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June 22, 2017

Helen Keller Services And Its National Center Celebrate "Deaf-Blind Awareness Week" - PRNewswire

SANDS POINT, New York, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), a division of Helen Keller Services (HKS), is proud to once again mark Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 25th through July 1st) with a national advocacy campaign, it...



AUCD Celebrates the Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision - AUCD
Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision which declared that people with disabilities have a right to live and participate in their communities. Unfortunately, on the same day of the anniversary of this landmark decision, the Senate released a health care bill that threatens this right by fundamentally altering the Medicaid program.
June 21, 2017

Memorial Yoga Event Honors Fallen Marine and Supports Wounded Warrior Project - PRNewswire

SEVEN HILLS, Ohio, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the end of his career in the United States Marine Corps, Brian Brannigan had achieved the rank of captain. He served in Afghanistan for one tour in 2012 as a combat engineer and wanted to help his brothers and sisters in...



Predicting Success Of Autism Treatments May Be Possible, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Participating in autism interventions can be costly and time consuming, but new research suggests there could be a way to predict whether or not specific treatments will be effective.

Housing Development For Adults With Disabilities Becomes A Reality - DisabiltyScoop
Using a mix of public and private dollars, one mom fueled the development of modern, affordable apartments specifically designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.
June 20, 2017

Make Every Day Independence Day -- Give a Dog a Job - PRNewswire

SANTA ROSA, Calif., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For people with disabilities, independence means more than just a celebration of the founding of the nation. It is a door being opened, a dropped house key being retrieved, a prosthesis brought to a veteran. These jobs and the...



Alliance Enterprises Adds Monster and Tableau as Sponsors of GetAwareLive 2017 conference - PRNewswire

DUPONT, Wash., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) announced today that key partners, including Monster and Tableau, will sponsor Alliance's getAwareLive! 2017 conference this summer. The July 26-27 event in Dallas is dedicated to improving meaningful work...



Global Disability Inclusion Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council - PRNewswire

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Disability Inclusion, a consulting firm specializing in providing disability inclusion strategies and solutions to Global 500 companies and federal contractors, is proud to announce national certification as a Women's Business...



Disability Advocates Push Back On Health Bill As Vote Looms - DisabiltyScoop
Advocates are working furiously to oppose a health care bill that they say would bring devastating cuts to services and supports that people with disabilities rely on.

With Actors On The Spectrum, Film Offers New Lens - DisabiltyScoop
Stories about people with disabilities are increasingly common on the big screen. But in a twist, a rom-com is gaining attention for casting those with autism to play people like themselves.

#DoNoHarm - AUCD
The US Senate majority leadership plans to hold a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, as early as next week. It is imperative that we act now to speak out and make sure the Senate understands the devastating impact of proposed cuts and changes to Medicaid and the healthcare coverage of millions of our nation's men, women, children, and people with disabilities. We have precious few days to act.

AUCD Welcomes Edward Suggs as Director of Finance and Grant Administration - AUCD
Edward Suggs is the Director of Finance and Grant Administration at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). He manages the financial operations and plays a key role in developing the organization's budget and oversight of the year-end audit. Edward joined AUCD in June 2017.

Following Uproar, Teen With Autism Will Make Trip To UN - DisabiltyScoop
A 15-year-old who won a trip to the United Nations, but then had the trip denied because he has autism, has learned that he will be able to go after all.
June 19, 2017

Phonak AG: Jérôme Boateng is Just One of the Top Bundesliga Soccer Stars Who Support a Soccer Camp For Children With Hearing Loss - PRNewswire

STÄFA, Switzerland, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jérôme Boateng, the king of Bayern Munich's defence, has joined Leverkusen center-back Jonathan Tah and Borussia Mönchengladbach midfield all-rounder Tobias Strobl in making video messages to support children with hearing loss who are tak...



Lawmakers Call For Full Funding Of IDEA - DisabiltyScoop
With a new legislative proposal, members of Congress are reviving a plan to boost federal spending on special education.
June 16, 2017

Subaru of America and Lambs Farm Plant a New Set of Skills in Non-Profit Participants - PRNewswire

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced support of Lambs Farm, a premier non-profit organization whose mission is helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives. The support is part of the Subaru Loves to Care...



NYSILC Statement On President Trump's Proposal For Federal Fiscal Year 2018 - PRNewswire

ALBANY, N.Y., June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The budget proposal released by The White House in late May makes numerous across-the-board cuts to programs and services vital to the independence of people with disabilities. The proposed cuts (to areas such as Medicaid,...



Fever During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Odds - DisabiltyScoop
Expectant mothers who have a fever during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism, new research suggests.

States Lag In Keeping Medicaid Enrollees Out Of Nursing Homes - DisabiltyScoop
A new report finds that states are not doing enough to help people with disabilities receive services in the community instead of in nursing homes, where care is more expensive.

AbilityLinks Launches Newly Renovated Website to Promote Hiring of People with Disabilities - PRNewswire

WHEATON, Ill., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, AbilityLinks.org, the award-winning job-opportunity network, is completely renovating its website to more effectively promote the hiring of people with disabilities. The launch represents a...



Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts - AUCD
Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.
June 15, 2017

United Spinal's 6th Annual "Roll on Capitol Hill" Gathers Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Veterans and People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association and over 150 wheelchair users, clinicians, partners and disability advocates from 35 states, gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 11-14 for the 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill to discuss improving disability...


June 14, 2017

Adapt Community Network - Leading NY State Preschool Provider For Children With Special Needs--Receives The 2017-2018 NASET School Of Excellence Award - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ADAPT Community Network (ADAPT) five preschool locations have been chosen as a 2017-18 NASET School for Excellence by National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). "We are honored to receive this coveted...



Veteran Served by Wounded Warrior Project Throws First Pitch at East Carolina University - PRNewswire

GREENVILLE, N.C., June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a recent military appreciation game, the East Carolina University (ECU) Pirates welcomed Marine Corps veteran Taniki Richards to throw out the first pitch. For Taniki, it was more than just a chance to kick off the baseball...



New National Scorecard Shows Where Pennsylvania Needs Improvement to Serve Older Adults and People with Disabilities - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania ranks 36th among all states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to a new, state-by-state Scorecard produced by AARP with support of the nation's...



Water Park For Those With Special Needs Set To Open - DisabiltyScoop
Just in time for summer, a first-of-its-kind splash park designed from the ground up to accommodate people with various special needs will make its debut.

Driving School Offers Teens With Disabilities Path To Independence - DisabiltyScoop
For those with developmental disabilities, getting behind the wheel can present a steep learning curve, but a tailored driving program is helping to meet individual needs.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Passage of VA Accountability Bill - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. today commends the U.S. Congress for passing the "VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act," which will heighten...


June 13, 2017

Morgan & Morgan Client Assaulted in FL State-Run Group Home Gets $1M After Firm's 14-Year Fight - PRNewswire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After 14 years of fighting for a client raped and impregnated while in the care of a state-run group home, leading plaintiffs' firm Morgan & Morgan PA announces the client has finally gotten some justice for what she has had to endure....



Many Adults With Autism Struggling Even With Services - DisabiltyScoop
State-provided disability services often fail to meet the needs of adults with autism, according to a new report finding many with access to supports don't have any regular daytime activities.

‘Speechless' Creator Urges Casting Of Actors With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
The creator of a prime-time comedy starring a teen with cerebral palsy is pushing other Hollywood bigwigs to cast more actors with disabilities, calling barriers to such inclusion "false."

Parents Denied Ability To Record Son's School Day - DisabiltyScoop
A federal jury has determined that the parents of a child with disabilities have no First Amendment right to have their son wear a recording device to keep track of his school day.
June 12, 2017

IBM and West Virginia University's Center for Disability Inclusion Unveil Mobile Workplace Accommodation Case Management App - PRNewswire

ARMONK, N.Y. and MORGANTOWN, W.Va., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and West Virginia University's Center for Disability Inclusion (CDI) today announced they are developing a first generation mobile workplace accommodation case management app to help U.S. businesses...



Third Round of 2017 Hackaday Prize Spotlights Projects That Move - PRNewswire

PASADENA, Calif., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Hackaday, a popular website read by engineers, makers, and inventors that celebrates hardware hacks,launches the Wheels, Wings and Walkers round of the 2017 HackadayPrizeglobal engineering initiative. Hackadaycha...



"The Green Machine" Hits the Streets - PRNewswire

PHOENIX, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Admittedly, it's hard to find a rear-wheel drive sports car that feels as good to drive as the 2015 Ford Mustang V6 for less coin than a down payment on a house. Could this be the perfect balance of sports car looks, sound, and feel? For some people,...



Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cover ReWalk Exoskeleton for Paralyzed Plan Member Following Court Decision Deeming the Device Medically Necessary - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (Nasdaq: RWLK) ("ReWalk"), leading manufacturer of exoskeleton systems, today announced a Florida court ruling that found Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida must provide coverage of a...



Melissa Ortiz Appointed New Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities - AUCD
Melissa describes herself as a compassionate conservative who is enthusiastic about working with both sides of the aisle on behalf of Americans with disabilities. Throughout her life, she has been an active advocate for people with disabilities, working to ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in society. She is particularly passionate about improving employment opportunities and eliminating barriers - such as a lack of accessible transportation - that can prevent people with disabilities from being able to work.

Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities Project - AUCD
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), the District of Columbia's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the UCEDDs at Georgia State University and the University of Southern California, Children's Hospital Los Angeles are pleased to announce the launch of the website for the Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities Project. In collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to the host the Embedding Project website.

London Tech Week: Mayor of London Outlines Ambition to Make the Capital the World's Leading 'Smart City' - PRNewswire

LONDON, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today outlined his vision for London to become the world's leading 'Smart City' – withdigital technology and data at the heart of making the capital an even better place to live, work and invest. Speaking at...



Study: Airbnb Hosts More Likely To Reject Guests With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Even after adopting a nondiscrimination policy, Airbnb is confronting questions about whether hosts using the short-term rental platform discriminate against guests with disabilities.
June 9, 2017

ESPN To Honor Special Olympics Founder - DisabiltyScoop
A prestigious award bestowed during a nationally-televised event this summer will put a spotlight on one of the world's largest organizations for people with developmental disabilities.

Families Fight Lawsuit Over Community-Based Supports - DisabiltyScoop
A lawsuit seeking greater access to the community for thousands with disabilities is facing opposition from some of the very people that advocates say they represent.

Blinded Vets Foundation Hosts Congressional Awards Ceremony and Picnic - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) hosts its 32nd annual Congressional Awards Ceremony on Tuesday,June 13, 2017, which follows its annual Flag Day Picnic on June 11.The Congressional Awards Ceremony will take place at...



Paralyzed Veterans of America Joins Forces with Disability Rights Partners to Urge Support of Air Carrier Access Amendments Act - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today banded with like-minded advocacy organizations in support of the newly introduced Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017 that will strengthen the rights of airline passengers...


June 8, 2017

150 Young Artists Join All-Star Broadway Cast In Arts For Autism Benefit Concert - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Educational Travel Adventures (ETA) and Believe NYC, organizations that enrich the lives of young people through travel and performance opportunities, announce the return of Arts for Autism, hosted by Tony Award® winner Kelli O'Hara. The concert will...



Ascensus Launches Ugift® for ABLE Savings Accounts - PRNewswire

DRESHER, Pa., June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascensus, a service and technology provider that helps more than 7 million Americans save for the future, is pleased to announce that it has launched Ugift® for ABLE savings accounts. Ugift® is a free, easy-to-use service that enables account...



Veterans See Miami Differently During Bus Tour with Wounded Warrior Project - PRNewswire

MIAMI, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Luis and Gloria Garzon discovered new things in their area during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) bus tour of the Miami area. Veterans and their families explored downtown, the beaches, Art Deco architecture of South Beach,...



David R. Johnson to Step Down as MN UCEDD Director in 2018 - AUCD
After 20 years at the helm of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD), David R. Johnson will step down as Director in September 2018. Far from slowing down, he will transition to full-time faculty within the University of Minnesota's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), where he currently holds a 50 percent appointment. "I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Director for the past 20 years," Johnson said in an internal announcement to his staff. "It has been my privilege to be a part of this organization and you should all be proud of what we have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish."
June 7, 2017

Beach Bonfire Creates Tranquility at Wounded Warrior Project Campout - PRNewswire

KANEOHE, Hawaii, June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A roaring bonfire became the spark that prompted Brian Koehn to make his first connection with other veterans at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) family day and camping trip at Secret Island. A setting sun, volcanic...



Grow Pod Solutions Adds Mieko Perez to Advisory Board - PRNewswire

CORONA, Calif., June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Grow PodSolutions, the developer of portable, automated, clean indoor growing environments, announced that Mieko Perez, a respected leader in health, wellness, and pesticide free organic farming, has joined the company's Advisory Board. Perez w...



Autism Detectable In Infants, Study Suggests - DisabiltyScoop
Long before an official diagnosis, a single brain scan at 6 months of age may be able to predict with near perfect accuracy which babies will develop autism.

Boy With Down Syndrome Joins Reality Show Cast - DisabiltyScoop
In what they say is a tale of luck and coincidence, the family of a boy with Down syndrome went from fans to cast members on a hit reality show about those with the chromosomal disorder.

Sebastian Joynes Awarded the Sheetz Family Award of Excellence at the 2017 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games - PRNewswire

ALTOONA, Pa., June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Sheetz, one of America's fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, is proud to announce Sebastian Joynes as the 2017 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence winner. Awarded Saturday, June 3, during...


June 6, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act: July 26 - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial...



Schools Worried About Tracking Devices - DisabiltyScoop
Privacy concerns are prompting some schools to consider prohibiting GPS tracking devices that are designed to help protect children with disabilities who are at risk of wandering.

Family Of Man With Autism Sues Over Police Shooting - DisabiltyScoop
A year after police shot a caregiver who was assisting a man with autism, the man's family is suing alleging that police inflicted intentional pain and suffering and falsely imprisoned him.

AUCD Joins Thousands of Civil Rights and Disability Advocates to Protect Medicaid Health and Home and Community Based Services - AUCD
"Voters did not ask for cuts to Medicaid and the President promised not to make cuts to Medicaid," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. "Radically restructuring and cutting Medicaid puts the entire national support system for our community at risk."

Tuesdays with Liz: What is Managed Care? - AUCD
In today's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews John Tschida, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy, about Managed Care and its importance.

Blinded Vets Foundation Sets 32nd Annual Congressional Awards Ceremony - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF), at its 32nd annual Congressional Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, will present its George "Buck" Gillispie Award for Meritorious Service to U.S. Representatives Seth Moulton...



Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts - DisabiltyScoop
Dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities.
June 4, 2017

Airlines Face Soaring Disability Complaints - DisabiltyScoop
The number of disability-related complaints against airlines shot up more than twofold in a decade, a new government report finds.
June 3, 2017

Katherine L. Myers is recognized by Continental Who's Who - PRNewswire

DAYTON, Ohio, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Katherine L. Myers is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Prominent Professional in the state of Ohio in the field of Higher Education. Katherine is the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Office of Disability Services at Wright S...



Meet the 2017 ADA International Fellows - AUCD
AUCD, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, implements the ADA International Fellowship Program to support mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania to learn inclusive education policies, strategies, and resources. The ADA Fellows each identified a project to implement in their home countries, and have spent the last month at an AUCD network center or partner to develop their action plans. The first cohort of 10 ADA Fellows is just finishing their fellowship, and developed this video of their experiences with AUCD�s network members and partners.
June 2, 2017

Baseball Stirs Colorful Memories for Wounded Warrior Project Veterans - PRNewswire

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Mike Jernigan emerged through a portal from one of the darkened hallways onto Tropicana Field, his senses were aroused by a mix of lasting baseball memories and eruption of bright colors. "You never forget the colors of...



Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Enjoy Splendor of Historic Plantation - PRNewswire

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cristian Rodriguez doesn't have a green thumb … yet. A recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) trip to the historic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens empowered the Marine Corps veteran to spruce up his new home with colorful...



Pediatricians Pressed To Help Families Of Kids With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Doctors are being urged to do more to collaborate with families of children with developmental disabilities as they face decisions about diagnosis, treatment and supports.

Comedian Finds Humor In His Asperger's - DisabiltyScoop
Stand-up comedian Connor McGrath has Asperger's syndrome, but it's no handicap. In fact, it's part of his act and the crowd loves it.

Distance Learning Technology Resources: Tools for Interdisciplinary Training Programs - AUCD
Technology can be a powerful tool for training healthcare professionals across multiple locations, enabling the exchange of ideas and practices that can benefit communities - including those that have been traditionally underserved. This new package of resources supports the increased use and effectiveness of distance learning technologies across AUCD network training programs and in the healthcare field more broadly. Included are a series of tables that break down the types of distance learning tools programs/centers are (or could potentially be) using across the spectrum of training activities. Users can access information about the software, tools, platforms, etc. which support specific functionalities, such as: ease of use, typical costs, reported use by programs, and accessibility features.
June 1, 2017

Dunkin' Donuts® and the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Team Up to Support Special Olympics Georgia Athletes - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHAT: LETR® and Dunkin' Donuts® present the 2nd annual Special Olympics Georgia Cops on Donut Shops WHEN: Friday, June 2, 2017 5:00 am – 11:00 am WHERE: Participating Dunkin...



RED Arena Round Up Kicks Off with Its Annual "Wine Up" Party and Silent Auction Preview - PRNewswire

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Friday, June 2nd 2017, Red Arena will host the "Wine Up" Party to commence its annual fundraiser, RED Arena Round Up. The "Wine Up" Party will feature wine tasting, "get it now" options for the silent auction, live music, BBQ plates...



In Memoriam: Priscilla Carlson (CO UCEDD/LEND - AUCD
Born with a brittle bone disorder known as Ostiogenisis Imperfecta (OI), Priscilla was home schooled until age 12 when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. She graduated from Park River High School in 1995. After graduation, she worked at telemarketing and customer service, eventually becoming assistant sight supervisor and lead trainer. After meeting another individual with OI from Colorado, Priscilla moved out there to take advantage of the accessibility of the Denver Metro area. She attended college at Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado Boulder where she graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast News Journalism and a B.S. in political science. She met her husband in 2011, a year in which she suffered a serious fall from her power wheelchair, breaking 7 bones in her legs and then suffering a massive stroke on her left side. After re-learning how to speak, read, and write, she finished the two bachelor's degrees in December 2012. She and David were married on June 27, 2014. Prior to her passing, she held a job at the JFK Partners Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder Anschutz Medical campus and as an associate at Walgreens.

North Carolina Special Needs Charity Gaining Global Attention - PRNewswire

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A small North Carolina charity is gaining global attention for its free programs designed to build self-esteem and empower medically fragile, special needs, and disadvantaged children. Featured in dozens of media including American...



South Florida Residents Flocking to Comfort Mobility Medical for High-Quality, Reliable Discount Medical Equipment and Supplies - PRNewswire

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Having opened its doors in December 2016, Comfort Mobility Medical (https://www.comfortmob.com/) has quickly become a leader in medical equipment and supplies for Palm Beach County and beyond. Located in the Publix shopping center on Hagen...



Wounded Warrior Project Families Reconnect at Mysterious Coral Castle - PRNewswire

HOMESTEAD, Fla., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Becky Beyor turned a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) trip to the Coral Castle museum into her family's first outing in more than a year. More importantly, it empowered her to plan more activities with her husband and children....



After Outage, Ed Department Unveils New IDEA Site - DisabiltyScoop
Three months after a key government special education website crashed, federal officials are introducing a revamped online presence.

AUCD Seeks Program Manager for Public Health Team - AUCD
Come join an awesome office in a job that makes a difference! AUCD is seeking a dynamic individual to provide technical assistance to AUCD's Inclusive Health Program and work with the Inclusive Health Learning Community to develop content, facilitate meetings, develop webinars and other communication tools, evaluate programs, and disseminate information. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human services, project management or provision of technical assistance. MPH, MS or MA in public health, disability, clinical or human services related field.
May 31, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Supports Secretary Shulkin's Commitment to Improving VA - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) applauds Secretary of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Dr. David Shulkin's commitment to prioritizing issues outlined in his first "State of the VA" address. WWP is engaging with VA and stakeholders in the veteran...



Jett Foundation Helps Provide Necessary Resources for Families Affected by Duchenne - PRNewswire

KINGSTON, Mass., May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to awareness and helping fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, recently launched the Jett Giving Fund. Under this initiative, Jett Foundation helps families afford items that greatly...



Join Tom Brady & Challenge Yourself To Change Lives At The 18th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port Presented By Pepsi-Cola, Shaw's Foundation And Star Market Foundation - PRNewswire

BOSTON, May 31, 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 the 18th Annual B...



Autism Symptoms Improve With Help From Century-Old Drug - DisabiltyScoop
With a single infusion of a 100-year-old drug, children with autism showed significant improvement in language, behavior and socialization, according to results from a small new study.

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Toolkit for Self Advocates - AUCD
This week on Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviewed Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, about a new toolkit to help self-advocates, particularly self advocates with intellectual disabilities, better understand Medicaid.
May 26, 2017

Ameritex Community Services Presents HISD Special Needs Students First-Ever Graduation Event - PRNewswire

HOUSTON, May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritex Community Services, HCS / TxHmL (Home and Community-Based Services / Texas Home Living) has partnered with the below Organizations in hosting two events at the Houston Downtown Tellepson YMCA at 808 Pease Street from 12 noon to 3:00pm....



Diversity Fellows Grant Project Leads to Leadership Opportunity for Self Advocates (NM LEND) - AUCD
As a New Mexico LEND Self-Advocacy trainee, Daniel Ekman worked with faculty mentor Phyllis Shingle to create a document with leadership competencies, objectives and activities for people with disabilities. The idea was to develop a document that organizations could use and adapt as part of their own leadership curriculum for individuals with disabilities.

Your Input Needed for Sex Ed Resource - AUCD
OAR is developing a new resource tool to help people with autism navigate sex education and understand sexuality. This subject can be daunting and is often overlooked. At the same time, it is important in terms of personal growth, development, and safety. We are excited to create a resource on this topic that is specific to the needs of people with autism. Please help us address those needs by filling out the survey below and sharing with your connections in the autism community.
May 25, 2017

Mapi Research Trust Unveils New Clinical Outcome Assessments (COA) Website for the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) Questionnaire - PRNewswire

LYON, France, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Mapi Research Trust, the leading curator and license distributor of Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) and Mapi Language Services, the most trusted provider of linguistic validation, today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of a w...



Q'STRAINT Launches FREE Monthly wheelchair securement training - PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Q'STRAINT recently launched a free monthly securement training program to keep drivers, operators and safety trainers up to date on the proper securement principles and industry regulations. The Q'STRAINT training program...



United Spinal to Host New York Disability Advocate Jose Hernandez for "Roll on Capitol Hill" in D.C. - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association will host Jose Hernandez from the Bronx, New York, at its 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of...



SELN Systematic Instruction Series: A three-part online series for employment specialists (MA UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
This spring, the State Employment Leadership Network hosted a 3-part online series on systematic instruction (SI) taught by nationally-known trainer, Teri Johnson. SI uses task analysis preparation, design, and strategies to help individuals with disabilities improve job performance and increase autonomy. Johnson shared original videos and stories to demonstrate the ways employment specialist can engage SI when the complexity of a task presents challenges to the learner.

Hosting ADA fellows for Tanzania and Kenya (MA UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
The ICI is working with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) on the ADA International Fellowship Program on Inclusive Education, which is sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to host Fellows from Tanzania and Kenya. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe worked with AUCD to identify and recruit 20 mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania, who have come to the US for 5 weeks and are working with faculty and staff at UCED's around the states. The Fellows will learn about best practices in inclusive education in the U.S. and then apply what they learned in an individualized inclusive education project or initiative that they will implement upon return to their home countries.

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of the Inaugural 2016-2017 NJLEND Cohort - AUCD
The inaugural cohort of fellows graduated from The Boggs Center's New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program. The NJLEND Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium was held at Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, and featured a keynote address from Sue Swenson, MBA, Vice President, Inclusion International and former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education.

The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University announces the 2017 PATHS (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
The Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) program at Texas A&M University is honored to announce the 2017 graduates. This year, 36 young men and women successfully graduated from the PATHS certificate program. The PATHS certificate program was developed in 2010 by Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge, Director of Transition Service Programs, Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension while working with the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. The PATHS program is an inclusive certificate program to prepare students with and without disabilities for a career as a Direct Support Professional, who will work with the elderly or people with disabilities in the community; as a Direct Support Para-Professional who will work with school districts; or as a Child Care Professional who will work with children.

Armenian Delegations Visit MN UCEDD - AUCD
Two delegations from Armenia visited the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) in April as part of a project funded by UNICEF Armenia focusing on inclusive education. The collaborative project between ICI and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) is titled, Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota/Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership. The nine visitors spent two weeks in Minnesota, meeting with Ren�ta Tich� and Brian Abery, who are ICI's co-directors on the project, and visiting other sites related to inclusive education. "Self-advocacy and advocacy for people with disabilities were two important concepts the delegations wanted to learn about and to explore with ICI colleagues and with self-advocates," says Tich�. The delegations included Karine Harutyunyan, the Deputy Minister of Education of Armenia; Mher Melik-Bakhshyan, the Pro-rector of Special Education at Armenian State Pedagogical University; as well as additional ASPU faculty and several education officers from UNICEF Armenia.

What Works for Youth? Tracking Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes (MA UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
The Institute for Community Inclusion's Meg Grigal was on an invited panel of presenters and discussed The Role and Impact of Vocational Rehabilitation in Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism. The inclusion of Think College on a national panel helps to increase the visibility of the the ICI, and the topic of inclusive higher education for people with intellectual disability. Photo caption: Meg Grigal presenting on the impact of vocational rehabilitation in inclusive higher ed.

Autism Myths on Public Radio for Kids - AUCD
In partnership with Montana Public Radio, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is co-sponsoring several episodes of "Kids Like You and Me." This series is broadcast across Montana and focuses on helping kids learn about each other. The Autism episode features a son and her mother (a former LEND trainee).

Mailman Center Demonstrations Projects Address Disruptive Behavior in Students with Disabilities (FL UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
Students with disabilities have high rates of disruptive behavior and reduced school readiness. However, there is limited capacity of school staff to effectively address behavior concerns. The Mailman Center for Child Development department of pediatrics was awarded a grant from the Children's Trust for a research based demonstration project to reduce child disruptive behaviors, enhance teacher-student relationships, increase effective discipline and reduce teacher stress/burnout.

Celebration of Diversity, Teamwork, and the Future! (AZ UCEDD) - AUCD
Northern Arizona University celebrated the accomplishments of the 2017 Hispanic, Latino and Chicano graduates at the 24th Annual Hispanic Convocation. Ms. Valeria Chase, bilingual specialist at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), served as member of the committee and put together a spectacular and energetic evening with distinguished guest, Mr. Claudio Sanchez, and a keynote address from Dr. Monica Brown who is a known for her bilingual children's books.

'Resilience' Study Examines How People with Disabilities Live Successfully in Rural Areas (MT UCEDD) - AUCD
Living in a small town can be challenging for anyone - but for people with disabilities, rural areas can create even more serious barriers to accomplishing the things they want to do. However, with the help of a trait known as resilience, many people with disabilities who live in rural areas have achieved a good quality of life and are able to participate in their communities.

GPS - Guiding People Through Systems, Online Care Notebook (OH UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
GPS, Guiding People Through Systems, is an online care notebook designed to help families organize medical and school records in one convenient, online resource. The tool was developed through a partnership between The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), Ohio Department of Health, Family Voices of Ohio, Ohio Medical Home and the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

2017 Leadership Training for Diversity (LTD) Fellows (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
In the Diversity and Inclusion Survey that AUCD conducted in 2015, UCEDD and LEND Directors from across the network stressed the importance of addressing diversity issues and training to ensure cultural competence and diversity goals. UCEDDs and the disability community benefit from trainees from diverse backgrounds as an important need within the disability service system are professionals who are racially, ethnically, and linguistic diverse (Clark & Majewski, 2013). The Center on Disability and Development (CDD) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) similarly recognizes the importance of growing leaders in the field of developmental disabilities who are prepared to deliver culturally competent services and who are themselves representative of diverse backgrounds. The goal of the Leadership Training for Diversity (LTD) Fellows Program at the CDD will be to produce a formal cultural competence fellowship that supports Fellows from diverse backgrounds.

Leading Veterans Groups Respond to VA Budget for Fiscal Years 2018-19 - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)—authors of The Independent Budget (IB)—today responded to the Administration's proposed budget for the delivery of...


May 23, 2017

Statement of Katy Neas, Easterseals Executive Vice President, Public Affairs on the Fiscal Year 2018 Trump Budget - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Administration's FY 2018 budget severely threatens the health and independence of low income children and adults with disabilities and their families. Easterseals urges Congress to reject this budget. It disproportionately targets r...



PA Department of Labor & Industry Hosts Blindness Awareness Expo - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted the 2017 Blindness Awareness Expo at the State Capitol Building today....



Trump Budget Guts Medicaid, Disability Programs - DisabiltyScoop
Deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs that people with disabilities rely on are at the heart of President Donald Trump's first budget proposal.

‘Swim Team' Chronicles Life On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
A documentary about the unlikely rise of a group of swimmers on the autism spectrum will hit theaters this summer.

Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation - DisabiltyScoop
Anticipating a broader immigration crackdown, undocumented families are hiring lawyers and scrambling to make contingency plans for their U.S.-born children with disabilities.

Tuesday with Liz: How Might Healthcare Funding Cuts Affect People with Disabilities? - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, about the importance of Medicaid.

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 Senators 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.


Vector Security® Managers and Senior Executives Build and Donate Wheelchairs to Paralyzed Veterans of America - PRNewswire

PITTSBURGH, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a team-building exercise that involved the assembly of wheelchairs for paralyzed U.S. veterans, Vector Security's managers and senior executives constructed travel-version wheelchairs for donation to the Keystone Chapter of the Paralyzed...


May 22, 2017

Villa de Vida Announces the Formation of Elevare Community, A New Entity Focused on Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities, today announced the formation of a new organization, Elevare Community, to pursue additional housing...



Healthy Ingredients Spice Up Wounded Warrior Project Cooking Class - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carol Flynn rarely strayed from using salt and pepper, but a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) cooking class empowered the Navy veteran to find healthier ways to spice her favorite dishes. "I love to cook and bake, but...



Georgia Tech Students Win Toyota and Net Impact's National Competition with App Concept for People Who Use Wheelchairs - PRNewswire

PLANO, Texas, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this year, a team of students at Georgia Tech realized that there was a critical gap in transportation services for people who use wheelchairs – and they wondered if the solution could be in the palm of their hands. Today, the...



IBA Group siegt bei Wettbewerb zu CSR und Nachhaltigkeit - PRNewswire

MINSK, Weißrussland, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Am 17. Mai hat Sustainable Business, eine führende Edition auf dem Gebiet der sozialen Unternehmensverantwortung (Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR) und nachhaltigen Entwicklung in der Gemeinschaft Unabhängiger Staaten (GUS), die...



IBA Group remporte le concours de RSE et de durabilité - PRNewswire

MINSK, Biélorussie, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Le 17 mai, Sustainable Business, une publication importante dans le domaine de la Responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE ou CSR en anglais) et du développement durable dans la CEI (Communauté des États indépendants), a annoncé...


May 21, 2017

Transition A Struggle For Young Man With Autism - DisabiltyScoop
A year after graduating from a high school that grew to love him, a young man with autism is struggling to adjust to a reality of adulthood that is not as kind.
May 19, 2017

IBA Group Wins CSR and Sustainability Contest - PRNewswire

MINSK, Belarus, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 17, Sustainable Business, a leading edition in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), announced the results of the BestinCSR contest for 2016....



National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Announces Cleveland Moving Day Is June 17 - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Chapter's annual fundraising walk/run event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends, and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson's...



Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services - DisabiltyScoop
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Allegedly Fed Bleach At School - DisabiltyScoop
In the second such case to hit a school for children with disabilities, the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy is suing alleging that his feeding tube was cleaned with bleach.
May 18, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Families Find Common Ground on a Mountain - PRNewswire

CARROLL, N.H., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a scale of 1 to 10, Erin Larsen said a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering for veterans' family members in the White Mountains "was a 12." Long hikes through the snowy woods and quiet moments at a lodge helped her...


May 17, 2017

Autism At Center Of New Prime-Time TV Drama - DisabiltyScoop
ABC will introduce a prime-time drama this fall featuring a lead character on the autism spectrum.

UCP National Names Armando A. Contreras As The Next President & CEO - UPC
Contacts: Diane Wilush 678 313-3078 ? dwilush@ucpga.org  Richard Forkosh 314-402-0528 rforkosh@ucp.org  ?    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 …
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Voya Financial Recognized by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 225th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Companies Positively Impacting Society - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today participated in the NYSE's 225th anniversary opening-bell celebration, which recognized a select group of NYSE-listed companies positively impacting the world. The event was tied to the NYSE's new campaign,...



New LanguageLine iPhone App Puts More Than 8,000 Interpreters in Users' Pockets - PRNewswire

MONTEREY, Calif., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LanguageLine Solutions® has added an iPhone application to its mobile lineup, putting the power of more than 8,000 world-class interpreters in users' pockets, the leading company in language access announced today. Ten months ago,...



Mom Designs Drone To Track Kids Who Wander - DisabiltyScoop
Concerned about keeping track of her young daughter with autism, one mom created a video camera-equipped drone designed to give parents some extra help keeping an eye on their children.
May 16, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Family Members Empowered by Throwing Punches - PRNewswire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carrin Eyman enjoyed her bruised thigh so much she couldn't wait to show her husband, Navy veteran and former mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Eyman. The bruise was liberating because it proved she has the mental and...



Blind Michigan Student Files Suit in Federal Court to Give Sightless Equal Chance At Becoming Lawyers - PRNewswire

DETROIT, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nyman Turkish PC, a Southfield-based disability and litigation law firm and the Wayne State University Law School Civil Rights Clinic filed suit today in Federal Court against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on behalf of Angelo Binno, a...



In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy - DisabiltyScoop
Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

Teen On The Spectrum Finds Culinary Success - DisabiltyScoop
He's barely out of high school, but an 18-year-old with autism is already making his mark with a pair of signature sauces that grace a restaurant menu and are commercially bottled.

Self-Advocates Arrested At White House - DisabiltyScoop
Dozens of disability rights activists have been arrested outside the White House while calling for President Donald Trump to support community-based living.

Tuesdays with Liz: See Amazing with Liz & Leslie! - AUCD
On this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviews Leslie Kimmelman. Leslie Kimmelman is the author of the first Sesame Street book about Julia, a muppet with autism, called 'We're Amazing 1, 2, 3!'

ABLEnow Featured on New Season of A&E's Born This Way - PRNewswire

RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans tuning in to season 3 of A&E's Emmy award-winning docuseries Born This Way will learn about a brand new program that's helping people with disabilities achieve financial independence. The ABLEnow savings program will appear periodically...



Happy Trails: Wounded Warrior Project Joins In Bike Path Cleanup - PRNewswire

AIEA, Hawaii, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard Pittman and his family had just finished tossing their last bag on the trash pile when a local man sitting on a park bench nodded in approval toward the suddenly sparkling Pearl Harbor Bike Path and said the words: "Thank you."...


May 15, 2017

Leader Dogs for the Blind Announces $60K+ Donation from Purina in Celebration of the "Every Dog is a Star" Program - PRNewswire

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leader Dogs for the Blind today announced a $61,196 donation from Purina in conjunction with the pet food maker's "Every Dog is a Star" program. In celebration of the first-ever "Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina," which...



Survey Examined Social Support in Parkinson's Disease from the Patient's Perspective - PRNewswire

KINGSTON, N.J., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Parkinson Alliance conducted its 26th survey-based research, entitled Social Support and Parkinson's Disease: The Patient's Perspective. Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) are confronted with debilitating symptoms,...



Wounded Warrior Project on Target Connecting Veterans at Trap Shoot - PRNewswire

HAYS, Kan., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even when Sean Kelly missed his target during a recent trap-shooting event, he remained on point while connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans. The group competed for gold, silver, and bronze coins while shooting at...



Feinstein Institute Researcher Wins Award for Autism Research - PRNewswire

MANHASSET, N.Y., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lior Brimberg, PhD, assistant professor at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research (INSAR) for her innovative work in...



Share Your Blessings Donates Over 750 Beamz Interactive Music Systems to Benefit Individuals with Special Needs & Disabilities - PRNewswire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Share Your Blessings Inc. (SYB), a non-profit organization (see www.share-your-blessings.org) with a mission to fund and support organizations and programs that serve & benefit individuals with special needs, has reached a milestone of...



Autism Home Support Services and Schaumburg Boomers Announce Autism Awareness Baseball Game - PRNewswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Northbrook-based Autism Home Support Services (AHSS) and The Schaumburg Boomers are holding a special Autism Awareness baseball game on June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The Boomers will be playing against The Windy City Thunderbolts. The game...



HOA To Pay $300K For Disability Discrimination - DisabiltyScoop
A homeowners association has agreed to pay up after barring the parents of a woman with severe disabilities from parking a motor home that they bought to transport their daughter.
May 12, 2017

Study: Autism Behaviors Often Unrelated To Speech Difficulties - DisabiltyScoop
When children with autism struggle with behavior, it's commonly attributed to speech issues or frustration associated with communication. But new research suggests that may not be the case.

Lawmakers Vote To End Special Ed Cap - DisabiltyScoop
Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill formally rejecting the state's decade-old practice of limiting how many students with disabilities could receive special education services.
May 11, 2017

New Medicaid Waiver Rule Delayed - DisabiltyScoop
The Trump administration is giving states more wiggle room in the rollout of a rule that establishes a new standard for what counts as home and community-based services.
May 10, 2017

MGM Resorts International Named Among Nation's 2017 Top Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc - PRNewswire

LAS VEGAS, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the twelfth consecutive year, MGM Resorts International has been recognized as a Top Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, one of the nation's leading sources on workplace diversity management. The company is ranked 3rd on "The Top Ten Regional...



Law Enforcement Pioneer Use of Lockheed Martin Indago Unmanned Aerial System with Project Lifesaver International - PRNewswire

VINEYARD, Utah, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheriff's agencies are poised to use the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Indago quadrotor small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to perform search and rescue operations as part of the Project Lifesaver International (PLI) program that supports clients...



National OCD Walk Returns to Boston to Raise Awareness & Fight Stigma - PRNewswire

BOSTON, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is pleased to announce the 5th Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston on June 3, 2017 at Jamaica Pond. The Walk aims to raise awareness about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental health...



Battle Brews Over Observing Self-Contained Class - DisabiltyScoop
Federal education officials are investigating after a school district denied a mother's request to observe her son's self-contained classroom.

Linking Refugees with Disabilities to Employment in Illinois (IL UCEDD) - AUCD
Transnational refugees with disabilities are left out of many social service provisions typically provided to refugees. The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received a three year grant funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to address the support needs of refugees with disabilities.

Position Opening: Virtual Trainee - AUCD
As a part of AUCD's initiative to increase trainee involvement across the network and build future leaders, AUCD is seeing the next Virtual Trainee for the 2017-2018 academic year! This is a paid leadership opportunity with AUCD.
May 9, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Bicycle Ride Empowers Injured Veterans - PRNewswire

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gathered together to enjoy a 15-mile bicycle ride through San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ride included a stop at a memorial that honors the veterans of Puerto...



United Spinal's "Roll on Capitol Hill" to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization's Virginia chapter, along with other prominent...



Feds Urged To Improve Transition Services - DisabiltyScoop
Congress' investigative arm is calling on federal officials to consider earlier transition planning and to take other steps to meet the needs of youth with autism entering adulthood.

Star Of New Comic Book Has Down Syndrome - DisabiltyScoop
In a first, a new comic book debuting this summer will feature a superhero with an extra 21st chromosome.

Severe Shortage Of Direct Care Workers Triggering Crisis - DisabiltyScoop
Critical shortages of in-home care workers are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with disabilities.

GAO Report: Youth with Autism - AUCD
According to GAO's nationwide survey of school district special education directors, GAO estimates that about 85 percent of districts in school year 201516, provided youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services such as instruction on life, social, and behavioral skills, as they transition from high school to adulthood. ASD is a group of complex developmental disorders characterized by difficulties with social interactions, communication, and repetitive behaviors.

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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May 8, 2017

The Stuttering Foundation: Giving a Voice to People Who Stutter for 70 Years - PRNewswire

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Stuttering Foundation, www.StutteringHelp.org, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, marking seven decades as the world's foremost nonprofit dedicated to helping those who stutter. The Foundation was established by the...



iNACOL Webinar Presents Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Accessibility in K-12 Education: Designing Learning to Serve All Students - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Leadership webinar to explore Universal Design for Learning and accessibility in K-12...



@yoocandoanything Instagram Account Launched to Unite People With Disabilities from Around the World - PRNewswire

PALO ALTO, California and TEL AVIV, Israel, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Instagram account @yoocandoanything is changing the lives of people living with disabilities. yoocan's mission: "We share real stories about the empowering things people with disabilities are doing". Whether it's...



Tuesdays with Liz: RAISE Family Caregivers Act - AUCD
On this edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviews Rhonda Richards, a senior legislative representative at AARP about respite care and the new RAISE Family Caregiver's Act.

John Tschida Receives the NARRTC Special Contribution Award - AUCD
At the recent annual conference of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC), John Tschida, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at AUCD, received the Special Contribution Award. Given for leadership activities and major accomplishments on behalf of NARRTC as an organization, "Special Contribution Awards recognize diligence, service, commitment, and leadership in the context of organizational affairs or related spheres of activity," said NARRTC President Marianne Farkas.

For Those With Autism, A Chance To Dine Out Without Stress Or Stares - DisabiltyScoop
Eating out can be a challenge for families of those on the spectrum. But a new effort that's spread to 11 states is designed to offer a relaxed and welcoming restaurant experience.
May 5, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner Tickets Available for Purchase - PRNewswire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Looking for an impactful way to support the warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) while also enjoying dinner and an auction in New York City? Then the 11th annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by USAA®...



Parents Turn To Cannabis To Treat ASD, Even As Doctors Urge Caution - DisabiltyScoop
Dramatic improvements are convincing some parents to try a once unthinkable treatment for their kids with autism — marijuana — despite little evidence to support its use.
May 4, 2017

GettingHired Hosting Online Career Fair for Job Seekers with Disabilities - PRNewswire

HANOVER, Md., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GettingHired, Inc., a national disability outreach and recruitment solution, is hosting an online career fair for job seekers with disabilities on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 between 12 – 3 p.m. EDT. More than 20 actively hiring GettingHired employer...



House Passes Health Care Bill Alarming Disability Advocates - DisabiltyScoop
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a health care overhaul bill that advocates say would have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

2017 Coleman Conference Call for Proposals - AUCD
The 17th Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disabilities & Technology, will be held on November 2, 2017 in Broomfield, CO. The call for proposals is now open. This call for proposals includes submissions for breakout sessions and poster presentations. We are seeking proposals that reflect areas pertinent to Applied Cognitive Technologies, including; research, development, and practice.

AUCD Statement on the House Passage of the AHCA - AUCD
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is disappointed by the vote in the House of Representatives today on the America's Health Care Act (AHCA). The House passed the AHCA on a close vote of 217-213.

United Spinal's "Roll on Capitol Hill" to Advocate for Greater Access to Properly Configured and Medically-Necessary Wheelchairs - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Andrea Dalzell, Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on...



Diplomas Remain Elusive For Many With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Graduation rates for students with disabilities remain far behind, with a new report finding that in some states fewer than half of those in special education earn a diploma.
May 3, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Take Center Stage at 2017 NFL Draft - PRNewswire

PHILADELPHIA, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the 2017 NFL Draft, warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) had a unique chance to experience the action. They gathered on the main stage as they were honored during the national anthem and watched from the stands among...



Family Members and Guardians of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities File Motion to Maintain Options for Care - PRNewswire

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Family members of Ohioans with profound and severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have filed a motion to stop a class-action suit brought by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO). With the current move toward encouraging...



Kaiser Permanente Ranked No. 2 on DiversityInc's 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity - PRNewswire

OAKLAND, Calif., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated health system in the U.S., has earned the No. 2 ranking on the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, it was announced on Tuesday. The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes...



Sheltered Workshops At A Crossroads - DisabiltyScoop
Several converging trends mean there likely will be fewer sheltered workshops in the future — and those that continue to exist likely will operate differently.

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (MN UCEDD) - AUCD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has released a report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2014.

New Book About a Teen With Williams Syndrome Asks: If You Could Cure Your Special Needs Child, Would You? - PRNewswire

BELLEVILLE, Ill., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Joey Tantillo was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when he was just nine months old. During the very first year of Joey's life, he had to endure a life-threatening heart procedure. His father slept under his crib the night before the surgery...


May 2, 2017

American Institute for Stuttering - Freedom of Speech National Stuttering Awareness Week - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --What do Ed Sheeran, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Carly Simon, NFL Falcons Owner Arthur Blank and former Vice President Joe Biden have in common? Stuttering! The above individuals are all highly successful, resilient "escapees of their voc...



MTS Logistics Announces 7th Annual Bike Tour with MTS for Autism - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Logistics, a New York-based freight forwarder offering a full range of logistical options to meet the demands of global clients, today announced their 7th Annual Bike Tour with MTS for Autism, which will be held on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. The...



Teen With Autism Disqualified From Trip - DisabiltyScoop
A 15-year-old who won a contest sponsored by a national organization recently learned that officials withdrew the prize — a trip to the United Nations — apparently because he has autism.

Uber-Like Service Designed For Riders With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
A new app-based ride hailing service will allow people who qualify for paratransit in one metro area to get a ride on demand.

Special Education To Get Boost Under Budget Deal - DisabiltyScoop
Special education is set to see a rise in federal funding under a bipartisan agreement to avert a government shutdown.

Tuesdays with Liz: Congressman Jim Langevin - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) about the Life Respite Care Law and the bipartisan Disability Caucus, which he chairs.

Tuesdays with Liz: Congressman Jim Langevin - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) about the Life Respite Care Law and the bipartisan Disability Caucus, which he chairs.

Wounded Warrior Project Challenges San Antonio Community to Give Big - PRNewswire

SAN ANTONIO, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Antonio residents will have a chance to rally behind local community foundations and support their favorite charity on May 4. "Big Give" is returning to San Antonio, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be among the nonprofits...



Grandin Road Announces Charitable Media Event to Benefit Autism Speaks - PRNewswire

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Home furniture and decor retailer Grandin Road announced today a charitable media event to benefit Autism Speaks through NBC Universal's George to the Rescue broadcast show. George to the Rescue is an Emmy® Award-winning syndicated home...



Nashville Community to Support Wounded Warrior Project in Payback Charity Event - PRNewswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of Nashville and from all over the great state of Tennessee will have a chance to rally behind local community foundations on May 3 as part of "Big Payback," a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge. Hosted by the...



Equip for Equality Launches New Employment Rights Helpline - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Equip for Equality launched an exciting initiative called the Employment Rights Helpline. The Helpline is a new, free, statewide service to provide people with disabilities with legal rights information and advice, as well as...



Medical Marijuana, Inc. Applauds Mexican Congress' Passage of Legislation to Legalize Usage of Medical Marijuana in Mexico - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Marijuana, Inc. (MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, today announced that it applauds the Mexican Congress for passing legislation on April 28 to legalize the use of marijuana and cannabis for medical and...



The Paciello Group Joins VFO - PRNewswire

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla and NASHUA, N.H., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VFO™, the world's leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, and home of the Freedom Scientific®, Optelec, and Ai Squared brands, today announced it has acquired The Paciello Group (TPG), a marquee...



Goodman Acker Now Accepting Michigan Birth Injury Lawsuits - PRNewswire

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Goodman Acker is dedicated to representing injured and disabled clients throughout the State of Michigan. We are thrilled to announce our expansion into a new area of law – birth injury claims. The firm currently represents victims injure...



Dr. Jesse Suter Named Interim Director of CDCI (VT UCEDD) - AUCD
We are proud to announce that Dr. Jesse Suter has accepted the position of Interim Director at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. He will be stepping into the role currently held by Dr. Susan Ryan, who is retiring after an impressive career spanning more than 30 years in Special Education and Inclusion.
May 1, 2017

Zappos Looks To Help Shoppers With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
Online retail giant Zappos is looking to make it simpler for kids and adults with disabilities to find clothes that meet their sensory and physical needs.
April 29, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 29: Social Insurance - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: SOCIAL INSURANCE Profile America — Saturday, April 29th. Health insurance and its affordability has been a topic of political contention mostly...


April 28, 2017

Microassist Awarded State Purchasing Contract for Website Accessibility Services - PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Microassist has 25 years of making government websites, applications, online courses, and documents navigable, usable, and perceivable to Texans with disabilities. Today, company executives announced that it has been awarded a Texas Department...



Peckham, Inc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation - PRNewswire

LANSING, Mich., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced that Peckham, Inc. has received a three-year re-accreditation. This accreditation is the 13 consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that CARF has given...



Tribeca Win Goes To Film Starring Those On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
A film starring adults with autism is taking home the top prize at the influential Tribeca Film Festival.

Despite Proposed FDA Ban, Shock Devices Remain - DisabiltyScoop
A year after the FDA proposed a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior, the rule has yet to be finalized.
April 27, 2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Non-Profit Receives Major Gift Donation from Private Equity Firm - PRNewswire

BILLINGS, N.Y., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Last month, Founder and President of Hope For Heroes (HFH) Mitch Serlin received an unexpected $50,000 check from Potentis CapitalCEO & Managing Member Matt Herfield at the Seventh Annual HFH Game Dinner event. The amount equals what the...



Autism Research Funding Declines - DisabiltyScoop
Spending on autism research is down, according to a new federal report, after the nation's largest source of such funds chopped its contribution.

No Joke: Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Connect With Stand-Up Comedy - PRNewswire

PASADENA, Md., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Making people laugh and connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans are two of Michael Carrasquillo's favorite passions. A recent stand-up comedy course helped him enjoy both at the same time. "As a warrior, I love...


April 26, 2017

Family-Owned Steel Company and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Environmental Firms Win Top Federal Contracting Awards - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A family-owned steel and manufacturing firm, QMF Steel, Inc., from Campbell, Texas and IO Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned environmental remediation and construction firm from San Diego,...



New Moran Company Analysis of Medicare Home Health Beneficiary Population Underscores Need for Rural Safeguard Extension - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis of Medicare home health beneficiaries completed by The Moran Company illustrates the vulnerability of the Medicare home health patient population, particularly seniors residing in rural communities who are in poorer...



Paralyzed Veterans of America Celebrates Virginia Governor's Mansion for its Accessible Design Accomplishment - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) presented the Virginia Governor's Mansion with its 2017 Barrier-Free America Award at a private event on the evening of April 24. Paralyzed Veterans presents the award annually to publ...



Harmar Enhances Micro Lift to Accommodate Three- and Four-Wheel Scooters - PRNewswire

SARASOTA, Fla., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Harmar, an innovator of vehicle lift manufacturing and design, has now released an enhanced version of its popular AL015 Profile Micro Scooter Lift. This standard three-wheel lift now features an optional cradle to handle four-wheel scooters....



Beauty Pageant Contestant With Down Syndrome Set To Make History - DisabiltyScoop
When Mikayla Holmgren competes in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, it's believed that she will be the first in the country to head down the road that crowns Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Study Backs Therapeutic Benefits Of Horseback Riding - DisabiltyScoop
Horseback riding is frequently offered for people with developmental disabilities and now a new analysis suggests that the activity really does have a therapeutic benefit.

Best Buddies' Charitable Contributions Face Scrutiny - DisabiltyScoop
Tom Brady has helped Best Buddies raise significant cash, but an investigation finds the developmental disabilities nonprofit has simultaneously funneled millions to the NFL star's charity.

Teacher Accused Of Biting Student With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
An elementary school teacher has been arrested after police say she bit a 4-year-old boy with autism because he wasn't following instructions.

Nominate a Colleague for an AUCD Award - AUCD
We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to Lift Your Voice and nominate someone who truly inspires you.

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Matters and the DREAM Fund - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Maggie Winston, who is a LEND trainee from Alaska and a DREAM fund recipient about her experience in DC when she came for Disability Policy Seminar.

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Matters and the DREAM Fund - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Maggie Winston, who is a LEND trainee from Alaska and a DREAM fund recipient about her experience in DC when she came for Disability Policy Seminar.

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Matters and the DREAM Fund - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Maggie Winston, who is a LEND trainee from Alaska and a DREAM fund recipient about her experience in DC when she came for Disability Policy Seminar.
April 25, 2017

Fish & Richardson and Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Win $3.2 Million Award in Housing Discrimination Class Action Case - PRNewswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson announced today that together with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, it has helped win a $3.2 million award in a housing discrimination class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 180 disabled individuals...



Available Today - Creator of "Caroline's Cart" Releases Book Chronicling Her Rise from Mom to Special Needs Advocate and International Entrepreneur - PRNewswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Drew Ann Long, the mother of a special needs child who created a shopping cart that has simplified the lives of parents like her all over the world, has authored a book about her experience. Game Changer: The Remarkable Story of Caroline's...



StemGenex Recognizes Parkinson's Awareness Month - PRNewswire

LA JOLLA, Calif., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --This April 2017, millions of people around the world will recognize Parkinson's Awareness Month. Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.Although promising research is bein...



New Report: Effective Solutions to South Carolina's Juvenile Justice Crisis - AUCD
The report provides a blueprint to build a model juvenile justice system in SC--one that reduces repeat criminal activity by rehabilitating child offenders in smaller facilities, keeping children and juvenile justice staff safe, providing mental health services to children in the juvenile justice system , and more efficiently spending tax dollars.
April 24, 2017

Athletico Physical Therapy Opens in Dayton - PRNewswire

DAYTON, Ohio, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Athletico Physical Therapy has opened a new location in Dayton on Monday, April 24th at 8805 N. Main Street, Ste. 110, Dayton OH, 45415. Athletico is looking forward to continuing its quality of care throughout the state of Ohio. "Being...



Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-Winning Author, to Speak About His Family's Journey in Connecting With Autistic Son - PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --On April 27,Marbridgewill host the fifth annual CoAct Project™, a national executive symposium to discuss best care practices, industry challenges, and building relationships to better care for individuals with intellectual disabilities....



AUCD Welcomes Jessica Drennan as Senior Program Manager - AUCD
Jessica Drennan is a Senior Program Manager at AUCD, primarily focusing on work with the UCEDDs. Prior to coming to AUCD, Jessica was the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Director for South Carolina. As the Title V Director, she served on several legislative and interagency coordinating committees and worked to increase access and coordinated care for children with complex medical needs and their families. She was successful in beginning an initiative around sickle cell disease surveillance and care coordination, the creation of multidisciplinary craniofacial clinics within major hospital systems, and using Block Grant funds to increase health insurance coverage for those with rare diseases.

Special Olympics Georgia to Host 6th Annual Over the Edge Event at Overlook III on April 29 - PRNewswire

VININGS, Ga., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Special Olympics Georgia today unveiled details surrounding its upcoming 6th Annual Over the Edge event, which is set to take place at Overlook III in Vinings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Raising funds to suppor...



IBM Good Fellows Video: Chieko Asakawa - PRNewswire

ARMONK, N.Y., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Fellows is a series of short films that focus on the unique and human stories of IBM (NYSE: IBM) Fellows. To be named a Fellow is to achieve the highest honor bestowed by the company to its most outstanding technical employees. IBM...



Toyota and Net Impact Announce Finalists of Next Generation Mobility Challenge - PRNewswire

PLANO, Texas, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When many people think about students focused on "going places," they may think of exciting jobs, prestigious fellowships or adventurous travel. But the nearly 600 students who took part in the second Next Generation Mobility Challenge had a...



With New Season, Down Syndrome Reality Show Broadens Focus - DisabiltyScoop
A reality television show about a group of young adults with Down syndrome is set to return with a new season that will also explore the experiences of children with the chromosomal disorder.
April 21, 2017

Preliminary Study Suggests Possible New Treatment for MS - PRNewswire

BOSTON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A small, preliminary study may show promise of a new type of treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Results from the first six people enrolled in the phase 1 study, a study designed to enroll 10 people, are being presented at...



Most Housing Discrimination Complaints Related To Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
People with disabilities appear to be disproportionately affected by housing discrimination, with a new report finding that disability issues accounted for over half of complaints last year.

Classroom Behavior Lands 10-Year-Old With ASD In Jail - DisabiltyScoop
A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested, spent the night in jail and faces a third-degree felony charge, all for allegedly kicking a teacher at school last fall.

Inclusive Technology Wins Second Successive Queen's Award - PRNewswire

MANCHESTER,England, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Inclusive Technology has won Britain's top business award for a second consecutive year. The company has received a 2017 Queen'sAward for Enterprise Innovation, having won a Queen's Award for International Trade in 2016. Inclusive T...


April 20, 2017

ADAPT Community Network Hosts Family Connect Summit For NYC Families On Latest Disability Supports And Services, April 26 - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) will host a half-day Family Connect Summit for hundreds of families with disabilities and practitioners in the field on Wednesday, April 26th. The event...



Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.
April 19, 2017

Celebrate Volunteerism and Grab a Leash - PRNewswire

SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Communities around the country are grabbing a leash and coming together with dogs big and small at DogFest Walk n' Roll, a dog- and family-friendly event benefiting non-profit Canine Companions for Independence. This annual...



Ben Affleck To Appear At New Autism Film Festival - DisabiltyScoop
A first-of-its-kind film festival featuring movies tied to autism is set to kick off with some major star power.
April 18, 2017

Most With Autism Steer Clear Of Driving - DisabiltyScoop
Though the majority of young people with high-functioning autism choose not to get behind the wheel, new research suggests that a substantial number seek the independence that driving offers.

Special Education Often An Uphill Battle For Military Families - DisabiltyScoop
With frequent moves and parents who are away for work, obtaining appropriate special education services for children with disabilities in military families can be especially tough.

Judge Finds ‘No Basis' For ADA Claims Against Disney - DisabiltyScoop
A second federal judge has rejected claims from families who sued Disney over changes to disability access, but a lawyer representing the kids and their parents isn't backing down.
April 17, 2017

Coors Light And No Barriers USA Partner To Help People Climb On - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Coors Light has partnered with No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization that shares the brand's belief that challenges are opportunities and helps people conquer personal mountains. The relationship began in 2016, and continues this year with...



Cocoon-Like Bed Aims To Keep Kids With Special Needs Safe - DisabiltyScoop
Struggling to keep her wandering son safely tucked away at night, one mom took matters into her own hands, designing a bed that's secure while also providing a calming effect.
April 15, 2017

ABC's ‘Speechless' Honored For Disability Storyline - DisabiltyScoop
A prime-time comedy focusing on a teenager with cerebral palsy and his family is getting a special commendation from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

Undercover Sting Targets Accessible Parking Violators - DisabiltyScoop
DMV investigators are hitting shopping centers and other hot spots to nab people improperly using parking spots designated for those with disabilities.
April 14, 2017

IBCCES Distinguishes Beaches Resorts as Certified Autism Centers - PRNewswire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is proud to welcome Beaches Resorts – the Caribbean's leading luxury-included ®resorts for everyone - to the family of internationally-recognized...


April 13, 2017

The 18th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port Sells Out In Record Time Thanks To Partnership With Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady - PRNewswire

MIAMI, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Best Buddies International, aglobal nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver toestablish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for pe...



FDA Warns Of Products Claiming To Cure Autism - DisabiltyScoop
The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning that many products claiming to cure or treat autism are bogus and may in fact be dangerous.
April 12, 2017

American Foundation for the Blind Announces Helen Keller Achievement Award Winners - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the recipients of its 21st annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards, which acknowledge those who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of life of people...



Group Homes Prioritizing Profits Over Safety, Investigation Finds - DisabiltyScoop
A multi-billion-dollar industry that runs group homes and other community-based facilities has largely supplanted institutions, but lax oversight is reportedly putting residents at risk.
April 11, 2017

Story of Remarkable Blind Boy Inspires Kids to Overcome Challenges - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightswitch Learning honors National Poetry Month with the release of their recently published children's picture book, The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes. The book was inspired by a poem written by the author, Elaine Sussman, over 60 years ago for a...



One in Three Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder Receives Driver's License - PRNewswire

PHILADELPHIA, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) finds one in three adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) acquires an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year. The vast majority...



Microsoft Hosting Job Fair For Those On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
In a bid to help more people with autism land jobs, Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies are teaming up for a virtual career fair specifically for those with the developmental disorder.

Waterproof Power Wheelchair May Be Headed To Market - DisabiltyScoop
Most power wheelchairs are heavy and work well — but only if they stay dry. A new waterproof chair that's durable, lightweight and quick to recharge could be a game changer.

Teacher, Students Shot In Special Ed Classroom - DisabiltyScoop
A gunman walked into a special ed classroom and opened fire on his wife, a teacher there, and then killed himself, police said. Stray bullets struck two students, one of whom later died.

Stephen Sulkes Honored with First-Ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Award (NY UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
Stephen B. Sulkes, M.D., a professor at Golisano Children's Hospital and co-director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, was selected as one of seven recipients of the first-ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Award. Presented by the Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics, the award was presented to Sulkes at a ceremony Sunday, March 19 in Schladming, Austria, at the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games. Sulkes was recognized for founding the Rochester student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and encouraging students to get involved with Special Olympics both through Healthy Athletes and as event volunteers and coaches.
April 10, 2017

Equip for Equality: Judicial Intervention Sought To Force Illinois To Provide Critical Resourses For People With Developmental Disabilities - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The State of Illinois is failing to fulfill its promise to people with disabilities to provide opportunities to live integrated in the community, according to a recent filing in federal court. The filing in Ligas v. Norwood asks a federal...



Congress Weighs Expanding ABLE Act - DisabiltyScoop
As new accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits become increasingly available, Congress is considering changes to the program.
April 7, 2017

Supreme Court FAPE Ruling May Be A Watershed Moment - DisabiltyScoop
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming a high standard for the IDEA mandate that children with disabilities be provided FAPE is likely to have significant implications for years to come.

Mother, Son Reportedly Shamed At Inclusive Playground - DisabiltyScoop
A mom's emotionally raw video about a run-in with a family over the behavior of her 6-year-old son — who has severe autism — has been watched more than 500,000 times on Facebook.

RTC:Rural Researchers Featured in The Conversation Article Highlighting Rural/Urban Divide (MT UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
The Conversation featured the work of RTC:Rural's geography project in the article "Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America." Lillie Greiman, M.A., and Andrew Myers, M.A., RTC:Rural Research Associates, with Christiane von Reichert, Ph.D., Professor of Geography at the University of Montana, contributed to an article about the rural/urban divide that was recently published on The Conversation. The article was a collaboration among the UM researchers and sociologists, economists, and historians at universities around the country

Accessibility for all Aggies (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
For the majority of college students getting to their classes is a feasible everyday routine. However, some members of the Aggie family who are physically disabled face a larger challenge. Jordan Cox, environmental design and Spanish senior who has a disability, said after her disability progressed freshman year she began receiving services but did not necessarily feel comfortable using her wheelchair on campus.

Johnson and Thurlow (MN UCEDD) Among Authors of New NLTS2012 Report - AUCD
Director David R. Johnson and Martha Thurlow of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) are among the authors of the newly-released report of findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012). The NLTS 2012, which is part of the congressionally-mandated National Assessment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, is based at Mathematica Policy Research, and the research team for the study consisted of key staff from Mathematica and from the Institute on Community Integration.

'Just Kids' Photography-based Exhibit Features Children with Disabilities (GA UCEDD) - AUCD
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) exhibits its first photography-based art exhibition - "Just Kids", a documentary and portraiture style look into the lives of families and their loved ones who have an intellectual or developmental disability. The "Just Kids" exhibit, created by photographer Ryan Johnson, who served as community support specialist at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), includes 18 portraits, five of which are of families that are members of the Chattahoochee Valley Down Syndrome Association.

AgrAbility Receives USDA Grant to Educate Vets, New Farmers (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Texas AgrAbility, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, received a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help educate 725 military veterans and first-time farmers about how to start farming.

STAGED Right (NE UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
It's the day before the big show, and Cadie Albin is drawing applause from fellow cast members as she pirouettes and pops to the music playing on the loudspeaker. WhyArts artist Courtney Stein is bopping her head in appreciation of the tune as she, her fellow WhyArts volunteers and members of the MMI staff coordinate a big dance number.

Think College Fast Facts Examines Peer Mentoring (MA UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
This Think College Fast Fact presents the findings of a research study on peer mentoring for students with intellectual disabilities on college campuses. In this piece Briand Friedman, Ph.D., and Laura Eiseman, Ph.D. consider how dimensions of mentoring relationships may interact over time as contexts change by examining status, reference groups, and mentoring mechanisms.

ICI Welcomes New Director (MA UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
We're delighted to announce that Tom Sannicandro is coming on board as the new director of the ICI. Sannicandro will step into the role being now filled by Bill Kiernan, who will remain at UMass Boston as dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. SGISD is the graduate school that houses the ICI. Tom brings to this role a deep commitment to the issues impacting people with disabilities.

Ohio Family 2 Family Provides Education to the Bhutanese/Nepali Population in Ohio (OH UCEDD) - AUCD
It is estimated that the Bhutanese population in Ohio is close to 15,000. Approximately 99% of these individuals are on Medicaid. The Asian Community Alliance in Ohio provides culturally sensitive programs and services to empower and strengthen family & community through awareness, collaboration & advocacy and has been working with this population for years. The Alliance recently identified a need in the Bhutanese population related to education on The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid and approached Ohio Family 2 Family to provide this information.

Pittsburgh LEND and ATN Collaboration - AUCD
Dr. Paradiz is the director of a consultancy that provides technical assistance, training and strategic development to organizations and institutions that support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities. Dr. Paradiz is the founder of the ASPIE School for middle and high school students with autism. She met with the Pittsburgh LEND leadership, Family and Self-Advocate Trainees. Dr. Paradiz also gave a community presentation about her involvement in research for individuals with ASD co-sponsored by the Merck Family Advisory Committee and the Pittsburgh LEND. She provided a unique perspective about how families play a vital role in research in autism and examples of evidence-based and multidisciplinary approaches to supporting and treating autism.

A&M Athletes Build Prosthetic Hands as Part of 'Helping Hands' Initiative (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
A group of 54 A&M student athletes teamed up Wednesday night in Kyle Field - not to play sports, but to build prosthetic hands for people in third-world countries. The athletes worked in teams to build 18 prosthetic hands for global distribution to people in third world countries who are missing limbs. With 45 minutes on the clock, the athletes, divided into groups of three, collaborated to reach the common goal of successfully building one hand per group.

Neul Named New Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) - AUCD
Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., division head of Child Neurology and vice chair for Developmental Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been named the new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND). He will join Vanderbilt on Aug. 1. Neul succeeds Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Human Development, and the Kennedy Center's director since 2009. As part of a planned transition, Dykens will continue to lead research programs in Prader-Willi, Williams and Down syndromes and will continue her role as co-director of the VKC UCEDD alongside Elise McMillan.
April 6, 2017

New Adaptive Sports Complex Coming To Tulsa - PRNewswire

TULSA, Okla., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges has announced plans to expand its facility to offer more services to more individuals with physical disabilities. The Center is the only known facility in the nation providing multiple...



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Purchases 28 Additional ReWalk Exoskeleton Systems to Support National Multi-Center Trial - PRNewswire

YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel andMARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --ReWalk Robotics Ltd.(Nasdaq: RWLK) ("ReWalk"), leading manufacturer and producer of exoskeleton systems, announced today that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purchased 28 ReWalk Per...



SCAN, Long Beach State University and City of Long Beach Finalize Speaker Lineup for "Aging Reimagined" Colloquium - PRNewswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SCAN, a leading senior-focused organization with the mission of keeping seniors healthy and independent, today announced the final speaker lineup for "Aging Reimagined: A Community Approach to Health and Independence." Co-hosted with Long...



Insurance Giant Offers Pro Bono Legal Aid To Those With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Unable to keep up with demand, a disability rights group is teaming up with one of the nation's largest insurers to help people with disabilities navigate the Medicaid appeals process.

Tuesdays with Liz: Timotheus Gordon Surveys People of Color with Autism - AUCD
In this week�s edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All , Liz interviewed Timotheus Gordon, who is a LEND fellow in Illinois. We talked about the development of an online study that he develop about people with Autism and also are people of color.

Welcome Spring 2017 ADA International Fellows & Program Hosts - AUCD
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Professional Fellows Division, this program supports 20 mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a five-week intensive fellowship program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. The program is focused on inclusive education and seeks to strengthen education access for people with disabilities globally.
April 5, 2017

Stem Cells Show Promise For Treating Autism - DisabiltyScoop
A small, but promising study suggests that stem cells from a child's own cord blood may offer an effective treatment for autism symptoms.

In Memoriam: Faith McCormick - AUCD
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Faith McCormick. Many of you may have known Faith during her 10-year tenure as the Director of Programs at the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

AUCD 2017: Lift Your Voice - 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. The AUCD Conference brings us together to discuss the strategies, innovations, and systems that will allow us to continue to move the needle forward. Join us at the 2017 AUCD Conference as we celebrate successes, learn from past efforts, seek opportunities in the present, and innovate for the future.

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

Parents Education Network (PEN) Announces Leading Psychologist And Learning Disability Advocate, Scott Barry Kaufman, As Keynote Speaker At EdRev 2017 - PRNewswire
SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents Education Network (PEN) announced today that bestselling author, psychologist and learning disability advocate, Scott Barry Kaufman, will headline the 9th annual Education Revolution (EdRev) Conference on Saturday, April 22,...
April 4, 2017

Pennsylvania Invites Artists with a Disability to Submit Their Visions of Pennsylvania - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Pennsylvania launches its third statewide art contest for artists with a disability, Art: the Universal Language. This year's theme will be Visions of Pennsylvania. Artists of all ages are encouraged to share their...



Autism Alliance of Michigan encourages Michiganders to "Expect the Unexpected" during April's Autism Awareness Month - PRNewswire

DETROIT, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Adults with autism have one of the highest unemployment rates when compared to their peers with other disabilities. Adults on the spectrum, like all adults, want meaningful work, yet only 16 percent are employed full-time. Of these, many are working...



Edaville Family Theme Park Opens Early for the Season - PRNewswire

CARVER, Mass., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in its history, Edaville Family Theme Park, a renown amusement park, will open its doors early, kicking off the 2017 season on Saturday, April 8. Each year, hundreds of thousands visit Edaville to enjoy over 90 rides and...



Mom, Best Selling Author, Craniosacral Therapist and Founder of The Graham Fund shares a documentary of Hope and Healing - PRNewswire

SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Graham Fund, A Story of Hope and Healing (DVD documentary) shares the inspiring journey into the frontiers of Dolphin Assisted Therapy – a journey that began when Barb first took her son Graham to the Bahamas. That initial therapy...



States Lack Consensus On Restraint, Seclusion In Schools - DisabiltyScoop
Despite federal officials weighing in years ago, a new analysis finds rules surrounding restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities continue to vary from state to state.

Cities Pressured To Tackle Sidewalk Accessibility - DisabiltyScoop
Nearly three decades after the ADA became law, the courtroom has become a crucial way to force municipalities into compliance with sidewalks and curb ramps.

Tuesdays with Liz: Involving Self Advocates in Autism Research - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Finn Gardiner of ASAN Boston about including self advocates in the development of a database about people with autism with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and other organizations.

As White House Goes Blue, Trump ‘Cure' Comment Draws Backlash - DisabiltyScoop
For the first time ever, the White House turned blue for autism awareness, but not everyone affected by the developmental disorder is happy about it.
April 3, 2017

PA Treasurer Joe Torsella, US Senator Casey Announce Opening of ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Eligible Disabilities Save for Future Expenses - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PA Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced the opening of the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Savings Program that provides tax-exempt accounts for individuals with qualified disabilities and their families, during...



Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey - AUCD
The Arc, in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota (MN LEND), has launched the 2017 Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey which seeks to capture perceptions of family caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) on a range of life-span issues. We are inviting people aged 18 years or older who provide primary un/paid and frequent support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) living in the United States and its Territories to provide feedback on their experiences. To participate, the individual must be 18 years or older and provide primary unpaid and frequent support to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability living in the United States (and U.S. territories).

‘Sesame Street,' ‘Power Rangers' Could Help Dispel Autism Stereotypes - DisabiltyScoop
As characters with autism debut on "Sesame Street" and in the "Power Rangers" movie, families affected by the disorder say they're optimistic the portrayals will increase understanding.
March 31, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Recognizes Virginia Governor's Mansion for its Accessible Design - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) announced it has awarded the 2017 Barrier-Free America Award to the Virginia Governor's Mansion, for accessible architectural design demonstrating the importance of equal...



JumpStart Inc. Invests $250K in Monarch Teaching Technologies - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland-based venture development organization, JumpStart Inc. has announced a $250,000 investment in Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc., maker of the popular special education teaching software, VizZle®. The investment comes from a special...



Study: Wait For Developmental Specialists Often 5 Months Or More - DisabiltyScoop
The number of doctors with the expertise to evaluate and treat kids with developmental disabilities is alarmingly low, researchers say, which can delay critical assessments and intervention.

The Separate, Unequal Education Of Students With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
Students at the center of an unresolved U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging illegal segregation of those with disabilities say they are stuck on computers and learning little.

May Institute Offers "A Closer Look" at Autism with 30 Topics for 30 Days - PRNewswire

RANDOLPH, Mass., March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), every member of the family is affected. While each experience is unique, there are common challenges that most families face throughout their journeys. These include...


March 30, 2017

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee And NFL Encourage Local And Diverse Business Owners To Apply For Business Connect Program Before April 1 Deadline - PRNewswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) and the National Football League are encouraging local and diverse business owners to register for Business Connect before the April 1 deadline. Hundreds of businesses have already...



Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Second Annual High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grants - PRNewswire

SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) announced today that it has awarded seven High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) Grants, totaling $520,996, strengthening the Reeve...



Eleven-Year-Old With Disability Forcibly Baptized, Lawsuit Says - DisabiltyScoop
The parents of an 11-year-old with a disability are suing alleging that the boy was forcibly baptized while out with a Big Brother volunteer, an incident that has haunted him ever since.

AUCD Welcomes Denise Rozell as Policy Strategist - AUCD
Denise Rozell is the Policy Strategist at AUCD working primarily on issues affecting youth in post-secondary education, employment and independent living. Denise has twenty-five years of experience in disability policy at the federal and state level working on almost all issues and legislation affecting individuals with disabilities beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Family Leader Testifies before Congress on Benefits of Medicaid - AUCD
Cyndi Johnson, a mom and member of Family Voices Indiana, testified before the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee to the essential services Medicaid provides. "No parents should have to worry that providing life-saving care to their children might send them into bankruptcy. The Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying changes to Medicaid, quite literally meant the difference between life and death for my daughter, and have given my family a chance to live the financially secure life we've worked so hard to achieve."
March 29, 2017

Chuck E. Cheese's Expands Sensory-Friendly Offerings - DisabiltyScoop
Citing "overwhelming" interest, Chuck E. Cheese's says that it will expand its efforts to be more accessible to kids with autism and other disabilities nationwide.
March 28, 2017

United Spinal Association Publishes Free Accessible Air Travel Guide for People with Disabilities - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association today announced the publication of an Accessible Air Travel Guide for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities, designed to provide a hassle-free experience at the airport. Wheelchair users and...



Chuck E. Cheese's® Launches National Expansion of 'Sensory Sensitive Sundays' in Partnership with Center for Autism and Related Disorders - PRNewswire

DALLAS, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Chuck E. Cheese's® and Center for Autism and Related Disorders™ (CARD) today announced the national expansion of Sensory Sensitive Sundays, a joint event at Chuck E. Cheese's locations across the U.S. and Canada. The program aims to provide children...



Study Looks At How Autism Impacts Parents - DisabiltyScoop
Moms and dads of kids with autism spend less time together than couples with typically-developing children, new research suggests, but that doesn't mean they don't support one another.

Mom Says TSA Agents Traumatized Son With Disability - DisabiltyScoop
A mother who asked TSA agents for alternative screening for her son with sensory processing disorder said they were "treated like dogs" and forced to miss a flight.

Alternative Spring Breaks Allow Students To Give Back - DisabiltyScoop
Once limited to fun in the sun, college students are increasingly spending spring break focusing on social issues, including volunteering with people who have developmental disabilities.

Tuesdays with Liz: Virtual Trainee Liz Koss - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Liz Koss, AUCD virtual trainee, about what she does in this role.

Autism Awareness Month Starts April 1: Autism Research Institute turns healthy 50 - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1967, Dr. Bernard Rimland established the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in San Diego. Dr. Rimland was the first person to denounce the theory that autism was caused by a lack of maternal love, hypothesizing instead an underlying...


March 27, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Heal by Brush - PRNewswire

TAMPA, Fla., March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First, a line of bright green streaked across a field of white. A darker shade of green followed, and next, a dark shade of blue. Brush strokes connected the colors and stretched them to the other side of the canvas, creating a patch...



Collapse Of Health Care Bill Leaves Medicaid Unscathed - DisabiltyScoop
A Republican proposal to overhaul the nation's health care system and fundamentally alter Medicaid is off the table and that's good news for people with disabilities, advocates say.
March 24, 2017

Actor Colin Farrell Speaks from the Heart at Gatepath's Power of Possibilities Event - PRNewswire

BURLINGAME, Calif., March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Actor Colin Farrell was the featured guest at Gatepath's annual The Power of Possibilities event. As a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath's mission of creating a world where...



Sheltered Workshops Get Reprieve - DisabiltyScoop
Officials in one state are reversing course after an outcry over plans to transition people with developmental disabilities from sheltered workshops to community-based settings.

Low Caregiver Wages Take Toll - DisabiltyScoop
For many with disabilities, maintaining a routine is key. But low wages for direct support staff often lead to high turnover and unwelcome change for those who rely on such assistance.

URGENT! Save our Health Care and Community Services - AUCD
TODAY: Continue to contact your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose the American Health Care Act because the caps on Medicaid funding will be extremely damaging to people with disabilities and remove essential services! Use our sample tweets as talking points when communicating with your Representatives.

Health Care Vote Cancelled! - AUCD
AUCD is thrilled to report that the vote on the American Health Care Act scheduled for today was cancelled. This means the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act and all of the provisions that protect all citizens' right to comprehensive, accessible, and affordable health care and community supports remains in effect.
March 23, 2017

Launch of Alto, America's First Advantage Club for People with Disabilities - PRNewswire
PALO ALTO, California and TEL AVIV, Israel, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alto, America's first advantage club for people with disabilities and their families announces its launch today. Alto is designed to be the essential consumer destination for the 57 million Americans living...

Launch of Alto, America's First Advantage Club for People with Disabilities - PRNewswire
PALO ALTO, California and TEL AVIV, Israel, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alto, America's first advantage club for people with disabilities and their families announces its launch today. Alto is designed to be the essential consumer destination for the 57 million Americans living...
March 22, 2017

Wheelchair Ramp Study Reveals 71% of Tested Ramps Do Not Meet ADA Requirements - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent independent study of seven rubber wheelchair ramps from leading manufacturers, conducted by Sotter Engineering Corporation, revealed that only two of the seven ramps met the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) minimum requirements for...



Special Needs Surfing Event, "They Will Surf Again," Inspires Participants to DREAM BIG - PRNewswire

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreaming big and overcoming obstacles in spite of the odds, are the inspiration for the "They Will Surf Again" event coming to Port Aransas in June. Houston-based wheelchair accessible vehicle and adaptive equipment provider, Adaptive...



High Court Backs More Robust Standard For FAPE - DisabiltyScoop
In a unanimous ruling with major implications for special education, the U.S. Supreme Court said that public schools must provide students with disabilities more than a minimal benefit.

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.


Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility - DisabiltyScoop
Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out.
March 21, 2017

Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs' - DisabiltyScoop
With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are "special."

Many With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts Will Diminish Independence - DisabiltyScoop
If federal Medicaid money dwindles and states have to find savings, they may be tempted to drop home- and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County to Host Major Career Fair at Abilities Expo - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on March 24-26, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A are eagerly anticipating...



‘Sesame Street' Bringing Muppet With Autism To TV - DisabiltyScoop
After being introduced online more than a year ago, Sesame Street's first character with autism is set to make her television debut.

Tuesdays with Liz: Federal Budget Part II - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) for the second part of how the President's budget is implemented.
March 20, 2017

Honran a la Universidad Científica del Sur - Escuela de Estomatología (FCS) por su trabajo pionero en salud mundial con el primer Premio Golisano al Liderazgo en Salud Mundial - PRNewswire

SCHLADMING, Austria, 20 de marzo de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- La Golisano Foundation y Special Olympicas (Olimpiadas Especiales), la mayor organización de salud pública para personas con discapacidades intelectuales (DI), honró a la Universidad Científica del Sur – Escuela de Estomatología...



Seven are Honored for Pioneering Global Health Work with First-ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards - PRNewswire

SCHLADMING, Austria, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics, the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), honored seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of...



Lions Club International MD 112 gehuldigd voor Baanbrekend Wereldwijd Gezondheidswerk met Allereerste Golisano Global Health Leadership Award - PRNewswire

Honorering Bekendgemaakt tijdens Speciale Olympische Winterspelen in Oostenrijk SCHLADMING, Oostenrijk, 20 maart 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- De Golisano Foundation en de Speciale Olympische Spelen, de grootste publieke gezondheidsorganisatie ter wereld voor mensen met een verstandelijke...



Le MD 112 du Lions Club International reçoit le tout premier Prix Golisano de leadership en santé mondiale pour ses travaux novateurs dans ce domaine - PRNewswire

L'annonce a été faite aux Jeux olympiques spéciaux d'hiver en Autriche SCHLADMING, Autriche, 20mars2017 /PRNewswire/ -- La Fondation Golisano et les Jeux olympiques spéciaux, le plus grand organisme de santé publique destiné aux personnesvivant avec unedéficience intellec...



Supreme Court Nominee's Rulings On ADA, IDEA Have Advocates Worried - DisabiltyScoop
As the U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, concerns are being raised over his record on cases affecting those with disabilities.
March 17, 2017

Katherine L. Myers is recognized by Continental Who's Who - PRNewswire

DAYTON, Ohio, March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Katherine L. Myers is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Prominent Professional of the Year in the field of Higher Education. Katherine is the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Office of Disability Services at Wright State...



Adults With Disabilities Become Radio ‘Rock Stars' - DisabiltyScoop
A morning radio show written and produced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is offering social skills and employment training alongside plenty of laughs.

Trump's ‘Skinny Budget' Sows Uncertainty For Disability Programs - DisabiltyScoop
Deep cuts to domestic spending outlined in a budget plan released by the White House this week could have big implications for people with developmental disabilities.
March 16, 2017

Autism May Be Detectable In Blood - DisabiltyScoop
Scientists say they can predict with near perfect accuracy whether or not a child has autism from a blood sample.

Morgan & Morgan, Disability Independence Group Recover $400K from Orlando Housing Authority for Disability Rights Violation - PRNewswire

ORLANDO, Fla., March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Morgan & Morgan's Belvin Perry, Jr., and Disability Independence Group's Matthew Dietz announce a groundbreaking $400,000 disability rights settlement with the Orlando Housing Authority that could help improve reasonable accommodations for...



Easterseals & A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. Launch Crafting A Better World Spring Campaign - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A.C. Moore and Easterseals are ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in the earliest years of life in an easy and crafty way through this spring's Crafting A Better World campaign. A.C. Moore is teaming up with...


March 15, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Presents Senator Patty Murray with 2017 Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Paralyzed Veterans of America(Paralyzed Veterans) today announced it has honored Senator Patty Murray with the 2017 Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award. Senator Murray has collaborated extensively with Paralyzed Veterans...



Remote Monitoring Replacing Some Direct Support Staff - DisabiltyScoop
People with developmental disabilities are increasingly relying on a mix of sensors, cameras and other electronic devices that can alleviate the need for around-the-clock staff.

Bucking Trend, 9 In 10 With Autism Land Jobs After Training - DisabiltyScoop
When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.

Police Learn To Better Understand People With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Using a unique two-way approach, law enforcement officers and individuals with developmental disabilities are learning to interact more appropriately with one another.

Tuesdays with Liz: Federal Budget Part I - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Donna Meltzer (Executive Director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) about the process of implimenting the President's budget. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be released next week!
March 14, 2017

9TH Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People With Disabilities - PRNewswire

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (ADF), is the largest, free, fun day in America for children and adults with special needs. The 9th annual Bash will be...


March 13, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 14: Court Appearance - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: COURT APPEARANCE Profile America — Tuesday, March 14th. This month in 1879 marked a milestone in women's history and the opportunities available to...



Hollywood Movie and TV Actors with Disabilities Joined Thousands For Inspirational ReelAbilities Film Festival - PRNewswire

CINCINNATI, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A blind state supreme court justice. A deaf teen girl who word slams in sign language. An inner-city schools basketball coach born without fully-formed arms. A double hand amputee meets the love of his life who doesn't see his disability....



For Kids On The Spectrum, Time Change Brings Angst - DisabiltyScoop
The hour lost by springing ahead is an inconvenience to many, but for those with autism who find comfort in sticking to a predictable schedule, it can take weeks to adjust.

Following Outage, Ed Department Wants Feedback On IDEA Site - DisabiltyScoop
After technical problems brought a key government special education website to a screeching halt, federal officials are asking the public for help as they look to reimagine the site.

#SaveMedicaid: Week of Action - AUCD
The House of Representatives introduced the American Healthcare Act on March 6, 2017. If passed, this bill will have devastating effects on access to basic healthcare and Medicaid funded services and supports for America's most vulnerable populations: Children, people with disabilities, seniors, and low income Americans. The bill is moving through the House quickly and will reach the Senate soon. Join us to tell Congress that Medicaid cuts and caps are dangerous and unacceptable!
March 11, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Expresses Grave Concerns for Disabled Air Travelers - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Paralyzed Veterans of America(Paralyzed Veterans) members have been on Capitol Hill to discuss with Congressional members the organization's 2017 legislative priorities. This advocacy effort included educating lawmakers on...


March 10, 2017

PBS To Broadcast Autism Documentary - DisabiltyScoop
The sensory experiences of people on the spectrum take center stage in a new documentary set to air on television.

Twins Share Unique Bond Even As Chromosome Divides Them - DisabiltyScoop
Life could not be more different for the Toronczak twins — one is an elite college swimmer while the other has Down syndrome and is nonverbal. Nonetheless, the pair share an unbreakable bond.

AUCD Promotes Disability Employment during Developmental Disability and Autism Awareness Months - AUCD
This March and April, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is celebrating National Developmental Disability Month and National Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month by hosting a series of Twitter Chats about Employment: #Jobs4All. We will have chats from academic experts, business leaders, disabled entrepreneurs, and more.
March 9, 2017

Paralyzed Veterans of America Urges Protection of VA Specialized Services, CARF Standards in Private Healthcare, Enforcement of VA Staffing Capacity Requirements - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --TodayParalyzed Veterans of America(Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. testified before the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees, urging support for Paralyzed Veterans'top legislative priorities—en...



Wounded Warrior Project CEO Meets with Congress - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) chief executive officer Mike Linnington will testify to Congress this morning about the needs of veterans. Linnington, who is a retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, will talk about the growing...



Disability Advocates Warn Against Overturning Education Rules - AUCD
Many disability advocates oppose a resolution under consideration in Congress that would do away with education regulations finalized last year by the Obama administration.

GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare Calls For Medicaid Caps - DisabiltyScoop
A Republican proposal to revamp the nation's health care system would fundamentally alter Medicaid, threatening access to community-based services for people with disabilities, advocates say.
March 8, 2017

Veterans Empowered on Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride - PRNewswire

TAMPA, Fla., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) Soldier Ride® recently rolled through Tampa, where a group of veterans enjoyed riding 36 miles alongside their fellow warriors. WWP program events like this give wounded warriors an opportunity to connect...



Easterseals Disability Film Challenge to Provide An Opportunity for Filmmakers To Change the Way the World Defines And Views Disability - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easterseals, the nation's largest disability services organization, has joined forces with the Disability Film Challenge to provide filmmakers, actors, and other creators--with and without disabilities--the opportunity to create short...



United Cerebral Palsy Of New York City Becomes Adapt Community Network - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, March 8, 2017, the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) announced that after 70 years of serving New York families with disabilities, the leading human service agency for people with...



Is Teacher Preparation Failing Students With Disabilities? - DisabiltyScoop
Most kids with disabilities spend the majority of their days in general education classrooms, but many teacher training programs offer little preparation for educating these students.

Disability Advocates Warn Against Overturning Education Rules - DisabiltyScoop
Advocates are working to block efforts to rescind Obama-era education regulations, a move they say would weaken accountability for students with disabilities.

Disney Guide Aims To Help Guests With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
After her family's fifth trip to Disney World, one mom realized there wasn't a comprehensive guide for guests with special needs, so she decided to write one.

Insurers Face Fines Over ABA Coverage - DisabiltyScoop
Regulators in one state intend to fine insurance companies more than half a million dollars for refusing to cover therapies for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Tuesdays with Liz: Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassadors - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews four Nutrition is for Everyone ambassadors - Sarah Keathley (Arkansas), Lauren Griffiths (Louisiana), Lee Wallace (Tennessee), and Megan Krampe (Oklahoma). These ambassadors speak about the projects in their states that focus on how eating and learning about healthy food is important for everyone, including people with disabilities.
March 7, 2017

New Tool Makes it Easy for Parents to Advocate for their Child's Education in their School and State - PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today at SXSWedu, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is launching the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Toolkit on NCLD.org and on Understood.org , a free online resource and community that supports millions of...



YouTube Stars to Fundraise on GoFundMe for Special Olympics and Travel to Austria to Cheer on Athletes in 2017 World Winter Games - PRNewswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoFundMe announced today that five top YouTube stars will be part of the first-ever social fundraising collaboration with Special Olympics on the GoFundMe platform: Burnie Burns and Gavin Free of Rooster Teeth, Matt Santoro, Meredith...


March 6, 2017

Researchers Identify Possible Autism Biomarker - DisabiltyScoop
For the second time in less than a month, researchers are reporting a potential breakthrough in their ability to spot autism signs in children who are less than a year old.

Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey - AUCD
The Arc, in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota (MN LEND), has launched the 2017 Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey which seeks to capture perceptions of family caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) on a range of life-span issues.
March 3, 2017

Special Olympics, Lions International Meet with UN to Discuss How NGO Partnerships Achieve UN Goals - March 4th - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While international relations remains a top agenda item for political leaders and threats to our global stability continue to trouble the minds of people worldwide, leading global non-profit organizations will meet with United Nations...



FDA Seeks Input On Autism Treatments - DisabiltyScoop
Federal regulators are looking for insight from people with autism and their families as they consider the need for new drug treatments to address the developmental disorder.

Vigils Honor People With Disabilities Killed By Loved Ones - DisabiltyScoop
Vigils were held in more than 40 cities this week as a new report indicates that at least one person with a disability is killed each week by family members or caregivers.

Iowa LEND Trip to Puerto Rico - AUCD
Last month six Iowa LEND trainees from Iowa's UCEDD flew to San Juan as part of a new collaborative partnership project with the University of Puerto Rico UCEDD to provide training and cultural exchange opportunities.

NH-ME LEND Selected to Participate in MCH Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative - AUCD
The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative, supported by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development.

WVU CED Feeding & Swallowing Clinic's 1000th Visit - AUCD
On a snowy February morning, the Jackson family from St. Albans, West Virginia traveled to Morgantown to be seen by the Feeding & Swallowing Clinic team at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED). Maxwell Jackson is the Feeding & Swallowing Clinic's 1000th visit, a milestone moment for the WVU CED and a truly special little boy.
March 2, 2017

Wisconsin UCEDD Works with Governor Scott Walker to End Wait Lists for Children with Disabilities - AUCD
UCEDD staff Elizabeth Hecht, Specialist for Public Policy, was invited to attend Governor Scott Walker's 2017 Budget Address when he introduced his budget proposal for $39 million to eliminate wait lists for children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities eligible for the Children's HCBS waivers. Hecht has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, elected officials, advocates and families for 15 years toward this goal. AIDD grants to advance Family Support under Title II of the Developmental Disability Act of 2000 helped build the family leadership infrastructure that led to this current success.

Is Your Autism Safety Plan Ready? - AUCD
Written in collaboration with key stakeholders and experts within the autism community, A Guide to Safety includes life-saving tips, strategies, and tools to help families strengthen their safety plans.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Quality of Life Grants to 102 Nonprofit Organizations - PRNewswire

SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 2, 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 $721,425 in Quality of Life grants to 102 nonprofit...



Announcement of BrailleSense Polaris by HIMS, Inc. - PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Today HIMS Inc. announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first Virtual Braille Tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Andr...



Poll Finds Widespread Use Of ‘Retard' - DisabiltyScoop
Despite the efforts of disability advocates, a new national poll finds use of the word "retard" remains commonplace and many Americans see nothing wrong with it.
March 1, 2017

How Can We Predict Whose MS Will Worsen? - PRNewswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In older people with MS, having fatigue and limited leg function is more often seen in people with MS progression than in those without, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of...



Represent Partners with Ice Cube to Raise Awareness and Funding for Autism Speaks - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Represent, a social merchandising and marketing platform that enables influencers to create and sell custom apparel, today announced the launch of limited edition apparel campaign with Ice Cube to benefit Autism Speaks. The legendary rapper and...



Special Olympics and Best Buddies International Celebrate 9th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 1st - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics, Best Buddies International, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the ninth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of...



Couple Presses ADA Claim Years After Children Removed - DisabiltyScoop
A decade after their sons were taken at birth by state officials who said that their diagnoses made them unfit to parent, a couple is still fighting to assert their rights under the ADA.
February 28, 2017

Providers use Therap to meet North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' HealthConnex Requirements - PRNewswire

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap Services software for Developmental Disability Providers in North Carolina can be used to meet the new statewide law mandating connection to NC HealthConnex, the state designated HIE. The North Carolina General Assembly has...



Therap Announces Sponsorship of the Michigan Assisted Living Association Annual Conference and Trade Show - PRNewswire

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap Services, the leading software in the field of intellectual disabilities and LTSS, announced its Gold Level sponsorship of the Michigan Assisted Living Association Annual Conference and Trade Show in Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan...



KEPRO Awarded Additional Contract for Florida Preadmission Screening and Resident Review - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KEPRO announced today that it will be serving more citizens of Florida through the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program on behalf of Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Through this new contract, KEPRO...



Brain Stem Size May Predict Aggression In Those With ASD - DisabiltyScoop
Biological differences in the brain could explain why some with autism display problematic behavior, researchers say, and pinpointing the root of such issues may lead to interventions.

School Leaders Fret Over Possible Medicaid Changes - DisabiltyScoop
As federal lawmakers consider broad changes to Medicaid, school chiefs from across the country are warning that such modifications could have big consequences for students with disabilities.

Autism Documentary Falls Short Of Academy Award - DisabiltyScoop
"O.J.: Made in America" won the best-documentary Oscar Sunday night, taking the prize over a film focused on autism.

AUCD's Andy Imparato Visits the Pacific - AUCD
For the past ten days, AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato has been visiting disability organizations and meetings in the South Pacific, hosted by Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola and Kiriko Takahashi of the American Samoa UCEDD (Ucedd Ascc). He has met with people with disabilities, families, and numerous staff working on disability issues throughout the South Pacific.

AUCD Welcomes John Tschida as Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy - AUCD
John was most recently the director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. At AUCD, he fills the position most recently held by Michael Gamel-McCormick who is moving to the U.S. Senate to be the Disability Policy Director in the office of Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
February 26, 2017

Born With Down Syndrome, Shy Teen Competes In Bodybuilding - DisabiltyScoop
Life hasn't been easy for Jon Atkins. At 19, he can read 30 or so words and fine motor skills remain frustrating. But he found something he's pretty good at: bodybuilding.
February 25, 2017

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! - AUCD
AUCD, NACDD, and NDRN are proud to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2017! This month we will increase awareness about developmental disabilities, tell stories of real people who live with a disability, and support our collective work toward inclusion and acceptance. Join us at #DDawareness17: download our resource kit and share your stories!
February 24, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Connects Veteran to Job That Needs Brains - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A good day at work for Army veteran Danny Benitez is all about brains. Not learning something new, not just making smart decisions – actual, physical, brains. Danny works with researchers at a hospital in New York. For the past 30 years,...



Company Peddling Unproven Autism Treatments Forced To Close - DisabiltyScoop
A drug and dietary supplement maker has been ordered to cease operations after the FDA found that it was falsely marketing products as being able to treat autism and other conditions.

Walgreens Features Model With Down Syndrome - DisabiltyScoop
The smiling face of a 7-year-old with Down syndrome will greet customers at thousands of Walgreens stores this spring as part of an Easter promotion.
February 23, 2017

West Hollywood City Council Approves Steps to Prohibit the City from Providing Financial or Other Benefits to the President of the United States - PRNewswire

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The City Council of the City of West Hollywood, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, approved an item that directs City of West Hollywood staff to take steps in prohibiting West Hollywood City Hall from doing business...



PA Governor Wolf's 2017-2018 Budget Benefits Individuals with Disabilities - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Department of Human Services' Office of Developmental Programs Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler joined service providers at the Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) meeting in...



Speech Solutions: Acapela Group Introduces Aurora and Alessio, its Brand new Italian Children's Voices for AAC - PRNewswire
MONS, Belgium, February 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Acapela Group, the voice solutions expert, today introduces Aurora and Alessio, two new natural-sounding children's voices that will meet the needs of Italian children looking for a voice that reflects their age. For the first time...

Soluzioni per la voce: Ciao! Ti presentiamo Aurora e Alessio, le nuove voci in italiano per bambini e adolescenti create da Acapela Group allo scopo di offrire a tutti una voce - PRNewswire
MONS, Belgio, February 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Acapela Group, gli esperti delle soluzioni per la voce, presentano oggi Aurora e Alessio, due nuove voci per bambini e adolescenti dall'effetto naturale sviluppate per rispondere alle esigenze dei bambini italiani che hanno bisogno di...

United Spinal Association and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival Co-Presenting 'The Rebound' at JCC Manhattan - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb.23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --United Spinal Association and the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival will be co-presenting 'The Rebound', a documentary film about the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team as they chase a championship. Ree...



Supreme Court Backs Family in Case on Denial of Service Dog in School - AUCD
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a ruling finding that a family does not need to exhaust the due process provisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) if supports or services for a student with a disability are not directly connected to providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE). In an 8-0 ruling in the case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools found that a young girl with cerebral palsy who uses a service dog to assist her with her daily activities, did not complete the due process complaints provided under IDEA before suing the school system to allow her to bring her dog to school.

Therap Announces Sponsorship of the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association Conference - PRNewswire

WATERBURY, Conn., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Therap Services, the leading software in the field of intellectual disabilities and LTSS, announced its Signature Level sponsorship of the DDNA 2017 Conference in Dallas, Texas from April 7 – 10, 2017. Therap's certified electronic heal...



Hopebridge opens new Autism treatment clinic on East side of Indianapolis - PRNewswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At Hopebridge, we are committed to helping children touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays live the best life possible. With this commitment in mind, we are excited to announce that we have added a second clinic...



Supreme Court Sides With Family In Service Dog Case - DisabiltyScoop
In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has largely sided with the family of a girl with cerebral palsy who sought to bring her service dog to school.
February 22, 2017

Former Drake University Trustee Files Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit Against School In Disabled Son's Wrongful Sexual Assault Investigation - PRNewswire

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first-of-its-kind Title IX retaliation case, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Drake University filed a lawsuit against the school and its officials today for retaliating against him after he spoke out against the University's...



Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Combined With Computer Games At Home Reduces Cognitive Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients with multiple sclerosis had better problem solving ability and response time after training with a technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), according to a new study published February 22, 2017 in...



McDonald's Drive-Thru-Only Ordering Violates ADA, Suit Claims - DisabiltyScoop
Many McDonald's locations operate solely as drive-thrus late at night. Now a lawsuit alleges that the practice violates the ADA by shutting out those with disabilities who don't drive.
February 21, 2017

SPEC FEST 2017 Slated For May 20 - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SPECTRUM LABORATORY (Spec Labs), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create original works of film and music within the autism and special needs community announces that their Virtual Reality piece "Use Your Imagination", a musical...



GoFundMe Looks To Help Athletes With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
As thousands of athletes with disabilities from around the world prepare to converge upon the Special Olympics, they're getting some help to make their way.

Teen With Intellectual Disability Locked In Legal Limbo - DisabiltyScoop
Six in 10 youths in Florida juvenile justice programs are believed to have developmental disabilities. Experts say some are capable of understanding the legal system, but many never will be.

Report Of Special Ed Cap Prompts Feds To Investigate - DisabiltyScoop
A dozen Texas school districts are being targeted for review in a federal investigation into whether students with disabilities are getting the help they need.

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Cuts, Block Grants and Per Capita Caps - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews on Mara Youdelman, the managing attorney at the National Health Law Program on Medicaid. Per capita caps: What are they and what is their potential impact?

Texas Medical School Offers Groundbreaking Assistive Technology to Students With Disabilities - PRNewswire

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is transforming its web experience for people with disabilities using groundbreaking accessibility software. The technology is part of a comprehensive solution to improve digital...



Special Olympics Georgia Hosts Eighth Annual Polar Plunge Fundraiser - PRNewswire

ACWORTH, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Plungers will "bear" the cold waters at Acworth Beach February 25 to support the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia in the eighth annual Polar Plunge fundraiser. The Polar Plunge is one of the "coolest" fundraisers where...



Multiple Sclerosis Receives Brazilian Government Permission to be Treated with HempMeds® Brasil, Flagship Product RSHO™ - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, subsidiary, HempMeds® Brasiltoday announced that the Brazilian government has authorized a doctor's prescription for the Company's hemp cannabidio...



Phonak Continues to Break Ground With a New Lithium-ion Rechargeable Hearing Aid and Its First Titanium-made Custom Device - PRNewswire

STAEFA, Switzerland, Feb. 21,2017 /PRNewswire/ --Phonak, the world's leading provider of hearing aids and wireless communication solutions, is extending its Belong platform to the Bolero family of BTE hearing aids, including the highly-anticipated lithium-ion rechargeable Bolero B-PR and...



Study Finds Medicaid Waivers Help Parents Stay Employed - DisabiltyScoop
Parents of children with autism are more likely to remain in the workforce if they have access to Medicaid waiver services for their kids, new research suggests.
February 20, 2017

Therap Introduces Business Intelligence Tool for Aggregated Reporting and Trend Analysis - PRNewswire

WATERBURY, Conn., Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap has introduced the Business Intelligence module for aggregating agency-wide data and serving real time ad-hoc reports for various modules. Using this tool, agencies providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental...


February 19, 2017

Parents Education Network (PEN) Receives Award for SAFE Program - PRNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents Education Network's SAFE (Student Advisors For Education) program has been chosen by the Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) to be honored as a program that makes a difference in the...


February 18, 2017

Disability Policy News In Brief - AUCD

Congress begins process of repealing the Affordable Care Act; Supreme court hears IDEA FAPE case; Trump nominees get hearings; Tuesdays with Liz explains health care debat


Relive 'Building Our Future: Lessons from the Obama Years' - AUCD
During the AUCD 2016 Conference, present and past members of the Obama Administration reflected on top priorities coming into their positions, most significant accomplishments, and lessons they learned to inform the new Trump Administration. This Storify summarizes the session using social media posts.

IDEA Website Back Online Following Outage - DisabiltyScoop
After being down at least a week, a key government special education website has been restored, officials say, but more changes are on the way.

AUCD Expresses Serious Concerns Over Confirmation Hearing of Betsy DeVos - AUCD
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities expresses serious concerns with a number of the responses that Betsy DeVos provided at her confirmation hearing earlier this week, and to urges the Senate HELP Committeeto postpone any votes on her confirmation until Mrs. DeVos has clarified her support for the federal role in ensuring that every child with a disability receive a free, appropriate public education consistent with federal law.

Trump Focus On ASD Misplaced, Advocates Say - DisabiltyScoop
At a White House gathering this week, President Donald Trump expressed concern about a "tremendous increase" in autism, but experts caution that his rhetoric doesn't tell the whole story.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Leader Recognized for Positive Impact on Veteran Advocacy - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. has been named among 100 of 2016's most impactful leaders in veteran advocacy by HillVets.The HillVets 100 list annually highlights the most effe...


February 17, 2017

Very Special Performances By Jason Mraz And Grace VanderWaal Announced For The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games Opening Ceremony In Austria On March 18 - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's largest sports and humanitarian event this year – the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria – today announced two very special performances for the event's Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 18, 2017....


February 16, 2017

Shining a Light on Autism - PRNewswire
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England, February 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New book offers a different perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders A North East dad is hoping to launch the world's first ever series of children's books to feature a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) as...

CENTURY 21 System Raises $3.1 Million for Easterseals in 2016; Grand Total Climbs to More Than $117 Million - PRNewswire

MADISON, N.J., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21® brand, announced today that in 2016 the CENTURY 21 System raised $3.1 million for Easterseals, the indispensable resource for people and families facing disabilities. Since the...



Special Olympics and GoFundMe Announce Global Sponsorship, Creating Hundreds of Fundraising Campaigns for Teams, Delegations and Athletes to Attend the Special Olympics 2017 World Winter Games - PRNewswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics announced today their first-ever social fundraising collaboration with GoFundMe. As part of the effort, nearly 500 GoFundMes will be created by teams, coaches, as well as by Olympians, top professional athletes, YouTube...



Green Well Announced Participation in Epilepsy Foundation of Texas' 2017 Stroll for Epilepsy with Ricky Williams - PRNewswire

HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Green Well Ventures, a company looking to operate under the Texas Compassionate Use Program, announced they will host a yoga session led by Heisman Trophy winner and UT graduate Ricky Williams as part of the 2017 Stroll for Epilepsy in Houston...



Got an Idea for an Ed Tech Tool to Support Special Education? NewSchools Ignite Might Fund it! - PRNewswire

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --NewSchools Venture Fund is excited to announce the launch of its next ed tech funding opportunity: the NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge. This challenge targets ed tech entrepreneurs with a product that supports Pre-Kindergarten t...



Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment - DisabiltyScoop
The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise.

Dr. Bruce L. Keisling appointed Executive Director of the UTHSC Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities - AUCD
Bruce Keisling has been appointed the executive director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has served as associate director of the center for nine years and is the director / principal investigator of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities program. Dr. Keisling is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy - AUCD
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age.

IDEA.ed.gov Website Update - AUCD
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 the server hosting IDEA.ed.gov crashed. The U.S. Department of Education has not removed the IDEA.ed.gov website. Within the same day, the site was redirected to a new page containing pertinent information relating to IDEA. The Department recognizes the concerns you have with the outage and is working on a long-term solution. The server was managed by a contractor, the Department is currently working to move the site and all files to a new stable host.

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 16: College for the Deaf - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: COLLEGE FOR THE DEAF Profile America — Thursday, February 16th. The nation's first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in...


February 15, 2017

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Season Kicks Off In Lake Michigan 2/17 - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Polar Plunge will kick off its 2017 season with the SUPER Plunge this weekend in Evanston, IL. It is the first of 22 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges around the state (including 7 in Chicagoland) that will benefit Special Olympics...



Charles P. Garcia Joins the Board of London-based Start-up, Conspexit Ltd. - PRNewswire

LONDON, February 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Conspexit, a technology company that is currently focused on developing an intelligent assistant for the visually impaired, today announced the appointment of Mr. Charles P. Garcia to its board. (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire....



In Breakthrough, Researchers Detect Autism Signs In Infants - DisabiltyScoop
For the first time, a new study suggests it's possible to predict within the first year of life if a child will develop autism.

Bethesda Announces Implementation of Therap to Improve Documentation across National Network of Services - PRNewswire

WATERTOWN, Wis., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bethesda Lutheran Communities announces today its selection of Therap Services' electronic documentation platform to support its mission in providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The implementation of...



Global Learning Disability Partnering 2010 to 2017 - PRNewswire

LONDON, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --SummaryProvides understanding and access to the learning disability partnering deals and agreements entered into by the worlds leading healthcare companies.DescriptionThe Global Learning Disability Partnering Terms and Agreements since 2010 report...



Ben Affleck and Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera to be Honored at AUTFEST, the First Annual Film Festival Dedicated to Autism Awareness on April 22-23 - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar®-winning director, actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck joins Oscar-winning Pixar Animation Studios' filmmakers Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera in receiving special honors at the 1st Annual AUTFEST International Film Festival presented by The...



Temple Grandin Named To Women's Hall Of Fame - DisabiltyScoop
Autism self-advocate Temple Grandin is one of 10 notables who will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame later this year.

Managed Care Putting Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Parents Say - DisabiltyScoop
Recent changes to a state program — which provides aid for children whose conditions require round-the-clock care — have caused alarming and widespread problems, an investigation finds.

AUCD 2017 T-Shirts Now Available! - AUCD
We were so impressed by the time, creativity, and skillful design in each of the submissions! After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that the winning shirt was designed in part by Jess Irwin, DBP trainee and Interventionist/Assessor, at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities in Rochester, NY! Congratulations!

AUCD Welcomes Intern Jules Schifferes - AUCD
Juliana "Jules" Schifferes is an intern with AUCD for the Spring of 2017. She comes to us through Broad Futures, an organization designed to help young people with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum succeed in the workplace.
February 14, 2017

Ascensus Joins State Treasurers, Senators, and Advocacy Groups to Celebrate Introduction of ABLE Investment Program - PRNewswire

DRESHER, Pa., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascensus, the nation's largest independent retirement plan and college savings services provider, joined members of the National Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Alliance, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and advocates of people living...



Paralyzed Veterans of America Looks to the Future with Confirmation of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. today released this statement following the confirmation of former VA UnderSecretary of Health, Dr. David Shulkin, as the new VA Secretary:...



Model With Down Syndrome Launches Fashion Line - DisabiltyScoop
Little more than a year after making headlines for strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week, a model with Down syndrome is back at the iconic event to debut her own clothing line.
February 13, 2017

America's Top Military Heroes Honored - PRNewswire

PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four of America's bravest military heroes, who just happen to be dogs, were honored Thursday night for their outstanding achievements and service to our country. A glittering crowd of more than 100 top U.S. military brass,...



New Platform for Applied Behavior Analysis Instruction Debuts, Aims To Streamline Therapy - PRNewswire

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APHA Disability Section Call for 2017 Awards Nominations - AUCD
Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities or an especially dedicated student? Now is the time to nominate a colleague for one of the 2017 APHA Disability Section Awards!
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Career and technical education bill passes U.S. House - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
Legislation with bipartisan support offers path for those with autism to prepare for employment

Today the U. S. House voted 405 to 5 to approve H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that would reauthorize career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students with autism gain skills necessary for employment.

September 13, 2016

Washington, DC - Today the U. S. House voted 405 to 5 to approve H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,legislation that wouldreauthorize career and technical education(CTE)programs andhelp students with autismgain skills necessary for employment.

With approximately 50,000 people with autism entering adulthood each year in the United States, access to employment opportunities and pre-employment or transition programs, like CTE, are critical.Youth with disabilities are more likely to be successfully employed if they have acquired work and skills training during their secondary school years.

H.R. 5587 ensures that schools provide work-based learning to help students acquire employability and technical skills. The bill would also increaseaccess to earlier career exploration and guidanceas well as improvecoordination with existing pre-employment and transition programs.

The legislation cleared the House Education and the Workforce Committee earlier this year with unanimous support and wassponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chair of the House CTE Caucus, and Katherine Clark (D-MA).

Autism Speaksapplaudsthe passage of H.R. 5587 in prioritizing accessible and inclusive career and technical education programs. Autism Speaksadvocateswillcontinue to workcloselywithmembersfrom the Senate Health, Education,Labor, and Pensions committee on introducing the Senatereauthorization of theCarl D. PerkinsCareer and Technical EducationAct.

“TheHouse passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Actis a decisive step forward by Congress to provide accessible education and a path to employment for individuals with disabilities and autism," saidAngela Geiger president and CEO of Autism Speaks.“We are thrilled that members of both parties have come together toprioritize future independent living opportunities for individuals in the autism community. Our advocates look forward to working closely with the Senate to move this critical legislation to the president's desk.”

All students deserve educational opportunities that best prepare them for the next step in life after secondary school, whether it iscontinuingeducation or a career.For many Americans, employment is a criticalpart of fulfillingand productive lives.

Register tohereto make your voice heard on education policy.

Why supporting caregivers should be a national priority - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
by Angela Lello, senior director for public policy at Autism Speaks

Family caregivers play a hugely important role in providing supports to individuals with autism throughout their lifetime. The primary source of all long-term care in America is unpaid, informal caregiving which is valued at over $500B annually.

September 15, 2016

Family caregivers play a hugely important role in providing supports to individuals with autism throughout their lifetime. The primary source of all long-term care in America is unpaid, informal caregiving which is valued at over $500B annually.

Many family caregivers – including parents such as myself, siblings, grandparents and other family members – provide ongoing supervision and assistance with tasks of daily living such as feeding, bathing and navigating the world for individuals with autism. Caregivers provide support to children as well as adults. This support is almost never compensated. Most caregivers are women, but increasingly men are taking on caregiver roles for their loved ones with autism.

Caring for adults with autism can be daunting. Some individuals need caregiving throughout their lifetime and services are not provided in a cohesive, purposely-built system, but rather exist in a patchwork of different programs and services that vary within and across states.

Many family caregivers must provide support without any assistance from public sources. The vast majority of supports are funded through Medicaid, which many people must wait to access because of years-long waiting lists.

Are you a caregiver? Learn more:Your Dollars@Work: Online Course for Caregivers of Adults with Autism!

In fact, the amount of care provided by informal family caregivers exceeded total Federal Medicaid expenditures in 2015 and only 1 in 1000 family caregivers receive the support they need.

Supports like respite can help family caregivers. Respite gives unpaid family caregivers short relief from the daily duties and ongoing responsibilities of caring for someone with autism. Other caregiving supports, such as attendant care, can help alleviate some of the physical burden associated with providing ongoing care to an individual with a disability. Other supports help individuals live more fulfilling lives and connect with their community while staying with family caregivers.

Without support, family caregivers can be emotionally and physically taxed and may become unable to continue providing care and the quality of everyone's life can be negatively impacted.

Despite the significant role caregivers provide in supporting individuals with autism, there is no national strategy to assist or support them. That's why we need to pass the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregiver Act, H.R. 3099. The bill requires Congress to develop a national strategy to support family caregivers.

If you or someone you love is a caregiver, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Add your name to the letter here and ask the Congress pass RAISE.

Bills move to improve financial security for those with disabilities - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Senate Finance Committee today moved to the full Senate the ABLE to Work Act, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and the ABLE Financial Planning Act, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), bipartisan bills that would improve financial resources for individuals with disabilities.

September 22, 2016
The Senate Finance Committee today moved to the full Senate the ABLE to Work Act, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and the ABLE Financial Planning Act, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), bipartisan bills that would improve financial resources for individuals with disabilities.
After a decade-long push by advocates on the federal and state level, the first tax-preferred ABLE savings accounts were established this year to empower families to save for disability-related expenses. The legislation moved today by the committee would enhance the landmark ABLE Act enacted in 2014. The ABLE Act has been heralded as one of the most important pieces of disability legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Specifically, the ABLE to Work Act enhances the ABLE Act of 2014 by supporting individuals with disabilities who are employed by permitting them to deposit additional funds earned through work into ABLE accounts without forfeiting benefits. Additionally, the ABLE Financial Planning Act aims at empowering families to roll over 529 college savings plans to ABLE accounts for disability-related expenses.
“I am excited this legislation to strengthen the ABLE Act has advanced out of committee and can soon be considered by the full Senate,” said Senator Burr. “The ABLE to Work Act is about promoting employment and independence for people with disabilities. It will allow people with disabilities to save more money if they have a job and earn an income, and it will also make them eligible for the Saver's credit. I'm also pleased to see the Committee advance the ABLE Financial Planning Act, which will allow families with a special needs child to have more control over their financial futures. I'm urging my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation as soon as possible.”
“Advancing these pieces of legislation moves us one step closer to building on the foundation of the ABLE Act,” Senator Casey said. “Fundamentally, these efforts are about breaking down barriers for those with disabilities so they have a fair shot to achieve their dreams.”
According to a recent release:
The ABLE to Work Act expands on the goals of the ABLE Act by encouraging work and self-sufficiency. The legislation allows individuals and their families to save more money in an ABLE account if the beneficiary works and earns income. Specifically, an ABLE beneficiary who earns income from a job could save up to the Federal Poverty Level, which is currently at $11,770. The bill will also allow ABLE beneficiaries to qualify for the existing Saver's Credit when they put savings in.”
The ABLE Financial Planning Act would allow families to roll over savings in a 529 college savings plan into an ABLE account. Many families save for a child's college education by opening a 529 account, sometimes before their child is even born, only to learn later that their child has a severe disability like autism. In other cases, a child could incur a disability from an accident. In such instances, these families have funds locked in a 529 that they could use to help cover their child's lifelong expenses. If they withdraw the funds for anything other than college expenses, they face taxes on their withdrawals. The ABLE Financial Planning Act would help these families by allowing them to roll over the funds in their 529 account into an ABLE account for their child.

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.


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.


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. 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.


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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Member Developing App to Help Children with Disabilities Who Have Challenging Behaviors - AUCD
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Oklahoma's New Portal Seeks to Help Thousands on Medicaid Waiver Waiting List (OK UCEDD/LEND) - AUCD
The first phase of a new state portal that aims to improve online access to information about services and resources for those with disabilities in an easy-to-understand manner is expected to be up and running by the end of 2017.

FA Olmstead Session (GA and IA UCEDD) - AUCD
Earlier this fall Sue Jamieson, prominent civil rights lawyer and lead attorney in Olmstead v. L.C., travelled to Iowa to speak at the HousingIowa Conference about the history of the landmark Supreme Court decision and the importance of housing in community integration. The session also featured Iowa's Money Follows the Person coordinator Brooke Lovelace and program participant Monnie Hall, and was moderated by Caitlin Owens, who along with Brooke works for Iowa's UCEDD at the Center for Disabilities and Development. Sue is the Disability Law Project Co-Director at the University of Georgia's Institute on Human Development and Disability (one of Georgia's two UCEDDs).

2017 EHDI Meeting Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees - AUCD
AUCD has made available six (6) scholarships of up to $500 each to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting on February 26-28, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. All current LEND audiology trainees are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: January 29, 2017.

UI Earns No. 1 Ranking in University Website Accessibility (IA UCEDD) - AUCD
The University of Iowa ranks first in the nation in an assessment of how accessible its websites are to people with disabilities. UI topped the list of 140 American universities, according to rankings presented at an Educause conference poster session by Jon Gunderson of the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services at the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana.

CT LEND has had an Exciting New Start this Year - AUCD
The CT LEND has had an exciting new start this year. Nine UCONN graduate students from various disciplines, two Yale Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric fellows, four community trainees, and four Human Services/Family Studies students from Goodwin College fill our conference room at UCONN Health each Friday. We welcome family faculty and several UCEDD staff members to each weekly seminar as well.

Four UCEDDs (TN, TX, MN, KY) Collaborate to Put Faith and Jobseekers with Disabilities to Work - AUCD
A new manual outlines how faith communities can support members with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. The manual was spearheaded by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (TN UCEDD) and its partners at the Human Development Institute (KY UCEDD), the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TX UCEDD), and the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD). All four UCEDDs facilitated the two-year Putting Faith to Work project as an activity of the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability.

Teacher Draws On Experience As Student With Disability - DisabiltyScoop
Once unsure if she would be able to graduate high school because of her uncontrollable seizures, Xenia Boiko decided to become the special education teacher she wishes she'd had.

Toni M. Whitaker, MD Appointed as University of Tennessee Boling Center LEND Director - AUCD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities LEND Program is delighted to welcome Toni M. Whitaker, MD as its new LEND Director. Dr. Whitaker, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, has been a Boling Center LEND faculty member since 2001.

MNLEND Nov 2016 Forum Video Released - AUCD
MNLEND invites the AUCD Network to view a 3-part video of the MNLEND November 2016 Forum: "Litigation: Advancing the Rights of People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities," which features U.S. district court judge, The Honorable Donovan W. Frank, and a panel of legal experts. Over 100 people attended this event on November 17, 2016.

Lack Of Uniformity In Newborn Testing Under Review - DisabiltyScoop
In an effort to prevent treatable conditions from causing permanent disabilities in children, an influential committee said it would study inconsistencies in newborn screening.

All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Expands Range of Eligible Vehicles in FCA US Automobility Program - PRNewswire

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheelchair-accessible 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show New FCA US Automobility website helps customers determine the right vehicle and adaptive equipment to meet their needs Addition of...



Chrysler Brand, the Leader in Minivans, Partners With World Mobility Leader BraunAbility to Unveil Game-changing Wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica - PRNewswire

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler brand partners with BraunAbility, world leader in automotive mobility, to introduce a wheelchair-accessible 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year The BraunAbility Chrysler...



Toyota And Super Producer Bryan Michael-Cox Honor Music Veterans And Emerging, Young Artists - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On a day where the music industry's biggest and brightest shine, Toyota and multiple award-winning producer, Bryan-Michael Cox, are joining forces for the second year in a row to honor those making moves behind the scenes. Powered by Toyota,...



February Is Low Vision Awareness Month: Apply For A Currency Reader At No Cost To You, If You Have Vision Loss - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), in partnership with the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), wants to spread the word about...



In Light Of Autism Comments, White House Prodded On Vaccines - DisabiltyScoop
Hundreds of organizations — including many of the nation's leading autism and disability advocacy groups — have written to President Donald Trump in an effort to dispel fears about vaccines.
February 8, 2017

Federal Special Education Website Goes Dark - DisabiltyScoop
A day after a controversial new secretary of education was sworn in, a federal website focused on special education went down, but officials said the issue should be no cause for alarm.

Egg Weights Launches World's First Ergonomic Weight System for Endurance, Resistance Training and Muscle Degenerative Therapy with Cerebral Palsy - PRNewswire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Egg Weights, a fitness and sports equipment company, announced results today from a recent study conducted at the University of Southern California's Clinical Exercise Research Center. Walking with Egg Weights burns up to 62% more calori...



Study Finds Law Boosted Services For Kids On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
Children with autism are receiving more services at no added cost to their families thanks to a federal law that requires expanded mental health coverage, researchers say.

Father, Son With Cerebral Palsy Aim For 500 Bands In 365 Days - DisabiltyScoop
Mason McDeid has cerebral palsy and can't walk or speak, but he loves heavy metal, so he and his dad set out on a mission to see 500 rock bands perform live.
February 7, 2017

UCB, Inc. and the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia Launch EFWorks to Help Georgians with Epilepsy Find Employment - PRNewswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA), with sponsorship from UCB, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Smyrna, Georgia, today announces the launch of the EFWorks program in Georgia. EFWorks is a specialized vocational...



Trump Education Nominee Confirmed In Spite Of IDEA Concerns - DisabiltyScoop
In an unprecedented vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education despite widespread concerns about her comments on special education.
February 6, 2017

Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice… down to a whisper - PRNewswire

BOSTON, Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children's research team reports restoring a much...



First Paralyzed Man to Walk Across the Finish Line of Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - PRNewswire

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 15,000 participants attended the 21st annual Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon and Active Lifestyle Expo in Huntington Beach, California, on Sunday. Runners from over 17 countries, all 50 USA states and over 1,000 cities...



Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims Set New Record - DisabiltyScoop
Federal officials say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints of disability-based job discrimination.
February 3, 2017

Study: For Those With Autism, Fixations Can Be Beneficial - DisabiltyScoop
Parents and teachers should do more to embrace the preferred interests of those with autism, researchers say, pointing out that such aptitudes can be calming and form the basis for careers.

Down Syndrome No Barrier For Firefighter - DisabiltyScoop
Not everyone was immediately on board when Jason Eagan, who has Down syndrome, said he wanted to become a firefighter. But with persistence, he found his place.

Award-winning Actor Colin Farrell to Deliver Keynote Address at "The Power of Possibilities" Event - PRNewswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Actor Colin Farrell will deliver the keynote address at Gatepath's annual Power of Possibilities recognition event on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront in Burlingame, CA. As a parent of a...


February 2, 2017

StemGenex Supports Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day - PRNewswire

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the annual Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day, which was created to improve the nation's understanding of Rheumatoid Arthritis ("RA") so that those suffering with the disease can get information on the best care and treatments...



Securus and Purple Communications to Provide Video Relay Services to Inmates - PRNewswire

DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announces a partnership with Purple Communications, Inc. to bring Video Relay Services (VRS) to...



Estudiantes con discapacidades visuales se beneficiarán con la iniciativa de oftalmólogos e importantes organizaciones de servicios para la visión - PRNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, 1 de febrero de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Los estudiantes con deficiencias visuales de todo Estados Unidos tienen ahora la oportunidad de experimentar la alegría de leer mediante el uso de tecnología asistida. Estas personas, que de otra manera podrían correr el...



Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare® Announce New Program Offering OnLine Library for Free to Eligible Students Who Are Visually Impaired - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Reading is a simple pleasure. However, millions of people are denied the joy of reading due to vision loss. Now, Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare® have partnered with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to empower students with low vision to reach...



Visually Impaired Students to Benefit from Collaboration Among Ophthalmologists and Leading Vision Service Organizations - PRNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Visually impaired students across the United States now have an opportunity to experience the joy of reading through the use of assisted technology. These individuals, who otherwise might run the risk of low performance in the...



With Talk Of Medicaid Changes, Waiver Services May Be At Risk - DisabiltyScoop
The Trump administration is planning to fundamentally alter Medicaid, a move that could mean big changes to everything from health care to waivers for people with developmental disabilities.

Disability Advocates Threaten To Sue Over Special Education Cap - DisabiltyScoop
Advocates are threatening to sue over a state-imposed special education enrollment benchmark, potentially opening the door to compensation for students who have been denied services.
February 1, 2017

Trump Education Pick Advances Despite Special Ed Worries - DisabiltyScoop
Deep opposition from special education advocates was not enough to prevent President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward.

Proms For Those With Special Needs Expected To Draw 75,000 - DisabiltyScoop
Just before Valentine's, hundreds of proms for teens and adults with disabilities are slated to take place at locations around the world on a single day.

Self-Driving Cars Could Lift Disability Employment - DisabiltyScoop
Researchers say self-driving cars may dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities by making it easier and cheaper for them to travel — especially to and from a job.

AUCD's Letter Expressing Concern Regarding Betsy DeVos's Responses to Questions about Education for Students with Disabilities - AUCD
AUCD has submitted a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, expressing serious concerns with several responses to questions that Betsy DeVos provided at her confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Education. As the Senate moves to vote on her nomination, AUCD calls upon Mrs. DeVos to clarify her support for the federal government's role in ensuring that every child with a disability receives a free, appropriate public education in a manner that is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Tuesdays with Liz: Affordable Care Act Part III - AUCD
This week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Caitlin Morris and Dee Mahan. They both work on health policy for FamiliesUSA and staff a new coalition called "Protect our Care."
January 30, 2017

Onix Expands Equidox Product Offering By Adding End-To-End Document Conversion Services - PRNewswire

LAKEWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Onix, a leading technology product and solutions provider, introduces document conversion services as an extension of its PDF conversion software, Equidox by Onix™. Educational institutions, government agencies and businesses can now outsource...



RTC:Rural Brings National Attention to Importance of Accessible Housing in Rural Communities (MT UCEDD) - AUCD
The lack of accessible housing is one of the biggest barriers people with disabilities face in their communities. Having a home that suits one's needs facilitates self-care and accessing the community, critical elements of independent living. Living in a home that doesn't meet one's needs can make accessing community more difficult and even impossible.

Innovative Trainings in Deaf-Blindness (ND UCEDD) - AUCD
Children who have deaf-blindness miss out on opportunities for learning that other children receive incidentally or naturally as those without sensory impairment have access to the many sights and sounds from their environment. These missed opportunities can result in a sense of isolation from others and problems in communication skill development, concept formation, and overall learning. In the school setting deaf-blindness is considered a disability of access to the visual and auditory information provided in educational environments.

Condo-Like Housing Model Offers Independence With Supports - DisabiltyScoop
Blending features of a boarding house and a condominium, a unique approach to housing is offering an alternative to living with family for adults with developmental disabilities.
January 28, 2017

Victory Living Programs to Host 7th Annual "Cheeseburger in Paradise" Event - PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Don your best Key West style attire and join Fort Lauderdale-based Victory Living Programs for their annual "Cheeseburger in Paradise" fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the...



Kids' Books Recognized For Disability Storylines - DisabiltyScoop
Three children's books are being honored alongside this year's picks for the Caldecott and Newbery Medals for focusing on the experiences of those with special needs.

‘Royal DJs' With Special Needs Life Of The Party - DisabiltyScoop
Thanks to technology and some motivated parents, a group of young adults turned DJs are rocking the house despite their significant disabilities.

Three UCEDDs Receive Nearly $150,000 in Grants from the Special Hope Foundation - AUCD
The Special Hope Foundation is pleased to announce that three University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) were selected for funding of their training projects. The grants will support a variety of programs providing training for healthcare providers, interpreters and other health professionals in integrating a culturally responsive framework in healthcare services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All projects include Self-Advocates as leaders, trainers and in oversight roles. The applications were carefully reviewed and considered by the Foundation's Board and staff as well as the Special Hope Foundation's Self-Advocate Advisory Committee and medical providers at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), with whom the Special Hope Foundation partners in all Request for Proposals (RFP) funding cycles.
January 27, 2017

Jacoti Named as Global Mobile Awards 2017 Nominee for the Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion Category - PRNewswire

WEVELGEM, Belgium, January 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacoti Hearing Suite, an innovative set of hearing applications created by Jacoti bvba, has been named a Global Mobile Awards 2017 Nominee. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of more than...



Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Workforce Participation for People With Disabilities - AUCD
Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that found a 6 percentage-point difference in employment rates among working-age adults with disabilities in states that expanded Medicaid and those that chose not to.
January 26, 2017