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July 22, 2017

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

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

July 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Special Olympics Begins One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary and Announces Chicago as Location for the Global Celebration Events - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, July 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at Chicago's Soldier Field, the location of the first-ever Special Olympics Games, it was announced that Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement's 50th Anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018. Mary Davis, Special...

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

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

Work And College Opportunities (WACO) Project (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Cekevia Degrate participated in the Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) during the summer of 2015 while she was about to be a Junior in High School. This year she has graduated from high school and is participating in the Work and College Opportunity (WACO) project at Texas A&M University. She describes how the programs helped her grow and prepare to achieve the goals she has set for her future.
July 19, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, July 19, 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...

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Psoriasis Patients Receive Brazilian Government Permission to Be Treated with Medical Marijuana, Inc. Subsidiary, HempMeds® Brasil, Flagship Product RSHO™ - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Medical Marijuana, Inc. (MJNA) isthe first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States. Itssubsidiary HempMeds® Brasiltoday announced that the Company's hemp cannabidiol (CBD) oil product Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ [RSH...

Amputee Model Breaking Barriers in Fashion While Shattering the Stigma of Disability - PRNewswire

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following in the footsteps of model Ashley Graham, amputee model Shaholly Ayers is breaking beauty barriers. The brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, a consulting company specializing in providing disability inclusion...

Pennsylvania is Awarded for Performance Under the National Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera announced that Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for its tenth consecutive year in compliance and performance with the Individuals with...

Chandler, AZ To Host Scleroderma Foundation's Annual National Patient Education Conference - PRNewswire

DANVERS, Mass., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 600 scleroderma patients, their family members, friends and caregivers will join the world's leading scleroderma healthcare professionals and researchers at the upcoming 19th Annual Scleroderma Foundation National Patient Education...

State Aims To Help Parents Keep Custody Of Kids With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
One state is working to keep families together with a new crisis fund designed to help children with severe behaviors get the support they need without forcing parents to give up custody.

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

Tuesdays with Liz: Why LEND Matters - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Wanda Felty, family faculty at the Oklahoma's LEND, about why family support and LEND programs are so important and how they relate to Medicaid.

Tuesdays with Liz: Why LEND Matters - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Wanda Felty, family faculty at the Oklahoma's LEND, about why family support and LEND programs are so important and how they relate to Medicaid.
July 18, 2017

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Launches Inaugural Nursing Home Transition Grants - PRNewswire

SHORT HILLS, N.J., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, is awarding seven Quality of Life Nursing Home Transition (NHT) grants totaling...

Phonak AG: Florida Golf Pro Kaylin Yost to Represent Team USA at the 2017 Deaflympics - PRNewswire

WARRENVILLE, Illinois, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional golfer Kaylin Yost is one of two American golfers selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 Deaflympics Summer Games, an International Olympics Committee (IOC)-sanctioned event where deaf and hard of hearing athletes...

Crime Twice As Common Among People With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime, according to new federal data.

Salons Adapt To Needs Of Kids On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
Haircuts can be a challenge for children with autism, but more and more stylists are working to address their unique needs.

DeVos Wants More Options For Students In Special Education - DisabiltyScoop
In her first speech centering on special ed, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said students with disabilities deserve better and her agency will work to provide more choices for families.
July 17, 2017

Now, it's Easier to Give a Beneficial Gift - PRNewswire

RICHMOND, Va., July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone can contribute to an ABLEnow account. And thanks to a new website, family and friends can easily provide direct financial assistance to a loved one with disabilities without endangering the account owner's eligibility for most...

Workers With Disabilities Paid Little While Executives Got Six Figures - DisabiltyScoop
A nonprofit paid some of its employees with disabilities as little as $2 to $3 an hour, while top managers took home as much as $570,000, an investigation finds.
July 16, 2017

Drug Combined with Care Program Seven Times Better at Reducing Alzheimer's Symptoms than Drug Alone - PRNewswire

LONDON, July 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Combining a specific care management program with a commonly-prescribed drug for Alzheimer's disease multiplies the medication's ability to improve daily function by about 7.5 times, stalling some of the disease's most damaging effects....

July 14, 2017

Sensory-Friendly Efforts Expanding To Zoos - DisabiltyScoop
Increasingly, local zoos are working to become more welcoming to kids with disabilities and those who are sensitive to noises and other stimulation.

Disability Services Remain In Peril Under Revised Health Bill - DisabiltyScoop
Despite a nod to the vulnerability of home and community-based services under a Senate GOP health care bill, disability advocates say a new version of the proposal does little to quell fears.
July 13, 2017

ACB Applauds FCC on Description Expansion - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Council of the Blind applauds the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted new rules increasing the number of hours of audio-described programming available on top-rated broadcast and cable networks. Advocating...

37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Comes to Cincinnati, Ohio - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend and cover the 37th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). At this momentous event, paralyzed veterans and disabled military will compete in 18 events including air guns, track and bowling....

For Those With Autism, Behavioral Crises May Have Warning Signs - DisabiltyScoop
Many kids and teens with autism exhibit challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that certain risk factors separate those that end up needing inpatient treatment.
July 12, 2017

Nursing Home Oversight System Has Blind Spots, Author Says - PRNewswire

LAS CRUCES, N.M., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As debates rage over the future of health care in America, a new book claims that the government's current system for overseeing nursing homes allows unhealthy nursing home conditions to persist or recur year after year. "The oversight...

Data Conversion Laboratory's 508 Services Enables Those With Blindness, Low Vision or Other Disabilities to Better Interact With Digital Content - PRNewswire

FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), a leader in organizing, converting and enhancing content into digital formats, is offering a new service to ensure customers' documents, websites and other information technology are "Section 508"...

Prominent Law Firm Launches Contest to Benefit Children Living With Disabilities - PRNewswire

INDIANAPOLIS, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a startling statistic. Five percent of school children in Indianapolis have some form of disability, with four of five having cognitive disabilities. To help foster disability awareness, programs and educational opportunities throughout the...

Kindness Blooms as Teleflora Florists Deliver More Than 25,000 Be Happy® Bouquets in Honor of Its 17th Annual Make Someone Smile Week® (July 16-22, 2017) - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Giving back to the community by gifting flowers has been a lifetime achievement for Teleflora, the world's leading floral delivery service for more than 80 years. But for one week every year, Teleflora and its network of professional florists...

‘Blind' Film Takes Heat For Casting Alec Baldwin In Lead Role - DisabiltyScoop
A new film that's set to hit theaters this month is facing criticism for casting able-bodied Alec Baldwin as a man with a disability.
July 11, 2017

Right at Home Announces Systemwide Fundraising Initiative to Benefit Free Wheelchair Mission - PRNewswire

OMAHA, Neb., July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At the recent Right at Home annual conference in Omaha, CEO and President Brian Petranick announced to more than 330 franchises a systemwide, global initiative to collect donations for Free Wheelchair Mission, a humanitarian, nonprofit...

Jam City lleva la magia de Peanuts a jugadores y a compañeros caninos con el lanzamiento del nuevo juego de disparar burbujas, Snoopy Pop - PRNewswire

Jam City y el equipo de Peanuts Worldwide echan una pata a Canine Companions for Independence® (CCI), una organización sin ánimo de lucro que proporciona perros de asistencia a niños y veteranos con discapacidad física LOS ÁNGELES, 11 de julio de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jam City y...

Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations - DisabiltyScoop
Less than half of states are meeting their obligations to appropriately serve students with disabilities under the nation's special education law, federal education officials say.

Plan To Shield Kids With Disabilities From Medicaid Cuts Falls Short - DisabiltyScoop
Despite senators' efforts to exempt children with disabilities from a Republican proposal to reduce federal funding for Medicaid, experts say caps would apply to the majority of these kids.

Michelle Obama To Salute Special Olympics Founder - DisabiltyScoop
Former first lady Michelle Obama will highlight the work of one of the world's largest organizations for people with intellectual disabilities during a nationally-televised event this week.

Why is Patient Centered Research Important? - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Sara Van Geertruyden about the importance of Person-Centered Research.

ReWalk Robotics Announces French Distribution Agreement with Harmonie Médical Service - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ: RWLK) ("ReWalk" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of exoskeleton systems, announced today that the Company has signed a new, exclusive distribution agreement in France with...

HIMS, Inc. Has Launched BrailleSense Polaris - World's First Upgradeable Google-Certified Braille Device for the Blind - PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, HIMS, Inc. announces the official launch of BrailleSense Polaris, the world's first upgradable, Google-Certified braille device for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and it features...

July 10, 2017

Easterseals Receives $200,000 In Assistive Technology Grants From The Comcast Foundation To Help Promote Independence - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easterseals today announced it has received $200,000 in grants from the Comcast Foundation as part of the Comcast NBCUniversal Assistive Technology Grant Fund. Established in 2011, the fund supports technology programs and services that...

Fight Over Institution Divides Families - DisabiltyScoop
In an age when integration into the community is considered a civil right for people with developmental disabilities, do institutions have a place?
July 6, 2017

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation's THH2017 Charity Art Performance Tour in Support of its Missions - PRNewswire

SAN DIMAS, Calif., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tzu Chi USA announces its "Thousands of Helping Hands" THH2017 Charity Art Performance Tour featuring the astonishing artistry of the world-renowned China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT). The tour begins on...

United Spinal Secures Decision for Wheelchair User Complaint Against Statue of Liberty Ferry - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association today announced a New York District Court decision that will permit David Heard, a power wheelchair user and member of United Spinal, to continue to pursue legal action against Statue Cruises, LLC. for allegedly...

July 5, 2017

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

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

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

Va-LEND Launches New Distance Learning Module - AUCD
For the past year, Va-LEND has been focusing on ways to expand training opportunities statewide and beyond. Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, former outstanding LEND trainee and current faculty member, has used material from the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (VCL) Moodle and other on-line resources to develop a module on the "Early Identification of Autism".

Justice System and People with Disabilities Focus of New MN UCEDD Publication - AUCD
The newly-released "Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities" ( from the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) offers justice professionals, disability professionals, people with disabilities, and their families leading-edge articles that help communities work together to support equal access to justice for all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can face unique challenges, with potentially serious consequences, when involved with the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

Julie Christensen Named Director of Iowa's UCEDD - AUCD
On July 1, Julie Christensen, MSW, PhD, assumed the leadership of Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at University of Iowa Health Care. For the past year, she has served as Associate Director of the Iowa UCEDD, working under the mentorship of Bob Bacon, who directed the Iowa UCEDD since 1998 and is set to retire on July 17.

Meet the Center on Disability and Development 2017 Leadership Training for Diversity (LTD) Fellows - 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.

Nutrition Efforts Reaching Disability Community with Support from Walmart Foundation to Association of University Centers on Disabilities - AUCD
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expands its health efforts with the launch of "Nutrition is for Everyone," made possible by a $420,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Five AUCD-member centers will implement a one-year project providing nutrition education for an estimated 25,000 people with disabilities living in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Based on available public health data, these states are areas where people with disabilities are least likely to be consuming fruits and vegetables and, therefore, in the most need for nutrition education and support.

Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN Streamlined and Updated - AUCD
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs just released an updated version of the National Standards for Systems of Care that strive to serve the nation's 11 million children and youth with special health care needs. Version 2.0 of the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, produced in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, sets the core components for the structure and process of effective systems of care while streamlining content for easier use by states and stakeholders.
July 4, 2017

World's Largest Service Organization Takes On Diabetes As New Global Focus - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, July 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lions Clubs International – the world's largest volunteer organization – announced today it will mobilize its 47,000 service clubs in 200 countries around a new signature cause - the global diabetes epidemic. The organization, founded 100...

July 1, 2017

doTERRA® Donates to High Hopes 4 Autism Annual Fundraiser - PRNewswire

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, July 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Founded in 2009, High Hopes 4 Autism is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program in Alabama designed to empower children with autism and other developmental or behavioral challenges. Part of a Catholic school in Elberta, High Hopes 4...

June 30, 2017

Caps Would Pinch Medicaid For Decades To Come - DisabiltyScoop
Cuts to Medicaid — the primary source of supports for millions with disabilities — would continue for decades under a U.S. Senate proposal to cap the program, a nonpartisan analysis finds.
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