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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

Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility

2017-07-25T09:32:22+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|

Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out. The athletic-wear giant said this week that it’s introducing a new iteration of its FlyEase lineup, a collection of sneakers that include special accessibility features. Nike first

Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations

2017-07-25T08:58:59+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

  Less than half of states are meeting their obligations to appropriately serve students with disabilities under the nation’s special education law, federal education officials say. In an annual review, the U.S. Department of Education found that only 22 states deserved the “meets requirements” designation for the 2015-2016 school year. All other states were placed

Moderate but Not Low-intensity Exercise Might Help Protect Brain from Alzheimer’s

2017-07-14T10:03:53+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

People at risk for Alzheimer’s disease who spend more time doing moderate-intensity exercise have a healthier level of glucose metabolism in the brain — considered a reflection of how healthy and active the brain really is. In contrast, low-intensity physical activity, such as a slow walk, was not related to brain metabolism, according to the research,

This 12-Year-Old Is Creating an App for Disabled People

2017-07-14T09:50:25+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

At just 12 years old, Alexander Knoll is already handing out business cards. Even more impressive, his title on those business cards is “CEO.” The inventive, freckle-faced redhead is creating something called the Ability App, which is like Yelp for accessibility. When it’s finished, the free application will help people with disabilities navigate public spaces

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