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January 15, 2013
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PSA focuses on strengths of individuals with disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment has launched a public-service campaign to promote the abilities of individuals with disabilities by highlighting the achievements of seven people. "This PSA challenges viewers to rethink their ideas about what people with disabilities can achieve and consider what they might do to encourage young people with disabilities to pursue their personal and career goals," Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, said. Disability Scoop (1/10)
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Advocates fear cuts to disability programs
Disability programs remain targets for cuts even after Congress delayed sequestration until March. Experts say programs for individuals with disabilities -- from special education to transportation to health care -- could be in jeopardy. Disability Scoop (1/8)
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Assistive Technology
MIT students create devices that support independent living
Students in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate class work with individuals with disabilities to create assistive technologies suited to their specific needs. For example, students created an iPhone application to read the menu of a Keurig coffee machine to help a woman who is visually impaired and another team developed a vibrating bracelet equipped with a Bluetooth device to help a woman who visually impaired and hard of hearing know when she receives calls and text messages. MIT News Office (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (1/8)
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Intern creates website to house historical records of disability law
Sierra Gregg, an intern with the Office of Presidential Libraries in Washington, D.C., has created a website offering digital, accessible copies of historic documents related to individuals with disabilities. Gregg -- who is visually impaired -- created the project to highlight the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The site features 56 documents, including letters Helen Keller wrote to President Herbert Hoover. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/6)
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Researchers use robots in therapies for individuals with disabilities
Researchers at Notre Dame University and University of Southern California are studying how robots can supplement traditional therapies for individuals for disabilities. At Notre Dame, researchers are using talking robots to teach children with autism how to interact socially. At USC, robots are assisting stroke patients with exercises as part of physical therapy. PBS/NewsHour (1/9)
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Fla. will have care coordinators for children with disabilities
Florida officials announced a plan to provide nurse care coordinators to families of children with disabilities, to help them understand services and coordinate care across agencies. "This would be one person they can go to who has knowledge of what's in the system and help them walk through the system -- almost like a medical advocate for their children," said Liz Dudek, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (1/10)
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United Cerebral Palsy launches $25,000 innovation contest
Together with global partners, UCP has announced $25,000 in prize money to anyone who can create one of the three winning ideas submitted to the World Cerebral Palsy Day's "Change my World in 1 Minute" contest, which challenged people to submit ideas that would help improve mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connections for people living with cerebral palsy. UCP is now offering a $25,000 prize for bringing one of the three winning ideas to life: a solar-powered wheelchair, a fold-up motorized wheelchair, and a documentary about people living with cerebral palsy. Learn more about World CP Day and the contest.
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UCP technology initiative wins grant
United Cerebral Palsy's Life Labs, a technology and grassroots initiative focused on identifying, developing and supporting ideas that make a difference for people living with disabilities, has been awarded a grant to help build a prototype for a mobile, accessible gaming station with the AbleGamers Foundation. This gaming station will provide an opportunity for not just fun, but also social and cognitive stimulation through accessible controllers, games and instructions. Learn more about the gaming station, and Life Labs and their innovative partnerships.
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You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
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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

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