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15 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability. This represents about 1 billion people globally. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, satellites or the Internet, are a unique infrastructure that expand access to key  public services, promoting digital inclusion. Throughout the world, persons living with disabilities are already benefitting from the advantages of ICT-enabled applications. But more needs to …

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ASHA and the (Ableist) Dream of Accessible Communication for All

ASHA and the (Ableist?) Dream of Accessible Communication for All

This is not a post about stuttering. It is a post about how we are all of us bound together in complex and complicit ways. Due to a long and very interesting history, SLP has become the dominant way to think about and engage with communicating bodies that are different from what society now takes to be “normal.” Medical and scientific …

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3 Tips on Adapting Art Projects for Your Special Needs Child

3 Tips on Adapting Art Projects for Your Special Needs Child

Art is a great medium for children to explore their creativity and express themselves without fear of doing it the ‘right or ‘wrong’ way. Some parents and teachers may shy away from doing traditional art projects with their special needs children or students because they find it difficult, but there is no need for this. With a few modifications, any …

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Should we really be prompting our children with special needs

Should We Really be Prompting Our Children with Special Needs?

What is a prompt? A prompt can be verbal, visual, gestural or physical. It is given to encourage a response, etc. Prompts can be beneficial and are often needed to guide and redirect a child to a task. Prompts are meant to be faded over time as a child develops a specific skill. To learn more information about prompts, check …

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Scientists at the University of York Have Taken a Leaf Out of Nature's Book in an Attempt to Develop Effective Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis

A Condition Which Affects Millions of People in the UK alone. A research team at York has adapted the astonishing capacity of animals such as newts to regenerate lost tissues and organs caused when they have a limb severed. The research, which is funded by a £190,158 award from the medical research charity Arthritis Research UK, is published inNature Scientific Reports. The …

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Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

Paralyzed Men Move Legs with New Non-Invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation

Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on …

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Vitamin D supplements could help reduce falls in homebound elderly

Vitamin D Supplements Could Help Reduce Falls in Homebound Elderly

Every year falls affect approximately one in three older adults living at home, with approximately one in 10 falls resulting in serious injury. Even if an injury does not occur, the fear of falling can lead to reduced activity and a loss of independence. Research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining muscle integrity and strength …

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Blind Children Can Repurpose Brain's Visual Center to Process Speech – Study

Blind Children Can Repurpose Brain's Visual Center to Process Speech – Study

Parts of the brain once thought to be primarily devoted to processing vision can be recruited by blind children as young as five to process speech, a study has found. The work could have implications for neurologists’ understanding of “plasticity”, or how the brain adapts to experience. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or …

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Better Diagnosis Call for Adults with ADHD

Better Diagnosis Call for Adults with ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults is a "hidden" problem that needs better diagnosis, the charity for people with the condition, Addiss, has said. How does it affect adults' lives? "I wake up every morning a new woman. I think, 'Today is the day I'm going to do everything right and get on top of the important things instead …

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Ten Years of Being a Comedian With Disability at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ten Years of Being a Comedian with Disability at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The cleaners visited our rented apartment here in Edinburgh yesterday to change the bed linen and bring fresh towels. That means I have now been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week. It's hard to keep track as the days are an identical routine of practising for our comedy show: Abnormally Funny People. It's been 10 years since we …

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Institute Calls For More Teleschools

Institute Calls For More Teleschools

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children says it needs at least five more "teleschools" in the Hunter region, because it cannot keep up with demand. A teleschool uses the latest video-conferencing technology to give families access to therapy, education and clinical services in their own home. Chief executive Chris Rehn said around 20 children are using a teleschool …

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Acquired Brain Injury Survivor Tells of Challenges And Struggles While Rehabilitating

Acquired Brain Injury: Survivor Tells of Challenges and Struggles While Rehabilitating

Each time Adam Houston meets new people, he waits for their usual response — a puzzled look, a slump of shoulders and a slowing of speech as they realise he has an acquired brain injury. It has been 11 years since Mr Houston crashed his trail bike into a tree, but the response never changes, and the moment still stings. …

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Disability Services In Tasmanian Schools In Crisis, Teachers Say

Disability Services in Tasmanian Schools in Crisis, Teachers Say

Disability services in Tasmania's education system are "in crisis", a survey of teachers has found. The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby (TDERL) questioned 428 public school teachers. It found 91 per cent of teachers believed the current system was inadequate. Founder Kristen Desmond said the system is in crisis. "That was amazing to us, it was even worse than we …

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Working Canines The Black Labrador That Brings Independence and Hope

Working Canines: The Black Labrador That Brings Independence and Hope

Alexis Smith was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that causes brittle bones. The 50-year-old is bound to a wheelchair and needs help with things like picking up items off the floor and opening doors. That's where Opal comes in. "It's lonely. She makes me feel like I've got a purpose." Alexis Smith Last November, the 16-month-old assistance dog …

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Mexico City Bans Cages, Restraints at Facilities for People With Disabilities

Mexico City Bans Cages, Restraints at Facilities for People with Disabilities

A Mexico City official said the city would ban the use of restraints and cages on children under its care and work to get many into homes, after a Disability Rights International and ABC News joint investigation uncovered youth, some with disabilities, living in deplorable conditions in government-funded facilities. "Effective immediately Mexico City will ban the use of restraints and …

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Where Americans Are Most Affected By Disabilities

Where Americans are Most Affected by Disabilities

A health issue that affects a significant portion of the American population is often overlooked with the news of cancer rates rising, diabetes rates in children and ebola scares, among others. More than 1 in 5 Americans are disabled, and as our population ages, the burden of disability will only continue to grow. Not all Americans know what counts as …

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Arts program helps women with disabilities navigate sex, relationships

Arts Program Helps Women with Disabilities Navigate Sex, Relationships

Each Wednesday morning, about a dozen women gather to talk about health, sex and relationships. They range in age from their mid-20s to their late 50s. Two of them are in wheelchairs. The women have developmental or intellectual disabilities, and for many of them, this is the first time they've had any sort of sex education. A new program is …

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This Disabled School Boy Gets to Show Bullies His 'Awesome' New Bionic Hand

This Disabled School Boy Gets to Show Bullies His 'Awesome' New Bionic Hand

A nine-year-old who was bullied for having only one hand has become the first boy in the UK to be fitted with a new child-sized bionic hand. Josh Cathcart, from Dalgety Bay in Fife, was tormented by classmates for his disability but now he said he cannot wait to show off his "awesome" new hand to friends at school. His …

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Disability Assessment Centre in Walsall not fit for the Disabled, says MP

Disability Assessment Centre in Walsall not Fit for the Disabled, says MP

AN ASSESSMENT centre for disability benefits has been accused of being difficult to access for people with disabilities. Some rooms in the Personal Independent Payment offices for Capita in Lower Hall Lane are not wide enough for disabled people, according to Valerie Vaz MP of Walsall South. She has written to chief executive Andy Parker to voice her concerns. "A …

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Youngsters with Disabilities Shine at European Tournament

Youngsters with Disabilities Shine at European Tournament

Players from the Chelsea Foundation disability programme enjoyed a trip to remember earlier this month as they competed in the International Swiss Under-16 Cup Special Needs Tournament. Since 2011, the tournament for people with disabilities has formed part of the mainstream Swiss Under-16 Cup with six teams taking part in this year’s tournament in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Organised by the …

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What it feels like to have Multiple Sclerosis when the government takes your disability benefit away

What it Feels Like to Have Multiple Sclerosis When the Government Takes Your Disability Benefit Away

I have relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. A week ago, I took my PIP (personal independence payment) claim to tribunal and lost. This is pretty standard fare. Lengthy claims for the PIP benefit, which supports individuals with disabilities and incurable medical conditions, run into months and years. The process of applying for PIP is neither transparent nor easy to follow, and …

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