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March 19, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • People with disabilities less likely to have jobs, data show
    People without disabilities were three times more likely to have jobs than those with disabilities, and 52% of workers with disabilities were paid less than $25,000 in the prior year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2008 to 2010. The report showed more than half of people with disabilities who were employed worked in four job areas: service; administrative support; sales; and management, business and finance. United Press International (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brain activity in autism changes with age, study finds
    Adults with autism registered substantially more brain activity than children with autism while looking at faces and doing social tasks, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found. The findings suggest that changes in brain activity continue as children with autism grow older. Disability Scoop (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • App converts warning sounds into visual alerts
    Five computer-science students at California State University Northridge won an annual coding contest by developing a free Android mobile-phone application that can translate noises such as sirens and crying babies into vibrations and flashing lights for individuals who are deaf. "Most people don't think about the needs of persons with disabilities when they're developing a product. I have to confess: I didn't before this competition," co-developer Matt Newbill said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bills would require closed-captioning at movie theaters, on airplanes
    Two federal bills seek to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act to make movie options more accessible for individuals who are deaf. One bill would require movie theaters with two or more screens to include closed captioning and visual descriptions to films, and the other bill would require the same accessibility features on in-flight videos. Disability Scoop (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Limited data on N.Y.C. inclusion effort shows promise
    The first 260 schools in New York that placed more students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms three years ago saw test scores rise, fewer discipline referrals and higher attendance than schools with students in self-contained settings, according to limited data released by the Department of Education. The data came as a result of a public records request by advocates of students with disabilities seeking more information about the state's inclusion program. (New York) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • National Development Disability Awareness Month continues
    March is National Development Disabilities Awareness Month, and UCP wants to know how you are observing it. Head on over to our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or read the latest issue of our Full Spectrum newsletter to find out how you can get involved -- and tell us what your plans are! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reminder: Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., April 15 to 17
    Next month, from April 15 to 17, the 2013 Disability Policy Seminar will take place in Washington, D.C. Hosted by UCP, The Arc, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the seminar is a great opportunity for advocates to advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides the opportunity to come together with other advocates, learn about the issues, and speak with your elected officials about what is important to you. Learn more about and sign up for the Disability Policy Seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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