House committee will consider government's role in autism | Study adds to doubts about sensory-integration therapy | NYC pay phones to get smart screens
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November 27, 2012
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House committee will consider government's role in autism
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet Thursday to consider a federal response to the increase in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and assess allocation of resources, research and treatment options. The advocacy group Autism Speaks called the hearing a "much-needed" step, but self-advocates complained they are being excluded from participating. Disability Scoop (11/26)
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Study adds to doubts about sensory-integration therapy
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say sensory-integration therapy shows little to no benefits for children with autism spectrum disorders. They reviewed 25 studies on the therapy and found most studies showed no evidence that the therapy reduced sensitivity to stimuli. Disability Scoop (11/20)
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NYC pay phones to get smart screens
Ten pay phones in Manhattan's Union Square have been upgraded with smart screens that display community information. An additional 240 screens will be installed throughout New York City over the next few months. The service, called City24/7, was developed through a private-public partnership. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/20)
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Device may help patients "see" braille patterns
Researchers at Second Sight developed the Argus II, a device that features a small camera attached to a pair of glasses, a portable processor that translates an image into electrical stimulation and microchip and electrodes that are implanted on the retina to help patients with visual impairments "see" and read braille patterns without touching them. The device helped a patient "read individual letters in less than a second with up to 89 percent accuracy," lead author Thomas Lauritzen wrote in a journal Frontiers of Neuroprosthetics news release. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/23)
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NYC woman with CP finds independence in her new apartment
Shaniqua Freeman, who has cerebral palsy, spent 10 years on a waiting list before getting her own apartment through a New York City Housing Authority program. The United Cerebral Palsy helped Freeman move to her new home, including with grant money to stock up on household goods. She says her goal now is to continue her education. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/21)
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Okla. man with Down syndrome is Disability Employee of the Year
Kyle Graham, who used the Gatesway Foundation to get a job with the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Service, was awarded the Governor's Award of Excellence -- Disability Employee of the Year for 2012. Graham, who was born with Down syndrome, received job training and help from a job coach at Gatesway, which fosters dignity, respect and independence for people with disabilities. Tulsa World (Okla.) (11/26)
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Join us for #GivingTuesday!
Today, UCP is participating in the first annual #GivingTuesday -- a day to encourage philanthropic efforts during the holiday season. Similar to the well-known Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days, Giving Tuesday seeks to bring individuals, nonprofits and businesses together for a national day of giving. Find out more and be sure to continue the celebration with us by checking out the Huffington Post's Giving Tuesday series this Thursday, Nov. 29, for a story from our CEO!
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World Cerebral Palsy Day contest winners announced
United Cerebral Palsy has announced the winning ideas for the World Cerebral Palsy Day "Change my world in 1 minute" contest, which challenged people to submit ideas that could help improve mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connections for people living with cerebral palsy. Nearly 500 ideas were submitted, and more than 5,800 people voted for their favorites. Check out the winning ideas and stay tuned as we work to bring them to life!
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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 www.ucp.org.

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