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January 29, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Schools must include students with disabilities in sports
    Schools must make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities seeking to compete in after-school sports, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week in a letter intended to clarify federal laws on inclusion. For example, schools can use a flashing light as a race starter for a runner who is deaf or hard of hearing, department officials wrote. "It's really affording them access to terrific social situations that will hopefully break down some of the barriers and discrimination we've seen in the past," said Lindsay Jones of the Council for Exceptional Children. USA Today (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile technology offers more accessibility options
    A variety of assistive applications and features for individuals with disabilities have been developed for Apple and Android devices. Apple's devices, such as iPad, offer accessible features, such as VoiceOver, that speaks about the item being touched on the screen. Google has introduced new features in its latest Android operating systems, such as TalkBack, which also describes what a person is touching on screen. Digital Trends (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More parents provide independent homes for adults with disabilities
    Six families with adult children with disabilities have formed a nonprofit to build and staff an independent living home for their children. Nationwide, parents with similar circumstances are creating nonprofits or partnerships with churches, universities and other agencies to provide arrangements for their children. "And as government continues to shrink, it becomes even more important that families look at other sustainable models," Tony Paulauski of the Arc of Illinois said. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. bill would require psychologists in all public schools
    A bill introduced by state Representative Jerry Govan would require all public schools in South Carolina to have a full-time school psychologist. There are only about 550 school psychologists for the state's 1,200 public schools, but Govan offers the bill as an alternative to other school safety measures. "I think it stands a better chance of saving lives than arming teachers in schools," Govan said. WJBF-TV (Augusta, Ga.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • UCP's January Brave Kids Newsletter
    Catch up with UCP's Brave Kids, a new initiative that serves children and youth with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses by providing a support community, information and resources, in their January newsletter. Learn about healthier lifestyles, accessible video games, and how to help BraveKids continue their important work. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An Inspiring "Mission Moment" from Kansas City
    UCP of Greater Kansas City was highlighted in the monthly "Mission Moment" feature for their work with 17-year-old Eagle Scout Brendan Perlinger. For his final Eagle Scout project, Brendan raised more than $1,300 and collected household goods to donate to UCP of Greater Kansas City's new Integral Senior Living settings. Brendan's selfless work has helped many in his community, and is truly the personification of living a life without limits. Read more about Brendan's efforts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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