Rule removes proof mandate for job seekers with disabilities | Insurers must cover mental health under new rule | Groups seek to block closure of residential centers in Ill.
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February 26, 2013
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Disability Update
Rule removes proof mandate for job seekers with disabilities
A final rule from the Office of Personnel Management says job applicants with disabilities no longer will have to provide a certificate of readiness from a medical professional or rehabilitation specialist as proof they are able to do the work. Federal agencies hired 18,000 applicants with disabilities in 2011, an increase of 9% from 2010. Government Executive (2/21)
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Insurers must cover mental health under new rule
White House officials have released a rule saying that mental-health services fall under the "essential health benefits" that must be offered under health insurance plans. Proponents of the rule say it will expand mental-health services to millions of people, but critics argue that a national standard for minimum benefits is still needed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20)
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Assistive Technology
Apps help students communicate and decipher emotions
Mobile-device applications can help children with disabilities in a variety of ways, including building confidence for social interactions and bolstering communication. For instance, a free Apple app, Touch and Learn -- Emotions, helps students ages 3 and older use pictures to learn about emotions. USA Today (2/24)
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Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose conditions, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has built-in GPS and wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications and computers for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19)
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Transitions
N.C. students launch advocacy group for those with disabilities
Katie Savage, a junior at the University of North Carolina, started a group for students with disabilities called Advocates for Carolina after learning there were no such organizations when she transferred to the school this fall. Members hope to push for increased awareness among professors about learning disabilities as well as physical changes to the campus. The Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) (2/19)
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Students gain job skills as volunteers at Ill. zoo
The Brookfield Zoo in Illinois offers volunteer opportunities for students with disabilities aimed at helping them gain skills for life after high school. Area high-school students volunteer at the zoo with the help of staff in the zoo's Good Works program and job coaches. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/21)
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UCP News
Deadline approaching for the World CP Day Innovation Contest
Could you, or someone you know, invent a solar-powered electric wheelchair, or a waterproof electric wheelchair? Or film a documentary about people who live with cerebral palsy? Then you should participate in the World Cerebral Palsy Day innovation contest and compete for $25,000 in prize money! With the goal of changing the world for people living with disabilities, the innovation contest's deadline is March 31. So get excited, start inventing and share your ideas with us!
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Disability Policy Seminar in April
From April 15 to 17, United Cerebral Palsy and AAIDD, The Arc, AUCD, NACDD and SABE will hold the 2013 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of advocates and experts attend this event each year to discuss disability policy issues including Medicaid, Social Security, the budget debates, employment and education. Join us for two days of in-depth sessions and visits to congressional offices and make your voices heard!
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About UCP
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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