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March 5, 2013
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  Disability Update 
  • Governors work to increase jobs available for people with disabilities
    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, chairman of the National Governors Association, said he and other governors are working on ways to help states and businesses increase the number of jobs available for people with disabilities. He told the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that there have been more than 50 meetings with experts, along with roundtable discussions on ways to increase jobs, and that he plans to hold two regional NGA summits over the next few months that will focus on best practices. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Children with disabilities lack dental care
    Children with developmental disabilities have higher rates of oral disease than those found in the general population, but many physicians and dentists lack the skills to provide needed care, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics report published online in Pediatrics. These children also face barriers to care, such as a fear of being touched, or financial or insurance issues that prevent them from getting treatment, the report said. Medscape (free registration) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Video games could be useful tool in dyslexia instruction
    Action-based video games may help children with dyslexia increase reading speeds and test scores, according to recent research. Researchers found that students who played a Wii action video game for 12 hours over several days had higher reading speeds, compared with children who did not play an action game. Study author Andrea Facoetti noted that these findings offer another possible tool for educators to use in a comprehensive approach to teaching students with dyslexia. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. program teaches literacy skills to individuals with Down syndrome
    GiGi's Playhouse, a 2-year-old program in Machesney Park, Ill., teaches children and adults with Down syndrome how to communicate through mobile devices and sign language, social and self-care skills, and how to read at no cost to the 175 families who participate in the program. Ben Lenell, 18, who has several developmental disabilities, learned how to communicate using an iPad application at the center. "Learning sign language, and the socialization that GiGi's offers, has been a real blessing," said his mother, Lynn Lenell. Rockford Register Star (Ill.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
    March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and organizations across the nation will be planning special events to raise public awareness about the contributions and potential of those living with a disability. Learn more about how you can get involved in our March newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Certain Proof: A Question of Worth"
    On Sunday, March 3, the documentary "Certain Proof" will share the story of three children living with disabilities who are struggling to achieve a life without limits. Tune in at 8 p.m. on the STARZ Kids and Family Channel to watch Kay, Josh and Colin's emotional stories and share your own story with us. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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