Research findings could shape diagnosis of ADHD | Autism symptoms are common in children with Jacobsen syndrome | Report examines poverty among individuals with disabilities
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September 23, 2014
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Research findings could shape diagnosis of ADHD
Brain scans of children with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder suggest that key connections related to internal thought and focus are slower to mature in individuals with the disorder. Researches, who examined 275 children with ADHD and 481 without the disorder, say the findings could lead to new ways to diagnose ADHD. HealthDay News (9/15)
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Autism symptoms are common in children with Jacobsen syndrome
Research published in the journal Genetics in Medicine showed that eight out of 17 children diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Jacobsen syndrome met the criteria for autism spectrum disorder. The findings could give researchers more insight into each condition, the researchers said. KGTV-TV (San Diego) (9/17), Science World Report (9/17)
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Assistive Technology
More companies develop accessible products, services
More businesses are targeting individuals with disabilities with new products and services that potentially have universal appeal and accessibility. Google, for instance, is working to make its products accessible, with Google Glass working as a hands-free phone and Google Car that drives itself. (Canada) (9/17)
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Mobile app translates printed text to voice
A mobile application released last week reads printed text aloud and can translate it into Braille when users take a picture of the text. Developed through a partnership between the National Federation of the Blind and artificial-intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil, the app is available on Apple products and will be released for Android in a few months. Reuters (9/20)
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How one district meets the needs of students with disabilities
It takes a team of diverse professionals to meet the needs of students with disabilities, according to leaders in one California district. This article profiles how the district meets those needs. "In special education, we focus on the whole child, look for academic and nonacademic benefits and provide a continuum of therapeutic support that tie back into the focus on all his or her needs," said Carl Coles, the district's senior director of special education. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Calif.) (9/19)
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N.Y. commission to recommend disability employment policies
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an order creating the Employment First Commission, which will craft state policy to promote employment of workers with disabilities. The commission will make recommendations by March 1, and Cuomo set a tentative goal of increasing the employment rate for workers with disabilities by 5%. WSTM-TV (Syracuse, N.Y.)/The Associated Press (9/18)
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Almost 200M steps taken for people with disabilities
The STEPtember Challenge is quickly coming to a close with just more than one week to go. Thousands of participants have logged almost 200 MILLION steps to help raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. Even if you didn't register to take the challenge, you still have a chance to step up by donating to UCP's national team today.
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UCP and Student Veterans of America launch event series
UCP and the Student Veterans of America kick off "Engage: A Diverse Event Series" on Sept. 24 to engage youth and young adults with disabilities from ages 14-26 and veterans under the age of 35 in networking and learning about financial management, adaptive sports and disability and military history. The series of four events held at the National Youth Transitions Center in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian American History Museum will run through December. Visit the Voices of UCP blog for more.
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
-- Henry David Thoreau,
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