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Therapist
modi fies
Ogame for
disab led
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
For the first time, an adapin of
r video game enables quadri 'egics
t, play games for themselves,
Whanks to a University therapist.
At a press conference yesterday,
Activity Therapist Nicholas
Kolokithas unveiled an adaptation of
the "Wizard of Wor" game that he
developed with engineer Daniel
Koester. With a joystick and a tube
mounted to a pole that can be at-
tached to a wheelchair, the device al-
lows quadriplegics to bypass the
game's control panel. Quadriplegics
are paralyzed from the neck down.
As Brian West, a 23-year old Ann
Arbor resident, demonstrated yester-
day, patients maneuver the stick
with their chins. Sucking on the
tube moves the figures, and blowing
into it fires the figure's guns. West
was rendered a quadriplegic eight
years ago when he broke his neck
doing a BMX bike stunt.
The tube is similar to a straw
quadriplegics use to operate electric
wheelchairs.
The game is located in the Activ-
ity Center of Mott Hospital, where
Kolokithas works. "We try to give
them as many stimulating things,
things that they want to do, in this
room," he said, "This is their time
Pto get away."
"I don't have to watch. I can
come in (to the Activity Center) and
enjoy the room," West said. "It
makes being in the hospital a lot
better. It's relaxation. It's very im-
portant to me."
Kolokithas first, thought of
modifying a video game three years
ago when "a friend of mine told me
that it was impossible," he said.
'That really gets me going."
He said hospitals nationwide
should get video games for
quadriplegics. "The thing about re-
hab is to normalize life. By giving
quads video games, it normalizes life
for them," he said.
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The Michigan Daily-,-Friday, October 23, 1987- Page 3
State may aid
local homeless

By ALYSSA LUSTIGMAN
The Ann Arbor Shelter Associa-
tion may receive part of a $868,000
grant from the Michigan State
Housing Development Authority if
its application is accepted.
Cathy Zick, director of Ann Ar-
bor's Shelter Association for the
Homeless, said her organization will
submit an application for the grant
in the near future. In August, the
Huron Street shelter, which houses
up to 50 individuals every night, re-
ceived a $35,000 grant from the de-
velopment authority.
If the shelter receives the new
grant money, it will go towards op-
erational costs such as maintenance,
staffing, and cleaning, Zick. said.
"We try to work on a statewide
level in funding the homeless, but
we also receive funds from city,
county, and local government,"Zick
said.
"There is a lack of affordable
housing in this area, and a fairly
largeproblem with homelessness for
a community this size," she added.
"This is often because students take

up what housing there is in the area
that would be available for our ten-
ants."
City Council member Cathy Ed-
gren (D-Fifth Ward) agreed that there
is "a' problem with the homeless in
Ann Arbor."
"Emergency shelter has been our
highest priority of human service
funding for two years," she said.
Some are worried that the home-
less predicament will grow worse
with the onset of winter. "As the
weather gets cooler, the problem
will be more serious," said Council
member Ann Marie Coleman (D-
First Ward). "The situation isn't as
obvious in the summer."
"Many shelters are at capacity,"
Edgren said. "We have to work on
not just housing people, but helping
them move out."~
The money is part of a $2 mil-
lion federal grant, $1.2 million of
which has already been assigned to
counties outside of Washtenaw
county.
- The Associated Press con-
tributed to this report.

Need a lift?
Race official Will McClure waited out a rainstorm yesterday afternoon inside the official Dodge car of the
National Collegiate Driving Championships. The rain delay caused the Ann Arbor stop of the NCDC tour, held
in the Crisler Arena parking lot, to be extended through today.
Stocks drop after slight recovery

(ContinuedfroPagel1)
London, wiping out more than two-
thirds of the gains in Wednesday's
record trading.
In an unusual step, the New York
and American stock exchanges
announcedyesterday they would
shorten each of their next three
trading sessions by two hours to
process the crushing volume of the
last week. The New York exchange
processed almost 2.5 billion shares
in the past week, said NYSE Chair
John Phelan.
The exchanges will close at 2
p.m. today, Monday, and Tuesday,
and will open as usual at 9:30 a.m.
At one point yesterday, the Dow
was down 140 points and bobbed
violently afterward at sharply lower
levels.
"The market's extremely fragile,"
said Peter DaPuzzo, manager of the
retail equity group at Shearson
Lehman Brothers Inc. in New York.
"Any negative news causes it to

break and people to sell out equities.
There's so much tension a n d
nervousness, the confidence level is
very close to zero."
The value of all U.S. stocks fell

$107.79 billion, wiping out nearly
half the recovery of the previous two
days, according to the Wilshire
Associates 5,000 Equity Index of
stocks.

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