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  • 1976 - The 5th Paralympic Games is opened in Toronto, Canada. This was the first Paralympics to be held in Canada and the first to have a corresponding Winter Paralympic Games. In addition, these Games were the first to include blind and amputee athletes. [1]
  • 2006 - Ossur officially releases the PROPRIO FOOT, the world's first motor-powered and artificially intelligent prosthesis] for transtibial amputees.[2]
  • 2006 - Ossur introduces the Power Knee for official release in September 2006. The Power Knee was the "world's first and only motor-powered, artificially intelligent prosthesis for above-knee amputees that restores lost muscle function and enables amputees to perform normal daily functions never before possible."[3]


Births

1811 - Elisha Graves Otis, inventor of the first elevator with safety brake and first passenger elevator -- an important architectural access feature.


References

  1. History of Sport for Persons with a Disability. International Paralympic Committee.
  2. Ossur hf. "PROPRIO FOOT(tm) Stands and Delivers for Amputees." Press Release. August 3, 2006. Accessed on March 8, 2008.
  3. Ossur hf. "[Ossur's Power Knee(tm) Widely Available in September]." Press Release. August 4, 2006. Accessed on March 9, 2008.