Mesa, AZ Becomes First-Ever Autism Certified City in U.S.

Mesa is the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), raising the profile of the East Valley city to millions of individuals with autism and millions of annual travelers impacted by autism. The innovative initiative is expected to raise the national profile of the city and inject a new source of visitor dollars to the region. The nearly year-long effort behind the autism […]

Senators Introduce Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act

On the heels of unanimous passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening as part of the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781)., the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (H.R. 3637) continued its momentum on Wednesday night with introduction in the Senate as S. 2747. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). […]

Autism, ADHD is Again Associated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

by Elizabeth Hlavinka, Staff Writer, MedPage Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in pregnancy was tied to increased risk of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a prospective cohort study, researchers said. Among 996 mother-child pairs, those with higher levels of acetaminophen exposure — measured through biomarkers in cord blood at delivery — the chances that offspring would be diagnosed later with ADHD or ASD were significantly greater, reported Xiaobin Wang, MD, MPH, of Johns […]

Increase in Developmental Disabilities Among Children in the United States

Pediatrics has published a new study that describes how often developmental disabilities were diagnosed among children in the United States, and trends over time. In this study, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that 17% of children aged 3–17 years had a developmental disability, and importantly, that this percentage increased over the two time periods compared, 2009–2011 and 2015–2017; increases were also […]

Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities

To address health disparities experienced by people with disabilities, the CDC’s Disability and Health Branch and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)External developed a collaborative project to promote disability inclusion strategies to make healthier choices the easier choices for all people where they may live, learn, work, and play. The Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Project bridges state disability and health efforts and community engagement by addressing physical inactivity, poor nutrition and […]

Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans

Presidential Memorandum builds on Secretary DeVos’ efforts to provide relief for eligible borrowers President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that will significantly streamline the process to erase federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. Through a process called Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge, veterans will now have their student loan debt discharged unless they decide to opt-out of the process.  The Department anticipates notifying more than 25,000 eligible veterans […]

NYU Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for People With Disabilities

Individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities now have a dedicated treatment center in New York City for oral health care—NYU College of Dentistry’s (NYU Dentistry) Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. The 8,000-square-foot center, located in NYU Dentistry’s Weissman Building, provides much-needed comprehensive care for patients whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting. “The NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities addresses a […]

Sen. Harris apologizes and says she didn’t hear questioner call Trump policies ‘mentally retarded’

Sen. Kamala Harris‘s (D-Calif.) apologized Saturday after a questioner in New Hampshire described President Trump’s actions as “mentally retarded” when she laughed and responded with “well said.” In a clip of the Friday event, the questioner, wondering why congressional Democrats have declined to move forward on impeachment proceedings, asked Harris what she was “going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally retarded actions” by Trump. Sen. Kamala Harris‘s (D-Calif.) apologized Saturday after a questioner in New Hampshire […]

The Nike Air Zoom UNVRS Debuts New FlyEase Technology

Elena Delle Donne — Olympic gold medalist, forward for the Washington Mystics and 2015 WNBA MVP — will debut the new Nike Air Zoom UNVRS. The basketball shoe introduces a new FlyEase system for easy entry and exit, and is the first Nike shoe built with this feature from the ground up. Nike FlyEase footwear starts with a clear design philosophy: take insights and inspiration from athletes with disabilities to create smarter and better-designed footwear that works for athletes of all abilities. To be […]

Traveler with autism allegedly refused to be accommodated by the airline crew.

By Janelle Griffith A man says crew members on a SkyWest Airlines flight refused to allow his brother with autism to sit near a family member Friday and walked off the plane, forcing all 75 passengers to deplane and board another flight three hours later. Now, the crew, including the pilots, have been grounded while the airline investigates the incident. Ayomide Isola, 23, was on SkyWest flight 3596 from Detroit to Houston with his mother, […]