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December 18, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Study: Parents of children with disabilities have higher BP
    Parents who care for children with developmental disabilities had more stress, less social support and higher blood pressure rates than those raising children without disabilities, according to a study in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities. Researchers said the report "reinforces the notion that caregiving is hazardous to one's health" and emphasize the need for more support services for caregivers. Disability Scoop (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Device gives students with limited mobility control over tablets
    Georgia Tech engineers have created a device, called Access4Kids, to help students whose disabilities prevent them from performing the pinching and swiping motions needed to access most tablet computers. The device straps to an individual's arm or wheelchair and uses a sensor system to translate users' movements. Engadget (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital Braille device gets modern upgrade
    Perkins Products, a company affiliated with the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., has combined its mechanical Braille typewriter invented in 1951 with a computer. Called a Smart Brailler, it now includes tutorials, a computer screen to display letters being typed and a text-to-speech feature. "It gives the teacher of the visually impaired, the sighted classroom teacher, the parent, a window into Braille," JoAnn Becker, trainer and technology support specialist for ­Perkins Products, said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Texas middle school supports inclusion through agriculture program
    Students with and without disabilities at Lincoln Middle School in San Angelo, Texas, are working together in the school's new agricultural science program. The FARM program -- Fostering Acceptance, Respect and Maturity -- that pairs students with disabilities with general-education students aims to provide more opportunities for inclusive education and social-skills development. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Small classes help student with learning disabilities succeed
    Classes with a 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio and individualized learning were among the accommodations that helped one student with multiple learning disabilities stay on track to graduate from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., teachers and parents say. "Holly's reading level was very low," said Becky Owens, director of Wesleyan's Enrichment Center. "She was a little resistant to teaching, because in a small student environment, you can't get by with anything." The High Point Enterprise (N.C.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UCP News 
  • 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway
    UCP Wheels for Humanity refurbishes donated wheelchairs and hand fits them to children and adults with disabilities in developing nations; they've helped more than 50,000 people gain increased mobility and dignity. UCP Wheels is currently a finalist in United MileagePlus's 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway. Please help spread the word and vote for them every day now through Dec. 25 to help them earn airline miles to send staff and volunteers around the world to help others live life without limits. Vote now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Finding the Perfect Gift
    UCP knows that with the holidays upon us, children are looking forward to opening that perfect gift. But for families and friends, figuring out what that perfect gift is can be challenging. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help you make a selection based on the child's abilities and developmental age to provide them with a gift they are sure to love. Learn more and check out some gift-giving guides in UCP's Full Spectrum December newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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