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Challenges of Visual Accessibility for People with Low Vision

Posted: 07/16/14 16:48

New approaches and tools are needed to improve visual accessibility for people with low vision in the "real world," according to experts. Low vision is defined as chronically impaired vision that is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses and adversely affects everyday functioning. It is estimated that there are between 3.5 million and 5 million Americans with low vision, and this number is expected to increase as the population ages. To read...

Kids with Strong Bonds to Parents Make Better Friends, Can Adapt in Difficult Relationships

Posted: 07/08/14 18:01

What social skills does a three-year-old bring to interactions with a new peer partner? If he has strong bonds to his parents, the child is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he'll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new study. "Securely attached children are more responsive to suggestions or requests made by a new peer partner. A child who has experienced a secure attachment relationship with caregivers is likely to come into a...

Pediatrics Group Wants Parents to Read to Their Children Every Day

Posted: 07/02/14 16:41

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. That clarion call comes in a new policy statement issued Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Early Childhood. The aim of the recommendation is to help parents "immunize their children against illiteracy," said statement author Dr. Pamela High, director of...

New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Program

Posted: 06/25/14 18:18

To improve the educational outcomes of America's 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education today announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states' special education programs. Until now, the Department's primary focus was to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements such as timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. While these...

Brothers Complete 40-Mile Journey For Cerebral Palsy

Posted: 06/18/14 17:17

A teen trekked 40 miles over the weekend, braving the heat and rain, all while carrying his brother who has cerebral palsy in an effort to raise awareness of the condition. Hunter Gandee, 14, arrived Sunday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with his 50-pound brother, Braden, 7, riding piggyback. The two began their journey the day before in Temperance, Mich., setting out with a group of family and friends on the walk, which included an...

Among New Smokers, Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Than Girls: Study

Posted: 06/11/14 15:04

Teen boys who recently started smoking are more likely to quit than teen girls. And, both boys and girls who are frightened by cigarette warning labels or play team sports are more likely to quit, new research shows. The study included 620 boys and girls in Montreal, aged 12 and 13, who had recently started smoking at least occasionally. Just over 40 percent of the teens said their parents smoked, nearly 90 percent had friends who smoked and about 80 percent said they often saw...

Kids More Likely Than Adults To Be Resistant to HIV Meds: Study

Posted: 05/30/14 17:52

Children born with HIV face a greater risk of developing resistance to life-saving antiretroviral drugs than HIV-infected adults do, according to new research. Antiretroviral drugs are used to treat people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. "The problem with drug resistance is that once you develop it, it never goes away," study author Dr. Russell Van Dyke, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at...

No Such Thing as a 'Universal' Intelligence Test: Cultural Differences Determine Results Country by Country

Posted: 05/28/14 12:11

Scientists from the University of Granada have studied 54 individuals -- half Spanish and half Moroccan -- to determine how IQ tests work. New research suggests that a universal test of intelligence quotient does not exist.  Results in this type of test are determined to a strong degree by cultural differences. Their objective was to study and explain cultural differences in IQ test performance. To do this, scientists from CIMCYC --...

Family-Based Exposure Therapy Effective Treatment for Young Children with OCD

Posted: 05/21/14 13:15

A new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center has found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is beneficial to young children between the ages of five and eight with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, now published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found developmentally sensitive family-based CBT that included exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in...

Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child's Brain Health, Study Finds

Posted: 05/14/14 13:50

Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit from the intervention. One expert not connected to the study wasn't surprised by the results. "It is very appealing to say to a woman that if she takes a pill every day, her baby will become smarter," said Dr. Catherine Herway, assistant director of maternal-fetal...

At Congressional Hearing, Disability Training Urged For Police

Posted: 05/07/14 14:46

The mother of a Maryland man with Down syndrome who died in police custody last year told a U.S. Senate panel this week that the federal government needs to spend more to train law enforcement on how to approach people with disabilities and mental illness. Patti Saylor, whose son, Robert "Ethan" Saylor, died of asphyxiation in January 2013 while handcuffed on the ground in a Frederick County, Md. movie theater, said more should be done to foster relationships...

FDA Warns Against Bogus Autism Treatments

Posted: 04/30/14 11:18

Companies that make false or misleading claims that their products and therapies can treat or even cure autism face possible legal action if they continue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned them. As part of National Autism Awareness Month in April, the FDA wanted to inform consumers about bogus autism therapies. Autism disorders affect about one in 68 children, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

Posted: 04/23/14 11:24

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape. The <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows:...

'Milestone' Therapy Produces Leg Movement in Individuals with Paraplegia

Posted: 04/16/14 13:06

Four men paralyzed below the waist have regained some movement in their legs after a series of electrodes implanted along their spinal cord reawakened nerves long thought deadened, researchers are reporting. Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord has given the men the ability to voluntarily flex their toes, ankles and knees, and the strength and precision of their movements has improved over time through intense physical rehabilitation, the researchers...

Demand Soars For Special Education Boarding Schools

Posted: 04/09/14 11:56

Increasing autism rates and rising mental health issues among children are causing a spike in the number of public school students attending residential treatment centers, boarding schools that combine education with intense therapy. Many parents say these schools have performed wonders for their children, helping them back from the brink of dysfunction, despair, even suicide. But the high cost and soaring need have prompted some experts to warn that the service could be...

Mom Aims To Make Advertising More Inclusive

Posted: 04/02/14 18:07

Katie Driscoll never wanted anyone's pity. And so, when her daughter, Grace, was born with Down syndrome Driscoll picked up a camera. She wanted to show the world what she saw when she looked at her daughter. Day by day, taking photos of Grace turned into taking photos of other children with disabilities. There were kids with cerebral palsy. And kids with dwarfism. As Driscoll looked through the lens of her camera, she couldn't help but think that these...

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