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February 28, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • EEOC: Look beyond diploma to evaluate applicants with disabilities
    When adults with disabilities do not have high-school diplomas, employers should waive that requirement and find other ways to evaluate their job skills, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says. Companies may need to offer a different way for applicants to prove job readiness, such as considering prior work experience or allowing them to demonstrate performance. Disability Scoop (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocates, parents discuss special education with federal officials
    A group of special-education advocates and parents of students with special needs met with White House officials last week to discuss the maintenance of high academic standards for students with disabilities amid new federal waivers from No Child Left Behind. Education officials, including Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, described a strategy in which, among other things, all teachers would be trained to work with students who have disabilities, and all students with special needs would have access to effective interventions and differentiated instruction. Education Week/On Special Education blog (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. budget plan includes restructuring of disability services
    Changes to the way New Jersey provides services to children with disabilities are included under Gov. Chris Christie's new budget proposal for 2013. Among the changes, services will be provided through a new division within the Department of Children and Families, in an attempt to streamline the process for parents. In addition, the budget plan includes nearly $25 million in new funding for placing adults with developmental disabilities in the community. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Assistive Technology 
  • Nev. charter thrives as state's first "iSchool"
    A charter school in Clark County, Nev., has become the state's first iSchool, in which all students and staff use iPad tablet computers to learn across the curriculum. The school uses the devices to complement project-based and blended-learning methods, and educators say the devices help students -- who are grouped by ability rather than age -- learn at their own pace. In addition, educators say the devices have been especially beneficial for the roughly 50 of the school's students who have special needs. Las Vegas Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report examines special education in 6 Minn. districts
    St. Cloud, Minn., schools spend more money on special education and have a higher percentage of staff serving students with special needs than do five neighboring districts, according to a new study. The report, commissioned by the district, commended the district's Integrated Service Delivery model, in which students are co-taught by general-subject and special-education teachers. The report recommends the schools pool resources for students with disabilities, those who are learning English and struggling readers to provide more consistent instruction. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • UCP Wheels receives $1.7 million grant and new affiliate
    UCP Wheels for Humanity has received $1.7 million from the United States Agency for International Development to expand its operations in Indonesia. In addition to manufacturing wheelchairs, the UCP Wheels for Humanity Indonesia team will design and produce a side car for motorcycles that can transport a wheelchair. As a result of the new funding, the organization will be able to enrich the disabled sports program, the advocacy efforts, and will partner with the University of Gadjah Mada to conduct a two-year study on the effects of providing wheelchairs and services in Indonesia. The UCP Wheels for Humanity Program also welcomes a new affiliation with United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCP intern takes Tokyo
    Sean traveled to Tokyo and found that this modern city is not so disability friendly. Read about Sean's experiences navigating the sights and streets of Tokyo. Browse UCP's Travel section for more information and resources on travel for people with disabilities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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