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January 22, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Disability advocates say Medicaid is slow to fix equipment
    Getting Medicaid to fix wheelchairs and other medical equipment is a slow and hassle-filled process, according to program beneficiaries with disabilities and their families and advocates. Medicaid said it will investigate the claims, but Les Halpert of the International Center for the Disabled said the problem is systemic and the program lacks sufficient resources. Daily News (New York) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Website rates 17,000 venues for accessibility
    An accessibility rating website, and accompanying smartphone applications, called, allows users to list and rate travel accommodations and public spaces according to their accessibility. Created by the Rick Hansen Foundation in British Columbia, the site began as a way to assist travelers with disabilities coming to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics and has grown, so far, into ratings for 17,000 locations. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App aids in speech exercises outside of formal therapy
    A new smartphone application called Fluently helps individuals with speech disorders, such as stuttering or articulation issues, practice speech exercises outside of formal therapy sessions. Developed by Tufts University junior Jack McDermott and based on his 15 years of being in speech therapy, the app provides a visual cue to help users know when they stutter or when they need to slow their speech to aid in pronunciation. BostInno (Boston) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mayo Clinic program benefits siblings of children with disabilities
    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has created a safe space for siblings of children with disabilities to talk with others in similar situations about what it's like living with a sibling with a chronic medical condition or developmental disability. "They feel this incredible strength, this kind of unity with the other siblings who are there who say 'I know exactly how you feel. That happens to us in our house,' " Mayo Clinic social worker Kelli Passalacqua said. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kennedy Center accommodates sensory issues at special performances
    The Kennedy Center is following a national trend among theaters by offering special musical performances for children with autism and sensory processing issues. Among the accommodations the Kennedy Center is making: selling only half of the seats to allow children the space to move, having music selections vetted by experts and keeping the house lights low. The center also publishes a digital storybook to prepare children for the routines of going to the theater. The Washington Post (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  UCP News 
  • UCP's 2013 Annual Conference
    From April 25 to 27, United Cerebral Palsy will hold its 2013 Annual Conference, "Redefining Family: Supporting the New Caregiver Community" in San Diego, Calif. This international gathering of the UCP affiliate network will explore the changing role of families in the lives of individuals with disabilities, as well as in the UCP network. The 2013 UCP Annual Conference will explore today's dynamic and changing family model and the ways in which UCP and its affiliate network can best continue to provide and adapt to the needed support and resources people with disabilities and their families need. Learn more about the 2013 Annual Conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disability community holds inaugural ball
    UCP joined the American Association of People with Disabilities, Disability Power & Pride, The Arc, and the National Council on Independent Living in hosting the Disability Community Inaugural Ball on Saturday, Jan. 19 to celebrate President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the ball provided a chance for hundreds of people with disabilities to come together as a community, be involved in the national political scene, and have fun. Read more about the Disability Community Inaugural Ball. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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