Pediatrics group updates developmental disabilities guidelines | Review: Evidence supports behavioral therapies for autism | Study: How gesturing improves language acquisition
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August 26, 2014
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Pediatrics group updates developmental disabilities guidelines
Doctors should use genetic testing when possible to help identify the cause of a child's intellectual or developmental disability to give the most appropriate treatment, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' updated guidelines published in the journal Pediatrics. Doctors also should work to help connect families with developmental services and special education. Disability Scoop (8/25)
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Review: Evidence supports behavioral therapies for autism
Research increasingly supports the benefits of behavioral therapies -- particularly early, intensive therapies based on applied behavior analysis -- for children with autism, according to a review for the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Along with ABA-based approaches, cognitive, play-based and social-skills interventions all show promise, according to the report. Disability Scoop (8/21)
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Assistive Technology
CP app helps people share experiences anonymously
Frantz Alexis developed the Candor CP application so he could connect with other people who have cerebral palsy. He did not feel comfortable using other social media sites to talk about some of the more private issues related to CP, so the app lets people be anonymous. The Huffington Post/The Blog (8/21)
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Students create clothing tailored for people with disabilities
Students working in the MIT Open Style Lab are creating specialized clothing that meets the needs of people with amputations, injuries and disabilities. Companies that make accessible clothing often focus on the elderly, so the MIT lab is designing more formal clothing for people to wear to work. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (8/23)
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Physician has insight into struggles that children with CP face
Dr. Kathleen Friel of the Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery knows first-hand that children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with daily activities. Friel, who has cerebral palsy, runs a camp for children with CP that teaches skills using games and activities and uses noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation to help initiate movement. (White Plains, N.Y.) (8/21)
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University program gives students full college experience
Students with intellectual disabilities will be able to experience the whole spectrum of college life at Concordia University Wisconsin. The two-year program will include courses aligned with an adult life-skills and careers-preparation program, plus a range of regular campus activities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (8/21)
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Change the world in one minute
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people with disabilities and their families. It's designed to gather ideas from people around the world and to make the best of those ideas a reality! Simply think of an idea for something that can change the world of a person with a disability and post it on the World Cerebral Palsy Day website as a video or text that can be viewed or read in one minute. Do this by Oct. 31, 2014, and you could win an Apple iPad or a cash prize from a pool of $30,000. Find out more and enter online.
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UCP Seguin volunteers show support for veterans
UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago paid a visit to The Moving Wall as it passed through Illinois in August. The Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been touring the U.S. for 30 years. UCP Seguin's Community Connections program jumped in to provide some of the volunteers needed to ensure a meaningful experience for local veterans. The volunteers, including people with disabilities, helped loved ones locate the names of friends and family on the exhibit. The Community Connections program helps people with disabilities give back to their community. UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy, serves 1,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout the Greater Chicago area.
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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

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