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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 and on , 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...

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