Siblings of children with autism may show symptoms by 18 months | Md. seeks to improve care for foster children with disabilities | Phytochemical from broccoli may help reduce autism symptoms
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October 21, 2014
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Siblings of children with autism may show symptoms by 18 months
About 20% of younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder will develop the disorder by age 3, and 57% of these will show symptoms by age 18 months, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found. Disability Scoop (10/20), New Haven Register (Conn.) (10/15)
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Md. seeks to improve care for foster children with disabilities
Maryland health officials outlined five steps aimed at improving coordination among agencies that govern group homes for foster children with disabilities. It also created a task force to recommend improving services for adults with disabilities. The Baltimore Sun (10/19)
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Phytochemical from broccoli may help reduce autism symptoms
The use of sulforaphane, a compound extracted from broccoli, was associated with improvements in social behaviors among 13- to 30-year-old men with moderate to severe autism, researchers found. However, one-third of participants who received a daily dose of sulforaphane had no improvements in their symptoms, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (10/13)
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Tablets help bring independence to students with disabilities
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School officials in a Minnesota district say one-to-one technology is giving students with disabilities more independence in their learning and improved access to grade-level material. Educators are using various applications to differentiate lessons and remove learning barriers. The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/18)
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Researchers explore workforce barriers for students with autism
Researchers at the University of Kentucky are using a $693,000 National Institute of Mental Health grant to help students with autism transition from public schools to jobs. The program will help identify barriers for young adults during the transition and pinpoint which services can improve the transition to work. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (10/19)
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Minn. district expands peer mentoring
A Minnesota school district is expanding its peer-mentoring program to help students gain social skills and empathy. In the Peer Power program, general-education students partner with students who have autism or other disorders. School officials say both student groups benefit from the programs. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/15)
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Disability Employment Awareness Campaign features R.J. Mitte in PSA
UCP Celebrity Youth Ambassador and actor ("Breaking Bad") R.J. Mitte is just one of nine people with various disabilities who are happily working in their chosen fields in a new public service announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment. Created to complement the annual campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, the PSA will roll out to television stations nationally starting this month. As a partner in the campaign, UCP will be distributing a branded version of the PSA to affiliates and featuring it on our Voices of UCP blog. It is also available in English and Spanish on YouTube under the title "Who I Am PSA."
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Enter UCP's #HalloweenWithoutLimits Costume Photo Contest
United Cerebral Palsy is hosting a social media contest to find the most inventive, creative and limitless costume for children (or adults) with disabilities. Submit your photos on our Facebook page or Twitter (@UCPNational) until Thursday, Oct. 30 at midnight EDT using the #HalloweenWithoutLimits hashtag. Throughout the month, we'll encourage people to vote by "liking," "commenting" on, "sharing," "favoriting" and "retweeting." On Halloween, we'll announce the fan favorites -- the top five online vote-getters. Winners will be featured in UCP's next Full Spectrum e-newsletter on Nov. 3 along with our staff pick for most creative costume. Winners will receive a treat from Hershey's Chocolate! Read more.
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