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February 5, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Study finds lack of efficacy for psychological, dietary ADHD therapies
    A review of 54 studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed little evidence that nonpharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, such as psychological or dietary interventions, can reduce symptoms. Parents should not be discouraged because the findings only "demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff said. WebMD/HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • CDC awards $10.2M contract for disabilities research
    The CDC awarded RTI International a five-year, $10.2 million contract for research into the causes and prevalence of developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy. The research will support work by the Developmental Disabilities Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. WashingtonTechnology.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. nonprofit offers instruction on iPhone accessibility
    The Lighthouse of Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., offers instruction to people who are visually impaired on how to use the iPhone's accessibility features. The smartphone's standard features such as navigation, a currency reader and other voice-activated functions make it accessible right out of the box, said Eric Barrette, technology specialist at the Lighthouse of Broward. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Transitions 
  • Wash. focuses on addressing effects of "toxic stress"
    Washington state is charting a new path for improving educational outcomes for young children who have been exposed to toxic stress, including deprivation, abandonment, abuse and more. Such exposure can affect brain development and a child's school readiness, researchers say. State agency officials, researchers and educators are working together to launch and monitor pilot programs in early-childhood settings across the state in hopes of developing a national model. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Affiliate Mission Moment: UCP of Sacramento and Northern California
    In December 2012, the California Communications Access Foundation awarded UCP of Sacramento and Northern California a $25,000 grant to purchase assistive technology for its adult day programs. Using this grant, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California purchased 11 iPads, one SMART Table, and one SMART Board, which are being shared with the Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State to help reinforce behavior, build social skills, and increase math and communications skills. Read more about this grant. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCP's February newsletter
    Catch up on all the news from UCP in this month's newsletter. Learn about our Life Libs initiative, which focuses on identifying, developing and supporting ideas that make a difference for people with disabilities, the World Cerebral Palsy Day innovation contest (with a $25,000 prize!), tax information, Valentine's Day, and much more! Read the February newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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