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Billionaire Urges Disability Hiring

Posted: 10/15/14 17:30

One of the richest people in the world is calling on employers to join him in hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver kicked off a new campaign Tuesday to encourage expanded employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs. Dubbed "I'm in to Hire," the...

TV Networks Featuring More Characters With Disabilities

Posted: 10/08/14 18:18

The number of characters with disabilities appearing on broadcast television is on the rise, according to a new analysis. Eleven characters with disabilities are expected to be featured regularly on scripted prime-time programs on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC this season, up from eight last year. The findings come from a <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal;...

Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies?

Posted: 10/01/14 18:28

Pregnant women who live in leafy, green neighborhoods are less likely to have premature or low birth weight babies, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 64,000 births in Vancouver, Canada, and found that expectant mothers who lived in a neighborhood with plenty of trees, grass and other vegetation had a 20 percent lower risk of very preterm birth (before 30 weeks) and a 13 percent lower risk of moderate preterm birth (30 to 36...

The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids

Posted: 09/24/14 18:12

Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the "protection trap" -- reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study. The finding indicates that certain coddling behaviors may actually boost anxiety, although the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "We found evidence that when parents try to help...

Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study

Posted: 09/16/14 19:56

Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. Of those children, 55 percent slept on animal skin in their first three months of life. Compared to other youngsters, those who slept on animal skin in infancy were 79 percent less likely to have asthma at age 6, and 41 percent less...

Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying's Impact, Study Says

Posted: 09/10/14 18:10

Having regular family meals may help protect teens from the harmful mental health effects of "cyberbullying," a new study suggests. Online abuse can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to experts. "One in five adolescents experience cyberbullying," Frank Elgar, a professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, said in a university news...

When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First

Posted: 09/04/14 01:47

Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from PET and MRI brain scans and found that enormous amounts of energy are used by the human brain in the first few years of life, which means physical growth has to take a back seat during that time. For example, a 5-year-old's brain uses twice as much...

Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia

Posted: 08/27/14 18:04

Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates. The study, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that in children with a previous silent stroke, monthly blood transfusions cut the rate of future strokes by more than half. The researchers said their findings support screening children with sickle cell for evidence of silent stroke -- something that is not routinely...

Despite Laws, ABA Therapy Often Hard To Come By

Posted: 08/20/14 01:07

Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism. "It felt like my heart had been ripped out," said his mother, Suzanne Burke of Philadelphia. Seeking the best care, his parents found applied behavior analysis, a one-on-one therapy considered the most effective...

Family Takes Special Education Fight To Social Media

Posted: 08/13/14 12:12

Asa and Priscilla Maass' fight for their daughter's education has been a long one. But it's the last month that has felt longest. It's a story that they're now sharing with thousands of others through Facebook page entitled "Big Fight For a Little Girl.Nine years ago, their daughter Abigail was diagnosed with...

Inflexibility May Be Hardwired In Those With Autism

Posted: 08/06/14 17:43

Kids with autism have less flexible brains, researchers say in a new study that may help explain why switching from rest to a task can be particularly difficult for those on the spectrum. Brain scans of children with autism indicate that there's little difference in how key networks connect no matter if they're at rest or engaged in an activity, according to <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style:...

Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

Posted: 07/30/14 17:47

Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child's stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of children with autism who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less stress, anxiety and depression, report researchers at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. "Interventions have, for good reasons, been focused on the...

Delaware Ponders How to Test Children with Special Needs

Posted: 07/23/14 18:17

A stinging report from the U.S. Department of Education saying Delaware "needs intervention" in special education has put the state under pressure to exempt fewer special-needs students from national standardized tests. While Gov. Jack Markell's administration says it is pushing to fix the problem, advocates for those students say there's more to the issue than simply getting the tests right. Delaware was one of just three states, along with...

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...

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