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2003

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  • March 18 - British Sign Language (BSL) is recognised as an official British language.[1]
  • April 30 - Aldurazyme (laronidase) became the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for mucopolysaccharidosis type 1 (MPS I), also known as Hurler's disease.[2]
  • August 25 - Ossur released the Low Profile Vari-Flex, a prosthetic foot designed for amputees with a low build height.[3]
  • September 19 - The Iditarod Trail Committee makes a landmark decision to unanimously approve Rachael Scdoris's request for special accommodations that would allow her and her dog team to compete safely in the Iditarod. In 2006, Rachael became the first legally blind athlete to complete the Iditarod.[4]
  • November 21 - The first mobile phone designed specifically for blind and partially sighted people, Owasys 22C, goes on show in the UK. [5]


References

  1. Promoting the use of British Sign Language. UK Council on Deafness. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  2. Kugler, R.N., Mary. "Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)." About.com:Rare Diseases. January 1, 2006. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  3. Ossur hf. "Ossur Introduces Low Profile Vari-Flex(r) New Flex-Foot® Specifically Designed for Amputees Requiring a Low Build Height." Press Release. August 25, 2003. Accessed on March 8, 2008.
  4. "Rachael's Story." The Official Rachael Scdoris Website. Accessed on March 14, 2008.
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3226314.stm