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July 30, 2014

Catholic Assisted Living Facility Going To Trial For Allowing Sex Abuse Of Resident With Severe Dementia, Announced by Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP - PRNewswire
PORTLAND, Ore., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Anthony Village, an assisted living facility located in southeast Portland and affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, is going to trial next month in a multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging that the facility and its top two...

Supreme Court Asked To Clarify Schools' IDEA Obligations - DisabiltyScoop
The nation's school district leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on who should pay for a child's private school tuition while special education disputes are litigated.

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.
July 29, 2014

Factors Causing Multiple Disabilities Among Children-The Pharma-Media Alliance Never Wants The Public To Know-: Unveils Qadhi A.Z. Al-Hafi - PRNewswire

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Evidence-based, well documented statistical records of nearly 685-765 million disables of the world, when correlated with data analysis, quite shockingly endorse enough-provable linkages and incontestable 'causal relationships'...



Runner With Autism Vies For Magazine Cover - DisabiltyScoop
With thousands of votes in his favor, a 24-year-old who is nonverbal and has autism could land on the cover of a national magazine.

Trustees' Reports Underscore Need For Prompt Reforms To Make Medicare, Social Security Programs Sustainable - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Concord Coalition said today that the new reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees highlight the need for prompt reform of federal entitlement programs, with further delays in such work creating a particular...

Obamas To Host People With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
The president and first lady will welcome a group of people with disabilities to the White House this week for a special dinner focusing on efforts to promote acceptance.

The Health and Well-Being of Children, NSCH 2011-2012 Chartbook - AUCD
Published by MCHB, the Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012 (June 2014) reports that overall 73.2% of young children (aged 6 months-5 years) met all of the survey's criteria for flourishing.
July 28, 2014

In First, State Adopts Updated ‘Handicapped' Symbol - DisabiltyScoop
A revamped version of the blue and white icon that's long symbolized accessibility everywhere from parking lots to restrooms will soon be commonplace in more communities.
July 26, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 26 - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: DISABILITIES ACT Profile America — Saturday, July 26th. On this date 24 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. The goal...


July 25, 2014

Achievement Centers for Children's CEO Nobili to Retire - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia W. Nobili, President and CEO of the Achievement Centers for Children, announced she will be retiring in early 2015.  The Board of Directors congratulates and commends her on her 21 years of visionary leadership and...



Movie Theaters May Soon Be More Accessible - DisabiltyScoop
The Obama administration wants movie theaters nationwide to do more to accommodate people with disabilities.

Tracking Device Proposal Gains Momentum - DisabiltyScoop
A federal effort to provide free tracking devices to children with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering is getting a boost.

Disability Visibility Project to Record Stories for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - PRNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disability Visibility Project is a yearlong grassroots campaign to document the stories of people with disabilities in celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. In partnership...


July 24, 2014

Congress Hears Of Global Challenges, Advances In Autism - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Autism Speaks Global Autism Public Health Initiative highlighted

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July24, 2014) -- A House subcommittee heard expert testimony yesterday on the global challenges and advances occurring with autism research and services, with a special focus on the needs of individuals transitioning into adulthood. Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks' associate director of public health research, briefed the members on the Global Autism Public Health Initiative launched by Autism Speaks in 2008.

The hearing was held by a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), who is sponsoring the Autism CARES Act to protect federal funding for autism research. Smith has long advocated for a global focus on autism.

“Autism is a growing health problem around the world,” said Smith. “With the ever-rising cost of care, it is imperative that people with autism have the opportunity to learn skills and earn a living so that they can control their own lives as much as possible."

Rosanoff said Autism Speaks launched its Global Initiative with the goal of developing sustainable, broad-reaching, and culturally sensitive programs to expand capacity abroadfor autism research and service delivery. Since 2008, Autism Speaks' international team has loggedmore than one million miles andmet with hundreds of affected individuals, parents, professionals, and government officials to advance the autism initiative.

"There is no single one-size-fits-all solution to improving lives of those touched by autism," Rosanoff told the committee in his written testimony. "Autism is not simply a health issue, but also an education issue, a social welfare issue, and a human rights issue. The most effective strategies are those that are comprehensive and multi-sectorial.

"Approaches do, however, need to be tailor fit to different country contexts," he added. "What may be an effective strategy in one country may simply not be feasible in another."

Autism Speaks and the World Health Organization (WHO) have beendeveloping an intervention guide and training program for community health workers todeliver autism services.The model isnow being used in Ethiopia through an Autism Speaks-funded project.

"As a result of the initial success of this program," Rosanoff said, "the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia has made autism and mental health in general, national priorities. They are currently organizing a conference on the scaling-up of mental health services in the country."

Rosanoff cited employment programs in Bangladesh and Peru that are servingadults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Programs developed in India, South Africa and other African nations are alsoshowing a promising start, he said.

"Worldwide, governments are listening and the commitment is there," Rosanoff said. "However the knowhow and capacity are often not."

The enactment of legislation does not always result in action, he noted.

"Many of the autism laws passed in recent months around the world are well-intentioned, but lack the strategy and resources to implement properly," Rosanoff said. "In some cases, poor execution leads to unsuccessful programs that may actually hurt the chances for future support. More concerning is that hope can turn to helplessness for members of the autism community under these conditions."

Rosanoff concluded with a call for immediate action utilizingavailable modelsthat are working to improve access to services and by promoting community inclusion. "By working together, and learning from one another, we can change the future for all who struggle with autism worldwide," he said.


Congress Weighing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - DisabiltyScoop
A long-stagnant bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits is starting to make its way through Congress.
July 23, 2014

American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. and Independent Group Home Living Co-Sponsor and Participate in World Team Sports' Inaugural Coastal Team Challenge - Long Island - PRNewswire

HOLBROOK, N.Y., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) and Independent Group Home Living Program (IGHL) will co-sponsor and participate in Coastal Team Challenge - Long Island on August 12 – 13.  The event, hosted by World T.E.A.M...



UNH (NH UCEDD) Partnering on National Technical Assistance Center for Inclusive Education - AUCD
The National Center on Inclusive Education (NCIE) at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability's partnership with the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center, a national technical assistance center for inclusive education, continues to be strong.

Dr. Charles Drum (IOD NH UCEDD) Is Keynote Presenter at Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity - AUCD
Dr. Charles E. Drum, Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, gave the opening keynote presentation at the 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity.

The NH Disability and Public Health Project (DPH) Introduces Obesity Prevention Blogs (IOD NH UCDEDD) - AUCD
The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire's Disability and Public Health Project (DPH) has launched a series of interactive campaign targeting youth with disabilities and their families. The campaign includes a series of interactive blogs that are regularly updated with new highlights and information.
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