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October 23, 2012
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Capitol, federal buildings have ADA violations, report says
A report by the federal Office of Compliance showed the U.S. Capitol and surrounding federal buildings have accessibility problems for people with disabilities, more than 20 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The analysis detailed 154 barriers to access at House legislative office buildings and found ADA violations in many bathrooms, including those in remodeled areas of the Library of Congress and at the new Capitol Visitor Center. Disability Scoop (10/19)
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Assistive Technology
Software creates engaging lessons for students with disabilities
Some educators in Minneapolis are using the software program Vizzle to teach students with autism and developmental and cognitive disabilities. The visual-learning program incorporates sounds and images designed to keep students engaged in lessons and can be customized to meet individual students' needs. Vizzle was piloted by 10 Minneapolis teachers last year and its use now is being expanded to 80 teachers over a three-year period. Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (10/18)
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College students build prosthetic arm for local child
Two students at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology built a prosthetic arm for an 8-year-old in Rockville, Ind., as their senior college project. Known as "Pinchy," the bright red prosthesis is operated by sliders, controls similar to those used in audio mixers. Siemens, which developed the software used to create the arm, filmed the process and produced a video of the final results. FastCoExist (10/15)
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Schools help students with disabilities access post-secondary options
Educators in one Minnesota school district are working to help students with disabilities transition from high school to college and the workplace. A recent event had representatives from local colleges and organizations talk with students and parents about accommodations, assistive technology and post-secondary options. Another program aims to give students job experience and income while they are still in high school. Winona Post (Minn.) (10/17)
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Study looks at impact of ADHD through adulthood
Men who were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood had worse educational and financial outcomes than those without the condition, a study showed. Researchers also noted that men with ADHD as boys were more likely to be divorced, abuse drugs and show signs of antisocial behavior. The findings appear in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Reuters (10/15)
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PATCH Foundation gives "Dollars for Likes" to UCP
The Painters and Allied Trades for Children's Hope Foundation recently partnered with United Cerebral Palsy in a new campaign to support UCP's My Child Without Limits initiative. PATCH will donate $1 to UCP for each new "like" for up to $10,000. Watch a video on the partnership and learn more.
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UCP calls on Congress to be more accessible
The Office of Compliance issued its Biennial Report on Congress and the accessibility of the buildings that make up the Capitol complex this week, and the results were staggering: 93% of curb ramps are not ADA compliant, and 54% of the total exterior pathways are a safety risk for people with disabilities. Learn more and read UCP's statement calling on Congress to fix the safety issues immediately, and to work to ensure that all of the problems are fixed.
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Not all those who wander are lost."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien,
British writer, poet, philologist and professor
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