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November 6, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • More workers with disabilities held jobs in October
    The unemployment rate for workers with disabilities fell in October, the U.S. Department of Labor reported recently. The jobless rate for people with disabilities declined from 13.5% in September to 12.9% in October. These numbers include individuals who are 16 and older and who do not live in institutions. Disability Scoop (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Columbia University CP center will treat patients of all ages
    Debby and Peter Weinberg donated $7 million to help create the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center, a facility geared toward research and education while providing care for cerebral palsy patients of all ages. The Weinbergs' son was diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy as an infant and although CUMC cared for him then, the couple found fewer care options as the boy approached adulthood. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • College supports adaptive technology for those with disabilities
    The Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College provides adaptive technology and other services to students with disabilities. The center last week held an event to raise awareness about assistive technology in honor of the school's installation in a campus theater of a "hearing loop," which aims to help improve lectures and performances for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, by minimizing ambient noise. The Bellevue Reporter (Wash.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Self-advocacy is important for college students with disabilities
    Unlike K-12 schools, colleges and universities are not required to identify students with disabilities but instead rely on students to notify disability services and seek accommodations. Colleges expect that students will work with disability officers and professors to determine the necessary accommodations. "Transition to college can be very difficult for these students, so being a self-advocate is huge," said Karmen Ten Napel, a disabilities specialist at Morningside College. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
    The incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of Americans along the Eastern seaboard. The thoughts of the entire UCP network are with those who have been affected by this massive storm, particularly our northeast affiliates and the communities they serve. Individuals with disabilities often are disproportionately affected during times of disaster. A variety of barriers may already exist, such as lack of transportation and inaccessible buildings, and other barriers are either created or worsened by the disaster itself. Our UCP affiliates were well prepared for Hurricane Sandy -- but the loss of power, flooding and infrastructure problems have made providing services and ensuring the safety of their clients that much more difficult. Their commitment and dedication to both their clients and staff is remarkable, and yet characteristic of how our affiliates rise to meet each occasion or adversity. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get out and vote
    For those who haven't voted early, today is Election Day. Looking for resources on voting with a disability in your state? Find a list of resources categorized by state and be sure to also keep these 2012 Election Day hotlines, contacts and other resources on hand should you need them. Need to find your polling place, voter ID, or check your registration status? Select your state from the map or drop-down menu to learn about voting with up-to-date information from your state's elections. No matter your choice for office, be sure to make your voice heard and submit your vote! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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