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February 26, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Rule removes proof mandate for job seekers with disabilities
    A final rule from the Office of Personnel Management says job applicants with disabilities no longer will have to provide a certificate of readiness from a medical professional or rehabilitation specialist as proof they are able to do the work. Federal agencies hired 18,000 applicants with disabilities in 2011, an increase of 9% from 2010. Government Executive (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apps help students communicate and decipher emotions
    Mobile-device applications can help children with disabilities in a variety of ways, including building confidence for social interactions and bolstering communication. For instance, a free Apple app, Touch and Learn -- Emotions, helps students ages 3 and older use pictures to learn about emotions. USA Today (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
    ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose conditions, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has built-in GPS and wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications and computers for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Deadline approaching for the World CP Day Innovation Contest
    Could you, or someone you know, invent a solar-powered electric wheelchair, or a waterproof electric wheelchair? Or film a documentary about people who live with cerebral palsy? Then you should participate in the World Cerebral Palsy Day innovation contest and compete for $25,000 in prize money! With the goal of changing the world for people living with disabilities, the innovation contest's deadline is March 31. So get excited, start inventing and share your ideas with us! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disability Policy Seminar in April
    From April 15 to 17, United Cerebral Palsy and AAIDD, The Arc, AUCD, NACDD and SABE will hold the 2013 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of advocates and experts attend this event each year to discuss disability policy issues including Medicaid, Social Security, the budget debates, employment and education. Join us for two days of in-depth sessions and visits to congressional offices and make your voices heard! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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