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September 4, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • What will be the legacy of these Paralympic Games?
    Disability-rights campaigner Nicky Clark in this blog post considers the public and media attention surrounding the Paralympic Games, which opened Wednesday in London, and what the lasting legacy of these games might be. "My hope is that the coverage of the Paralympics, the joy in attainment and the equality of spectator pride, signals a change in attitudes towards disabled people, and that more people stand up to bullying when they see or hear it happening around them," she writes. The Independent (London)/Notebook blog (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Neurologic disorders raise children's risk of dying from flu
    CDC researchers looked at flu-related deaths during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and found that 68% of children who died from the flu suffered from an underlying medical condition, and of those, 64% had a neurologic condition such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy or mental disability. The flu is particularly dangerous for children with problems in "muscle function, lung function or difficulty coughing, swallowing or clearing fluids from their airways," study co-author Dr. Georgina Peacock said. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. Disability Scoop (8/29), Associated Press (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Program offers assistive-tech grant for children with disabilities
    The AbleGamers Foundation, an organization that helps provide access to digital entertainment for individuals with disabilities, is launching a new program to provide one-time grants for video-gaming equipment for children up to 15 years old. "We are thrilled to be enabling children with disabilities by providing assistive technology through this grant," said Mark Barlet, president and founder of the organization. Dad blog (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • News production offers lessons for students with Asperger's
    Educators at a Philadelphia-area elementary school are using the creation and production of television news as part of the social-skills curriculum for students with autism. Students in the Asperger's support program at Worrall Elementary School produce a news broadcast that educators say has them learning to speak clearly, analyze their own presentation skills and gain a better understanding of complex issues. Disability Scoop (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Districts address transitional needs of students with disabilities
    Many school districts are working to help students with autism and other special needs make the transition from high school to college or the workforce. Programs include those that place students with disabilities in internships, offer lessons in life and work skills or encourage them to pursue a college education. "Nationally, there's been a huge shift in the mindset of colleges and universities, as well as high schools and junior high schools. The expectations are being raised, and that's great," said Barbara Becker-Cottrill, who leads a program at Marshall University in West Virginia. District Administration magazine (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student with cerebral palsy exceeds expectations
    Glenn Gaskins Jr., a 14-year-old student with cerebral palsy, headed back to school this fall as an eighth-grader at Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School in South Carolina. Gaskins, who was not expected to survive early childhood, is on grade level -- and has made the honor roll -- in science and social studies, and plans to take a high-school level English course this year. "He's a great kid with an unbelievable memory and a tremendous vocabulary," said Joey Middlebrooks, one of Gaskins's former teachers. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (8/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Today, United Cerebral Palsy celebrates first World CP Day, launches Global Fitness Challenge
    United Cerebral Palsy celebrates the first annual World Cerebral Palsy Day today with the launch of the World Cerebral Palsy Challenge, an international awareness and fundraising campaign designed to provide critical funds in support of people living with cerebral palsy.
    Have a Facebook page or blog? Use a World CP Day avatar as your profile image to help spread awareness. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leading children's hospital joins UCP as first affiliate of its kind in the nation
    UCP is excited to welcome Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare (Gillette) as our newest affiliate and the first children's hospital to join the UCP network. UCP's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to welcome Gillette as UCP of Minnesota during a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. Read the announcement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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