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March 12, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Survey: Workers with disabilities face violence and ridicule
    According to data from the British Workplace Behavior Survey, more than 10% of workers with disabilities reported being physically attacked on the job, compared with less than 5% of those without disabilities. Researchers wrote in the journal Work, Employment and Society that employees with disabilities also were more likely than other employees to be insulted, ridiculed and intimidated at work. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows brain sees prosthetic devices as part of the body
    In a study of patients with spinal cord injuries, Italian researchers found that subjects incorporated the use of wheelchairs into their sense of their own bodies. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, augments previous studies of patients with prostheses and shows that altered sensory input leads people with prosthetic devices to make such tools part of their physical identity, say the authors. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Multi-sensory room aims to help children with disabilities
    The Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy Children's Center in Charlotte, N.C., is opening a Multi-Sensory Environment Room that uses sights, sounds and feelings to help strengthen the brains of children with disabilities. The facility, scheduled to open this week, will help children whose sensory symptoms affect their development. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interactive touch screens help Ind. students access learning
    A special-education cooperative in Indiana recently purchased interactive boards called Tap-its designed to increase access for students with disabilities. The device, which has a 42-inch touch screen, is adjustable to allow students in wheelchairs to access it more easily, and the screen is designed to respond to finger taps and assistive-technology devices. Kokomo Tribune (Ind.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How a N.J. school expanded for students with disabilities
    Extra resources, parent volunteers and more principal control over staffing have helped Quitman Street Renew School in Newark, N.J., expand following the closure of another school. About 25% of the school's prekindergarten to eighth-grade students receive special-education services, and the school offers various self-contained and inclusive classroom options. "We're preparing them as college-ready students, and in order to give them that opportunity, we must give them the opportunity to grow in a variety of settings," said special-education teacher Charlette Givens. The Hechinger Report (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. teens to practice life skills in new training center
    A $13 million complex, called LifeTown, is being planned in Livingston, N.J., to give people with developmental disabilities a place to practice life skills. A 45,000-square-foot simulated town includes a pharmacy, deli and theater. Local school officials say the center could help provide students with disabilities from private- and public-school settings with hands-on training. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Medtronic kicks off 8th annual Global Heroes program
    A collaborative effort between Twin Cities in Motion and Medtronic, the Global Heroes program seeks to honor dedicated runners by inviting them to run in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon events. Applications are now being accepted for this year. Learn more about this inspiring program and how you can get involved. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last chance to enter $25,000 innovation contest
    Are you, or is someone you know, an inventor? March 31, 2013 is the final deadline to submit your inventions to the World Cerebral Palsy Day's "Change my World in 1 Minute" contest. Inventors can create one of the three winning ideas -- a solar-powered wheelchair, a fold-up motorized wheelchair, and a documentary about cerebral palsy in the 21st century -- for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money and change the lives of people living with disabilities. Learn more and get involved today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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