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Articles on the joys and challenges of being differently abled and the gadgets that help us be independent and productive.
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Caregiver Stress is No Joke

Caregiver Stress is No Joke | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
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As much as caregivers give of themselves, they need to take care of themselves just as much.

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Robotic Exoskeletons Extend the Body and Scale Sheer Walls

Robotic Exoskeletons Extend the Body and Scale Sheer Walls | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Six years ago, a 39-year-old architect named Robert Woo was working on the Goldman Sachs Tower in Lower Manhattan when a crane’s nylon sling snapped, dropping seven tons of metal studs onto his construction trailer.
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"Powered exoskeletons once looked like a technological dead end, like flying cars and hoverboards. It wasn’t that you couldn’t make one. It was that you couldn’t make it practical. Early attempts were absurdly bulky, inflexible, and needed too much electricity.

Those limitations haven’t gone away. But in the past 10 years, the state of the art has been advancing so fast that even Google can’t keep up. Ask the search engine, “How do exoskeletons work?” and the top result is an article from 2011 headlined, “How Exoskeletons Will Work.” As Woo can testify, the future tense is no longer necessary. The question now is, how widespread will they become—and what extraordinary powers will they give us?"

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With Autism Awareness Month Comes Push For Acceptance - Disability Scoop

With Autism Awareness Month Comes Push For Acceptance - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
The month of April is known for autism awareness, but this time around, self-advocates are looking to expand the recognition toward acceptance of those with the developmental disorder.
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Deborah Kendrick commentary | Places of worship can’t welcome “all” without aids for inclusion

Deborah Kendrick commentary | Places of worship can’t welcome “all” without aids for inclusion | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Our celebrations of Passover and Easter are maybe more reflective of who we are as a people than the bigger, flashier celebrations in December.
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"Tennis for Fun" helps special-needs athletes shine in Brandon - ABC Action News

"Tennis for Fun" helps special-needs athletes shine in Brandon - ABC Action News | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
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"Tennis for Fun" helps special-needs athletes shine in Brandon
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EASTER HUNT: Unique Event For Kids With Special Needs ...

EASTER HUNT: Unique Event For Kids With Special Needs ... | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A unique Easter egg hunt was held Saturday afternoon in Des Moines at Drake University Stadium. The event provided a place for families with special needs children to go, so they could participate in an Easter egg hunt ...
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Reporter explains 'complete dysfunctionality' of Veterans Affairs ...

Reporter explains 'complete dysfunctionality' of Veterans Affairs ... | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
During an appearance on MSNBC, Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting explained why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was failing to process so many disability benefits claims. “The central problem ...
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Advocates Call For Police Training In Meeting With Feds - Disability Scoop

Advocates Call For Police Training In Meeting With Feds - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Days after a grand jury determined there was no crime in the death of a 26-year-old with special needs who was restrained by law enforcement, the Justice Department is keeping a watchful eye.
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Inclusion is a State of Mind

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February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. My expertise in special needs education allows me to bring knowledge and programs to Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough as well as to the greater community.

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Lisa Friedman's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:36 PM

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Wheelchair Diaries

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// Wheelchair Diaries trailer THE MESSAGE Even though Reid is embarking on a quest for inclusion for people with disabilities, audiences of all walks of life have been receptive of his message because of the implicit themes of perseverance,...
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A documentary about people with disabilities and inclusion.

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Teen Makes Disability History At Mount Everest - Disability Scoop

Teen Makes Disability History At Mount Everest - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A 15-year-old with Down syndrome is said to be the first American with the chromosomal disorder to make it to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain.
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Motor Disorders And Epilepsy Can Be Caused By Dysfunction In Cerebellar Calcium Channel

Motor Disorders And Epilepsy Can Be Caused By Dysfunction In Cerebellar Calcium Channel | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A dysfunction of a certain Calcium channel, the so called P/Q-type channel, in neurons of the cerebellum is sufficient to cause different motor diseases as well as a special type of epilepsy. This
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NPR Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt Gets Disability Wrong

NPR Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt Gets Disability Wrong | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Ms.Joffe-Walt, who is neither an economist nor a specialist on disability, is making a claim that in an economics class would be red penciled with the corrective -- "be very cautious when trying to provide simplistic explanations for data you've brought...
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Disabled gamers find freedom in video games - Video on NBCNews.com

Disabled gamers find freedom in video games - Video on NBCNews.com | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: The AbleGamers foundation helps educate people on the many benefits gaming has for the disabled. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reports.
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Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle  EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

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Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle  EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
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PHOENIX - Outback Steakhouse will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

The EEOC's lawsuit, EEOC v. OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC d/b/a Outback Steakhouse and OS Restaurant Services, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:11-cv-01754-NVW, charged Outback with firing server John Woods days after a new manager took over at Outback's Phoenix Metrocenter location. According to the EEOC's suit, John Woods had worked successfully under Outback's prior manager, but a new manager terminated Woods because of his disability, traumatic brain injury.

Disability discrimination violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court of Arizona after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

After the court denied Outback's motion for summary judgment, Outback agreed to a 24-month consent decree that requires the company to pay Woods $65,000; revise its policies concerning disability discrimination; train its Arizona managers on the laws prohibiting disability discrimination; and post notices in Arizona Outback Steakhouses regarding employees' rights under the ADA.

"Managers cannot fire employees because of their mistaken beliefs about what individuals with disabilities can accomplish," EEOC Phoenix District Director Rayford Irvin said. "We are pleased with the resolution of this case, and we are hopeful that this agreement will help prevent discrimination in the workplace going forward."

EEOC Phoenix District Trial Attorney Nancy Griffiths added, "John Woods worked tirelessly to be a good server after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The ADA prohibits employers like Outback from firing individuals like John who add so much to the workplace."

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Jonnie Peacock ready to take Pistorius mantle | Disability Now

Jonnie Peacock ready to take Pistorius mantle | Disability Now | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Peacock ready to replace Pistorius as face of the paralympic movement http://t.co/hU8XqfyQ92

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LOOK: Shelby, The Seizure Dog, Refuses To Let Her Owner Suffer Alone

LOOK: Shelby, The Seizure Dog, Refuses To Let Her Owner Suffer Alone | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
Four years ago, an Arizona blogger wrote about the heartbreaking loyalty of her rescued assistance dog Shelby, and the story is still moving thousands of people today.
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Just Like You

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Aimed at demystifying Down Syndrome for kids, this short film features interviews with three young people living with Down Syndrome and their good friends to educate about the effects of an extra chromosome, but more importantly, explore the commonalities...
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Boy helps disabled mate in triathlon

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In the playground, in the classroom and on the sports field, Gisborne nine-year-olds Cory Newman and Tom Duncan are inseparable.
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Previous Generations May Hold Clues To Autism - Disability Scoop

Previous Generations May Hold Clues To Autism - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A pair of new studies suggest that a child's odds of developing autism could be impacted by the experiences of their parents and grandparents.
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Researchers say they’ve identified a higher risk of autism among children born to women who were abused as youngsters. Meanwhile, findings from a separate study indicate that men who are older when their children are born are more likely to have grandchildren with the developmental disorder."

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Finding a place where ALL can worship

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Finding a place where ALL can worship | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it

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My newest article, Finding a place where ALL can worship

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Inclusion is NOT Social Action

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Inclusion is NOT Social Action | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it

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Vanderbilt Tops Special Education Ranking - Disability Scoop

Vanderbilt Tops Special Education Ranking - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A handful of universities retained the top slots in an annual ranking of the nation's best training programs for special educators.
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Congress Rewrites IDEA Funding Rule - Disability Scoop

Congress Rewrites IDEA Funding Rule - Disability Scoop | Differently Abled and Our Glorious Gadgets | Scoop.it
A small change tucked inside a government spending bill this month may have big implications for special education.
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From the article: "Lawmakers included language clarifying the penalties that states may face if they fail to adequately fund education programs for students with disabilities. The issue has become significant in recent years as states struggled financially in the recession and some sought to cut education spending.

Under federal law, special education funding must be maintained or increased from one year to the next. If states fail to meet what’s known as “maintenance of effort” without obtaining a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, they can lose out on future federal dollars.

At least two states — South Carolina and Kansas — got into trouble in recent years for slashing their special education budgets without federal approval. As a result, they faced permanent reductions in their allocations from the Department of Education.

Now, Congress has clarified that any penalties assessed for failing to meet maintenance of effort should only apply for the year or years that the requirement is not met. Moreover, any funds that are taken away from states for being out of compliance will not automatically return to the federal coffers, but instead can be redistributed to other states that follow the rules as bonus special education dollars.

“Without this language, these funds for special education and related services would lapse and be unavailable for the children with disabilities they are intended to serve,” said Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education, in a statement."

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