National Family Caregivers Month 2018: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishment

National Family Caregivers Month 2018: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishment By Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging We hear repeatedly that without family caregivers, our long-term services system would be stretched to the breaking point. Family caregivers make it possible for so many of our nation’s citizens to remain independent, living in the settings of their choice. Supporting families and family caregivers in their efforts to assist their friends and loved ones is at the very […]

Keeping the Holidays Sensory-Sensitive

Kindering therapists address sensory processing issues and a number of developmental challenges every day. The following material was written by Teresa Fair-Field, Kindering Occupational Therapist (OT), about dealing with sensory processing disorder (SPD) during the holiday season for children who celebrate Christmas as well as many other holidays. Also, be sure to read her original poem about SPD and the holidays – Taming the Grinch in your House – by scrolling down or clicking here. Be sensory-sensitive […]

Homeschool Students with Special Needs Options

Creating a calm homeschool environment focused on your special needs child is very different from the effort required to establish a basic homeschool classroom.  Teaching students with learning, behavioral, mental health, medical, or intellectual disabilities requires attention to a level of detail far beyond anything that might be created for a basic K-12 homeschool experience.  Important factors to consider might include: Does your classroom set-up provide the right kind of environment for your special needs […]

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Living with a disability does not make you immune. Women with disabilities are less likely to undergo breast cancer screening due to the inaccessibility of radiology and mammography equipment. Women using wheelchairs and other mobility equipment may be unable to position themselves […]

Latest NCD report evaluates progress eliminating subminimum wage employment for people with disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Council on Disability – an independent federal agency – today released its latest report on trends regarding American workers with disabilities being paid below minimum wage, recent policy changes impacting this employment model, and characteristics of for-profit entity use of subminimum wage work in their supply chains. “National Disability Employment Policy, From the New Deal to the Real Deal: Joining the Industries of the Future” provides compelling findings from a […]

Five Myths & the Real Facts for Employers

MYTH #1 MYTH “Hiring employees with disabilities increases workers compensation insurance rates.” FACT Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities. MYTH #2 MYTH “Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.” FACT The majority of workers with disabilities do not need accommodations to perform their jobs, and for those who do, the cost is usually minimal. In fact, 56% […]

Special Olympics St. Kitts & Nevis Tennis Olympian Returns Home with Prosthetic Leg

On behalf of the Special Olympics’ Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, we thank you for your continued time and commitment towards creating a unified community. Today we bring to you a wonderful story of perseverance and community. Thanks to the efforts of the Special Olympics community, we were to get a Special Olympics athlete back on the court playing the sport he loves! Check it below: —- On Thursday, September 27th, Dionte Foster, 21, a […]

New supplemental awards boost NIH funding for research on Down syndrome

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $22.2 million in supplemental funding to bolster support for Down syndrome research ranging from basic to clinical. The investment is part of the INCLUDE (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down SyndromE) project, which was launched in June 2018 in response to a Congressional directive to develop a new trans-NIH initiative to investigate critical health and quality-of-life needs for individuals with Down syndrome. With these […]

Important Ways To Improve Your Cybersecurity

As the threat of cybercrime intensifies, know the basic steps to safeguard your data and assets. In 2017 alone, more than 143 million Americans were affected by cybercrimes, a jump of 30 percent from 2016.1 With cybercrime on the rise, it is more important than ever to protect your personal information. Whether it’s strengthening your passwords or treating emails from unknown senders with more caution, you can take a number of steps to reduce your […]