Experts ID 12 genes tied to developmental disorders | Medical-home care improves health in chronically ill children, study finds | Researchers develop tablet-based autism screening tool
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December 30, 2014
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Experts ID 12 genes tied to developmental disorders
British researchers have identified 12 genes associated with developmental disorders in children, which in turn lead to other conditions, including seizures, intellectual disability and heart deformity. The findings may bolster pediatric disease diagnosis by 10%, researchers wrote in Nature. Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (12/24)
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Medical-home care improves health in chronically ill children, study finds
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed children with complex chronic diseases who received care from a medical home were less likely to develop severe illness and visit an emergency department or be admitted to a hospital than those who were treated with usual care. HealthDay News (12/24)
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Researchers develop tablet-based autism screening tool
Researchers at Duke University are testing a tablet application to serve as a screening tool for autism. The app uses computer behavior analysis technology to analyze children's responses to the program. The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (12/26)
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Ill. school uses audiobooks to improve accessibility
Educators at an Illinois elementary school are using audiobooks to build engagement and vocabulary among students with learning disabilities. Through grants and community donations, the district has given students access to 80,000 audiobooks. Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.) (12/23)
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Inclusion classes help students make social connections
A North Dakota school offers one social-inclusion class for English-language learners and another for students with disabilities to help them connect with peers. Peer mentors work with the students for nine weeks on projects to build communication and social skills. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (12/24)
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Class helps students set behavioral, academic goals
An Illinois high school is offering a course to help students who struggle make better decisions. Co-taught by a social worker and a special-education teacher, it teaches students with disabilities about behavior and goal setting. The school is considering expanding the course to an elective available to all students. The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) (12/29)
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New resource for adults with disabilities debutsœ Jan. 5
UCP is set to launch a new resource for adults with a range of disabilities on Monday, Jan. 5. The new initiative, My Life Without Limits, is a natural companion to UCP's My Child Without Limits program, which was developed for parents of young children with disabilities. The dedicated website and online community,, will be devoted to topics of interest to transition-age young people as well as adults of all ages such as employment, health and relationships.
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There's still time to make a 2014 donation
UCP thanks you for your support, which makes possible the many resources we make available to people with disabilities such as the Life Labs, My Child Without Limits and the new My Life Without Limits programs. There is still time to make a donation in 2014 to take advantage of a tax deduction for those who qualify. There are a variety of ways you can help UCP make an impact on the lives of people with disabilities in 2015. Find out how.
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You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is."
-- Will Rogers,
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