IBCCES launches teletherapy training, certification program to help children with autism, special needs

IBCCES has launched a teletherapy training and certification program for speech and occupational therapists to help children with autism and special needs. Author: Heather Crawford JACKSONVILLE, Fla — For many children with autism and other special needs, the pandemic has limited or changed the way they receive services. A Jacksonville social impact company is leading the way to help train and certify therapists across the country for teletherapy, so children don’t have a gap in […]

Momentum Building for Making Telehealth Authority Permanent

Following congressional approval of legislation in March authorizing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to provide certain services remotely under Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enabled members of both professions to do so during the public health emergency (PHE). Key lawmakers are now urging for permanent change, including leaders of the Senate Telehealth Caucus who spearheaded a letter to Senate leaders on […]

Funding Available for COVID-19 Needs

Special Announcement – Funding Available for COVID-19 Needs The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is encouraging people with disabilities, families of people with disabilities, and disability non-profit organizations to apply for new, one-time grants through its scholarship fund. The Council special funding grants are to be used for technology to support people with disabilities to grow their leadership skills and stay connected during social distancing with COVID-19. Funds must be used to meet the needs […]

New Policy at Twitter bans posts that ‘dehumanize’ people in connection with diseases

Twitter Inc said on Thursday it is banning posts that “dehumanize” people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that happens to correspond to an explosion of tweets about the spreading coronavirus. The company told Reuters that the policy change was not a reaction to the outbreak of the virus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, but was part of its continual effort to update its rules against […]

NIH-funded effort may help people with intellectual disability participate in clinical studies

What The NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery — an assessment of cognitive functioning for adults and children participating in neuroscience research —c an be adapted to people with intellectual disabilities by modifying some test components and making accommodations for the test-takers’ disabilities, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The adaptations ensure that the battery can be used to assess the cognitive ability of people with intellectual disabilities who have a mental age of […]