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November 21, 2014

Claims Deadline Approaches in Historic Class Action Settlements - PRNewswire

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - On November 30th, the claims deadline will expire in the precedent setting class action settlements concerning the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres. These three class actions settled for $67.7 million in 2013, the largest settlement in...



Drs. Goudie and Marshall named Chief Medical Officers for Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - PRNewswire

OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Richard Goudie (Barrie, Ont.) as Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Andrew Marshall (Ottawa, Ont.) as Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at the Toronto 2015 Parapan...



Future Uncertain For National Children's Study - DisabiltyScoop
An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.

Lorri Unumb Honored by Professional Women in Advocacy - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs, was honored for Excellence in a State Issue Campaignat the annual Professional Women in Advocacy conference held here. National Grassroots Advocacy Director Shelley Hendrix was one of three finalists forExcellence In A Campaign For WomenServing Women.

Over 180 women were nominated in five categories for the annual awards which included finalists from organizations such as AARP, Google, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the ASPCA, MADD and other groups. Autism Speaks captured three of the nominations, with Shelley Hendrix nominated in two categories.

Lorri Unumb, an attorney based in Lexington, SC, led the fight for Ryan's Law, named after her son with autism, in 2006 in South Carolina to require coverage of autism therapies by private insurers. She later joined Autism Speaks and has helped manage similar successful campaigns in 34 other states.

She has broadened her work to advocate with employers who self-fund their health plans to voluntarily add autism coverage. Approximatelyone-third of self-funded employers now voluntarily provide autism coverage, often acting after their home states enacts lawsrequiring coverage by fully funded health plans.

Hendrix was a finalist for the Excellence in a Campaign For Women Serving Women, "an effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women."Hendrix has built and mobilized Autism Speaks' grassroots "army" of advocatesthat has played a prominent role in the enactment of state autism reform laws and which turned the tide in Congress in 2011 when the Combating Autism Act was reauthorized.

PWIA provides professional development and leadership training to women in all areas of advocacy, including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns.


#AUCD2014: Please take a moment to complete the 2014 conference survey - AUCD
Thank you all for an amazing and energizing AUCD 2014 Conference! If you haven't already, please take a moment to complete the 2014 conference survey and tell us what you loved, what you could do without, and how we can continue to improve and build on this year's conference.

NCD Releases Annual Progress Report on National Disability Policy - AUCD
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released the 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report. The 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report provides policy recommendations in each area with the goal of promoting a more inclusive environment.
November 20, 2014

Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Advocates And Theatre Owners To Hold Joint Press Conference Regarding Proposed Rulemaking On Movie Theater Captioning - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by National Association of Theatre Owners: WHEN:  21 November 2014, 10:00 A.M. Eastern WHERE:  The National Press...

ReadSpeaker Launches New Version of ReadSpeaker TextAid - PRNewswire
UPPSALA, Sweden, November 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ReadSpeaker is excited to announce the latest version of ReadSpeaker TextAid, with a fully redesigned user interface and an updated list of user-friendly features. The user interface - available in four languages with more to come - has...

Seinfeld Now Says He Doesn't Have Autism - DisabiltyScoop
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is backing off comments he made earlier this month suggesting that he may be on the autism spectrum.

ReadSpeaker startet neue Version von ReadSpeaker TextAid - PRNewswire
UPPSALA, Schweden, November 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Der persönliche Online-Reader für Schüler und Studierende umfasst jetzt neue Text- und Dokumentenbibliotheksfunktionen.  ReadSpeaker freut sich, die neueste Version von ReadSpeaker TextAid mit vollständig neu...

ReadSpeaker lanserar ny version av ReadSpeaker TextAid - PRNewswire
UPPSALA, Sverige, November 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- I den internetbaserade personliga läsaren för studenter ingår nu nya biblioteksfunktioner för texter och dokument.  ReadSpeaker har glädjen att presentera den senaste versionen av ReadSpeaker TextAid med...

ReadSpeaker lanceert nieuwe versie van ReadSpeaker TextAid - PRNewswire
UPPSALA, Zweden, November 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- De online personal reader voor studenten bevat nu nieuwe tekst- en documentbibliotheekmogelijkheden.  ReadSpeaker is verheugd om de nieuwste versie van ReadSpeaker TextAid aan te kondigen met een volledig vernieuwde...

Vote Planned On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - DisabiltyScoop
With little time to spare, a vote will happen this year on a bill that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their benefits, a key member of Congress says.
November 19, 2014

HelpMeSee Welcomes Matt Kupec As Vice President Of Development And Marketing - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate blindness caused by treatable cataract, announces that Matt Kupec has been appointed Vice President of Development and Marketing.  Kupec, a veteran fundraiser, comes to HelpMeSee...



Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics released data today outlining the results of its successful two-year old Healthy Communities initiative and announced that it will expand the program from 14 to 100 sites by 2025. Healthy Communities provides...



Integral Senior Living Encourages Families to Take Stock of Aging Loved Ones During Holiday Visits - PRNewswire

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Integral Senior Living (ISL), a senior residence management company, encourages families, during holiday visits with aging loved ones, to check on their health, discuss their senior care and review their important documents. Reuniting at the...



Otologic Pharmaceutics (OPI) Initiates Phase 1 Clinical Study of HNPN-1010 for Hearing Disorders - PRNewswire

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Otologic Pharmaceutics, Inc. (OPI) announced today the initiation of clinical testing of NHPN-1010, its lead product candidate for the treatment of acute sensorineural hearing loss. OPI is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company committed...



Easter Seals Expands Mentorship Program for Young Women with Disabilities to Digital Audiences - PRNewswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easter Seals is bringing young women with disabilities together through the national expansion of the Thrive program.  Women across the country will now have digital access to the Massachusetts-based program, Easter Seals...



Toymaker Wants Playtime To Be More Inclusive - DisabiltyScoop
The maker of childhood classics like Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh and Connect 4 is looking to ensure that kids with developmental disabilities know how to engage with its toys too.

Possibility unbound: 25 years of progress for those with disability - CSMonitor.com - AUCD
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities act - which turns 25 next year - and a demanding and aging baby boom generation, the nation has fewer limits for those with physical impairments.
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