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August 29, 2014 The Truth About Down Syndrome - AUCD
New York Times Op-Ed - The Truth About Down Syndrome. It's associated with more happiness than you might think.

In-Home Caregivers Often Lack Training, Oversight - DisabiltyScoop
Many in-home caregivers say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help individuals with serious illnesses and disabilities.
August 28, 2014

ADA Suit Against Disney May Expand - DisabiltyScoop
The number of families looking to sue Disney over changes to its theme park access policy for people with disabilities is growing substantially.

Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say - DisabiltyScoop
There's long been talk of a connection between autism risk and infant head size, but a large new study suggests that no such link exists.
August 27, 2014

Youth With Disabilities Sharpen Skills To Meet The School Year Head On - PRNewswire
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As high school and college campuses across the state gear up for the new school year, several Southern California students with disabilities are prepared and well equipped to tackle the challenges ahead. Through the 2014 Leadership Week...

USC Eye Institute ophthalmologists implant first FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis in western United States - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lisa Kulik saw fireworks for the first time in nearly 30 years this July 4 holiday, thanks to a groundbreaking retinal implant co-invented by Mark Humayun, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned clinician-researcher at the University of...

Autism Speaks' Dan Unumb Weighs in On Medicaid Change - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Kaiser HeaIth News examines impact of federal directive to states to expand autism coverage

August 26, 2014

(August 26, 2014) -Kaiser Health News (KHN) has examined how the states are reacting tothe federal government's July directivetocover medically necessary treatments for autism for individuals under age 21. An estimatedone-third of all children with autismreceive primary coverage through Medicaid.

Theannouncementby the Centers for Medicare & MedicaidServices (CMS) makes clear thatautism treatment mustbe addressed under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)serviceswhich cover Medicaid-eligible children up to the age of21. The states are now assessing how to implement the change.

While coverage ofapplied behavioral analysis"isn't explicitly required" by the new guidance, KHN noted,advocatesexpect it to be covered.

"Since ABA is the most accepted, effective treatment that isn't experimental and investigational, you can't just exclude it entirely," Daniel Unumb, executive director of Autism Speaks' Legal Resource Center told KHN.

In California, where the state has already begun steps to expand Medicaid coverage, an additional 6,000 children with autism could benefit under the new federal guidelines, said Kristin Jacobson, co-founder and president of Autism Deserves Equal Coverage.

“For them it's going to be a huge deal,” said Jacobson, who worked with Autism Speaks to help enact California's 2011 autism insurance reform law.

Unumb said over a dozen states had reached out to himforguidance on how to implement the new directive.

Read more from Kaiser Health News.

Hundreds to Rally at Minneapolis Social Security Office in Protest of Community Office Closures Across U.S. - PRNewswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office Wednesday, Aug. 27 to shed light on the Social Security Administration's plan to close...

Report Finds Fewer Federal Workers With Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
Despite a push to increase hiring of people with what are known as "targeted disabilities," the participation of such individuals in the federal workforce has actually declined.
August 26, 2014

Jewelry, Accessories and Home Décor made by individuals with disabilities. - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Coletta Shops ( is a social enterprise selling handmade jewelry, accessories and home décor made by individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Operated by the nonsectarian, nonprofit St. Coletta of...

Haitian Amputees' Story of Triumph and Survival to Premiere at Portland Film Festival - PRNewswire
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake will be a featured presentation at the Portland Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st...

Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Adults with autism face a greater risk of sexual victimization than their typically-developing peers, researchers say, and a lack of education could be part of the reason why.

Rule On Overtime Pay For Caregivers Prompts Pushback - DisabiltyScoop
Officials in one state say that new federal rules requiring overtime pay for caregivers could mean diminished services for people with disabilities and increased institutionalization.

Suit Alleges ADA Violations At DMV - DisabiltyScoop
Just because she has a disability, Pam Dickens must prove every year that she's a safe driver in order to keep her license. Now, Dickens and others are suing to get the requirement dropped.

Former Professional Baseball Player Joins AudioEye Team - PRNewswire
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AudioEye®, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye"), creator of the Audio Internet® patented audio browsing and automated publishing technology platform, today announced that Robbie Dromerhauser has joined the Company as a Senior Managing...
August 25, 2014

New Medicare Rules Rob ALS Patients of Their Voice, Says ALS Patient Lee Abramson - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new level of awareness of ALS from the "Ice Bucket Challenge" should be directed at improving the quality of life for patients as well as finding a cure. Congress, however, has gone in the opposite direction, with incredibly...

Doctors Get New Recommendations For Diagnosing Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
A major pediatricians' group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
August 22, 2014

Outrage After Special Education Students Forced To Sort Trash - DisabiltyScoop
A school district is apologizing for having students in special education dig through trash for recyclables to earn money as part of a functional skills program.

Study Offers Clues To How Autism Develops - DisabiltyScoop
Kids with autism retain extra brain connections that other children weed out during development, researchers say in a new study that suggests drugs may be able to correct the issue.
August 21, 2014

Support Growing For Autism Behavior Therapy - DisabiltyScoop
A new government-backed review finds that there is substantially more evidence for behavior therapy in treating autism than even just a few years ago.
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