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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,, 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.
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