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Students Create Custom Pencil Grip For Girl With Special Needs

2017-10-09T14:59:28+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — By the end of the school day, 9-year-old Natalie Quintana is worn out from writing. Arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that contracts joints and weakens muscles, makes it hard to make a pencil dance across paper. But a custom-designed gripping tool that seventh- and eighth-grade students at Janitell Middle School created for

Student Invents Assistive Tech For Those With Disabilities Like Hers

2017-10-09T14:55:34+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

BALTIMORE — Kavita Krishnaswamy had labored through a decade of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate student had invented robotic devices that are discussed around the world. She’d spent three years narrowing the focus of her doctoral dissertation. But when the

Nonprofit Wants To Create 130K Jobs For People With Disabilities

2017-10-09T14:48:47+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

A new effort with the backing of some major names in the advertising industry is launching with an ambitious goal: create 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020. Leaders of several New York advertising agencies are coming together to form the nonprofit Creative Spirit, which will work to grow employment opportunities for those

Cerebral Palsy Can Be Diagnosed By 6 Months Of Age, Study Finds

2017-10-09T14:43:02+00:00 October 10th, 2017|

Cerebral palsy can be accurately diagnosed by 6 months of age, researchers say, yet kids often aren’t flagged until they’re 1 or 2, potentially losing out on valuable early intervention. In a study looking at a half-dozen scientific reviews and two sets of clinical guidelines from experts in the field, researchers found that doctors can

C-Pen Testimonial

2017-10-09T14:21:35+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|

The students are able to use the device independently. Many of our students are using them for reading for example math word problems on a worksheet or anything on a worksheet. Previously, the teachers would have to spend precious time scanning and emailing worksheets and other documents. With the use of the cpen students can

Eye Test Could Help Diagnose Autism

2017-08-01T11:04:41+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

A new study out in European Journal of Neuroscience could herald a new tool that helps physicians identify a sub-group of people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The test, which consists of measuring rapid eye movements, may indicate deficits in an area of the brain that plays an important role in emotional and social development.

How physical exercise prevents dementia

2017-08-01T10:52:20+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

Numerous studies have shown that physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age. Now researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism. In order to further advance current state of knowledge on the positive influence of physical

Make College Textbooks Accessible

2017-08-01T10:33:03+00:00 August 7th, 2017|

Many disabilities make reading textbooks difficult. Keeping up with assignments can be exhausting for students with dyslexia or impaired vision, while physical disabilities make it impossible for some to open a book or turn a page. For students with print disabilities, obtaining textbooks in accessible formats -- usually digital copies whose words can be enlarged,

Top Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) Apps for iPad

2017-08-01T10:23:44+00:00 August 5th, 2017|

The iPad continues to make communication more accessible and cost-effective for persons with developmental and speech disabilities. Mobile apps provide many of the vocabulary building and text-to-speech features of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices for far less than products such as the Dynavox Maestro. The following apps help persons who struggle to speak due

Electronic Devices Help Nonverbal Kids Find Their Voice

2017-07-25T09:30:22+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

WASHINGTON, Ill. — Selah isn’t ready to work yet. Carrie Kerr asks, “Do you want a drink?” Selah grabs a bright pink iPad programmed with more than 3,000 words and matching pictures, including a skunk for a fun kid word like “fart.” Pronouns in yellow-colored boxes, adjectives in blue, nouns in white, verbs in green

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