Hello UCP family,
We hope you enjoy this week’s UCP SmartBrief, a compilation of news stories, articles and new research impacting the lives of people with disabilities and family members.
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The U.S. Justice Department this year is expected to issue guidelines on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to websites. Recent lawsuits against companies such as Netflix and Target have brought the issue of online content accessibility to the forefront. “Websites are the new frontier,” said Brian G. Muse, a law partner with LeClairRyan in Williamsburg, Va. Detroit Free Press (7/5)
Overall, in vitro fertilization treatments were not linked to an increased risk of autism in singleton children, but IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection carried a slightly higher risk of autism or intellectual disability, a Swedish study showed. Conception of twins under the most serious forms of male infertility was tied to a fourfold greater risk of autism compared with less severe forms of male infertility, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. CNN/The Chart blog (7/2), Reuters (7/2)
- Ohio advocacy group wants to retire “handicap” language on signs
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (7/5)
Purdue University is helping budding scientists with disabilities — many of whom graduate without conducting research — gain laboratory experience in its Institute for Accessible Science, where students have access to a range of high- and low-tech adaptive tools. For instance, one student who is legally visually impaired uses a device called Penfriend to read labels and computer software to record lab data. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (7/1)
Retired engineers and woodworking hobbyists build adaptive furniture and equipment for a fraction of commercial costs at a workshop located in a Minnesota school district. Their designs range from a chair with interchangeable parts that adapts to children of all sizes to a laser-guided bowling ball launcher. “We think we produce a better product than we can purchase because we can customize it to the child we are serving,” special-ed executive director Ann Casey said. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (7/4)
- Shirts with button magnets make dressing easier
- 6 apps that can help students with autism learn key skills
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (7/5)
Coloradan Alice Krueger, who has multiple sclerosis, created the online community Virtual Ability within Second Life, and the community has more than 700 members with disabilities. Users, who create avatars that are not bound by physical limitations, can interact with other members in the virtual world. Retired University of Colorado neuroscience professor Mark Dubin says such programs can be therapeutic. The Denver Post/Colorado Public News (7/5)
- Fla. university pilot program to help students with autism transition to college life
The Miami Herald (free registration) (7/1)
- N.Y. sports camp teaches independence, confidence to children who are visually impaired
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Life Labs, a technology and grassroots-focused initiative of United Cerebral Palsy dedicated to identifying, developing and supporting ideas that will make a difference for people living with disabilities, has continued to feature some amazing stories on their blog. Learn more about what Life Labs is up to and the stories they are highlighting on their blog.
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”— George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright and essayist