual Ability.
UN Enable; Priority Themes
"Waiting for Godot" 
Terms and concepts as I will use them
  • Mental illness:  Non- technical term applied to serious disorders that present* as behavioral problems.  *All  behavior is generated by the brain, including that attributed to "the mind"
  • Disabiliy: A serious limitation imposed by some physical condition.  Note that "serious" here is defined by circumstances.
"Mental" disabilities: social and educational issues
Segment 1. The major mental disorders "Psychoses"

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The Ann Myers Medical Center : A fresh start a new year, good intentions

Group Notice From: The Ann Myers Medical Center, Vera ZhaoyingHa allA fresh start a new year, good intentions :-)a workshop about good intentions and new years resolutions!!!On a location called virtual abilities first, then on to AMMC, where your avatar is tested but you are spoken to, yes you behind the keyboard!!Curious?? Do pay attention to follow up messages!(january14 at 10 AM)

No more mop buckets: Profitably employing people with disabilities in real positions

No more mop buckets: Profitably employing people with disabilities in real positionsPRESENTER: Jason Pace (SL: Hydra Shaftoe)SUN Jan 8, 11 am SLTSojourner AuditoriumThe nuts and bolts of how a business can employ people with mental disabilities (focus on the autism spectrum) in profitable roles. A gritty, realistic session exploring the benefits and minuses of hiring such people, and ways of utilizing the special gifts of autism while minimizing the impact of the negatives.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"Mental" disabilities: Social and educational issues : presentation on Exhibit 5

"Mental" disabilities: Social and educational issues
Presented by: Dr. Selby Evans  (Thinkerer Melville in SL)
THURS Jan 5, 7 am SLT
Exhibit 5, Healthinfo Island

•    the major mental disorders or psychoses
•    “ethnogenic” disabilities (conditions seen as disabilities as a result of cultural circumstances)
•    experience-based disorders
•    addictions
•    developmental disorders
•    what to do while we wait for the world to change

This presentation consists of six segments. First, a presentation about major mental disorders. 
Next, a discussion about "ethnogenic" disabilities, which are conditions seen as a disability as 
a result of cultural circumstances, followed by experience-based disorders. Information is also
offered on addictions and developmental disorders. 
The presentation concludes with ideas of what to do while we wait for the world to change.

Presenter Bio:
Selby Evans is a retired Professor of Psychology at Texas Christian University. He taught courses in psychological measurement, computer applications, and systematic problem-solving. A published author, he has conducted research in pattern perception, and studies of cognitive systems, supported by U. S. military organizations, NASA, National Institutes of Health, and other government organizations.