Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Disability Action Center is pleased to announce it is moving! This move will help to further the mission and grow programs and services.
Please note effective December 15th, our physical and mailing address with be:
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
The Disability Action Center for Independent Living serves the citizens of 23 South Carolina counties. Programs and services provide knowledge and tools to help people with disabilities recognize existing community resources, enhance personal opportunities, and determine the future direction of their lives.
Voice: (803) 779-5121
TTY: (803) 779-0949
Toll Free: (800) 681-6805
Fax: (803) 779-5114
Empowering people with disabilities to reach their highest level of independence.
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Monday, December 13, 2010
As usual, the response was gratifying. We had some folks who tried to help with a cheaper alternative, and so forth. I talked to Ronda Catron several times about it. In the first conversation, I suggested that she just try to call the company (Rifton) to ask if they’d give one to the child. We thought, “What does it hurt to try?”
Within a couple of days, the folks at Rifton responded with a positive answer and are shipping the desk with a few attachments.
You can read more about the company at www.rifton.com
And see a video at http://www.rifton.com/products/mobility/pacergaittrainers/seancarter/
Ann at Rifton wrote:
Thank you for passing on through Valerie the story of how an office team in SC has adopted the Christmas Wish Lists of foster children. This is the kind of thing we wish we could see so much more often in our world today. We would like to make this a special Christmas for this child. We are happy to be able to release it today so that it will be received before Christmas.
Rifton has agreed that we can tell our listserv about this, but also with the explanation that they do regret that they’re unable to respond favorably to the dozens of donation requests they receive, but we were so touched by this request that they responded to this one.
Isn’t this a wonderful Holiday story? When I said “it takes a village” in regards to transporting a piece of equipment right before Thanksgiving, it was even more prophetic than we realized.
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Post and Courier, November 29 - Hundreds of special-needs babies and toddlers are at risk of being cut from or left out of BabyNet, a state- and federally funded program that pairs developmentally disabled children with therapists who help them walk and talk.
South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, the agency that oversees BabyNet, has proposed tightening the program's eligibility requirements. If the proposal passes, fewer children would be admitted to the program, which now serves about 4,000 special-needs babies.
Over the past year, South Carolina's funding for BabyNet has been severely cut, putting federal cash infusions at risk, said Dan Wuori, chief program officer for First Steps. State funding channeled through the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has been cut in half, to $1.6 million this fiscal year, down from $3.2 million last year.
The eligibility proposal comes in response to a federal mandate requiring state governments to maintain year-to-year funding for BabyNet, Wuori said. The federal requirement can be waived if fewer children are admitted to the program, as would be the case if eligibility became stricter, Wuori said.
The eligibility change also is an attempt to rein in program costs, which have risen sharply in the past five years as reimbursement rates to therapists have increased, according to financial data provided by First Steps. In addition to making fewer babies eligible for the program, First Steps also is considering cutting reimbursement rates to therapists, Wuori said.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
The TARGET Center, under the US Department of Agriculture, provides a Discovery Series that presents a lot of good information about assistive technology and electronic information accessibility. Here’s a recent announcement about their YouTube series:
The TARGET Discovery Series will return with a new session on December 8th, but in the meantime we are excited to announce that our first Profiles in Technology video is available at USDA YouTube.
Through this video series, individuals with disabilities will share brief stories about how technology has impacted their career.
In our first episode, we introduce Dr. Denise Decker, an NRCS employee who has a successful career at Agriculture during which she has travelled the world and written a published book about her guide dog, all with the help of assistive technology.
Look for additional episodes coming soon.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
This announcement comes from Walton Options, part of the SC STAR Network for Equipment Reutilization.
This is a great opportunity to get equipment sanitized by the Hubscrub, which doesn’t come often to our state.
Bring your medical equipment to get Santa-tized!
When: December 8, 2010 ---12 noon- 2PM
Where: Disability Resource Center
7944 Dorchester Rd, Ste 5
North Charleston, SC 29418
Bring your medical equipment to be: Sanitized, Disinfected, Lubed. (no electrical or battery operated items)
No limit per person. Donations Accepted
For more information,or to get a flyer about this event, contact Ebony or Kathy at 1-877-821-8400
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Monday, December 06, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) — "An autism study by Yale School of Medicine researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has identified a pattern of brain activity that may characterize the genetic vulnerability to developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Published Nov. 15 in the early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study could eventually lead to earlier and more accurate autism diagnosis.ASD is defined by impaired social interaction and communication, and can disrupt the brain's ability to interpret the movements of other people, known as "biological motion." ASD is a strongly genetic, highly prevalent disorder.
Using fMRI, Yale researchers Martha Kaiser, Kevin Pelphrey and colleagues scanned the brains of children with autism and their unaffected siblings, as well as those of typically developing children as the three groups watched animations of biological movement. The study included 62 children age 4 to 17.
The team identified three distinct "neural signatures": trait markers -- brain regions with reduced activity in children with ASD and their unaffected siblings; state markers -- brain areas with reduced activity found only in children with autism; and compensatory activity -- enhanced activity seen only in unaffected siblings."
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