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Technology advancing for people with disabilities

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The 2013 Disability Expo and Forum in downtown Tampa Wednesday showcased some of the most advanced technologies for people with disabilities.

More than a dozen exhibits lined the lobby of the Hillsborough County Center, demonstrating audial and visual enhancement equipment, as well as the most up-to-date inventions for people with mobility issues; organizers said all available information is aimed at improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

"Getting everybody together in one central location is very good," said Shari Wilson, who is wheelchair-bound and runs a booth for the Center for Independent Living. "We don't want any special treatment, we just want to be included just like everyone else."

The technology on display went far beyond electronic; people could take a look at state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs, which can be any shape, size and color.

"Whether it's an orthotic device, a prosthesis or some of the other tools that we have here today, the sky's the limit. You can do whatever you want to do in life," Jennifer Robinson with Tampa-based Westcoast Brace and Limb. "It's dream it, do it, nothing can stop you."

The event celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 landmark legislation known as the Americans with Disabilities Act which is viewed as civil rights legislation that gave more rights to the disabled.

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