Follow-up calls boost developmental-screening outcomes | Jobless rate hits 12.8% for people with disabilities | Md. disabilities panel to update governor on training plan
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September 9, 2014
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Follow-up calls boost developmental-screening outcomes
Only 20% of children with abnormal developmental-screening results were referred to early-intervention services, but referral rates rose to 50% when providers started following up with phone calls, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. When standardized developmental-screening procedures are combined with follow-up calls, doctors "were less likely to use the 'wait and see' approach and were more likely to make appropriate referrals," researchers said. Disability Scoop (9/2)
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Jobless rate hits 12.8% for people with disabilities
The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate among people with disabilities was 12.8% in August, up from 12.1% in July. The increase was partly attributed to a higher overall number of people with disabilities included in the data. Disability Scoop (9/5)
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Assistive Technology
S'up spoon adapted to shaky eaters
The S'up spoon was created by 4c Design to give greater independence to people with conditions that affect their motor control, such as cerebral palsy. The spoon features a deeper cavity than a regular spoon that partially extends into the handle, allowing for better control by shaky hands. Gizmag (9/2)
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Study: Tablets help boost language skills for students with autism
The use of tablets equipped with a speech-generating tool could help enhance language skills among children with autism, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Researchers found that those children who were able to use the device while undergoing therapy had significant improvements in their language skills. Disability Scoop (9/4)
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Analysis reveals regional variance in inclusion rates
U.S. Department of Education data show that on average about 37% of students with autism spend at least 80% of the school day in inclusive settings, according to a recent study. However, data show inclusion rates vary by state, with students in western states more likely to attend general-education classes. Disability Scoop (9/8)
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Mo. students prepare, serve casserole dishes to homeless
Students in Florissant, Mo., are addressing hunger in their community as they work together to help feed the homeless. The volunteers, who all have disabilities of their own, meet monthly to prepare enchilada casserole dishes and sometimes shop for the ingredients together. "A lot of time at this school, they focus on the things the students can't do. I wanted to do something that would empower them," said Sonja Conley, a social worker who started the casserole program. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (9/3)
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