U.S. sees increasing number of youths with disabilities | UCP among groups critical of health insurer policies | Group calls for closer oversight of wages for workers with disabilities
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August 19, 2014
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U.S. sees increasing number of youths with disabilities
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of non-institutionalized children with disabilities rose by 16%, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Physical disabilities in individuals aged 17 and younger dropped 12% during the study period, but the rate of neurodevelopmental or mental disabilities increased by 21%. USA Today (8/18)
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UCP among groups critical of health insurer policies
United Cerebral Palsy was among more than 300 organizations that told Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell that some health insurance policies adversely affect people with serious medical conditions. Among the concerns are policies that would shift more of the cost of medications to patients and limit choices of physicians and hospitals. Fox Business/The Associated Press (8/18)
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Group calls for closer oversight of wages for workers with disabilities
The National Disability Rights Network is asking its member agencies to review the records of employers who have received federal permission to pay subminimum wages to individuals with disabilities. The option comes with strict procedures, and the network is asking agencies to report any violations to the U.S. Department of Labor. Disability Scoop (8/15)
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IoT devices may have big impact on people with disabilities
Sensor technologies, often linked to wireless applications, are one way the Internet of Things may help people with disabilities. Examples of IoT tech include iBeacons, which help vision-impaired shoppers, and the MIT Media Lab's development of connected insoles, which use vibrations to help people navigate a route without needing to glance at a smartphone for directions. CMSWire.com (8/18)
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Project SEARCH helps expand students' jobs skills
Students with disabilities in a Georgia county have opportunities to hone their job skills in a school-to-work program that brings local schools and businesses together for job mentoring. Students in the Project SEARCH program spend a year rotating through internships in three skill areas. The Daily Tribune News (Cartersville, Ga.) (8/16)
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Forum highlights challenges for students with disabilities
Special education classes and community access were two big issues at a California State University forum for high-school students with disabilities. Attendee Zac Campbell of Auburn, Calif., said students get frustrated when they are placed in special ed classes even though they can perform at the same level as mainstream students. Auburn Journal (Calif.) (8/17)
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World CP Day winners announced
Engineers and innovators from around the world have rallied for World Cerebral Palsy Day to create customizable and stylish solutions to help people with disabilities lead more independent lives. The top prize for the Change my World in 1 Minute Invent It competition goes to the Strider, an advanced mobility aid system, with hands-free operation, hydraulically assisted sitting and standing, exoskeleton attachment, adaptable suspension and a high-tech streamlined look. Strider is the creation of childhood friends Emmanouil Michellis of Greece and Alexander Mathioudakis who works at the University of Connecticut in the U.S.
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First Hand Foundation offers funds for children
It can be difficult for parents of children with disabilities to find the funds necessary to pay for all their child's medical needs, even when they are connected with first-rate service providers such as affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy. The First Hand Foundation attempts to bridge the gaps in health systems for children in need by funding clinical necessities such as medication, therapy and surgery, medical equipment and travel necessary to secure a child's care. This valuable resource for funding distributes 100% of donations to children in need, directly assisting individuals. You can find more information and apply on their website.
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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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