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February 19, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Obama calls on Congress to act to avoid cutting programs
    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass a short-term budget deal by March 1 to avoid deep cuts to special education and other services for individuals with disabilities. The automatic cuts, known as sequestration, would total $1.2 trillion over 10 years and affect various areas, including mental-health services and special-education jobs. Disability Scoop (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 13 states to get federal money for disability housing project
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving almost $98 million to 13 states to pay for approximately 3,530 rental housing units for people with disabilities who need help living independently. State housing officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services and Medicaid to identify eligible individuals, many of whom may be moving from institutional settings. Disability Scoop (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Educator uses technology to teach self-sufficiency
    Kentucky special-education teacher Shannon Putman uses sensory strategies and technology to teach students with communication disorders how to interact independently with the world. Through mobile applications and touch screen computers, students can write blogs, send messages during class to parents or use portable communication systems to shop for school supplies. T.H.E. Journal (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. district to expand its transitional work-skills program
    Orange County Public Schools in Florida has 94 students with disabilities working at eight sites where district officials say they are learning job skills that can help lead to income after they become too old to attend the special-education program. The district plans to add seven more sites next year to serve more students. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • From the Medical Director's Desk
    Read up on the latest in medical news from Dr. James Blackman, medical director of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation, and research consultant for UCP. As part of Dr. Blackman's series of research briefs for UCP, the latest installment focuses on mental health and cerebral palsy. Read this post, or check out other topics Dr. Blackman has focused on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCP's Resource Guide
    For more than 60 years, United Cerebral Palsy has accumulated knowledge of disability issues -- and connecting individuals, families and communities with these resources and services helps to fulfill our mission of advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities. Check out our One-Stop Resource Guide for answers to commonly asked questions, visit My Child Without Limits for information resources for families of children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and learn about the My Child Without Limits Support Community and connect with other families of young children with disabilities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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