2014 Case for Inclusion

2014 Case for Inclusion Launching Today! The 2014 Case for Inclusion report is being released today! The annual report tracks the progress of community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is available online at UCP National’s interactive website. Check it out to see how your state fared this year, how …

UCP SmartBrief

Assistive Technology—————— Software helps children with disabilities communicate Invention Labs has created a picture-based software application called Avaz to help children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders communicate. Company founder Ajit Narayanan said the software converts muscle movement into speech using pictures, so a user could put together the words “I like,” then choose …

UCP SmartBrief & My Child Without Limits

UCP SmartBrief Disability Update: Judge says NYC emergency plans inadequate for people with disabilities U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that New York City’s emergency planning is inadequate to accommodate people with disabilities and the city is in violation of local and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Furman said the city’s plans …

UCP News Brief

Disability Update Children with genetic disorder may be misdiagnosed with autism As many as 50% of children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome were diagnosed with autism, but U.S. researchers found that none of the 29 children with the deletion disorder met the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. The findings, published in …

UCP SmartBrief

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. If you should have any questions please contact Elizabeth Eckman at eeckman@ucp-oc.org. Thank you, UCP of Orange County Disability News Why Internet accessibility may be the …

Hot Off the Press: UCP News!

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 …

Affordable Care Act

“Big news yesterday as the Supreme Court upheld and passed The Affordable Care Act. A critical step towards improving access to care for children with disabilities.” -Cathleen Collins, CEO United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County The Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act yesterday, upholding the law and ensuring …