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November 20, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Positive parenting benefits children with disabilities
    Children with disabilities who were raised in households that used positive parenting showed more independence and improved language skills than peers raised with a different parenting style, an analysis of studies showed. Researchers said that positive parenting was also linked to better emotional expression, social skills and temperament. The findings appear in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities. Disability Scoop (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocates seek penalty-free savings for individuals with disabilities
    Advocates for individuals with disabilities are lobbying Congress to pass a bill that would create a special savings account and allow those with disabilities to save up to $100,000 without losing government benefits. Known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, the bill has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, and supporters hope it will be voted on by the end of the year. Disability Scoop (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC unit asks mHealth Task Force to assist underserved people
    The Consumer Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission has issued recommendations to the FCC and its mHealth Task Force to attend to the needs of people with disabilities and underserved individuals. The committee calls on the members of the Task Force to ensure the health-related staff of the FCC, as well as its health care director, are "aware of the specific needs of underserved populations, including the access needs of individuals with disabilities." Healthcare Informatics online (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Google apps not fully compatible with many assistive devices
    Individuals with disabilities are not able to fully access popular Google apps, such as GoogleDocs, GMail and Calendar, according to the Access Technology Higher Education Network. Although some improvements have been made for Google programs to work with assistive technologies, challenges still exist, especially for those with visual impairments, the group reported. eCampus News (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students who are nonverbal learn to communicate with iPads
    Over a three-year period, students with autism, who are nonverbal, increased their attention span up to five minutes by using free and low-cost mobile applications on iPads and other tablet devices to communicate with teachers and peers. Students used the apps to point to pictures and words to communicate ideas ranging from what snack they wanted to answering "yes" and "no." Some critics warn that such devices are a good starting point but could further isolate children who already struggle to socialize. The Toronto Star (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Transitions 
  • Stakeholders come together for Disability Mentoring Day
    Nearly 100 high-school students with disabilities in the Pittsburg, Kan., area participated in Disability Mentoring Day, where they talked to representatives from colleges and local companies about potential careers. Students also received advice on career topics, such as job-interview skills, effects of social media on getting a job and filling out job applications. "It's good for the kids to learn how to ask questions and get information," Pittsburg High School educator Sarah Reese said. The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • New My Child Without Limits website launches
    UCP's premier online public education resource, My Child Without Limits, has officially launched! Geared toward the parents of children ages 0-5, the new My Child Without Limits website includes new content, updated medical information, and new easy links to helpful sites and resources. These updates will enable parents to find important information about developmental milestones, special needs planning, and online support communities more easily. Learn more and take a tour of the new site now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hurricane Sandy continues to affect UCP affiliates
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many UCP affiliates in the Northeast have struggled to return to normal operations. UCP of New York City, UCP of Suffolk and UCP of Nassau County all were forced to evacuate individuals and lost power. Hundreds of staff members were personally affected as well, with some losing everything to the storm. Our affiliates' Executive Directors have done an extraordinary job in responding to this disaster, but we have a long way to go in recovering. Read about UCP's response or contact the hard-hit affiliates of UCP of Nassau County or UCP of New York City to learn more about how to help. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.
 
 
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