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December 11, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Study: 50% of children with cerebral palsy have speech disorders
    Study data on Swedish children with cerebral palsy found 50% had a speech disorder and the type varied by CP subtype. According to the study in Acta Paediatrica, children with bilateral palsy and ataxic children were most likely to have speech disorders while those with dyskinetic cerebral palsy were more often nonverbal. MedWire News (U.K.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's Kindle
    The National Federation of the Blind is launching a protest against Amazon over its Kindle tablet and its proprietary book formats, saying those products are inaccessible to most people who cannot see or who cannot see and hear, Sean Cavanagh writes in this blog post. Amazon offers its own text-to-speech software for its products, but it does not allow the use of other software that offers features beyond reading the text aloud, such as text-to-Braille conversion. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report shows graduate rate increase for students with disabilities
    National graduation rates for students with disabilities increased by 2% from 2009 to 2010, according to the 2012 Disability Statistics Compendium, an annual report compiled at the University of New Hampshire. More than 250,000 students with disabilities graduated with a diploma, and another 60,000 earned certificates of completion. During the same time, the drop-out rate for students with disabilities also declined by 1.4%, representing more than 84,000 students. Disability Scoop (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Some siblings unprepared to care for adults with disabilities
    A nationwide survey by Easter Seals of 351 people who care for adult siblings with developmental disabilities offer a snapshot into the issues they face when serving as a caregiver. Many of the siblings said they were unprepared for the responsibility, while 30% said they receive no support from others. However, 80% of respondents reported a close bond with the sibling with disabilities, and half said the sibling had a positive effect on their lives. Disability Scoop (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • UCP calls for continued support of international disability treaty
    On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the U.S. Senate voted on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty that would serve as an important link between the United States and the international disability community and help to increase accessibility, opportunity and independence on a global scale. Unfortunately, the CRPD did not pass -- but UCP and a broad coalition of disability groups are working together to keep pushing for its passage. Learn more about UCP's work in support of the treaty. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • World CP Challenge thank-you video
    To commemorate the end of the first annual World Cerebral Palsy Challenge and express our gratitude to the more than 7,000 participants, UCP has put together a thank-you video highlighting their amazing accomplishments. The World CP Challenge raised nearly $800,000 worldwide through a month of fitness and fundraising, and totaled over 1 billion steps taken in support of those living with cerebral palsy. Watch the video and learn more about the World CP Challenge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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