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Disability Update

  • Large share of ED visits made by adults with disabilities.
    Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability’s limitations correlated with greater use of emergency departments as did lack of access to primary care. Nurse.com (1/2)        
  • Illinois lawmaker will file bill to protect adults with disabilities
    An Illinois lawmaker said he will introduce a bill that would create an Adult Protective Services unit overseen by the state’s Department on Aging, which would be responsible for protecting home-bound adults with disabilities. Gov. Pat Quinn called for reforms to strengthen protections after a report said the state failed to investigate the deaths of 53 adults with disabilities. Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (1/2)        
  • Other News
  • Unemployment rate for people with disabilities declined for 4th consecutive month
    Disability Scoop (1/7)        

Assistive Technology

  •  Books for the visually impaired offer support for other disabilities
    Students at Toyon Elementary in San Jose, Calif., who have trouble decoding print are finding help in the form of accessible digital books that were originally created for people who are visually impaired. The books have an operating system that reads the text aloud and offers audio-based reference points. “All of my students have really high comprehension, and they get it,” special-education teacher Tammy Irvine said. “They just can’t access the print.” KQED.org (1/3)        
  • IPad helps Pa. woman find more independence
    Kelly Berta, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman with apraxia of speech and arthrogryposis, a disease that affects her muscles, is using an iPad to communicate with people outside of her immediate family. Berta’s speech difficulties led her to develop her own language that her mother understands, but the iPad and its applications allow her to use icons to express her thoughts to others and gain more independence. “This gives her a way to say things in a way that everyone can understand,” Carrie Kane, a speech-language pathologist, said. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (12/31)        
  • Other News
  • Maine teachers use tablets in lessons for students with disabilities
    Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration)/The Forecaster (1/2)        

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UCP News

  • UCP announces $25,000 innovation contest
    Are you, or is someone you know, an inventor? United Cerebral Palsy has announced $25,000 in prize money to anyone who can create one of the three winning ideas submitted to the World Cerebral Palsy Day’s “Change my World in 1 Minute” contest. Established to raise awareness, and help improve mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connections for people living with cerebral palsy, UCP is now seeking to bring the three winning “Change my World in 1 Minute” entries to life. Learn more about the three ideas and how you can get involved.        
  • UCP welcomes new year of growth and progress
    In this month’s “Full Spectrum” newsletter, UCP President and CEO Stephen Bennett welcomes 2013 and the opportunities it will bring for UCP, particularly for the Public Education and Outreach and Life Labs initiatives. Learn more about UCP, our goals for the new year, our affiliates’ success stories, and much more in this month’s newsletter.        

       

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