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Graduation Rate Improves For Students With Disabilities

2017-12-08T11:19:31+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

New federal data indicates that the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is trending upward. The graduation rate for individuals with disabilities hit 65.5 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, according to figures released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. That’s up from 64.6 percent the year

Lebanon County family can keep ducks for son with autism, zoning hearing board concludes

2017-12-08T10:54:46+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

RICHLAND, Pa. - A Lebanon County family will be allowed to keep ducks in their home for their son with autism, a board ruled Wednesday. The Richland borough zoning hearing board voted 2-1 Wednesday to allow the Ortiz family to keep the eight ducks they have on their property. The family says the ducks are

Autism Wandering Bill Advances In Senate

2017-11-27T10:04:10+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Federal legislation aimed at providing tracking devices and resources to those with autism and other developmental disabilities who are at risk of wandering is moving forward. The U.S. Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary voted this week to approve the bill known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law. Now the measure will go before the full Senate

CVS Opening Mock Stores To Train People With Disabilities

2017-11-27T09:58:40+00:00 December 4th, 2017|

CVS is ramping up its efforts to hire people with disabilities with a slew of new mock stores designed to help train this traditionally-underemployed demographic. The pharmacy chain said it will open at least eight mock stores by spring. Each site features equipment characteristic of a typical CVS location. People with disabilities participate in classroom

Stem Cells Show Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

2017-11-27T09:54:48+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

New research is adding to evidence that children with cerebral palsy can see meaningful gains from infusions of stem cells from their own cord blood. A study looking at 63 kids with various types of spastic cerebral palsy found that just one dose of stem cells led to better motor function. “We are encouraged by

Airbnb buys start-up to help you find handicap accessible rentals

2017-11-17T10:21:00+00:00 November 27th, 2017|

Traveling can be quite the hurdle for someone with a disability. Transportation aside, those with physical limitations also have to determine in advance if their lodging accommodations will cater to their needs. A hotel with narrow doors or an Airbnb with steps, for example, could take an otherwise suitable option off the table. Fortunately, that

Assistive Technologies for Parkinson’s: Interview with Ben Gottemoller

2017-11-10T09:36:36+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Last week we published a post discussing Parkinson’s disease with Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications and Engagement at Parkinson’s UK, in some detail. In this post, Claire provided some valuable insight into the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, what treatments are available, and some of the future treatments currently in research. We also touched on

6 Awesome Assistive Devices for Those With Motor Control Issues

2017-11-10T09:05:58+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

In the United States, 18.7 percent of the civilian population between the ages of 18-64 lives with some kind of disability. Of that group, 1.9 percent of them live with a self-care disability, whether physical, mental, or emotional, that affects their ability to do basic tasks like bathe, dress themselves, or get around inside their

Designing Prosthetics That Give Female Veterans Confidence

2017-11-10T08:54:48+00:00 November 16th, 2017|

Over the past decade, the aftermath of military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen an increase in the number of veteran amputees. Female veterans face additional challenges as standard prosthetics tend to be ill suited for their bodies, which are naturally narrower at the shoulder and wider at the hips. Men and women also

Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer for “assistive technology” users will end this year

2017-11-02T09:21:57+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

While Microsoft officially ended its aggressive Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29 this year, there is still a 'loophole' open for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users to move to the latest OS. But on December 31, that’s also being shut down. As we explain in this article, the company extended its free upgrade

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