Psychiatric group OKs changes to diagnostic manual | Disability hiring rule would be costly | Senate will vote on ratifying U.N. treaty on rights of people with disabilities
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December 4, 2012
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Psychiatric group OKs changes to diagnostic manual
The American Psychiatric Association's board of trustees approved Saturday the fifth edition of its diagnostic manual for mental conditions. The guide includes Asperger's syndrome and "pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified" in the autism spectrum disorder category, and introduces a diagnosis of "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder" for children. Bloomberg (12/2), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/1)
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Disability hiring rule would be costly
The Department of Labor's proposed disability hiring rule will be costly for companies, writes Sara Cann. A study by the Associated General Contractors of America found that an average-sized construction firm would need to spend about $14,000 annually -- for each project site -- nearly 30 times the DOL's estimate of $473. Fast Company magazine (11/2012)
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Website supports better library access for students with disabilities
A new website offers librarians a self-paced online curriculum of videos, games and assessments to help them better meet the needs of students with disabilities. Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access by Librarians Everywhere) was developed by Ruth V. Small of Syracuse University?s School of Information Studies after she conducted a survey of school librarians and found that they gave themselves low scores in the area of disability services. School Library Journal (11/30)
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Scientists design robots for individuals with disabilities
Two scientists, Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie, at Willow Garage in Menlo Park, Calif., are developing robots to help individuals with disabilities be more independent in their homes. Still in the design stage, Hsiao and Ciocarlie are working with an individual with quadriplegia, on designing a robot to do basic household tasks, such as getting food from the refrigerator. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/1)
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As online videos rise, those hard of hearing seek captions
Videos are increasingly prevalent on the Internet, leaving out many people who cannot hear or are hard of hearing. Advocates for people who are deaf are seeking regulations requiring websites such as YouTube and Netflix to provide content captions. Some sites already are making content more accessible with automated captioning software. "Access to information has been labeled as a civil right," said James House, public relations director for Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/28)
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Jobs First! seeks to change ideas about workers with disabilities
The Jobs First! campaign in Manitowoc County, Wis., wants to change how businesses perceive hiring people with disabilities. It is an off-shoot of the Next Step UW jobs training program for young adults with developmental disabilities. Coordinator David Koenig says the aim is to provide more training tied to what employers expect from workers. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (11/26)
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Progress on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy and a broad coalition of disability organizations are working together to get the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the treaty up for a vote! Learn more about the treaty and join in UCP's efforts to finally ratify the CRPD.
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United Cerebral Palsy and #GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, United Cerebral Palsy, the Huffington Post and other organizations observed the first annual #GivingTuesday, a day after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping rushes, dedicated to raising support for philanthropic causes. UCP President Stephen Bennett sheds light on what this support looks like for people living with disabilities and the difference even a small donation can make. Read Stephen's story and learn more about how to take part in #GivingTuesday.
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Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
-- Gladys Bronwyn Stern,
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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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