Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel; Consideration of Negotiated Rulemaking Process

Summary The Department of Transportation (“Department” or “DOT”) announces that it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) concerning accommodations for air travelers with disabilities addressing inflight entertainment, supplemental medical oxygen, service animals, accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft, seating accommodations, and carrier reporting of disability service requests. The Department has hired a convener to speak with interested parties about the feasibility of conducting this Reg Neg. The Department anticipates that the […]

The Medically Underserved Population (MUP)

BY EMILY JOHNSON If you look at the pictures of my brother and me on my first day of kindergarten, and my first day of medical school, they look remarkably similar. Despite the 16 years separating the two, our hairstyles have only changed minimally. However, one of the biggest similarities of these two occasions was my personal naivety. In both cases, I was somewhat unprepared for the way my brother and others with intellectual disabilities […]

Story Behind “Viral” Photo of McDonald’s Worker Helping Man with Disability Is Even Better Than You Think

Chicago, IL (September 25, 2015) – The full story of the man pictured in a photo that went “viral” this week is even more touching than you might imagine. The snapshot posted to Facebook by a customer showed McDonald’s employee Kenny helping Dan Garringer cut and eat his food. Many news outlets reported that Dan ordered his food then requested some help from Kenny, who promptly closed his till at the busy Union Station restaurant […]

Mainstreaming the Education of Children with Disabilities: The Teacher’s Perspective

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “Inclusive education is a worldwide phenomenon widely advocated in the recent past. It is a philosophy as well as a principle and/or practice that is based on human rights and social justice. It advocates that children with special needs have to be educated along their normal peers in the regular […]

Up to 45% of cerebral palsy cases can have genetic cause

The discovery of a stronger genetic cause for cerebral palsy than previously thought has led researchers to call for an end to unnecessary caesareans and arbitrary litigation against obstetric staff. In an authoritative review published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, members of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Research Group, based at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, argue that up to 45% of cerebral palsy cases can have genetic causes. This builds […]

Communication made easier for children with cerebral palsy

As presented in Medical News Today (MNT) The Biomechanics Institute of Valencia (IBV) has coordinated the ABC project (Augmented BNCI Communication), a European initiative that has developed a new brain-computer interface system to enhance communication skills of people with cerebral palsy from childhood, improving the relationship with their environment and the expression of emotions. Cerebral palsy affects 1.5 per 1,000 people in Spain, being the first cause of childhood disability. People with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy […]

Bridging the gap: the role of Physiatrists in caring for adults with cerebral palsy.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance is delighted to bring you this free weekly bulletin of the latest published research into cerebral palsy. Our organisation is committed to supporting cerebral palsy research worldwide – through information, education, collaboration and funding. Find out more at research.cerebralpalsy.org.au Abstract PURPOSE: Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) experience a significant gap in care as they move from interdisciplinary pediatric programs to limited or non-existent care in the adult sector. A […]

Daily Intervention for Toddlers With Cerebral Palsy in GMFCS Level V: A Case Series.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract PURPOSE: To describe a daily physical therapy (PT) intervention program and outcomes for 2 toddlers with spastic quadriplegia, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level V, and to evaluate the feasibility of using a daily program in an urban children’s hospital outpatient setting. SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS: Two toddlers, GMFCS level V, received 2 hours of PT intervention based on motor learning principles 5 days a week for […]

Reliability and practicability of the straight leg raise test in children with cerebral palsy.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract AIM: Preventing restrictions to lower limb movement is part of the treatment given to children with cerebral palsy (CP). Such restrictions can be assessed using the ‘straight leg raise’ (SLR) test. This study investigated the interrater reliability and practicability of the SLR test in children with CP. METHOD: Experienced physiotherapists examined 23 children with CP (6-18y; eight females, 15 males) twice. The SLR hip range of motion (ROM) […]

Providing Dental Care For Patients With Disabilities

BY CARRIE STETLER With a shortage of special needs facilities, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic serves a vulnerable population. Dennis Fitzpatrick had 17 cavities by the time he arrived at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s special care center seven years ago. Fitzpatrick, 27, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had regular checkups throughout childhood, but his dental decay had progressed so far, four of his teeth had to be removed. Because of his disability, […]