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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.
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