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February 12, 2013
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More emphasis on autism services is needed, committee says
A new report published by the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee highlights developments in autism research from the past two years. While much progress has been made, officials said the panel will take a closer look at autism services this year. "The volume of research is almost overwhelming, and new insights into areas such as brain circuitry, behavioral neuroscience, intervention approaches, genetics, immunology, environmental risk factors and services needs are creating opportunities to really change outcomes," said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the IACC. Disability Scoop (2/5)
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Utah bill to require autism insurance coverage
A bill introduced by Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, on Thursday would include autism spectrum disorder in Utah's insurance code. Under the provisions of the bill, health insurers would be required to cover up to $50,000 a year for an autistic child younger than age 9 and up to $25,000 for 9- to 18-year-olds with the condition. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (2/7)
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Assistive Technology
Using apps, games to engage students in learning
In a recent SmartBrief survey, 40% of educators reported that online applications and games are the most effective way to engage students. This blog post suggests three websites that high-school teachers should try. Persuasive Games includes a variety of games used to teach students about everything from the flu virus to debt. GlogsterEDU offers a variety of resources to beef up presentations with text, images and videos, and seeks to improve students' word skills. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes blog (2/4)
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Phoenix man with cerebral palsy motivates by example
Jerry Traylor, who was born with cerebral palsy, gives motivational speeches across the county to inspire people to reach their goals. He also leads by example: He has finished 35 marathons, hiked Pikes Peak and skied on mountains, all on crutches. Great Falls Tribune (Mont.) (2/11)
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Wis. woman builds home for adults with disabilities
A Wisconsin mother is building the Milestones Adult Family Home for her 23-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy, and other adults with disabilities. Kelly Jordan was concerned about creating a safe future for her son and is developing the facility next to her own Town of Wilson home to help adults with disabilities transition from home care. The Reporter (Fond Du Lac, Wis.)/Gannett News Service (2/7)
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Student with disabilities blossoms in mainstream setting
At Test Intermediate School in Richmond, Ind., seventh-grader Alex Brown, who is deaf and cannot speak, has a chance to take general-education courses, play football and eat lunch with his friends. Brown uses an interpreter during class, but communicates with other students on his own during lunch. "He sits with his buddies, cuts up and has a great time," principal Stacy Mopps said. Palladium-Item (Richmond, Ind.) (2/4)
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UCP News
Empowering the Disability Community Through Innovation and Ideas
Check out the new blog post by Marc Irlandez, UCP's Director of Technology and Life Labs, about the World CP Challenge -- and why it is such an innovative concept. Marc explains how the World CP Challenge and invention contest are empowering people and their ideas, and using grassroots, crowd-sourced inspiration to help solve problems. Read Marc's blog, and learn more about World CP Day and the invention contest.
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UCP Annual Conference
UCP's 2013 Annual Conference, with the topic of "Redefining Family: Supporting the New Caregiver Community," is taking place in San Diego this year, from April 25 to 27. It will focus on the changing role of families in the lives of individuals with disabilities, as well as in the UCP network. Advances in research, expanded support systems and ability of people with disabilities to live longer and more independent lives has expanded and evolved the definition of "family," and UCP plays an important role. Learn more about the conference and how to register.
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