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October 2, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Parental rights at risk for adults with disabilities, report says
    A National Council on Disability report said state laws undermine the rights of adults with disabilities who become parents. Courts can consider disability in determining what is best for a child, the report said, and in two-thirds of states, courts can declare a parent unfit based solely on their disability. The report recommends more research and new state or federal laws to protect the rights of parents with disabilities. Disability Scoop (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • High-tech wheelchair is designed for young students with disabilities
    A new high-tech wheelchair in development at Imperial College London is designed for young children with disabilities who may have difficulty navigating a traditional wheelchair safely. The Assistive Robotic Transport for Youngsters -- or ARTY -- device features laser scanners and bump sensors that deliver information about its surroundings into computers mounted on the wheelchair. MIT Technology Review (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. patients with severe disabilities move to community settings
    Hundreds of people with severe disabilities who live in Georgia institutions are being relocated to community settings as the state joins several others in responding to federal pressure based on accusations of civil rights violations. There is concern that Georgia may end up warehousing people in group homes, much like it did in public hospitals, but the state has pledged to expand community services to help support these discharged patients so they do not end up homeless or back in an institution. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups call for federal action on restraint, seclusion in schools
    A coalition of more than 200 disability-advocacy groups is calling on Congress to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in the country's schools. "It is time for a national policy addressing restraint and seclusion in our schools for all children," according to a letter sent recently to the education committees of both houses. "America needs more than the current patchwork of state laws to ensure that every child is afforded protection." Disability Scoop (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Training programs prepare adults with autism for careers
    More adults with high-functioning autism are pursing white collar career paths, even though they face significant obstacles. Organizations such as Aspiritech and the nonPareil Institute prepare these job seekers for a competitive work environment and help build their social and lifestyle skills. The Huffington Post (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • UCP applauds National Forum on Disability Issues
    Last week, more than 500 people attended the only national event for the presidential campaigns on disability issues, with more than 1,000 people watching online, reported United Cerebral Palsy, one of the more than 80 sponsors of the National Forum on Disability Issues. The nonpartisan forum featured President Barack Obama's campaign surrogate Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., a disability rights advocate and son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and former Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign surrogate U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Also participating in the forum on behalf of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was Ohio State Rep. Nancy Garland (D-New Albany), and Sen. Brown's opponent, Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    There has been much discussion of the "American worker" in the U.S. presidential campaign, and while there are approximately five weeks in that contest, people have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about disability employment issues and the varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities throughout the month of October. The 2012 National Disability Employment Month theme -- A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do? -- focuses on the benefits of a diverse workforce that includes workers with disabilities, who represent a highly skilled talent pool. In honor of the month, you can find employment resources on the UCP website, and keep an eye out for special events and webinars advertised on our Twitter and Facebook page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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