Does Having a Pet Change Your Child’s Behavior?

Think twice before telling your child “no” the next time he or she begs you for a furry friend. A new study evaluated the association between the presence or arrival of pets in families with an individual with autism and the changes in his or her social behaviors and development. While animal assisted therapies are used widely but their relevant benefits have never been scientifically evaluated. Read more from DisabiltyScoop about the study.



Are Apps on Your Back to School List?

Transitions back to school are always tough with new teachers, classrooms, classmates and routines. But as with most things, there’s an app for that. Which app is right for you and your child? One collection of apps, made by Panther Technology, are built around principles of Universal Design – to foster inclusion in education through access. Panther apps incorporate innovation and intuitiveness while focusing on the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic. To learn more about Panther apps click here.

Or check out some other recommendations for elementary, middle school and high school apps.   


World Cerebral Palsy Day and Challenge

This September United Cerebral Palsy, Brave Kids’ parent organization, will be celebrating the first-ever World Cerebral Palsy Day-a kick off to the World CP Challenge, a global campaign promising nothing short of changing the world!

World Cerebral Palsy Day, on 4 September 2012, has the theme ‘Change my world in 1 minute’. People with CP, their family and friends suggest ways to improve the quality of life of people with CP. Each idea is posted on the website as text or video and will only take one minute to read or watch. During September, everyone is encouraged to go online, review the ideas and vote for the concepts that will have the greatest impact on people’s lives. At the end of September, the World Cerebral Palsy Day Panel will select the best ideas, solutions and inventions for people with cerebral palsy. In the following few months social activists, researchers, inventors, and innovators propose how they would make these ideas a reality and financial assistance will be provided to a selected few to assist their project. Check out the World Cerebral Palsy Day website to make a suggestion or to vote on other people’s ideas. 

On September 4 — World CP Day — United Cerebral Palsy is launching an exciting four-week team activity called the World CP Challenge, and we want you to be part of it! It’s a fun and healthy way to improve your fitness while improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy.

The World CP Challenge is a perfect activity for your family, your coworkers or anyone who’s interested in getting fit and supporting United Cerebral Palsy. When you register, you will receive a “Challenge Kit” that will include a pedometer to track your daily step count. Your aim is to climb a “virtual mountain” with your team, and reach the summit by the end of the four weeks. Your progress will be charted on our interactive website.

It’s not just about “walking” your way to better health – you can run, bike, or swim to reach your daily step target. There are more than 40 activities you can convert to steps, including activities suitable for people with a disability. It’s an easy and a fun way to get fit while raising much-needed funds for people with cerebral palsy. Register today.

Published by Life Without Limits: UCP of Orange County

The mission of UCP of Orange County is to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

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