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  • August 11 - A new FAA approved ruling goes into affect that would allow portable oxygen concentrators on planes making it easier for people who are dependent on the devices to travel.[2]


  • July 13 - Marlon Shirley, an track and field athlete and amputee, and Erin Popovich, a swimmer with achondroplasia, won the ESPY Awards for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability.[3]
  • October 15 - Sarah Reinertsen becomes the first female above-knee amputee to complete an Ironman at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, Hawaii[4]


  • September - Wakamaru, a Japanese domestic robot made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to provide companionship to elderly and disabled people, goes on sale.[7]


  • September 25 - Leland C. Clark Jr. - American biochemist and inventor. Clark invented the first biosensor, a device to rapidly determine the amount of glucose in blood.[8]
  • December 29 - Gerda Boyesen - Norwegian psychotherapist. Boyesen was the founder of Biodynamic Psychology.


  1. Murderball. The Internet Movie Database. Accessed April 2, 2008.
  2. "FAA Approves Use of Portable Oxygen Concentrators on Planes." Home Care Magazine. July 18, 2005. Accessed on March 13, 2008.
  3. "The 2005 Winners." ESPN Internet Ventures. Accessed on March 9, 2008.
  4. "Sarah's Story." Accessed on March 9, 2008.
  5. "Dean Kamen." National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. 2007. Accessed on February 25, 2008.
  6. "" Disability Resource Center Website.
  7. Wakamaru Design of a Robot
  8. "2005's Highest Engineering Honors Go to Designers of Spy Satellite, Inventor of Biosensors, and Innovative Educators." National Academy of Engineering. Feb. 22, 2005. Accessed on May 19, 2008.