Opinion: Direct-care workers deserve equitable wages | Portable tool measures comprehension in children with autism | Study: Patients with disabilities account for 40% of emergency visits
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December 26, 2012
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Opinion: Direct-care workers deserve equitable wages
National Participant Network CEO Althea McLuckie appeals to the Obama administration in this blog post to follow through on sentiments shared last year about providing at least minimum wage to those people who care for individuals with disabilities. "It says that our society believes that those who care for us -- as well as our relatives and our friends -- day in and day out are not as valued as those who prepare fast food and perform other 'minimum wage' jobs," she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/18)
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Portable tool measures comprehension in children with autism
A technique called portable intermodal preferential looking assessment, developed by psychologist Letitia Naigles, is showing promise as a way to help parents and physicians identify language understanding among children with autism. In a recent study that presented children with two videos side-by-side and audio that corresponded with one of the videos, researchers found that those with autism were less likely to watch the video that matched the audio. PsychCentral.com (12/17)
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4 award-winning Android apps for individuals with disabilities
Four developers of Android apps have won the 2012 Vodaphone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards for creating mobile software to improve smartphone accessibility for individuals with disabilities. For example, Jaccede, a French-language application, offers information about accessibility for 26,000 businesses and public venues. Winners received cash prizes. The Guardian (London)/Apps Blog (12/17)
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Tablets engage people with disabilities at Mo. center
In rehabilitation centers for adults in St. Charles County, Mo., tablet computers are being used to increase communication and engagement through activities such as visual schedules and memory games. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/19)
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Smaller class size offers right fit for some students with disabilities
Some students with disabilities in Florida are finding success at a group of private Christian schools that provide a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, therapists in the classrooms and a focus on character traits, such as integrity and compassion. "We reinvent the wheel with every kid, every day," said Chris Pello, who runs Bay Life Academy. "We have students with skills on many levels, both socially and academically." Florida provides private-school tuition to eligible students with disabilities via the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (12/18)
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S.C. gym makes skill-building fun for students with disabilities
An occupational therapist and assistant in Aiken, S.C., have opened a sensory gym complete with ziplines, swings and ball pits to help children with disabilities work on motor skills, strength and vestibular and sensory processing. Through their work in schools and with another company, Gina Hutto and her partner Lisa Robinson saw a need for a place for students to work on sensory issues. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (12/17)
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December newsletter
Check out UCP's Full Spectrum December newsletter and learn about how to help support a life without limits for people living with disabilities, the inaugural World Cerebral Palsy Day, holiday gift resources and UCP Orange County's groundbreaking work in helping to serve and care for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) associated with cerebral palsy.
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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
-- Annie Dillard,
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