Cerebral palsy doesn't seem to affect quality of life among teens | Parental training leads to improvements for children with autism | List highlights "best" and "worst" cities for individuals with disabilities
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October 14, 2014
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Cerebral palsy doesn't seem to affect quality of life among teens
U.K. researchers surveyed 13- to 17-year-olds with and without cerebral palsy across nine European regions and found that both groups reported similar quality of life scores. Teens with CP had a better attitude toward key aspects of life such as independence and self-perception. The findings appear in The Lancet. HealthDay News (10/7)
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Parental training leads to improvements for children with autism
Monthly training sessions on parent-child interactions among parents of children with autism led to greater improvements in children's attention and initiation, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Home visits by a specialist also reduced depression symptoms among parents. Disability Scoop (10/10)
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Volunteers tweak toys to help children with disabilities
Toy Tech in Knoxville, Tenn., is gearing up to redesign electronic toys so they can be given as holiday gifts to children with disabilities. Toys may have switches that are too small for children with disabilities to use, so volunteers add larger, more accessible switches on the outside. WATE-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (10/9)
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Groups work on making video games more accessible
Video gamers are working to adapt the latest games so players with disabilities can participate. Steve Spohn of nonprofit AbleGamers said the goal is to make it possible for people with disabilities to play games, not necessarily to compete. While progress is being made, he said, it also is important to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the new accessible games. Joystiq.com (10/10)
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Conn. renews efforts to help people with disabilities get jobs
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy reconvened the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities to help more people with disabilities get jobs. His liaison to the disability community, Jonathan Slifka, chairs the committee and said he wants to show businesses that hiring people with disabilities is a good business practice and to evaluate best practices to promote hiring. The Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration) (10/11)
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Coffee-shop project teaches multiple skills to students with disabilities
Students with disabilities run a popular morning coffee shop for staff and students at their Virginia high school in a weekly project that teaches life and academic skills. "We were looking for a way to teach job skills, soft skills, social and academic skills," teacher Barbara Eanes said. "We wanted to make it really meaningful for the kids." The News Leader (Staunton, Va.) (tiered subscription model) (10/9)
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Enter UCP's #HalloweenWithoutLimits Costume Photo Contest
United Cerebral Palsy is hosting a social media contest to find the most inventive, creative and limitless costume for children (or adults) with disabilities. Submit your photos on our Facebook page or via Twitter (@UCPNational) until Thursday, Oct. 30 at midnight EST using the #HalloweenWithoutLimits hashtag. Throughout the month, we'll encourage people to vote by "liking," "commenting" on, "sharing," "favoriting" and "retweeting." On Halloween we'll announce the fan favorites -- the top five online vote-getters. Winners will be featured in UCP's next Full Spectrum e-newsletter on Nov. 3 along with our staff pick for most creative costume. Winners will receive a treat from Hershey's Chocolate! Read more.
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Enabled by Design-athon: D.C. Edition kick-off event features Universal Design expert
John P.S. Salmen, a leading expert in the field of Universal Design and president of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. in Washington D.C., will be joining Adrienne Biddings, policy counsel for Google, and others at Enabled by Design-athon: D.C. Edition on Nov. 5. Register now. for this dynamic event encouraging innovation by designers, inventors, hackers and makers for the benefit of people with disabilities. The Design-athon, an initiative of UCP's Life Labs, kicks off with a free event at the MLK Memorial Library with a round of lightning talks from these noted experts and a social hour at a nearby venue. Then, at a two-day design workshop at Google's D.C. offices, teams will compete to come up with designs and prototypes for inventions designed for people with disabilities.
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
American writer
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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.

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