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Inspirational stories from people with disabilities to highlight DATI c(00:rfference Inspirational stories from peo- ple with disabilities will highlight the annual conference of the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The confer- ence will be held at Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware's Laird Campus, Newark. The keynote speaker will be Jimmie Heuga, who, at 15, was the youngest male ever to make the U.S. Ski Team. After winning numerous medals in World Cup and Olympic events, Heuga re- tired in victory. Then, two years later, he was diagnosed with mul- tiple sclerosis (MS) and advised to live a sedentary life. While living the quiet life, Heuga began to deteriorate physi- cally and mentally. Six years after the diagnosis, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He developed an exercise program of cardiovascular endurance and, us- ing his natural athletic talents, be- gan stretching and strengthening exercises. Next, he developed re- alistic goals for his personal well- ness. While there is no cure for MS and Heuga must live within the constraints of his disease, his resolve has allowed him to lead a full and active life, focusing on his abilities. Presenting one of the breakout sessions will be Jane Bradley, a retired nurse, who will present, "Walking, Talking and Playing Bridge: Following an Aneurysm." Bradley was an Army nurse, an instructor at Jefferson Medical Center, the school nurse at Wes- ley College, and worked in the op- erating room at Kent General Hospital. She has written a nation- al core curriculum, raised a family of five children and was a regular participant in church and commu- nity activities. In 1991, while teaching, she suffered a cerebral aneurysm. Her presentation will focus on her search for an Augmented Al- ternative Communication (AAC) system, her dedication to learning how to use it and its impact on her daily life. Gov. Thomas Carper and Uni- versity president David P. Roseile will deliver opening remarks. An- other special session will include a team of educators talking about al- ternatives to writing for individu- als whose physical, sensory or cognitive limitations make hand- writing difficult. Heuga will present a session ti- tled, "Re-animating the Physically Challenged," and mobility and driving experts will present "On the Road Again," a look at adap- tive equipment that gives individ- uals options for operating cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and more. Other sessions include a look at the new Medicaid AAC policy, software for the Mac and PC to make computing easier, a discus- sion of challenging seating situa- tions, low- and high-tech vision aids, outreach programs, and re- search on information access tools. Registration is $40 for Delaware residents and $60 for nonresi- dents. Reservations are recom- mended by Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative, a partnership between the University of Delaware and the duPont Hospital for Children, at 800-870-DATI, TDD, 302-651- 6794. PFLAG meeting set for Nov. 6 PFLAG Sussex County at Re- hoboth will hold its regular month- ly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Metropolitan Com- munity Church, Route 271 (Glade Road) in Rehoboth Beach. The speaker will be David Payne, advocacy chairman for the chapter, who will discuss how to advocate for equal rights in the lo- cal community. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 37 SEE THE IMPOSSIBLE COME TRUE. Call For Your Laser Vision Correaion Evaluation! Robinson, Cook & Lubkeman The Laser Center for Sight Comprehensive Eye Care Specialists .... ...... MILLSBORO Mitchell St. SEAFORD 701 Middleford Rd, I .,A! S C O .... I"O r/ - ............  0 V/ittCit :: : RIGHT IOR YOU. " I ...into the next generation of h00ion. The World's Smalle 0 The World's Fastest The World's Most Sqflmtkated aml Completely Automatic l)00GrrAt HUPdNG AID For more information, contact: MARY ANN GASKIN, M.A., CCC-A Bayside Health Association (302) 856-3597 or 645-4700