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September 23, 2017

Feds Urged To Strengthen Autism Transition - DisabiltyScoop
The federal government should do more to streamline the experience of youth with autism transitioning to adulthood, according to a new report to Congress.

Report: Direct Care Workers Can't Afford To Stay In Jobs - DisabiltyScoop
The direct support professionals that many people with disabilities rely on are barely getting by, with new data showing they make little more than minimum wage despite surging demand.
September 22, 2017

Education Associates Announces New WIOA Solutions Package for Pre-ETS Services - PRNewswire

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To prepare more of the nation's students to be job and life ready, U.S. schools, job coaches, vocational rehabilitation counselors and transition coordinators are working hard to comply with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act...

UCP Expresses Concerns About Graham-Cassidy Legislation - UPC
As Members of Congress continue to discuss ways to improve the healthcare system in bipartisan hearings, United Cerebral Palsy expresses concerns about the Graham-Cassidy legislation being considered by some Senate Republicans. The health care needs of individuals living with cerebral …
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September 21, 2017

Continued Threat to Medicaid - AUCD
Senators Cassidy and Graham introduced a bill last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill, like previous proposals, would make huge cuts to and place caps on the Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies in the ACA, and allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

ADA Suits Increasingly Target Websites - DisabiltyScoop
Lawsuits filed against three large companies this month alleging that their websites violate the ADA are part of a growing wave of claims targeting everyone from Kmart to Netflix.
September 20, 2017

Disability Equality Index Names ManpowerGroup One Of The Best Places To Work In The U.S. - PRNewswire

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) has been recognized as one of the Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity inclusion in the workplace. The DEI® is a joint initiative of the American...

Farm Eases Haircut Anxiety For Kids On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
The drone of voices, buzz of clippers and shearing of scissors in the confined space of a beauty salon are often too much for those with autism, so one hairdresser turned to the outdoors.
September 19, 2017

IEHP partners with IEDC to host the 2017 Disabilities Conference - PRNewswire

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) continues to empower people with disabilities to live independently by helping to stage the 2017 Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) Conference, set for Wednesday, September 27...

Service Dog Company Accused Of Scamming Customers - DisabiltyScoop
A company is under investigation for allegedly selling animals that are poorly and improperly trained, including some that lack the temperament to be service dogs.

Student Invents Assistive Tech For Those With Disabilities Like Hers - DisabiltyScoop
Largely paralyzed, Kavita Krishnaswamy needs round-the-clock care and rarely leaves home, but that's not stopping her from designing robotic devices that help those with severe disabilities.

Order Your "Lift Your Voice" AUCD T-Shirt - AUCD
Order your AUCD t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, or hoodie today and pick it up at the 2017 Conference, or have a conference attendee bring it home for you. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.

NuStepping to End Alzheimer's Teams Raise Over $240,000 for The Longest Day® - PRNewswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The results have been tallied and NuStep, LLC is proud to announce that its NuStepping to End Alzheimer's teams raised $243,094 to benefit The Longest Day®, an Alzheimer's Association fundraising event held each year on the summer solstice....

Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services Face New Threat - DisabiltyScoop
Disability advocates are decrying a renewed drive to overhaul the nation's health care system that they say would fundamentally alter Medicaid and jeopardize home and community-based services.
September 17, 2017

CHOP Autism Expert Honored with Prestigious Award during 2017 AAP Conference - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, Director of the Autism Integrated Care Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is this year's recipient of the Arnold J. Capute Award, given by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The award was...

Google Wants Help Tagging Accessible Places - DisabiltyScoop
Google is looking to the public in an effort to make navigating the world easier for people with disabilities.
September 15, 2017

Netflix Renews Series About Teen With ASD - DisabiltyScoop
Netflix is ordering up more episodes of a series about the experiences of a teen with autism and his family.

DeVos: Minimum Progress For Kids With Disabilities ‘Preposterous' - DisabiltyScoop
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is calling on the nation's public schools to work with parents to better serve students with special needs.

Children's Health Insurance Program: Cmte Hearing to Reauthorization - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Stabilizing the CHIP funding stream and protecting gains in children's health coverage will remain a priority

September 15, 2017

Earlier this month, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Testifying before the committee, autism mom Leanna George shared how CHIP has benefited her son Caleb, who has autism. Autism Speaks also joined hundreds of other children's health advocates urging Congress for quick bipartisan action in support of a five-year extension of CHIP funding.

Originally introduced in 1997, CHIP serves as a bipartisan solution to securing a healthy future for children in low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private coverage or lack access to employer-specific coverage. Since its inception, the program has helped provide affordable, pediatric-specific coverage to almost 9 million children and reduced the number of uninsured children by 68 percent. With more than 95 percent of all children in American now enrolled in some form of insurance coverage, evidence shows how CHIP, together with Medicaid, is a smart investment in children.

Good news came this week as the Senate Finance Committee announced a deal to reauthorize funding for CHIP. Originally set to expire on September 30, 2017, this agreement reauthorizes the CHIP program for another five years. This extension is particularly important in light of the uncertainty surrounding the stability of individual insurance markets. Key findings published by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that without this federal funding, children would lose coverage as states would face budget pressures requiring them to discontinue or limit CHIP coverage. Without CHIP coverage, researchers have found that children with chronic conditions – including autism – would see increased costs.

Stabilizing the CHIP funding stream and protecting gains in children's health coverage will remain a priority as Autism Speaks continues a commitment to increasing children's access to appropriate intervention, services and resources following diagnosis with autism.

September 14, 2017

Hearing Health Foundation's Guide For Preparing For Emergencies When You Have Hearing Loss - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), the largest non-profit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S., encourages everyone to have an action plan. For people with hearing...

SEI Partners with Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to Celebrate Artists With Disabilities - PRNewswire

OAKS, Pa., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) today announced a partnership with Art Ability, an organization which serves as a unique and accessible venue for artists with disabilities, to display and sell their work. Approximately 80 pieces, submitted by artists from arou...

Ford Foundation names Judy Heumann senior fellow - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of disability and civil rights advocate Judith E. Heumann as a senior fellow. An internationally recognized social justice leader, Heumann has been a longtime human rights...

23rd Annual National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk to Take Place September 16 in Two Historic New York City Locations - Times Square and Central Park - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Down Syndrome Society will hold its 23rd Annual Buddy Walk in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 16. The day will start in the bright lights of Times Square where the annual NDSS Times Square Video will be displayed on two video boards...

"We Dig Chapel Haven" Groundbreaking Set For Friday, Sept. 15, Marks Major Milestone - PRNewswire

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when few agencies have ventured into serving adults with disabilities into their senior years, Chapel Haven is breaking ground on a major campus expansion to do just that. Chapel Haven, joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp,...

Payer Coverage for ReWalk Expands in Germany with Barmer - PRNewswire

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ReWalk Robotics Ltd. ("ReWalk" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: RWLK), today announced that one of the leading German insurers, Barmer, has signed a confirmation regarding the provision of ReWalk systems for all...

Autism Speaks Reports Double-Digit Revenue Slide - DisabiltyScoop
The nation's largest autism advocacy group is reporting a sharp drop in revenue and is cutting expenses and distributing fewer grants as a result, newly-released financial data shows.

Kessler Foundation to Release First Survey Soliciting Perspectives of Supervisors of Employees with Disabilities - AUCD
According to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, nearly 69% of American adults with disabilities are "striving to work." Respondents were found taking at least one of the following actions: working, seeking a better position or more hours, actively job-hunting, networking with family and friends, or getting the necessary rehabilitation, education, and/or job training to prepare for employment.
September 13, 2017

Phonak Sponsors D.J. Demers' 'Here to Hear' Nationwide Comedy Tour in October - PRNewswire

WARRENVILLE, Illinois, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Phonak, the leading global provider of hearing aids and wireless communications solutions, along with award-winning comedian D.J. Demers (featured on America's Got Talent, Conan) are teaming up for the 'Here to Hear' comedy tour—a...

Students Create Custom Pencil Grip For Girl With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
A disability makes writing difficult for 9-year-old Natalie Quintana, but a custom-designed gripping tool developed by a group of middle schoolers is making a big difference.
September 12, 2017

Therap Introduces Enhanced Incident Reporting Tool - PRNewswire

WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Therap announces an improved and user-friendly interface for its incident reporting tool or General Event Reports (GER) module. User experience is enhanced through a simple and intuitive design. The new design maintains the original...

States Get Guidance On ABLE Accounts, Medicaid Eligibility - DisabiltyScoop
As a new kind of account allowing people with disabilities to save money becomes more available, federal officials say there are big implications for Medicaid.

Down Syndrome Reality Show Takes Home Emmys - DisabiltyScoop
A documentary series chronicling the lives of seven young adults with Down syndrome is the winner of multiple Emmy Awards.

EEOC: Man With Autism Harassed, Assaulted By Boss - DisabiltyScoop
A man with autism who washed dishes at a Golden Corral restaurant was harassed by his boss before being sexually assaulted on the job, according to a U.S. government lawsuit.

Dabdoub Law Firm Successful in Disability Insurance Claim Case - PRNewswire

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dabdoub Law Firm recently represented a client who suffered a stroke and could no longer return to work. Prior to the stroke, the client experienced a healthy pregnancy and became insured through Reliance Standard, a disability insurance...

September 11, 2017

Iranian 5040 Company Provides 200 Jobs for People with Physical Disabilities - PRNewswire

TEHRAN, Iran, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting the community of the disabled people is a key issue and exists as a long run program in many governmental and private organizations and companies in Iran, and within the 5040 Company (, this program has been materialized...

‘The Good Doctor' Gets Boost From Real MD With Disability - DisabiltyScoop
ABC is turning to a pediatrician with cerebral palsy and others who have achieved success despite long odds to help promote their new television drama about a surgeon on the spectrum.
September 8, 2017

Feds Award Millions For Autism Research - DisabiltyScoop
The federal government is handing out nearly $100 million with an eye toward better understanding autism and developing interventions for the condition.

Accomable Aims To Be Accessible Version Of Airbnb - DisabiltyScoop
Much like Airbnb, Accomable allows people to offer up their homes to travelers, but all of its listings are fully vetted for various accessibility needs.

Black Girls Viewed as Lass Innocent Than White Girls, Research Finds: Dr. Jamilia Blake (TX UCEDD) - AUCD
Biases revealed in a new report may shed new light on why black girls are disciplined more harshly than their white peers. The report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood, focuses on adult perceptions of black girls and finds adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers.

New Release - #RDSJ Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies - AUCD
We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.

Nutrition Efforts Reaching the Disability Community - AUCD
AUCD is proud to continue its health efforts with "Nutrition is for Everyone" for a second year, made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. AUCD-member centers in Arkansas (AR), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), Oklahoma (OK), and Tennessee (TN) will work to provide nutrition education for an estimated 25,000 people with disabilities. During the first year of the project. "Nutrition is for Everyone" reached over 85,000 individuals in the disability community across the country. Current efforts will continue to impact nutrition behaviors, ultimately decreasing the rate of obesity for people with disabilities.

HHS Report Highlights Need for Coordinated Approach to Autism Services - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Report to Congress on Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

September 08, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)has releaseditsReportto Congresson Young Adults andTransitioningYouth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.This report was recently sent to Congress,fulfillinga requirement of the 2014 Autism CARES Act,which tasked the federal government with surveying the current landscape of adult autism services,reporting to Congress where gaps exist,andanalyzinghow to address those needsmost effectively.

Autism Speaks worked closely on crafting and successfullyadvocatingfor the2014 Autism CARESAct,which reauthorized the landmark Combating Autism Act forfiveadditionalyears.The Autism CARES Actauthorizesfederalfundingin excess of$3 billion by 2019 for autism research, services, training and monitoring.TheAutism CARESActalsounderscored the importance of addressing the needs of individuals with autism by directing HHS toidentifythe challengesfacing our community andthe ways in which federal and state officials can address them.

Every year 50,000 individuals with autism transition out ofpediatric andschool-based services and into adulthood.Whiletheirneeds don't suddenly changeat this time, their system of supportsdoesand transitioning youth with autismface a “services cliff” wheresecuringaccess topostsecondary educationand training,employment,housing, transportation,community supportsand other servicesis often difficult. HHS'sreport describessome commoncharacteristics of youth and young adults with autism and the challenges related to thistransitionto adulthood.The report alsosummarizes existing federaleffortsfocused onpromoting positivetransitionoutcomesfor individuals withautism, and identifies gaps and recommendations for further consideration in federal research, programs, and services that support youth withautismduring this critical timeof their lives.

The HHS report builds offofrecentreports published by theGovernmentAccountabilityOffice,offering“Roundtable Views” of necessary transition servicesas well asrecommendationsthatfederal agencies take additional action to support transition-age youth.The need for bipartisan efforts to make autism a federal priority continues as Congress reviews this information.

To read the full report, follow thislink to the HHS websiteand scroll down to“Publications.”

September 7, 2017

Developmental Disabilities: Job Coach Helps Build Pride, Professionalism - PRNewswire

SANTA ANA Calif. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The kitchen in the café where Elizabeth Martinez serves as job coach for three young men with developmental disabilities is a showcase for true integration of people with disabilities into the work force. Alongside...

Having a B.L.A.S.T. at Bliss Academy - PRNewswire

LA VERNE, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities, finding an educational and nurturing environment is crucial. Bliss Academy brings a positive balance to these children through mind, body, and spirit. The vision was to...

Rental Market Unkind To Those With Developmental Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
As people with developmental disabilities increasingly live in community-based settings, a first-of-its-kind report is finding that they face a multitude of barriers in obtaining housing.

Gallaudet President Bobbi Cordano to Keynote AUCD 2017 - AUCD
Join us for the AUCD 2017 Conference opening plenary featuring keynote speaker Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., President of Gallaudet University. Cordano is a dynamic leader who became the 11th President of Gallaudet University in January 2016. She will discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.
September 6, 2017

Producer Cy Chermak Brings Attention this Month to 50th Anniversary of First TV Series About a Handicapped Hero in New Book - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Fifty years ago, on September 14, 1967, NBC-TV premiered Ironside, a new kind of cop show in which the protagonist was disabled – a police detective struck by a would-be assassin's bullet, paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair. For seven season...

Cold Stone Creamery Announces The Second Annual In-Store Fundraiser Benefiting Best Buddies International - PRNewswire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept.6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Cold Stone Creamery® ( announces the return of its nationwide Best Buddies International® Fundraising Promotion during the month of September in honor of its continued partnership with the Best Buddies organization,...

How A Mom Helped Her Son With Autism Fit In At High School - DisabiltyScoop
Nervous about how other students would receive her son with autism, one mom took to Facebook and found a heartening response.
September 5, 2017

Transforming Age and Full Life Care announce affiliation - PRNewswire

SEATTLE, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, one of the most established not-for-profit senior living organizations, Transforming Age, announced an affiliation with one of Washington State's only adult day health and in-home care not-for-profit organizations, Full Life Care. Their...

Analysis: Minority Students Often Left Out Of Special Ed - DisabiltyScoop
Despite broad concern that minorities are overrepresented in special education, new research suggests that the opposite may in fact be the case.

Model With Down Syndrome Expands Fashion Line - DisabiltyScoop
A model with Down syndrome will mark her return to New York Fashion Week with a new apparel collection.

Fate Of Teen With Disability In Limbo As Mom Faces Deportation - DisabiltyScoop
Time is running short for a mother who's facing deportation, which would bring an uncertain future for her teenage son with a disability.

Natural Balance® Pet Specialty Food Brand Teams up with Paralympian in Honor of National Guide Dog Month - PRNewswire

ORRVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As a longtime supporter of guide dog schools and founder of National Guide Dog Month, the Natural Balance® pet specialty food brand knows that the unique journey guide dog teams embark on deserves to be celebrated. To shine a light on one of...

Shoppers With Disabilities May Soon ‘Beam' Into Stores - DisabiltyScoop
Clothing retailer American Eagle is testing out new technology designed to allow those with disabilities to shop by "beaming" into participating locations.
September 1, 2017

Steve Hearst And California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom To Serve As Honorary Co-Chairs Of The 14th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle Presented By Pepsi-Cola - PRNewswire

SAN SIMEON, Calif., Sept. 1, 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...

Researchers: What We Know About Girls On The Spectrum ‘May Be Wrong' - DisabiltyScoop
Even though they score higher on tests of communication and social skills, girls with autism appear to struggle more than boys with the demands of everyday life.

App Bridges Gap Between Police, Those With Special Needs - DisabiltyScoop
A new smartphone app is alerting police officers with information about people with "invisible disabilities" in the hopes of better managing crisis situations.

Post-Harvey Assistance: Preparations needed for AT/DME to Houston - AUCD
A need for Assistive Technology (AT) - especially the subset of AT referred to as "Durable Medical Equipment (DME)" exists in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. As homes and neighborhoods flooded, many people were rescued without their AT/DME, or their equipment was lost or damaged in the flood. In addition, people may have developed new needs for AT/DME as a result of injuries sustained in the emergency. Currently, efforts are underway to assess people in shelters to identify their needs for AT/DME, identify a warehouse to store donated equipment, and identify safe transportation routes for delivering donated equipment.
August 31, 2017

Campus Suite Launches Accessibility and ADA-compliance Education Center - PRNewswire

CINCINNATI, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to changing federal requirements for school districts to make their websites ADA compliant, Campus Suite Academy has launched the School Website Accessibility Education Center. This free website contains a collection of resources for...

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