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April 17, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Survey: Many companies include disability in their diversity programs
    According to a survey of 662 human resources staff by the Society for Human Resource Management and Cornell University, about two-thirds of respondents said their companies' diversity programs include disability and the staff are offered training on how to interview people with varying needs. The report also found that 57% of companies work with local groups that promote hiring people with disabilities. Disability Scoop (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Researchers work on socially assistive robots for students
    A team of researchers from a number of U.S. universities has received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop robots to work in schools with students who have disabilities. The robots, officials said, would be individualized and would help students meet long-term goals in education, life and social skills, and even physical activity. CNET/Cutting Edge blog (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Old technology seen as useful for people with hearing impairments
    Amid many advances in technology, some say an old technology can be particularly helpful for those who have hearing impairments. Hearing loops are wires that circle a room or area, connecting cochlear devices or hearing aids -- equipped with telecoil features -- to sound systems, bypassing ambient noise. Some advocates are encouraging performance venues and other locations in the U.S. to install the loops, which are used in locations across the country and the world but are far from commonplace. The Washington Post (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Company sees disabilities as catalysts for innovation
    Arizona-based STEM Force Technology seeks to help communities and companies look at disability in a different way, as "a catalyst for innovation," said founder and CEO Garret Westlake. "The key is not to shy away from what is different, but to engage the difference and make it part of a larger conversation. When you can be open to radical ideas, different perspectives, and people whom you never imagined working with -- that is where innovation happens," he said. The Washington Times/Autism Unexpected blog (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC photo exhibit shows people with disabilities in society
    Photographer Denis Darzacq's collection called "ACT" is a series of photos of people with disabilities, on display at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City though June 15. Darzacq said he worked to help his subjects "get into reality -- the real spaces of cities because they belong to the society, too." (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Less than two weeks to Transitioning to Tomorrow, UCP's 2012 Annual Conference -- Have you registered?
    This year's UCP Annual Conference will focus on the transition to a new approach for UCP, its allies and partners. The conference coincides the unveiling of two new national initiatives for UCP: 1) targeted Public Education and Outreach campaigns around early childhood development, services and supports for youth, the transition to adulthood and vital family supports; and 2) a re-launch of UCP's Life Without Limits Initiative, including a dynamic new language study and the birth of Life Labs, UCP's research and development effort around adaptive technology. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPad Makes a Difference in the Life of a Non-Verbal Child
    On May 7, more than 100 golfers will gather at the exclusive Stonington Country Club for a cause that is helping at least one 3 year old communicate. Chloe Mason-Mann is the most recent recipient of an iPad from United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut's Disability Support Program. Chloe has Down Syndrome, and prior to receiving her iPad early this year, she possessed a vocabulary of only five spoken words and sign language vocabulary of about 100. Only two months later, her vocabulary had developed to 50 words, a number that continues to grow. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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