U.S. preterm births drop, but experts urge lower rates | Changes in diagnostic criteria behind increase in autism cases | Unemployment drops for workers with disabilities
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November 11, 2014
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U.S. preterm births drop, but experts urge lower rates
A report by the March of Dimes showed the number of preterm births in the U.S. declined to 11.4% in 2013, marking the lowest rate in 17 years. However, the group gave the U.S. a grade of "C" as the rate is still well beyond its target of 9.6%. The findings were published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. HealthDay News (11/6)
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Changes in diagnostic criteria behind increase in autism cases
A Danish study highlighted a growth in the number of pediatric patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and pointed to changes in diagnostic standards and out-of-hospital diagnoses as key contributors to the increase. However, more studies are warranted to identify other factors contributing to the rise in cases of the disorder, researchers wrote in JAMA Pediatrics. HealthDay News (11/3)
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Specialized headset has navigation aids for visually impaired
Microsoft is testing in the U.K. its 3D Audio technology for the visually impaired that includes a bone conduction headset paired with a smartphone. Users hear audio cues that indicate they are coming up on specific locations, GPS route instructions and a ping to keep them on track. The Verge (11/6)
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Fla. group is ready to launch Field of Dreams project
Groups in West Melbourne, Fla., are ready to break ground on the Field of Dreams project, which will create the state's only all-access sports center for children and adults with disabilities. A coalition of private and public entities is participating in the project to build a soft-surface baseball field, playground area, basketball court, soccer field and miniature golf course. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (11/10)
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Tenn. district focuses on career training for students with disabilities
A Tennessee school district is transitioning from a vocational-schools model to a career-training model for students with disabilities. So far, the district has nine students working as interns through Project Search at a school-based restaurant or in government offices with help from teachers and job coaches. The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (11/10)
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Univ. of Maryland creates disability network, considers new minor
Grant money from Moving Maryland Forward helped the University of Maryland create the TerpAccess Disability Network to raise awareness of disability issues through events, advocacy training and an accessible website. It also will allow the school to explore offering an undergraduate disabilities studies minor or certificate program. The Diamondback (University of Maryland) (11/7), The Diamondback (University of Maryland) (11/7)
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Join Twitter Chat About Toys Gift Guide
Toys R Us recently released the Toys R Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for gifts for children with disabilities. The free guide is available in Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, as well as online in English and Spanish. Join Toys R Us and UCP for a live Twitter chat on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. EST to find out more and have your questions answered by the experts who tested and vetted the toys. Follow the hashtag #toysforall to participate. Read more about the toy guide on UCP's blog.
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#HalloweenWithoutLimits Contest Celebrates Creative Costumes
In October, UCP hosted a social media contest to find the most inventive, creative and limitless costume for children (or adults) with disabilities. More than 50 ingenious entries appeared on UCP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Katherine Talbott submitted her daughter Layna's costume. Her version of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz blew everyone away, earning more than 8,000 votes. The top five vote-getters, plus the "Most Creative Costume," chosen by the UCP National staff will each win a 5-lb. chocolate bar thanks to our partner, Hershey's Chocolate Company. Read more and see the winner's pictures on UCP's blog.
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The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."
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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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