Global deaths tied to preterm birth reach 1M annually | Autism detection less likely among minority students | Federal guidance addresses responsibility to students with impairments
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November 18, 2014
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Global deaths tied to preterm birth reach 1M annually
Premature birth was tied to more than 1 million global deaths annually, while childbirth complications contributed to an additional 720,000 deaths, according to a study in The Lancet. Researchers said most deaths tied to premature birth were found in the poorest countries. Dr. Shoo Lee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research said preterm birth is a leading cause of cerebral palsy. BBC (11/16), The Toronto Star (11/17)
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Autism detection less likely among minority students
The diagnostic rates of autism spectrum disorder among black and Hispanic students grew in all states and the District of Columbia, but were still well below the rates seen in white students, a study indicated. Researchers looked at how schools classified the students between 2000 and 2007. The results appear in the Journal of Special Education. HealthDay News (11/10)
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Assistive Technology
Sesame Phone enables people with disabilities to access handsets independently
An Israeli inventor has developed a smartphone for those with limited mobility, such as quadriplegics, that employs computer vision technology -- gesture and facial recognition -- that allows users to access applications by moving their heads. Oded Ben Dov and partner Giora Livne, who uses a wheelchair, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the Sesame Phone. Wired.com (11/11)
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MTA launches this year's App Quest contest for transit developers
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has unveiled its latest App Quest mobile reward contest, with AT&T offering $50,000 to developers with the most visionary applications for New York City transit. MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast says he wants developers to include provisions for riders with disabilities in their mobile designs to make city transit more accessible and efficient. WPIX-TV (New York City) (11/13)
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Va. school finds success with co-teaching model
A Virginia school implemented co-teaching more than two years ago. Educators say the model has helped students with disabilities access more advanced lessons, and helps facilitate more peer-to-peer interactions. Fauquier Now (Warrenton, Va.) (11/12)
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Students with disabilities gain job skills at Fla. hospital
Eleven students with disabilities enrolled in a Florida high school's transition program are working at a local hospital during the school's first year in the Project SEARCH program. Students arrive at the hospital on the school bus, take one hour of job-related lessons and spend five hours working -- often alongside a mentor -- during the day. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (11/16)
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USAID gives $2.2M to UCP for wheelchairs
UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), a subsidiary of UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, has received a $2.2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development and JSI Research & Training Institute to support a project that will improve and streamline the supply chain for wheelchairs worldwide and supply over 15,000 wheelchairs to those in need around the world. In collaboration with 10 international partners in Indonesia, Philippines, Romania, Nicaragua and several other nations, UCP will improve the quality, selection and volume of wheelchairs provided in each country by consolidating inventory from five international manufacturers in a single hub, so that a variety of locally appropriate wheelchairs can be acquired from a single location.
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Design-athon draws innovators
Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition drew a diverse crowd of creative innovators excited by the potential to solve everyday challenges faced by people with disabilities. More than 160 people from as far away as India, Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco registered to attend the three-day event in Washington, D.C. Ten teams competed to brainstorm and then rapidly prototype new technology for people with disabilities. The winning ideas included an app for people on the autism spectrum, a device to help with hand stability and a device to make it easier to latch public bathroom doors. Design-athon is an initiative of UCP's Life Labs, which fosters innovation in design and technology. Find out more about UCP, Life Labs and Design-athon online.
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It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
-- Edmund Hillary,
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About UCP
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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