Assistive “robotic exoskeleton” approved by the FDA

An innovative device for people with paralysis is the first of its kind to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The robotic exoskeleton, called “ReWalk”, has appeared here on DisAbility Rights Galaxy in the past. FDA approval will allow the robotic exoskeleton to be used in physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities. According to a representative of the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health, “innovative devices such as ReWalk go a long way towards helping individuals with spinal cord injuries gain some mobility…individuals may be able to use these devices to walk again in their homes and in their communities.” You can learn more about the device at the ReWalk website.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.