Hot Off the Press!

This week many of interesting articles have caught my eye, and although I posted a couple of them on our Facebook page I thought I would share them with you all in one place.  A few of these came from the UCP SmartBrief, so as I receive the SmartBrief monthly I will make sure to share it with you on the blog. This is a compilation of the top 10 stories and I thought many of you would benefit from reading them.
So please scroll through and look at a few that interest you!  Please leave us a comment with your opinions!
-Elizabeth Wylie

Child with Down syndrome is featured in Target ad campaign

New Jersey six-year-old Ryan Langston, who has Down syndrome, has appeared in print advertisements for Nordstrom and now is featured as a model in a national campaign for Target. His inclusion in the ads is drawing attention from those who note that the ad does not specifically target those with special needs. “The greatest thing that Nordstrom and Target are doing is that they’re not making any reference to his disability. He’s just another cute kid,” said his father, Jim Langston. Disability Scoop (01/09)

Study finds teens with autism faring well behind the wheel

A majority of teens with high-functioning forms of autism spectrum disorders are driving or learning to drive, according to a new study. The research, based on a national survey of about 300 parents with teens ages 15 to 18 with the disorder, also found that just 12% of teens with the disorder who already were driving had received a traffic ticket or been involved in an accident, compared with 31% of teens without the disorder who had received a ticket and 22% who had experienced an accident. Disability Scoop (01/10)

Study finds few hospitals have services for children with disabilities

Many U.S. psychiatric hospitals lack adequate services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, according to a study conducted by Matthew Siegel of the Tufts University School of Medicine. The study found that the number of hospital units dedicated to such children has more than doubled over the past decade, to nine, but do not meet the nation’s growing need. Disability Scoop (01/12)

Researchers develop assistive devices for Stephen Hawking

Researchers at Intel are working on new assistive technology to help facilitate communication for renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, whose motor skills continue to deteriorate from a progressive motor neuron disease. Possibilities include devices that detect expressions, eye movement and brain waves, company officials said. TechNewsWorld (01/10)

Voters with disabilities to test iPads in Oregon election

KDRV-TV (Medford, Ore.) (01/12)

Devices enable communication for students with autism

Some students at a Texas private school for children with autism use handheld Vantage Lite computers to communicate. The devices allow students to choose symbols and words to express themselves, which teachers say helps alleviate frustration and behavioral difficulties for some students. “I can’t think of a better gift of language in these communication devices for a child who does not have a voice,” said Rosemary Garcia, the mother of a student. Victoria Advocate (Texas) (01/08)

ESEA draft draws criticism from policy makers, advocates

A draft bill by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is drawing criticism from some policymakers and education advocates. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and several congressional Democrats object to many aspects of the bill, while special-education advocates say it lacks accountability regarding the education of children with special needs. Education Week (01/10)

Va. show highlights work from artists with disabilities

WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (01/11)

Teen once told he’d never walk, now running half-marathon

Matthew Taylor was just 6-months old when he was diagnosed as right-side hemiplegic, and soon after he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family was told he would never walk without the assistance of a walker but he surprised everyone at 21 months when he took his first steps. His journey has been filled with therapy, Botox injections and different medications. The difference was seen when he began the SynchroMed II Programmable Pump by Medtronic that administers Baclofen directly to the spine. One day soon after he began using the pump he noticed he could use his right hand to turn on the TV. He began running with the cross-country team and has not looked back since. Fox News 1/13

Claim: Girl denied transplant because she is ‘Mentally Retarded’

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has reportedly told one mother her daughter would not receive a life saving kidney transplant because the 3 year-old has an intellectual disability. The girl, Amelia, has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a chromosomal disorder affecting about 1 in 50,000 people. It is marked by the presence of intellectual disability, developmental delay, seizures and distinct facial characteristics. Now, it appears that the hospital may be changing course, and has asked the family to come back to the hospital to talk about a transplant. Disability Scoop 1/17

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