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April 3, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • N.M. will redesign disability program to increase access
    The New Mexico Health Department plans to redesign its Development Disabled Waiver Program, which cares for people with mental disabilities, to increase access because 6,000 people are on a waiting list and face an average wait time of 10 years. The department will evaluate everyone receiving services and everyone on the waiting list, and group them into eight categories according to the services they need. The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) (free registration) (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New devices engage Pa. students with special needs in learning
    Some educators in a Pennsylvania school are incorporating iPod Touch and iPad tablet computers in the classroom for students with special needs. Educators say the colors, graphics and other visual features of the devices holds students' attention. The devices are being used as communication devices, and in reading, math and life-skills lessons. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online app is designed to improve reading for those with disabilities
    An online application by BrightStar Learning aimed at improving the reading skills of students with disabilities -- such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- is now available in the U.S. The BrightStar Reader mobile application features a game-like design meant to help students recognize "high-frequency" or "instant" words. T.H.E. Journal (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Workplace accommodations are a barrier to hiring
    A survey of employers found that 26% cited the need to make special accommodations as the biggest obstacle in hiring workers with disabilities, while just 16% had no problems at all. Norm Nelson of the Emory Valley Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., said the results show that the center needs to raise awareness of its services for employers because people with disabilities "really want to go to work and contribute," he said. "They just need an opportunity to prove themselves." The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Debate over education of those who cannot hear continues in Ind.
    A long-running debate over the best approach for educating students who cannot hear or who have hearing impairments is highlighted in Indiana, where state funding is being cut for the Indiana School for the Deaf. State lawmakers say the school places too much emphasis on teaching sign language to students rather than experiencing hearing culture with cochlear implants. However, ISD officials say families are offered both options and all services are available on an individual basis. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • UCP April newsletter: Brave Kids launch, Congressional communications director joins UCP’s growing policy team, UCP joins InterAction & more!
    Highlights: UCP will soon debut Brave Kids, a website and support community serving children with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses; UCP appointed Kaelan Richards its new Senior Director of Public Policy, Communications & Advocacy, reporting to Dr. Connie Garner and serving as lead press and communications coordinator for UCP's policy efforts; UCP is a new member of InterAction. Full stories in UCP April newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCP recaps Supreme Court debate over health care reform law
    The Supreme Court held three days of hearings on the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, last week. First arguments focused on the enforcement mechanism of the ACA, a fine that individuals would have to pay if they do not obtain health insurance. The second day focused on what is considered to be the most critical issue: the constitutionality of the law's requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. The third day provided no real indication of the final ruling. Debate focused again on the law's individual mandate, which requires Americans to purchase insurance, and whether this provision could be separated from the rest of the law. The justices also heard arguments about whether Congress violated the Constitution in requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage for those who cannot afford to purchase health insurance. UCP recaps LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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