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August 28, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Mass. dual eligibles plan will cover adults with disabilities
    Massachusetts is the first state to adopt a health insurance program for dual eligibles that may affect 110,000 adults with disabilities. The program, created under the Affordable Care Act, calls for dual eligibles to be put into private insurance plans that contract with the state. Some groups, including some disability advocates, are concerned the program is being implemented too quickly and too widely. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (8/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CP rep says he is "blessed" to speak for others who cannot
    Representing cerebral palsy is exciting but also a special responsibility, says Todd Pitre, the Cerebral Palsy telethon poster representative for Lafourche Parish in Louisiana. Pitre said that while his limitations can be challenging, he has become more conscious of people who are less fortunate and he is "blessed to be able to speak for people with cerebral palsy that can't speak at all." Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.) (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Grant to help nonprofit increase accessibility of books, graphics
    The nonprofit Bookshare has been awarded a $32 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to convert more books into versions accessible to those with visual and other disabilities and help make math and graphics in the published works more accessible. The funding is in addition to another $32 million grant awarded in 2007 to the group for converting titles into accessible digital formats. Education Week/On Special Education blog (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Selecting education programs for students with disabilities
    Three mothers of students with disabilities in this interview discuss their search for the right academic programs for their children and some of the obstacles they have faced along the way. From meeting with educators about their children's individualized education programs to paying for therapy and services, they discuss their own experiences as another school year begins. National Public Radio (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Farm stand is learning opportunity for students of all abilities
    Students with and without disabilities from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill., are learning vocational and other skills as part of a project that has them growing and selling vegetables at a local farm stand. The profits are reinvested in the venture from year to year, said former teacher and current volunteer Alyson Beucler, who started the program. "There are probably about 25 of the kids that come out and work regularly and then they also have flower gardens in the front of the school too that they take care of," she said. WLS-TV (Chicago) (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Step up for the World CP Challenge
    The World CP Challenge is a month-long team activity that begins the first week of September. The CP Challenge, which encourages a fun and healthy way to reach fitness goals and will also improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy, is set to begin next week on Sept. 4 -- World Cerebral Palsy Day -- and will run through Oct. 2. Will you step up to the Challenge and help make a difference? Watch this short video about the Challenge and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Invite the candidates to the National Forum on Disability Issues
    On Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio, UCP -- along with more than 60 disability and aging organizations -- will be co-sponsoring the National Forum On Disability Issues. The event will feature the 2012 presidential candidates and contenders for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio. Remind these candidates why disability issues are important to you and the community of 57 million people living with disabilities in the U.S. Learn more and submit your invite. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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