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Joining forces for stronger voice
Joining forces for stronger voice
QUEEN Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) has joined forces with MERU, a children's disability charity.  
Jonathan Powell, CEO at QEF, said: 'For us the key driver in joining with MERU is to expand the range of services for disabled children and young people as well as creating more opportunities in more disabled people's lives.' 
This merger follows on the heels of another for QEF when Voluntary Association Surrey Disabled (VASD) became part of the QEF Group. It is part of strategic move by the charity to use its resources and specialist knowledge to impact directly on the lives of more disabled people. 
The number of disabled people QEF supports will rise from around 2,700 each year to over 3,800 and will also give the charity a much stronger campaigning voice in pressing for a better deal on issues directly affecting people's lives.

High hopes for hand
High hopes for hand
PROSTHETIC manufacturer RSLSteeper launched its latest generation of myo-electric hands at a conference in Germany. 
The company hopes the third generation hand will lead to major export orders in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia. 
The fully articulating bebionic3 was unveiled at the Orthopadie + Reha Technik event in Leipzig. Originally launched at the 2010 Hanger Education Fair in Reno, Nevada, bebionic hands feature naturally compliant grip patterns combining innovative technology with lifelike appearance.

Man versus machine
Man versus machine
IS technology responsible for record-breaking sporting feats, rather than better athletic performance? Ottobock's 'Passion for Paralympics' exhibition has been touring the country in the run-up to the Paralympics, which start on August 29.  
It discusses if too much credit is now given to devices like running blades for sprinters - rather than an athlete's own training. 
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Sir Philip Craven, a former Great Britain wheelchair basketball player, spoke at the London event.  
He said: "When it comes to Paralympic sport I am concerned that some people prefer to give credit to the role of technology in an athlete smashing a world record over their actual performance. This pays a total disservice to the outstanding performance of our elite full-time athletes who, just like their able bodied counterparts, follow punishing regimes that push their body to the limit."
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