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September 23, 2017

Feds Urged To Strengthen Autism Transition - DisabiltyScoop
The federal government should do more to streamline the experience of youth with autism transitioning to adulthood, according to a new report to Congress.

Report: Direct Care Workers Can't Afford To Stay In Jobs - DisabiltyScoop
The direct support professionals that many people with disabilities rely on are barely getting by, with new data showing they make little more than minimum wage despite surging demand.
September 22, 2017

Education Associates Announces New WIOA Solutions Package for Pre-ETS Services - PRNewswire

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To prepare more of the nation's students to be job and life ready, U.S. schools, job coaches, vocational rehabilitation counselors and transition coordinators are working hard to comply with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act...

UCP Expresses Concerns About Graham-Cassidy Legislation - UPC
As Members of Congress continue to discuss ways to improve the healthcare system in bipartisan hearings, United Cerebral Palsy expresses concerns about the Graham-Cassidy legislation being considered by some Senate Republicans. The health care needs of individuals living with cerebral …
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September 21, 2017

Continued Threat to Medicaid - AUCD
Senators Cassidy and Graham introduced a bill last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill, like previous proposals, would make huge cuts to and place caps on the Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies in the ACA, and allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

ADA Suits Increasingly Target Websites - DisabiltyScoop
Lawsuits filed against three large companies this month alleging that their websites violate the ADA are part of a growing wave of claims targeting everyone from Kmart to Netflix.
September 20, 2017

Disability Equality Index Names ManpowerGroup One Of The Best Places To Work In The U.S. - PRNewswire

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) has been recognized as one of the Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity inclusion in the workplace. The DEI® is a joint initiative of the American...

Farm Eases Haircut Anxiety For Kids On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
The drone of voices, buzz of clippers and shearing of scissors in the confined space of a beauty salon are often too much for those with autism, so one hairdresser turned to the outdoors.
September 19, 2017

IEHP partners with IEDC to host the 2017 Disabilities Conference - PRNewswire

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) continues to empower people with disabilities to live independently by helping to stage the 2017 Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) Conference, set for Wednesday, September 27...

Service Dog Company Accused Of Scamming Customers - DisabiltyScoop
A company is under investigation for allegedly selling animals that are poorly and improperly trained, including some that lack the temperament to be service dogs.

Student Invents Assistive Tech For Those With Disabilities Like Hers - DisabiltyScoop
Largely paralyzed, Kavita Krishnaswamy needs round-the-clock care and rarely leaves home, but that's not stopping her from designing robotic devices that help those with severe disabilities.

Order Your "Lift Your Voice" AUCD T-Shirt - AUCD
Order your AUCD t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, or hoodie today and pick it up at the 2017 Conference, or have a conference attendee bring it home for you. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.

NuStepping to End Alzheimer's Teams Raise Over $240,000 for The Longest Day® - PRNewswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The results have been tallied and NuStep, LLC is proud to announce that its NuStepping to End Alzheimer's teams raised $243,094 to benefit The Longest Day®, an Alzheimer's Association fundraising event held each year on the summer solstice....

Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services Face New Threat - DisabiltyScoop
Disability advocates are decrying a renewed drive to overhaul the nation's health care system that they say would fundamentally alter Medicaid and jeopardize home and community-based services.
September 17, 2017

CHOP Autism Expert Honored with Prestigious Award during 2017 AAP Conference - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, Director of the Autism Integrated Care Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is this year's recipient of the Arnold J. Capute Award, given by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The award was...

Google Wants Help Tagging Accessible Places - DisabiltyScoop
Google is looking to the public in an effort to make navigating the world easier for people with disabilities.
September 15, 2017

Netflix Renews Series About Teen With ASD - DisabiltyScoop
Netflix is ordering up more episodes of a series about the experiences of a teen with autism and his family.

DeVos: Minimum Progress For Kids With Disabilities ‘Preposterous' - DisabiltyScoop
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is calling on the nation's public schools to work with parents to better serve students with special needs.

Children's Health Insurance Program: Cmte Hearing to Reauthorization - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Stabilizing the CHIP funding stream and protecting gains in children's health coverage will remain a priority

September 15, 2017

Earlier this month, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Testifying before the committee, autism mom Leanna George shared how CHIP has benefited her son Caleb, who has autism. Autism Speaks also joined hundreds of other children's health advocates urging Congress for quick bipartisan action in support of a five-year extension of CHIP funding.

Originally introduced in 1997, CHIP serves as a bipartisan solution to securing a healthy future for children in low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private coverage or lack access to employer-specific coverage. Since its inception, the program has helped provide affordable, pediatric-specific coverage to almost 9 million children and reduced the number of uninsured children by 68 percent. With more than 95 percent of all children in American now enrolled in some form of insurance coverage, evidence shows how CHIP, together with Medicaid, is a smart investment in children.

Good news came this week as the Senate Finance Committee announced a deal to reauthorize funding for CHIP. Originally set to expire on September 30, 2017, this agreement reauthorizes the CHIP program for another five years. This extension is particularly important in light of the uncertainty surrounding the stability of individual insurance markets. Key findings published by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that without this federal funding, children would lose coverage as states would face budget pressures requiring them to discontinue or limit CHIP coverage. Without CHIP coverage, researchers have found that children with chronic conditions – including autism – would see increased costs.

Stabilizing the CHIP funding stream and protecting gains in children's health coverage will remain a priority as Autism Speaks continues a commitment to increasing children's access to appropriate intervention, services and resources following diagnosis with autism.

September 14, 2017

Hearing Health Foundation's Guide For Preparing For Emergencies When You Have Hearing Loss - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), the largest non-profit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S., encourages everyone to have an action plan. For people with hearing...

SEI Partners with Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to Celebrate Artists With Disabilities - PRNewswire

OAKS, Pa., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) today announced a partnership with Art Ability, an organization which serves as a unique and accessible venue for artists with disabilities, to display and sell their work. Approximately 80 pieces, submitted by artists from arou...

Ford Foundation names Judy Heumann senior fellow - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of disability and civil rights advocate Judith E. Heumann as a senior fellow. An internationally recognized social justice leader, Heumann has been a longtime human rights...

23rd Annual National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk to Take Place September 16 in Two Historic New York City Locations - Times Square and Central Park - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Down Syndrome Society will hold its 23rd Annual Buddy Walk in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 16. The day will start in the bright lights of Times Square where the annual NDSS Times Square Video will be displayed on two video boards...

"We Dig Chapel Haven" Groundbreaking Set For Friday, Sept. 15, Marks Major Milestone - PRNewswire

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when few agencies have ventured into serving adults with disabilities into their senior years, Chapel Haven is breaking ground on a major campus expansion to do just that. Chapel Haven, joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp,...

Payer Coverage for ReWalk Expands in Germany with Barmer - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ReWalk Robotics Ltd. ("ReWalk" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: RWLK), today announced that one of the leading German insurers, Barmer, has signed a confirmation regarding the provision of ReWalk systems for all...

Autism Speaks Reports Double-Digit Revenue Slide - DisabiltyScoop
The nation's largest autism advocacy group is reporting a sharp drop in revenue and is cutting expenses and distributing fewer grants as a result, newly-released financial data shows.

Kessler Foundation to Release First Survey Soliciting Perspectives of Supervisors of Employees with Disabilities - AUCD
According to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, nearly 69% of American adults with disabilities are "striving to work." Respondents were found taking at least one of the following actions: working, seeking a better position or more hours, actively job-hunting, networking with family and friends, or getting the necessary rehabilitation, education, and/or job training to prepare for employment.
September 13, 2017

Phonak Sponsors D.J. Demers' 'Here to Hear' Nationwide Comedy Tour in October - PRNewswire

WARRENVILLE, Illinois, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Phonak, the leading global provider of hearing aids and wireless communications solutions, along with award-winning comedian D.J. Demers (featured on America's Got Talent, Conan) are teaming up for the 'Here to Hear' comedy tour—a...

Students Create Custom Pencil Grip For Girl With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
A disability makes writing difficult for 9-year-old Natalie Quintana, but a custom-designed gripping tool developed by a group of middle schoolers is making a big difference.
September 12, 2017

Therap Introduces Enhanced Incident Reporting Tool - PRNewswire

WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap announces an improved and user-friendly interface for its incident reporting tool or General Event Reports (GER) module. User experience is enhanced through a simple and intuitive design. The new design maintains the original...

States Get Guidance On ABLE Accounts, Medicaid Eligibility - DisabiltyScoop
As a new kind of account allowing people with disabilities to save money becomes more available, federal officials say there are big implications for Medicaid.

Down Syndrome Reality Show Takes Home Emmys - DisabiltyScoop
A documentary series chronicling the lives of seven young adults with Down syndrome is the winner of multiple Emmy Awards.

EEOC: Man With Autism Harassed, Assaulted By Boss - DisabiltyScoop
A man with autism who washed dishes at a Golden Corral restaurant was harassed by his boss before being sexually assaulted on the job, according to a U.S. government lawsuit.

Dabdoub Law Firm Successful in Disability Insurance Claim Case - PRNewswire

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dabdoub Law Firm recently represented a client who suffered a stroke and could no longer return to work. Prior to the stroke, the client experienced a healthy pregnancy and became insured through Reliance Standard, a disability insurance...

September 11, 2017

Iranian 5040 Company Provides 200 Jobs for People with Physical Disabilities - PRNewswire

TEHRAN, Iran, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting the community of the disabled people is a key issue and exists as a long run program in many governmental and private organizations and companies in Iran, and within the 5040 Company (, this program has been materialized...

‘The Good Doctor' Gets Boost From Real MD With Disability - DisabiltyScoop
ABC is turning to a pediatrician with cerebral palsy and others who have achieved success despite long odds to help promote their new television drama about a surgeon on the spectrum.
September 8, 2017

Feds Award Millions For Autism Research - DisabiltyScoop
The federal government is handing out nearly $100 million with an eye toward better understanding autism and developing interventions for the condition.

Accomable Aims To Be Accessible Version Of Airbnb - DisabiltyScoop
Much like Airbnb, Accomable allows people to offer up their homes to travelers, but all of its listings are fully vetted for various accessibility needs.

Black Girls Viewed as Lass Innocent Than White Girls, Research Finds: Dr. Jamilia Blake (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Biases revealed in a new report may shed new light on why black girls are disciplined more harshly than their white peers. The report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood, focuses on adult perceptions of black girls and finds adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers.

New Release - #RDSJ Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies - AUCD
We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.

Nutrition Efforts Reaching the Disability Community - AUCD
AUCD is proud to continue its health efforts with "Nutrition is for Everyone" for a second year, made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. AUCD-member centers in Arkansas (AR), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), Oklahoma (OK), and Tennessee (TN) will work to provide nutrition education for an estimated 25,000 people with disabilities. During the first year of the project. "Nutrition is for Everyone" reached over 85,000 individuals in the disability community across the country. Current efforts will continue to impact nutrition behaviors, ultimately decreasing the rate of obesity for people with disabilities.

HHS Report Highlights Need for Coordinated Approach to Autism Services - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Report to Congress on Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

September 08, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)has releaseditsReportto Congresson Young Adults andTransitioningYouth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.This report was recently sent to Congress,fulfillinga requirement of the 2014 Autism CARES Act,which tasked the federal government with surveying the current landscape of adult autism services,reporting to Congress where gaps exist,andanalyzinghow to address those needsmost effectively.

Autism Speaks worked closely on crafting and successfullyadvocatingfor the2014 Autism CARESAct,which reauthorized the landmark Combating Autism Act forfiveadditionalyears.The Autism CARES Actauthorizesfederalfundingin excess of$3 billion by 2019 for autism research, services, training and monitoring.TheAutism CARESActalsounderscored the importance of addressing the needs of individuals with autism by directing HHS toidentifythe challengesfacing our community andthe ways in which federal and state officials can address them.

Every year 50,000 individuals with autism transition out ofpediatric andschool-based services and into adulthood.Whiletheirneeds don't suddenly changeat this time, their system of supportsdoesand transitioning youth with autismface a “services cliff” wheresecuringaccess topostsecondary educationand training,employment,housing, transportation,community supportsand other servicesis often difficult. HHS'sreport describessome commoncharacteristics of youth and young adults with autism and the challenges related to thistransitionto adulthood.The report alsosummarizes existing federaleffortsfocused onpromoting positivetransitionoutcomesfor individuals withautism, and identifies gaps and recommendations for further consideration in federal research, programs, and services that support youth withautismduring this critical timeof their lives.

The HHS report builds offofrecentreports published by theGovernmentAccountabilityOffice,offering“Roundtable Views” of necessary transition servicesas well asrecommendationsthatfederal agencies take additional action to support transition-age youth.The need for bipartisan efforts to make autism a federal priority continues as Congress reviews this information.

To read the full report, follow thislink to the HHS websiteand scroll down to“Publications.”

September 7, 2017

Developmental Disabilities: Job Coach Helps Build Pride, Professionalism - PRNewswire

SANTA ANA Calif. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The kitchen in the café where Elizabeth Martinez serves as job coach for three young men with developmental disabilities is a showcase for true integration of people with disabilities into the work force. Alongside...

Having a B.L.A.S.T. at Bliss Academy - PRNewswire

LA VERNE, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities, finding an educational and nurturing environment is crucial. Bliss Academy brings a positive balance to these children through mind, body, and spirit. The vision was to...

Rental Market Unkind To Those With Developmental Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
As people with developmental disabilities increasingly live in community-based settings, a first-of-its-kind report is finding that they face a multitude of barriers in obtaining housing.

Gallaudet President Bobbi Cordano to Keynote AUCD 2017 - AUCD
Join us for the AUCD 2017 Conference opening plenary featuring keynote speaker Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., President of Gallaudet University. Cordano is a dynamic leader who became the 11th President of Gallaudet University in January 2016. She will discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.
September 6, 2017

Producer Cy Chermak Brings Attention this Month to 50th Anniversary of First TV Series About a Handicapped Hero in New Book - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Fifty years ago, on September 14, 1967, NBC-TV premiered Ironside, a new kind of cop show in which the protagonist was disabled – a police detective struck by a would-be assassin's bullet, paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair. For seven season...

Cold Stone Creamery Announces The Second Annual In-Store Fundraiser Benefiting Best Buddies International - PRNewswire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept.6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Cold Stone Creamery® ( announces the return of its nationwide Best Buddies International® Fundraising Promotion during the month of September in honor of its continued partnership with the Best Buddies organization,...

How A Mom Helped Her Son With Autism Fit In At High School - DisabiltyScoop
Nervous about how other students would receive her son with autism, one mom took to Facebook and found a heartening response.
September 5, 2017

Transforming Age and Full Life Care announce affiliation - PRNewswire

SEATTLE, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, one of the most established not-for-profit senior living organizations, Transforming Age, announced an affiliation with one of Washington State's only adult day health and in-home care not-for-profit organizations, Full Life Care. Their...

Analysis: Minority Students Often Left Out Of Special Ed - DisabiltyScoop
Despite broad concern that minorities are overrepresented in special education, new research suggests that the opposite may in fact be the case.

Model With Down Syndrome Expands Fashion Line - DisabiltyScoop
A model with Down syndrome will mark her return to New York Fashion Week with a new apparel collection.

Fate Of Teen With Disability In Limbo As Mom Faces Deportation - DisabiltyScoop
Time is running short for a mother who's facing deportation, which would bring an uncertain future for her teenage son with a disability.

Natural Balance® Pet Specialty Food Brand Teams up with Paralympian in Honor of National Guide Dog Month - PRNewswire

ORRVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As a longtime supporter of guide dog schools and founder of National Guide Dog Month, the Natural Balance® pet specialty food brand knows that the unique journey guide dog teams embark on deserves to be celebrated. To shine a light on one of...

Shoppers With Disabilities May Soon ‘Beam' Into Stores - DisabiltyScoop
Clothing retailer American Eagle is testing out new technology designed to allow those with disabilities to shop by "beaming" into participating locations.
September 1, 2017

Steve Hearst And California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom To Serve As Honorary Co-Chairs Of The 14th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle Presented By Pepsi-Cola - PRNewswire

SAN SIMEON, Calif., Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Best Buddies International,a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD),is pleased to announce that...

Researchers: What We Know About Girls On The Spectrum ‘May Be Wrong' - DisabiltyScoop
Even though they score higher on tests of communication and social skills, girls with autism appear to struggle more than boys with the demands of everyday life.

App Bridges Gap Between Police, Those With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
A new smartphone app is alerting police officers with information about people with "invisible disabilities" in the hopes of better managing crisis situations.

Post-Harvey Assistance: Preparations needed for AT/DME to Houston - AUCD
A need for Assistive Technology (AT) - especially the subset of AT referred to as "Durable Medical Equipment (DME)" exists in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. As homes and neighborhoods flooded, many people were rescued without their AT/DME, or their equipment was lost or damaged in the flood. In addition, people may have developed new needs for AT/DME as a result of injuries sustained in the emergency. Currently, efforts are underway to assess people in shelters to identify their needs for AT/DME, identify a warehouse to store donated equipment, and identify safe transportation routes for delivering donated equipment.
August 31, 2017

Campus Suite Launches Accessibility and ADA-compliance Education Center - PRNewswire

CINCINNATI, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to changing federal requirements for school districts to make their websites ADA compliant, Campus Suite Academy has launched the School Website Accessibility Education Center. This free website contains a collection of resources for...

Sodexo Named as Top-Scorer on the 2017 Disability Equality Index List® - PRNewswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company, was named as a top-scorer in the 2017 Disability Equality Index® produced by the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and the American Association of People with...

Down Syndrome Prevalence On The Rise - DisabiltyScoop
As people with Down syndrome live longer, a new analysis suggests that this population is growing, but that may not hold true for long.

Post-Hurricane Rescue and Recovery Efforts for People with Disabilities - AUCD
As government officials continue to assess the damage and community needs left in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Harvey, AUCD staff is actively engaged to ensure that people with disabilities are included in all phases of the rescue and recovery process. AUCD network members in the affected areas also have been communicating with local agencies and participating in disaster integration efforts.
August 30, 2017 Shows Solidarity with Autistic Students in Latest Ranking - PRNewswire

STORRS, Conn., Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Autism Spectrum Disorder is actually the umbrella term for a relatively wide array of developmental disorders with varying skills, symptoms, and limitations. The most recent statistic reports that 1 in 68 children are, as they say, on the...

Dr. Dianne McBrien Named LEND Director of Iowa's UCEDD - AUCD
On July 1, Dianne McBrien, MD assumed the directorship of the University of Iowa�s LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) training program. She succeeds Lenore Holte, PhD, who directed the interdisciplinary program for the past 10 years.

Speak Up Speak Out: An Inclusive Speech Event Making a Difference (MS UCEDD) - AUCD
Speak Up Speak Out was an inclusive self-advocacy program for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Each morning we began with a few icebreakers allowing each participant to become more comfortable sharing about themselves with the group. Then we moved on to tongue twisters which were a crowd favorite! Everyone got the opportunity to try out the tongue twisters individually which led to a lot of laughs and an easy-going atmosphere. Next, we would go outside for warm ups, which are just short activities to get everyone moving and loosened up. Afterwards, we returned indoors and then split into two groups to develop skits. Each skit was completely original and came from the ideas of everyone in the group. We had a lot of fun creating our scripts and both groups selected the theme of superheroes and using your self-advocacy powers. Everyone enjoyed developing their names for their heroes, and of course, we had to have villains, too. The rest of day one and two focused on finalizing, refining and learning the skits. On the third and final day, we performed the skits for a full house of peers and IDS staff. When the performances were finished, each participant was given a certificate for participating in the Speak Up Speak Out event. All agreed that this experience was a hit!

Diversity Fellows Impact Entire Campus Community (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Three students from diverse backgrounds with a common goal - make life better for people with disabilities. That's the idea behind the Graduate Fellows Program with the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M. Over the course of a year, three graduate students participate in interdisciplinary training, work on projects with CDD researchers and attend several workshops and conferences related to diversity and disability issues.

AUCD Welcomes LaKesha Pettigrew (WI LEND) as the 2017-2018 Virtual Trainee - AUCD
LaKesha Pettigrew is a parent of a young child with autism from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has her sights set on transforming her local community by increasing early identification of developmental delays and autism in underserved children.

Sandy Root-Elledge is Recognized by the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - AUCD
Congratulations to Sandy Root-Elledge, Executive Director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Sandy was honored with the Bright Star Award for a professional by the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Bright Star Award is presented annually and recognizes a professional within the state who has made significant contributions to the field of disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy Statement on Hurricane Harvey - UPC
We share the feelings of so many health and human service organizations across the U.S. who are watching the storm and recovery efforts underway in Southeast Texas. We are thinking of all the families and communities who have been impacted by the storm. We …
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Aspiring barrister doesn't let his disability get in the way of fulfilling his dreams - PRNewswire

WITTERSWIL, Switzerland, Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 26 year old is an aspiring barrister and has been since the age of 14. In his quest to achieve his dream, Daniel made the move to London on his own at the age of 21, without his family or friends, in order to study and lead a more...

The Family Hope Center's Parenting Training Conference Puts Parents in the Driver's Seat of Their Child's Development - PRNewswire
NORRISTOWN, Pa., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After providing thousands of parents in Europe and South Africa with knowledge and resources to better understand their children diagnosed with special needs, The Family Hope Center will be returning home to Philadelphia to deliver its "How...

Harvey Brings Unique Challenges For Those With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
The upending of normalcy in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is particularly hard on those with special needs, and disability advocates and families are working to help them cope.

Is It Time To Ditch The Autism Puzzle Piece? - DisabiltyScoop
Long associated with autism, new research is questioning whether or not the ubiquitous puzzle piece serves as a pro or con for organizations tied to the developmental disorder.

City Mulls Ban On Subminimum Wage - DisabiltyScoop
A proposed ban on paying workers with disabilities less than minimum wage could take effect as soon as next month, but some worry the change would have unintended consequences.

Eye Contact ‘Too Much' For Many With ASD, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Avoiding eye contact is one of the most common characteristics associated with autism. But a new study suggests the behavior has little to do with social or personal indifference.
August 29, 2017

Invacare introduce next generation programming for powerchairs - PRNewswire

WITTERSWIL, Switzerland, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The LiNX control system, found on the renowned Invacare powerchair range, allows professionals to diagnose and update powerchairs more intuitively through its clean and simple interface. Changes can be made to a powerchair via a...

Meijer Recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) as one of the Disability Equality Index (DEI®) Best Places to Work for...

Best Education Degrees Releases 2017 Ranking of the 20 Best Online Bachelor's in Special Education Degrees - PRNewswire

WOODBURN, Ore., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Education Degrees, the leading guide to educational careers and colleges, has published its ranking of the 20 Best Online Bachelor's in Special Education Degrees for 2017....

Grainger Earns High Marks on 2017 Disability Equality Index and Named A "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, earned high marks on the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) and the designation of being a "Best Place to...

August 28, 2017

Aramark Named One Of The Best Places To Work For Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, was named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the 2017 Disability Equality Index® (DEI), with a top-score of 100%. This announcement came...

Nick Nucci Appointed Assistant Director for Administration at The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
Nick Nucci recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University as Assistant Director for Administration, directing financial and administrative operations. Mr. Nucci has over thirty years of experience in state government with the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) UCEDD Co-Director Leads Study on Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Using a Telehealth Intervention - AUCD
A telehealth intervention has been developed and is being tested that is aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness in young adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) pilot study is the first to address a major risk factor in health and mental health problems experienced by persons with PWS.

Colleen McLaughlin, MEd Appointed Associate Director of The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
Colleen A. McLaughlin, MEd was recently appointed the Associate Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University. Ms. McLaughlin is responsible for directing the Center's Disability Policy and Community Training and Technical Assistance initiatives. In collaboration with the Executive Director, Ms. McLaughlin coordinates the Center's UCEDD related functions and strategic planning.

UCCEDD's Healthcare Advocacy Strategies Engage New Advocates and Allies (OH UCEDD) - AUCD
Like many UCEDDs across the Network, the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD) was actively involved in educating individuals with disabilities, family members, professionals, and policy-makers about the healthcare changes proposed during this spring and summer. It was a fast-paced time of advocacy, an opportunity for seasoned advocates to teach others about legislative action, and a chance for new advocates to find their passion. The importance of raising voices and awareness has been and continues to be critical in this fight. Throughout the ongoing process, UCCEDD identified a need for healthcare policy education and activation and we'd like to share what that has looked like for us.

VIUCEDD Appoints New Executive Director - AUCD
Join us in thanking Dr. Yegin Habtes for his tireless work as the founding and Executive Director for the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Developmental since 1994. Since its inception to now, we have seen VIUCEDD grow to serve as a community partner around issues pertaining to developmental disabilities. It has served as a resource for the VI community, and has provided many workshops and speakers addressing exemplary and evidence-based approaches for individuals with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Reality Show Wins New Season - DisabiltyScoop
After receiving a half-dozen Emmy nominations, new episodes of a reality show following a group of young people with Down syndrome are on the way.
August 25, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America's Annual Healthcare Summit & Expo Opens in Washington, DC - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend and cover the 7th annual Paralyzed Veterans of America Healthcare Summit & Expo (Summit). The Summit brings together doctors; nurses; occupational, recreational and physical therapists; social workers;...

Florida Blue Named Employer of the Year for Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For numerous initiatives enabling people with disabilities to join its workforce and easily access information, Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, was named 2017 Employer of the Year for businesses with fewer...

More Businesses Embracing Inclusion - DisabiltyScoop
Corporate America is increasingly working to include people with disabilities with a new report finding that a growing number of companies are actively recruiting from this population.

Miss Amazing Casts Spotlight On Girls With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
A pageant for young women with special needs is about much more than looks, helping girls build confidence and develop friendships while showing what they're capable of.
August 24, 2017

Therap Announces Membership of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap is proud to be a member of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR). Therap is the National Leader for Intellectual and Developmental Disability organizations to track and report information on...

Better Medicare Alliance Launches Campaign In Support Of Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the launch of an advocacy campaign in support of permanent authorization of Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs), specialized...

Smile Generation®-trusted Offices Nationwide Provide Donated Dentistry to Community Members in Need for the 7th Year in a Row - PRNewswire

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smile Generation® hosted their seventh annual Smile Generation Serve Day on Saturday August 19th. Over the course of seven years, roughly 12,500 patients have received care totaling more than $20 million dollars. Smile Generation Serve Day...

Invacare® take powerchairs to a new level - PRNewswire

WITTERSWIL, Switzerland, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Touch screen remote Introducing next generation technology to powerchairs, Invacare is pleased to present the REM400 remote with its 3.5" interactive screen that requires minimal force to operate. Following extensive...

Court Weighs Justice Department Role In ADA Enforcement - DisabiltyScoop
A federal lawsuit alleging illegal segregation of students with disabilities is on hold while a separate case challenges the Justice Department's right to bring suits under the ADA.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Veterans Appeals Improvement & Modernization Law - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Executive Director Sherman Gillums Jr. today released the following statement, after witnessing President Trump sign the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act: "The...

August 23, 2017

AEP Named Best Place to Work For Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has been nameda Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion for the second consecutive year. The recognition was announced today by the US Business Leadership Network and the American Association of Peo...

Express Scripts Named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion - PRNewswire

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) was recognized today as a top-scoring company on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI) for having inclusive workplace, social and governance policies. The DEI is a national benchmarking tool and joint initiative of the...

Feds Clarify New Rule For Special Needs Trusts - DisabiltyScoop
Special needs trusts have a new level of flexibility and federal officials are working to ensure that state Medicaid directors understand the implications.
August 22, 2017

A Historic Moment: People Who Are Blind View Eclipse in Real Time - PRNewswire

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in known history, people who are blind experienced the solar eclipse, as it happened, thanks to a developing technology that allowed them to feel a real time, changing image. Employees of the American Printing House...

Early Education Provider Kids 'R' Kids Participates in Georgia Special Olympics Duck Pluck - PRNewswire

DULUTH, Ga., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- This year Special Olympics Georgia hosted its annual fundraiser "Duck Pluck" at Post Chastain in Atlanta. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies has been a long-time supporter for the Special Olympics Georgia athletes and a Duck Pluck sponsor for the...

Research Points To Genetic Link To Cerebral Palsy - DisabiltyScoop
A new study finds a stronger genetic link to cerebral palsy than previously thought prompting researchers to recommend genetic testing for those with the most common form of the condition.

Paraeducators Eyed To Fill Special Ed Teacher Vacancies - DisabiltyScoop
Struggling to find special education teachers, one state is turning to paraeducators to help fill the void.

Spring 2017 ADA International Fellowship Hosts Selected for International Inclusive Education Travel - AUCD
AUCD is excited to announce that four network members have been selected to travel to Kenya, Tanzania and Brazil through the ADA International Fellowship Program, an inclusive education professional exchange initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AUCD and ICI-UMass Boston. Dr. Martin Blair, Director of the Montana UCEDD, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, Director of the South Dakota UCEDD, Dr. Evan Borisinkoff, Director for Research and Evaluation at the North Dakota UCEDD, and Amy Starble, Augmentative Communication Consultant at the Vermont UCEDD, will support local ADA International Fellows who studied inclusive education at their UCEDDs in April and May as they implement projects designed with their guidance earlier this year.

Disability Suits Fuel Rise In Civil Rights Claims Against Schools - DisabiltyScoop
Civil rights lawsuits against schools are on track to double compared to four years ago thanks in large part to disability-related claims, according to a new review of federal court filings.
August 21, 2017

Voya Financial Chief Communications Officer Paul Gennaro Joins Board of US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced today that Paul Gennaro, senior vice president of Brand and Corporate Communications, and chief communications officer (CCO), has been appointed to the board of directors of the US Business Leadership...

When Those With Autism Age Out, What's Next? - DisabiltyScoop
With little for her daughter with autism to do after aging out of school, one mom took matters into her own hands organizing regular activities for adults on the spectrum.
August 19, 2017

Wounded Veterans Ride Together and Forge New Path to Recovery with Wounded Warrior Project - PRNewswire

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marine Corps veteran and wounded warrior Greg Padilla was on the last stretch of road before the last stop of the day when he opened up about his experiences on a bicycle over the last two days. "There's been...

Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly - DisabiltyScoop
Intensive early intervention for kids with autism can be extremely costly, but new research finds that such treatment can pay for itself in short order.

Teen With Down Syndrome Finds Brotherhood In Former MMA Fighter - DisabiltyScoop
Often the underdog during his run as a mixed martial arts fighter, a personal trainer is now helping a teenager with Down syndrome learn what he's capable of.
August 17, 2017

'Billion Dollar Roundtable' Now Includes LGBT, Disability, And Veteran-Owned Businesses In Corporate Supply Chains - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, and the USBLN (US Business Leadership Network), the disability inclusion business resource, are pleased to share that The Billion...

Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too.

Berry Law Firm Named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies - PRNewswire

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Inc. Magazine announced its annual list of the fastest growing private companies in America on Wednesday, including Berry Law Firm among its honorees based on the firm's rapid revenue growth and commitment to innovation, service, and strategy....

August 16, 2017

Food Insecurity Among Seniors Still High Nearly A Decade After The Recession - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America and The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) released today The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2015, a study about food insecurity among seniors in the U.S. The report shows that 5.4 million seniors age 60...

Book Club Doesn't Let Disability Get In The Way - DisabiltyScoop
Fifteen years ago the idea of creating book clubs for people with developmental disabilities was met with skepticism. But today, chapters are thriving in 34 states and four countries.
August 15, 2017

Special Olympics Georgia's Masters Bowling Tournament Returns To Warner Robins - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On August 18- 20, Georgia's own Warner Robins will once again host Special Olympics Georgia's Masters Bowling Tournament. During this time, approximately 1,200 Special Olympics Georgia athletes and unified partners at the "masters" age...

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards over $800,000 in Quality of Life Grants - PRNewswire

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, announced it has awarded over $800,000 in Quality of Life grants this year. Quality...

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to Lead New Pediatric Data Resource Center for Research in Childhood Cancer and Structural Birth Defects - PRNewswire

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will lead a new, collaborative effort funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund to discover the causes of pediatric cancer...

Perceptive Devices and Tobii Dynavox Partner to Bring Smile and Head Mouse Control to AAC and Eye Tracking Devices - PRNewswire

MASON, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perceptive Devices LLC announced today a worldwide, multi-year partnership agreement with Tobii Dynavox (a business unit of Tobii AB) to bring a new generation of hands-free and voice-free control for those with physical difficulties. This...

Behavior Therapy Benefits Parents Too, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Behavior therapy for kids with autism can have an impact that goes far beyond the child, new research suggests, with parents who play an active role in treatment seeing major gains as well.

Hotel Looks To Make Stays Easier For Guests With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
A teen inspired a major hotel to make stays smoother for those who might need amenities like easy-to-use plates and utensils, light-up toys, oversized strollers, iPads or weighted vests.

Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS - DisabiltyScoop
Deep questions about independence — or lack thereof — for adults with Down syndrome are at the center of a new film that's set to make its television debut.
August 14, 2017

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly - DisabiltyScoop
More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their families.

AUCD Statement in Response to Violence in Charlottesville - AUCD
AUCD joins with many in the disability and civil rights communities to condemn the hate and violence that were on display this weekend at the University of Virginia campus and in Charlottesville, VA. We stand in solidarity with all who have been and may be targeted by these hate groups and call on bipartisan elected officials at every level of government to condemn the racism and hate that we witnessed this weekend. We recognize the important role that we can play as leaders in higher education to help create campus environments where all can learn, all are welcomed, and no one experiences harassment, bullying, or violence because of who they are.

Bacon Receives Special Retirement Message from Senator Harkin - AUCD
Robert Bacon, MA retired from Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) after 19 years as director. Bob joined the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa in 1979, initially hired as the Coordinator of the Instructional Technology Unit back when the University of Iowa housed the University Hospital School.
August 11, 2017 facilita el regreso a clases para las familias de alumnos que batallan en el aula - PRNewswire

NUEVA YORK, 11 de agosto de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ --El Ad Council (Consejo Publicitario) yUnderstood.orgse han unido para promover maneras en que los niños y sus familias puedan estar "Preparados para el Primer Día de Clases" ("First-Day Ready") para el nuevo año...

August 10, 2017

Your voice counts: National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 27th - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Voting is a fundamental right shared by all Americans. Up until the 1990s with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many individuals with disabilities were excluded from the voting process, a cornerstone of American democracy.

September 27, 2016

Voting is a fundamental right shared by all Americans. Up until the 1990s with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many individuals with disabilities were excluded from the voting process, a cornerstone of American democracy. Today, the ADAand other federal laws ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to vote.

This year, September 27th is recognized across the country as National Voter Registration Day. For decades, disability advocates fought for equal voting rights. As individuals registerto vote, clarification of voting rights for individuals with disabilities is paramount for progressing an accessible and inclusive voting process.

Key issues facing the autism community and other individuals with disabilities in the voting process are competence, legal guardianship and voter assistance. Individuals with disabilities may be excluded from the voting process due to state voter competence laws or because election officials, poll workers, or service providers impose their own voting requirements. Variousfederal lawsprohibit discrimination based on disability in the voting process, primarily the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Are you an autism voter? Take our pledge to vote here.

It is important to remember that every voice and vote matters. Individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability have the right to vote. Individuals living in a developmental center, group home, or other places providing residential have the right to vote. Individuals with a guardian, depending on the terms of the guardianship, have the right to vote.

Individuals with disabilities may require assistance with voting. People with disabilities have the right to get help with voting and to decide who will help them vote. A person with a disability can get help from a friend, family member, caregiver, residential service provider or almost anyone else of his or her choosing except an employer or union member. The person can also ask a poll worker for assistance with voting. Individuals have the right to have someone show how to use the voting machine on Election Day and for extended time to vote.

Many state voting laws require a certain level of competence to vote. These laws vary state to state. If a state chooses to impose a voter-competence requirement, that requirement cannot be so broad that it takes away the right to vote of people who are capable of voting. For example, a voter-competence requirement cannot single out people who have a guardian. In virtually all states, only a court can find that a person is not competent to vote.

Useful Links

AUTISM AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE: Learn more about autism and the right to vote here.

NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK: Accessthe National Disability Rights Networkto learn more information on state laws affecting voting for people with disabilities and general voting information.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES BY STATE: Find your state voter deadlines for voter registration here.

A GUIDE TO THE VOTING RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES: Check out this voter guide from the Bazelon Mental Health Law and National disability rights network here.

Experts and advocates gather for 2016 Autism Law Summit - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Autism Law Summit is a gathering of parent advocates, individuals with autism, autism service providers, lawyers, lobbyists and legislators from across the United States who are interested in the politics and policy of autism spectrum disorders related to health insurance, Medicaid and transition to adulthood.

October 19, 2016

The Autism Law Summit is a gathering of parent advocates, individuals with autism, autism service providers, lawyers, lobbyists and legislators from across the United States who are interested in the politics and policy of autism spectrum disorders related to health insurance, Medicaid and transition to adulthood.

At this year's Autism Law Summit, advocates and leaders from across the country attended sessions on a wide array of disability-related topics in conjunction with the Southwest Conference on Disability.

Speakers included members of the Autism Speaks Government Affairs team; Dan Unumb, Executive Director of the Autism Legal Resource Center; and a variety of legal experts and service providers. Attendees also heard from guest speaker, John J. Pitney, Jr. – celebrated political scientist and author of “The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum.”

“The Autism Law Summit is the ultimate gathering of ‘doers' in the autism world,” said Lorri Unumb, Vice President of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks. “Smart, passionate people come to share strategies and hatch plans for shaping autism law and policy, and to spend quality time with friends from across the country who understand your life. It is the highlight of my advocacy year, and many of the Summit attendees expressed the same feeling.”

Summit attendees were briefed on tremendous strides in insurance reform earlier this year. On the state level, the Autism Speaks advocacy team led the effort to pass meaningful autism insurance coverage in the state of Oklahoma – the 44th state to do so. The State team continues efforts to expand coverage in other states, including a critical push for benefits for Ohio.

Attendees also heard updates on the impact of Office of Personnel Management's announcement that its carriers would be directed not to exclude coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA)?for individuals with autism starting in 2017. The FEHB program covers 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents.

In keeping with Autism Speaks' “Next 10 Vision” of decreasing the time from a diagnosis of autism to accessing effective intervention, much time was spent discussing

implementation and enforcement of autism insurance laws. Speakers provided practical advice for ensuring that individuals with autism are able to access the services they are entitled to under their health benefit plans.

The Autism Law Summit also addressed policy issues related to transition to adulthood, including post-secondary education, employment, vocational rehabilitation, transportation, and HCBS services.

“We are thrilled at the amount of energy committed to finding solutions for the diverse transition needs of the autism community,” said Angela Lello, senior director of Public Policy at Autism Speaks. “The Autism Speaks Autism Law Summit is a tremendous step forward at leveraging the passion and expertise of advocates and leaders across the country to help individuals reach their fullest potential.”

U.S. House passes biomedical innovations legislation - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
The landmark bill now heads to the U.S. Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed biomedical innovations legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26.

December 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed biomedical innovations legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26. The legislation outlines provisions to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials, and accelerate the rate of innovations including the development of personalized and precision medicines.

Autism Speaks worked closely with grassroots advocates and champions in Congress to include provisions that would accelerate biomedical innovations for individuals with autism and better include patients in the drug approval process.

The 21st Century Cures Act was authored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX).

“With today's overwhelming bipartisan vote, we took a giant leap forward on the #Path2Cures,”said Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette. “21st Century Cures is the innovation game-changer that patients, their loved ones, and the nation's researchers and scientists so desperately need. The White House has expressed its enthusiastic endorsement of this critical legislation.”

The Obama administration applauded the legislation in a statement from the White House Press Secretary, indicating the President's intention to sign the legislation and urging the Senate to act soon. The statement highlighted that the legislation “invests nearly $3 billion to continue the President's signature biomedical research initiatives, the BRAIN and Precision Medicine Initiatives, over the next decade to tackle diseases like Alzheimer's and create new research models to find cures and better target treatments.” The statement added that, “It further advances the drug approval process by taking steps like modernizing clinical trial design and better incorporating patients' voices into FDA's decision-making processes.”

Advocates are now urging the Senate to quickly pass this legislation to unlock the power of science and innovation for the autism community.

For more information about the 21st Century Cures Act from the Energy and Commerce Committee, clickhere.

U.S. Senate approves landmark biomedical innovations legislation - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
Already approved by the U.S. House, the bill heads to President Obama's desk

The U.S. Senate passed biomedical innovations legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The legislation outlines provisions to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials, and accelerate the rate of innovations, including the development of personalized and precision medicines.

December 07, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed biomedical innovations legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The legislation outlines provisions to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials, and accelerate the rate of innovations, including the development of personalized and precision medicines. The House gave its approval to the legislation by a vote of vote of 392-26 and it now heads to President Obama for his signature.
Autism Speaks worked closely with grassroots advocates and champions in Congress to include provisions that would accelerate biomedical innovations for individuals with autism and improve patient input in the drug approval process.
The 21st Century Cures Act was authored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX).
“After three years, our legislative work is finally complete. 21st Century Cures is ready for the president,” said Upton and DeGette. “With this innovation game-changer, a new day for medical research is on the horizon. Today's vote is for patients and their loved ones. We all have more reason for hope.”
The Obama administration applauded the legislation in a statement from the White House Press Secretary after the legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives, indicating the President's intention to sign the legislation and urging the Senate to act soon. The statement highlighted that the legislation “invests nearly $3 billion to continue the President's signature biomedical research initiatives, the BRAIN and Precision Medicine Initiatives, over the next decade to tackle diseases like Alzheimer's and create new research models to find cures and better target treatments.” The statement added that, “It further advances the drug approval process by taking steps like modernizing clinical trial design and better incorporating patients' voices into FDA's decision-making processes.”

Ohio becomes the 45th state to pass autism insurance reform - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
UPDATE: Governor Kasich has signed HB 463 making Ohio the 45th state to enact autism insurance reform

On the final night of a two-year session, the Ohio legislature passed HB 463, which included a provision that will bring autism insurance coverage to thousands of Ohio families impacted by autism.

December 13, 2016

On the final night of a two-year session, the Ohio legislature passed HB 463, which included a provision that will bring autism insurance coverage to thousands of Ohio families impacted by autism. HB 463 requires coverage for medically necessary treatments of autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) for individuals under the age of 14 years.

After passing a more robust version of autism insurance reform, HB 350, in a House committee earlier this session, advocates faced significant opposition from outside groups concerned with potential costs for employers.

Representative Cheryl Grossman and other supporters in the legislature worked tirelessly to develop compromise language, which was amended into HB 463 during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite the addition of several amendments unrelated to autism, HB 463 passed by a vote of 26 to 5 in the Ohio Senate after it was approved in the House late Thursday afternoon. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on January 4, 2017.

“Working with an extraordinary group of friends and experts to make Ohio forty-fifth in the nation to offer this coverage has been one of the most rewarding goals I have accomplished as a state representative.One of the gifts of being a public servant, are the people you meet and the stories you learn. The autism community is an example of people who are the very best. They work together for one important goal. Our world is a better place when you are privileged to be with such special friends,”" said champion of autism insurance reform, Ohio Representative Cheryl Grossman.

Marci Ingram, a parent advocate, has been advocating for autism insurance reform in Ohio for almost a decade. “I am so grateful for the tireless devotion from our Autism Speaks government affairs team and the local volunteers who put in countless hours to make Autism parity the law in Ohio. I am equally grateful for the Ohio legislative leaders who had the courage to push for a compromise that made this bill possible. The winners are our families who have young ones on the autism spectrum who will now have the early intervention that is critical for best outcomes. I am proud to be a part of this team victory,” said Ms. Ingram.

“While the bill is not perfect, it is a foot in the door for Ohio families who have been trying every year since 2007 to get autism insurance passed,”said Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks. “We are grateful to the Ohio legislators who worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen.”

Through executive order of Governor Kasich, coverage for ABA and other medically necessary treatments for autism have been required in state employee health plans and qualified health plans like those sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace in Ohio since 2014.

President Obama signs landmark biomedical innovations legislation - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
Bipartisan bill aims to accelerate medical innovation, including development of personalized medicines that could benefit those with autism

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the landmark biomedical innovations bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials and accelerate the rate of innovations, including the development of personalized and precision medicines that could benefit people with autism.

December 14, 2016

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the landmark biomedical innovations bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials and accelerate the rate of innovations, including the development of personalized and precision medicines that could benefit people with autism.

In a signing ceremony at the White House, President Obama said, "We are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of the greatest health challenges of our time."

Autism Speaks worked closely with grassroots advocates and champions in Congress to include provisions that would potentially accelerate biomedical innovations for people with autism and improve patient input in the drug approval process.

Earlier this month, the Senate approved the legislation by a vote of 94-5. The Senate acted after the House passed the legislation by a 392-26 margin.

The legislation was authored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-Texas). It was also driven through the support of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee leadership, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“After three years, our legislative work is finally complete. Twenty-first Century Cures is ready for the president,” said Upton and DeGette at the bill's passage. “With this innovation game-changer, a new day for medical research is on the horizon. Today's vote is for patients and their loved ones. We all have more reason for hope.”

“There is no doubt that more funding is needed to advance research into causes and better interventions for autism,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “This legislation provides funding for research programs that will help better inform our understanding of autism.”

To date, Autism Speaks' MSSNG project has sequenced more than 7,000 whole genomes from families affected by autism – making it the world's largest genomic database on autism. More than 90 leading investigators have already received approval for accessing the database and its cutting-edge analytic tools to advance their work, deepening understanding of autism and paving the way for personalized treatments. Through the data and new knowledge provided by MSSNG, Autism Speaks is powering the translation of basic research into improved diagnostics, therapies and life supports.

Precision medicine is a game-changing opportunity for autism,” said Mat Pletcher, Autism Speaks interim chief science officer. “We are learning much about the potential to segment it into many disorders through our MSSNG genome project. This legislation will not only fuel inquiry in this area, but brings the patient in to inform the regulatory process to better understand treatment need.”

Autism Speaks legislative wins in 2016 - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Autism Speaks Advocacy team and grassroots advocates across the country are hard at work in Washington and across the country pushing public policies that will directly impact the lives of all American children and adults with autism.

October 04, 2016
Empowering Science and Research

The year started strong as Autism Speaks successfully advocated for an increase in research for the NIH and Congress and President ultimately signed an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $2 billion more than the previous level of $30.1 billion which was the NIH's largest budget increase in a decade.

In December, President Barack Obama signed the landmark biomedical innovations bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act to increase funding of the National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials and accelerate the rate of innovations, including the development of personalized and precision medicines that could benefit people with autism. Autism Speaks worked closely with grassroots advocates and champions in Congress to include provisions that would potentially accelerate biomedical innovations for people with autism and improve patient input in the drug approval process. The law provides an additional $4.8 billion for the NIH over 10 years, including for the Precision Medicine and BRAIN initiatives.

Transition Victories

Autism Speaks is spearheading tremendous progress in Congress to address employment and transition needs for young adults with autism. This year the US House approved H.R. 5587,Carl D. Perkins Career and Technology Education Act, legislation that would reauthorize career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students with autism gain skills necessary for employment. Autism Speaks worked with the Education and the Workforce Committee to ensure the legislation requires work-based learning to help students acquire employability and technical skills. The bill would also increase access to earlier career exploration and guidance and improve coordination with existing pre-employment and transition programs. We expect that Congress will consider this legislation in 2017.

The ABLE Act continues to be rolled out across the country, with ten states already offering tax-preferred savings accounts for disability-related expenses, most of which can be purchased across states lines. Additionally, the US Senate Committee on Finance passed several improvements to the federal legislation, including the ability to roll over contributions from a 529 college savings account to an ABLE account. These provisions are likely to be considered again as part of tax reform next year.

The education of lawmakers on a variety of issues continues. In May of this year, the U.S.House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Steve Chabot,helda hearing on the role that small businesses can play in employing individuals with developmental disabilities. The hearing included Lisa Goring, executive vice president of programs and services at Autism Speaks and entrepreneurs employing those with autism from across the country.

Advancements in healthcare coverage

Advocates celebrated tremendous strides in insurance reform earlier this year when the Office of Personnel Management announced its carriers would be directed not to exclude coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA)?for individuals with autism starting in 2017. The FEHB program covers 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents. On the state level, the advocacy team led the effort to pass meaningful autism insurance coverage in the states of Oklahomaand Ohio, the 44thand 45th states to do so.

The National Defense Authorization Act restores 2015 reimbursement rates for ABA providers to prevent further reductions in access to treatments for military dependents due to 2016 rate cuts.

Critical Safety Wins

Advocates have also celebrated strategic victories aimed at keeping individuals with autism safe. Autism Speaks has also played a key role when the US House and the US Senate passed versions of safety and wandering legislationS. 2614,betterknown asKevin andAvonte'sLawto make individuals with autism safer in their communities. This legislation will be considered again in the new Congress thanks the leadership of our champions on the hill and grassroots advocates across the country.

What's Next?

The advocacy team is partnering closely with self-advocates and families of loved ones with autism to continue to find policy solutions to meet the unmet needs of for those with autism and invites all advocates across the country to make their voices heard.

Get involved here.

Autism Speaks Applauds Endrew F. v. Douglas SCOTUS ruling - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

In Endrew, the Court grapples with what level of services are due students with special needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students must have access to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

March 22, 2017

“This decision is a victory for students on the autism spectrum. It reaffirms that all publicly funded schools have an obligation to provide all students the supports they need to help them achieve in the classroom. The decision renews our public commitment to help everyone work to reach their potential.”

In Endrew, the Court grapples with what level of services are due students with special needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students must have access to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment – usually taken to mean they should be as integrated as possible with their peers who do not have special needs. The underlying expectation and educational philosophy is that they should be able to access the general curriculum to the greatest extent possible and make meaningful progress.

The analysis becomes more difficult when the needs of a given student are severe enough that he or she cannot realistically be integrated and/or access that curriculum. The question the Court sought to answer in Endrew is what level of progress should be the goal of the supports the schools are required to provide these students – and by extension all students with special needs. The Court held that, “to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances.” In so doing, the Court rejected the idea that students with special needs – including those with the greatest needs – are only entitled to services designed to help them achieve the bare minimum amount of progress.

Bipartisan legislation introduced to enhance ABLE accounts - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Nineteen states currently offer ABLE accounts, which allow individuals to save for short- and long-term disability-related expenses on a tax-favored basis.

April 05, 2017

New legislation was introduced late yesterday in Congress to enhance Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. Nineteen states currently offer ABLE accounts, which allow individuals to save for short- and long-term disability-related expenses on a tax-favored basis. The new legislation – ABLE 2.0 – includes three separate bills:

· ABLE to Work Act would provide additional incentives for savings for ABLE account holders who work. This bill would qualify ABLE accounts for the saver's credit, which allows a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability for lower-income individuals.

· ABLE Financial Planning Act would allow a direct rollover from a college savings account to an ABLE account, making it easier for families whose child receives a diagnosis to reinvest the proceeds of an already-established college savings account.

· ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make individuals who become disabled before age 46 eligible for an ABLE account. Under current law, only those disabled before their 26th birthday are eligible for an ABLE account.

ABLE 2.0 is sponsored in the House of Representatives by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), and Jim Langevin (D-RI). The Senate bills are sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

10 Things to Know About the ABLE Act

Alabama Governor signs autism insurance reform bill - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Autism Speaks joins the Autism Society of Alabama in applauding Governor Kay Ivey for signing into law House Bill 284, which requires certain health benefit plans to cover medically necessary treatment for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).

May 23, 2017

Autism Speaks joins the Autism Society of Alabama in applauding Governor Kay Ivey for signing into law House Bill 284, which requires certain health benefit plans to cover medically necessary treatment for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA). Governor Ivey signed HB 284 on Friday, May 19, 2017, making Alabama the 46th state to require meaningful coverage for the treatment of autism.

Sponsored by Representative Jim Patterson and Senator Tom Whatley, the bill faced strong opposition from powerful insurance and business lobbies in Alabama, but a well-organized grassroots effort on behalf of families impacted by autism prevailed. HB 284 passed the House 100-0 and then passed the Senate 33-1. “The grassroots advocacy and perseverance demonstrated by families affected by autism in Alabama has been truly inspirational and was key to passage of this bill,” said Mike Wasmer, Director of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. “HB 284 is a very good bill and is a huge step in the right direction for thousands of families impacted by autism in Alabama.”

Despite strong opposition to age caps from families and legislative champions such as Senator Cam Ward, the Senate voted 19-13 to impose an age cap on coverage of 18 years. The Senate also voted to exclude coverage for small group plans (i.e., small businesses that provide fully insured plans with fewer than 51 employees).

“The Autism Society of Alabama and Autism Speaks remain committed to working together until all Alabamians affected by autism have access to medically necessary treatment,” said Bama Hager, Policy Advisor for the Autism Society of Alabama. Many states have passed less than ideal autism insurance laws where advocates have returned in later sessions and succeeded in improving upon terms of coverage. “Autism does not go away at age 18,” said Hager. “Our families will continue to advocate for meaningful coverage across the lifespan.”

The final version of HB 284 applies to fully insured large group plans and state employees (i.e., plans administered by PEEHIB and SEIB) and requires coverage for ABA with tiered annual dollar caps based on the age of the insured: $40,000/year (age 0-9 years); $30,000/year (age 10-13 years); and $20,000/year (age 14-18 years). Coverage for treatments such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological and psychiatric care is unlimited. HB 284 also reiterates Alabama's obligation under Federal law to provide medically necessary treatment for autism under the EPSDT benefit of Medicaid.

Autism Speaks estimates that the terms of coverage in HB 284 will apply to nearly 1 million Alabamians.

UCP Launches Innovative Fundraising Initiative - UPC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shelly DeButts: 202-973-7175, Mobile App, Creative Platform Lets Supporters Donate While They Shop    Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2015) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) announced today the launch of a new fundraising partnership with the …
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Story Behind Viral Photo Better Than You Think - UPC
  Chicago, IL (September 25, 2015) – The full story of the man pictured in a photo that went “viral” this week is even more touching than you might imagine. The snapshot posted to Facebook by a customer showed McDonald's employee …
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UCP Responds to Shooting at Inland Regional Center - UPC
In the wake of the most recent mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, United Cerebral Palsy offers our condolences to the victims, the staff at Inland Regional Center and the entire community that has been impacted by this senseless violence. …
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UCP Launches “Speak for Yourself,” a PCORI-Funded Project to Establish a Patient-Centered Research Network for Individuals with Disabilities - UPC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Contact: Randi Moore, (202) 494-4638 Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2016) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has launched Speak for Yourself, a …
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UCP Responds to Attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Japan - UPC
We are deeply saddened by the events that took place at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara, Japan early Tuesday morning. Our hearts and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the 19 victims as well as the 26 survivors who were injured in …
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UCP to Host Mandela Washington Fellow - UPC
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We're Partnering With The Mighty! - UPC
We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring United Cerebral Palsy’s resources to the front of The Mighty‘s wide-reaching readership. We will now  have a growing home page on The Mighty , and appear on many stories on …
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UCP Releases 2016 Case for Inclusion Report - UPC
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Inquiries: Kaitlyn Meuser,, 202-973-7185 UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY RELEASES STATE RANKINGS ON SERVICES FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES Arizona, Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan & Hawaii Top 2016 List Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2016) – United …
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UCP Expresses Concerns About American Health Care Act of 2017 - UPC
Last Thursday, Members of the House of Representatives passed, by a narrow margin, H.R. 1628 (the American Health Care Act of 2017, or AHCA for short). United Cerebral Palsy, along with our colleagues in Washington, expressed concerns about the bill …
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UCP National Names Armando A. Contreras As The Next President & CEO - UPC
Contacts: Diane Wilush ?  Richard Forkosh ?    UCP National Names Armando A. Contreras As The Next President & CEO (Washington, DC) – United Cerebral Palsy, Inc., (UCP) the leading national organization which advocates and promotes the inclusion and full …
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Tuesdays with Liz: Why LEND Matters - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Wanda Felty, family faculty at the Oklahoma's LEND, about why family support and LEND programs are so important and how they relate to Medicaid.

Kickoff of the PEERS for Young Adults Certified Training Seminars (CA UCEDD) - AUCD
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, recently held the first 3-day PEERS for Young Adults Certified Training Seminar at the University of Maryland on June 14th - 16th, 2017. Over 65 mental health professionals and educators attended the training seminar sponsored by The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) and the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

New Learning Module! Communicating the Value of Developmental Screening - AUCD
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has released a new learning module focused on communicating the value of developmental screening. This easy-to-use learning module incorporates evidence-based practices with perspectives from physicians, parents, and the director of a Title V program for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

Diversity Fellowship Capstone Project (ND UCEDD) - AUCD
My name is Bailee Laducer and I have spent the last six months as the diversity fellow at NDCPD. I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI) and am from the reservation located in Belcourt, North Dakota. As the diversity fellow, I identified one of the biggest needs we have is encouraging young people from my community to get training to work in disability related fields. The Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Minot State University (MSU) and I came up with the idea of hosting a Spring Bridges event where we invited 9th through 12th graders from the Turtle Mountain Community High School to visit the MSU campus for an entire day with the purpose of learning about disability studies and human service degree programs. We wanted to expose students to a field they probably would not otherwise consider, meet various faculty members, tour the small campus, and introduce them to the supportive environment of the Native American Cultural Center.

Dreams Do Come True - AUCD
Jonny Thomas Emeron is a 19 year old man with Asperger's, high functioning autism, depression, anxiety, a sensory integration disorder and a delightfully wicked sense of humor and a passion for Zelda. He is participating in a transition program through the Iowa City Community School District. Jonny works at Wild Bill's Coffee Shop at the University of Iowa's School of Social Work

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (MT UCEDD) - AUCD
Dr. Rosemary Hughes was invited to serve as faculty at the 2017 Montana Victim Advocate Academy. It was the first time in the Academy's history that the topic of victims with disabilities has been a stand-alone session. The 40-hour academy provides training to dozens of law enforcement officers, attorneys and victim advocates from across Montana and neighboring western states.

AUCD Seeks Program Specialist for the PROMISE TA Center - AUCD
This position, located in Silver Spring MD, will support the federally-funded PROMISE TA Center, and will work in collaboration with other teams within AUCD, reporting directly to the Director of Policy Innovation. AUCD's PROMISE TA Center is funded by the US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and supports multiple State interagency teams in implementing their projects and increasing their capacity to improve services and supports to youth SSI recipients and their families.

Using Improv to Teach Advocacy: RTC:Rural Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit now available Organization: RTC:Rural, at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana (MT UCEDD) - AUCD
RTC:Rural is excited to release the Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit, a new set of resources for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and others to facilitate workshops to develop the advocacy skills of emerging Independent Living leaders and youth with disabilities. makes heading back to school easier for families of students who struggle in the classroom - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ad Council and have joined together to promote ways children and their families can be "First-Day Ready" for the new school year. is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents—with students of every...

Danto Builders and Florida Design & Construction Professionals to Host 4th Annual Big Bad BBQ for Special Olympics Florida - PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ for a cause! Join Danto Builders and the Florida Design & Construction Professionals on September 14, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for the 4th Annual Big Bad BBQ, a professional networking event...

August 9, 2017

ACB Commends Congress on Introduction of H.R. 3457 - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Council of the Blind commends U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on the introduction of H.R. 3457, which calls for the Controller General of the United States to investigate the government's...

Microsoft Honors Alliance with Digital Transformation Award - PRNewswire

DUPONT, Wash., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) was recognized today for delivering technology solutions that have positively changed the vocational rehabilitation (VR) industry, winning Microsoft's 2017 State and Local Government Digital Transformation...

August 8, 2017

Tuesdays with Liz: ABLE Accounts! - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz talks to Heather Sachs, Senior Advisor for the National ABLE resource Center, about the ABLE Resource Center's month-long campaign to increase the knowledge about opening ABLE accounts.

AUCD Welcomes Daphnee Guillaume as Public Health Program Manager - AUCD
Daphnee Guillaume is the Public Health Program Manager at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health.

The First-of-its-kind in the Nation, STEM3 Academy Opens Two More Campuses for Students with Special Needs - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group's STEM3 Academy (pronounced STEM Cubed Academy), the first school in the nation to provide a STEM curriculum to students with special needs located in Valley Village, CA, is launching a K-12 school in Culver City, CA and...

10,000 Rubber Ducks fill the Pool at Post Chastain for Special Olympics Georgia - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) will once again hold its annual Duck Pluck on Friday, August 11. 10,000 yellow rubber ducks, that individuals, businesses and partners throughout the community have adopted, will be floating in the pool at...

August 7, 2017

Ground Breaking Multiple Sclerosis National Event Comes to Pittsburgh: MSWorld Talks August 14 - PRNewswire

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patient education event in the Pittsburgh area is just days away! This free event, produced by MSWorld, is open to all persons in the Pittsburgh area who live with MS, their families, friends, and caregivers....

Dr. Bronner's Donates $1 Million to Non-Profit TERI to Support Autistic and Special Needs Community - PRNewswire

VISTA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Bronner's, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, has pledged $1 million over the next 4 years to the San Diego-based non-profit TERI. The donation will support the organization's plans to...

EUKANUBA™ and Canine Companions For Independence® Spotlight Extraordinary Assistance Dogs During International Assistance Dog Week Aug.6-12, 2017 - PRNewswire

ST. CHARLES, Mo., Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eukanuba is teaming up with long-time partner Canine Companions for Independence to honor today's extraordinary assistance dogs and the humans they help, and bring awareness to the benefits of having a Canine Companions dog during this year's...

August 4, 2017

Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda - DisabiltyScoop
Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its scientific priorities.

Feds Take Aim At Inaccessible Housing - DisabiltyScoop
Millions in federal housing dollars went toward projects that skirted accessibility requirements, with sinks, doorways and other features that weren't disability-friendly, prosecutors say.
August 3, 2017

#TRAILBLAZING2017 Conference Explores New Avenues For Meaningful Employment Of Neurodiverse Individuals - PRNewswire

MIAMI, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneers in the field of human resources and the study of neurodiversity will gather at the #TRAILBLAZING2017 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on September 30 to explore opportunities to learn, understand and appreciate how persons with neurological...

Diversity and Inclusion in Interior Design Practice: Sarah Barnard Awarded Scholar Recognition by American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sarah Barnard has been recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as a rising leader in the interior design industry demonstrating exceptional leadership and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. Awarded with...

Disabled Veteran Stakes Future of Unorthodox Web-Based Weight Loss Blueprint on Crowd Funding - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --The Strong Mind. Strong Body. a web-based digital wellness blueprint that incorporates a series of unorthodox twists on the typical mainstream approach to healthy weight loss. The Project. is a private online membership community created by...

AudioEye to Provide Digital Accessibility Solution to Leading Autism Research, Resource & Education Groups - PRNewswire

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye" or the "Company") today announced a collaboration with the internationally recognized Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and its sister nonprofit First Place®AZ, which is dedicated to...

SKILLS Global Recognized by SIIA as Best Solution for Special Needs Students - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SKILLS Global, makers of Skills® for Autism, the comprehensive educational software tool for children with autism, was named the best Solution for Special Needs Students of 2017 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. CODiE Award recipients are...

Women Warriors Find Support at Tampa Mental Health Workshop - PRNewswire

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women veterans recently attended an all-female Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop in Tampa, Florida. The week kicked off with team building exercises. Throughout the five-day experiential learning event, warriors...

Family Builds At-Home Sensory Room - DisabiltyScoop
Typically sensory rooms are built for schools or centers that serve people with special needs, but one family decided to incorporate such a specially-designed space into their own home.

Schools Accused Of Denying Special Education Services - DisabiltyScoop
The nation's largest school district is being accused of failing to provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and other legally-mandated services to students with disabilities.

USM Institute for Disability Studies Honored with Above and Beyond Award (MS UCEDD) - AUCD
The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has been presented with the Above and Beyond Award by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.
August 2, 2017

Foundational Study Shows Soft Suit Exoskeleton Improves Walking for Stroke Survivors - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. andYOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --A new study published in the Journal of Science Translational Medicine finds that use of a soft suit exoskeleton system facilitates normal walking ability for ambulatory patients following a stroke. The pa...

Aegis Living Among 15 Companies Recognized by Glassdoor for Excellent Work-Life Balance - PRNewswire

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegis Living, a national leader in assisted living and memory care, is featured as one of 15 companies recognized by Glassdoor for excellent work-life balance. Companies recognized received consistent high scores from employees over the past...

Jiffy Lube® and MDA Launch 6th Annual MUSCLE UP!? Campaign for Kids and Adults Fighting Muscular Dystrophy - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jiffy Lube and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) are excited to announce that they will again join together for the annual MUSCLE UP!? campaign to give kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating...

Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled - DisabiltyScoop
A federal autism committee is calling for a twofold increase in funds dedicated to researching the developmental disorder by 2020.

Report: Disability Remains Underrepresented In Movies - DisabiltyScoop
A new analysis of hundreds of the most popular films in recent years finds that portrayals of people with disabilities are few and far between.

Talk Of Medicaid Changes Prompts Special Ed Worries - DisabiltyScoop
Amid the national noise about potential cuts to Medicaid, some school administrators are trying to bring attention to one arguably lesser-known group that would be affected: their students.

Tuesdays with Liz: How Will Budget Cuts Affect People with Disabilities? - AUCD
In this week�s edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, today Liz interviewed Rebecca Vallas, managing director at the Center for American Progress, about the President's budget and the implications for people with disabilities.
August 1, 2017

60,000 Rubber Ducks Will Splash into the Chicago River August 3 for Special Olympics Illinois - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 60,000 rubber duckies will drop off the Columbus Bridge into the Chicago River at 1 p.m. August 3, 2017! The 12th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois engages people of all ages who watch the ducks...

Parkinson's Foundation Announces New Podcast With Research, Findings And Advice For Patients, Healthcare Professionals, And General Community - PRNewswire

MIAMIand NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Parkinson's Foundationtoday announced its launch of a podcast series, "Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson's," available for listeners to stream online or download. Hosted by Dan Keller, Ph.D., a new 15-minute...

Optimized360 Introduces ADApt, the Web Accessibility Engine for Medical Websites - PRNewswire

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- No one wants to get on the wrong side of the law and its regulations. Dentists and physicians rightly go to great lengths to stay compliant with federal, state and local guidelines to avoid government sanctions and lawsuits from...

AUCD 2017 Registration is Open! - AUCD
The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.
July 31, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Challenges Administration Rollback of Protections for Disabled Air Travelers - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for abruptly rolling back a rule intended to make airline travel safer and easier for passengers with disabilities....

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) What we know about disability identity development - AUCD
A new model of psychosocial identity development from a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) researcher may provide a better understanding of the fluid processes that individuals with disabilities go through as they ask the question �Who am I?�

Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance Holds Third Annual Capacity Building Institute at Vanderbilt University (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) - AUCD
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) and Next Steps at Vanderbilt hosted the third annual Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Capacity Building Institute on June 26-27, 2017. The annual event was created to collaborate around the support, creation and expansion of inclusive postsecondary education programs (IPSE). IPSE is a national movement to support students with intellectual disabilities in attending college.

Indoor Skydiving Offers Those With Disabilities ‘Major Rush' - DisabiltyScoop
For adventure seekers with special needs, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.
July 28, 2017

Disability Advocates Relieved By Failure Of Health Bill - DisabiltyScoop
Advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a pared down health care repeal was rejected by the U.S. Senate, but they say that threats to disability services remain.

Complaint Alleges Widespread Bullying Of Students In Special Ed - DisabiltyScoop
A school district in one of the nation's largest cities is being accused of downplaying or ignoring pervasive bullying of students in special education.

Families Allowed To Join Fight Over Community-Based Supports - DisabiltyScoop
Families who want their loved ones to remain in institutions now have a voice in a court battle between the state of Ohio and a legal advocacy group for people with disabilities.

We did it! Thank you! Update on Health Care Vote - AUCD
For any health reform proposal to be successful, especially one attempting to dramatically change nearly one-fifth of the nation's economy, it must include people with disabilities in the process. Members on both sides of the aisle have suggested a return to a more open and deliberative conversation to address parts of the Affordable Care Act. AUCD strongly supports this, and has consistently advocated for a more transparent and consultative approach. There is no crisis demanding immediate federal action.

Abilities Expo Houston to Host Cosplay Event - PRNewswire

HOUSTON, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on August 4-6, 2017 at the NRG Center are eagerly anticipating the Mock Cosplay Competition, held...

July 27, 2017

WiserTogether partners with Peers Health to deliver an actionable treatment guidance solution, "Return to Health®" for Disability and Workers' Compensation Markets - PRNewswire

BOSTON, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WiserTogether today announces a partnership with Peers Health and the launch of the Return to Health® healthcare treatment platform for Disability and Workers' Compensation Markets. This solution is an enhanced version of the company's flagship Return...

Robotic Device Shows Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy - DisabiltyScoop
Training with a robotic device may help some kids with cerebral palsy gain strength and improve both posture and walking abilities, researchers say.

19-Year-Old NASCAR Driver Helps Give a Dog a Job - PRNewswire

SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What do assistance dogs and race cars have in common? Top-notch quality. Race car drivers want a vehicle that performs on every turn. People with disabilities need expertly-trained assistance dogs who are up to the task of...

Alliance Enterprises Announces Distinguished Service Award in Partnership with The Harkin Institute - PRNewswire

DALLAS, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) announced today the first recipient of the Thomas Harkin Americans with Disabilities (T.H.A.D.) Excellence Award. The award recognizes a member of the rehabilitation services community who exemplifies outstanding...

Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - AUCD
July 26, 2017 marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

27th Anniversary Commemoration of the Americans With Disabilities Act - AUCD
Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation expressing the nation's commitment to end discrimination against people with disabilities. At an event on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reflected on the increased opportunities for people with disabilities made possible by the ADA. They also voiced concerns over the ongoing healthcare debate in the US Senate. In Sen. Hassan's words, the proposed cuts to existing programs like Medicaid "could take us back to the status quo before the ADA."
July 26, 2017

Koinonia Awarded Grant to Expand Innovative Pilot Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities - PRNewswire

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities, has received a $30,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to expand an...

Tzu Chi USA's THH2017 Charity Art Performance Tour is Coming to Texas - PRNewswire

HOUSTON and DALLAS, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tzu Chi USA announces its "Thousands of Helping Hands" THH 2017 Charity Art Performance Tour featuring the renowned China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT). The troupe appeared in the acclaimed 2011 documentary...

Home Health Leaders Urge Collaboration with CMS to Refine Proposed Home Health Groupings Model in HHPPS Proposed Rule - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors — urged...

Bathroom Remodeling Tips Making Aging-in-Place in Your Own Home Safer and Easier - PRNewswire

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers bathroom remodeling tips to homeowners who need to adapt their...

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 26: Disabilities Act - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: DISABILITIES ACT Profile America — Wednesday, July 26th. On this date 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. First introduced...

Dozens With Disabilities Arrested On Capitol Hill - DisabiltyScoop
After the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to begin debate on a health care bill that includes sweeping changes to Medicaid, several dozen protesters with disabilities were arrested.
July 25, 2017

Study: School Culture, Policies Drive Use Of Restraint And Seclusion - DisabiltyScoop
New research suggests that local factors may play the biggest role in determining how likely students with disabilities are to experience restraint and seclusion at school.

Woman Calms Panicked Child On Transatlantic Flight - DisabiltyScoop
About an hour into an eight-hour flight, a young boy who appeared to have special needs began screaming. What happened next offered a lesson in compassion that has circulated widely online.

Tuesdays with Liz: 27th Anniversary of the ADA - AUCD
In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the ADA, in this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Mark Johnson, one of the leaders of ADAPT, about the history and the future of the ADA and the potential cuts to Medicaid.

ICYMI: TechCrunch Features Restore™ Soft Suit Showcase at MIT's MassRobotics Event - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- An in-depth story in TechCrunch covers the recent public debut of Restore, the new soft suit exoskeleton created in collaboration by ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (Nasdaq: RWLK) ("ReWalk") and Harvard University's Wyss...

Mission Complete: Rodney Smith Jr. Wraps Up 50 States, 50 Lawns Tour - PRNewswire

MILWAUKEE, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- One man. One mower. And 50-plus lawns cut in 50 states in less than 40 days. Rodney Smith Jr., founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS), recently wrapped up his 50 States, 50 Lawns tour, during which he mowed a lawn in every state to...

A Better Balance Files Four New Charges of Disability Discrimination Against Walmart Following "Pointing Out" Report - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After releasing its report "Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences," A Better Balance yesterday filed additional charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on...

Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC - DisabiltyScoop
A new prime-time drama with a lead character on the spectrum will premiere this fall.
July 24, 2017

Wabash Power Partners With Rescue Service Dog Organization - PRNewswire

WHEELING, Ill., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wabash Power Equipment Company has enjoyed a nearly 70-year history of supplying industrial boilers and power generation equipment around the world. Often overlooked are its charitable contributions to local schools, institutions, scholarship...

Affirmed Celebrates San Diego Affordable Housing with Local and Statewide Electeds - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Affirmed Housing is pleased to announce that it will celebrate the grand opening of Cypress on July 24, 2017 at 11:00am. Located at 1435 Imperial Avenue in Downtown San Diego, Cypress is a Permanent Supportive Housing development serving homeless i...

Fourth Round of 2017 Hackaday Prize Highlights Projects That Assist, Adapt, and Rehabilitate - PRNewswire

PASADENA, Calif., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hackaday, the most popular website read by engineers, makers, and inventors that celebrates hardware hacks, launches the Assistive Technologies round of the 2017 Hackaday Prize global engineering initiative. Hackaday challenges...

As Sheltered Workshops Fade, Families Wonder What's Next - DisabiltyScoop
For 25 years, Chris Cook has worked dutifully in a sheltered workshop, but with shifting expectations and new federal regulations, that's come to an end.
July 22, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Urges Open-Minded Debate on Future Funding For Veterans Healthcare - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today weighed in on options being considered to fund the veteran "choice" program, as the House of Representatives considers a vote on a draft bill, S. 114 as amended, on Monday, July...

July 21, 2017

Analysis Finds Voter Turnout Low Among Those With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
Despite increased talk of disability issues during last year's presidential campaign, new research suggests that voter turnout still lagged among this population.

When It Comes To Diagnosing Autism, Even Experts Miss Signs - DisabiltyScoop
Autism has attracted a huge amount of attention in recent years, but many families who suspect their child may be on the spectrum continue to face barriers.

Prospect Of Cuts To Disability Services Looms Large - DisabiltyScoop
With a vote anticipated on a Republican health care plan that would fundamentally transform Medicaid, disability advocates say the threat to disability services remains very real.

Federal Study on College Mental Health Services Reveals Long Waiting Lists, Other Gaps and Barriers Impeding Student Success - PRNewswire
ORLANDO, Fla., July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the research team of the National Council on Disability (NCD) – a U.S. federal agency that provides advice to the President, Congress, and other federal agencies – will release the results of a national study on the...
July 20, 2017

Reducing Relapse Focus of New Study at MMI - AUCD
The Munroe-Meyer Institute's Brian Greer, Ph.D., will be the site PI on a new grant written with principal investigator Timothy Shahan, Ph.D., of Utah State University, that will explore ways to reduce relapse in children who engage is severe problem behavior.

Work And College Opportunities (WACO) Project (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Cekevia Degrate participated in the Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) during the summer of 2015 while she was about to be a Junior in High School. This year she has graduated from high school and is participating in the Work and College Opportunity (WACO) project at Texas A&M University. She describes how the programs helped her grow and prepare to achieve the goals she has set for her future.
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