Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SleepMed Inc.

SleepMed, the nation's leader in Sleep and EEG diagnostic services and a major provider of therapy devices to sleep patients all over the United States.

In the field of sleep medicine, we operate over 160 sleep centers in hospitals, medical practices and at freestanding facilities. Recognized for our customer service leadership, we provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services at our sleep centers for the patients of thousands of primary care physicians and hundreds of sleep specialists that comprise our network.

Additionally, we operate over 20 DigiTrace Ambulatory EEG service centers and partner with dozens of comprehensive epilepsy centers across the nation to provide in-home EEG testing for those patients who have experienced seizures, spells or unexplained neurologic episodes. Our proprietary DigiTrace system is considered to be the gold-standard for ambulatory diagnosis of seizures and has been validated in many clinical publications.



To read more about SleepMed, please click on the above title.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bipolar Disorder and Postural Control: Mind-Body Connection Suggests New Directions for Treatment, Research

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ScienceDaily (May 24, 2011) — "A new study by motor control and psychology researchers at Indiana University suggests that postural control problems may be a core feature of bipolar disorder, not just a random symptom, and can provide insights both into areas of the brain affected by the psychiatric disorder and new potential targets for treatment.Problems with balance, postural control and other motor control issues are frequently experienced by people with mood and psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and neurological disorders such as Huntington's and Parkinson's disease, but research into the connections is scant.
If problems with postural control -- maintaining balance while holding oneself upright -- are a core component of bipolar disorder, as the study indicates, the researchers say it is possible that the motor abnormalities could appear before other symptoms, signaling an increased risk for the disorder.
It raises the question of whether therapies that improve motor symptoms may also help mood disorders, said Amanda R. Bolbecker, lead author of the study "Postural control in bipolar disorder: Increased sway area and decreased dynamical complexity," published last week in the Public Library of Science ONE."
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Public Library Summer Reading Program

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The South Carolina State Library is proud to announce the statewide kickoff for the state’s public library summer reading programs to be held in Columbia on June 4, 2011. StoryFest SC is a new literacy event which introduces South Carolina’s children to literature and story in a family fun setting. The event celebrates the 2011 Collaborative Summer Library Theme One World, Many Stories by bringing together two well-known award-winning authors, Chris Raschka and Alan Katz, along with South Carolina’s own Brian McCreight, in a free event for families to be held at the State Museum in Columbia.

StoryFest SC exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story and fosters an excitement for reading, especially throughout the summer. All of South Carolina’s public libraries participate in the State Library coordinated summer reading program.

Events will be held at the South Carolina State Museum at 301 Gervais Street from 10am to 6pm and is free to the public. There will be two presentations by each author, a craft area, storytelling sessions, bag lunches in the Congaree Room, bounce houses, visits from characters such as SCETV’s SmartCat and University of South Carolina mascot Cocky, and a Reader’s Theater presentation.

Families are encouraged to come together and each child will receive a literacy bag with two signed books by the authors and the State Library’s South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The day’s events will bring families from across the state to participate in fun, learning activities in a safe, family friendly setting.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New listings on SC Assistive Technology Exchange

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Items For Free
557 PediaSure Wagener, SC

Items for Sale
559 Stroller Cruiser transport stroller Lexington SC
562 Power Wheelchair Marietta, GA
564 Bathchair Simpsonville, SC
566 Wheelchair Ramp Simpsonville, SC
568 Handcycle Simpsonville, SC
569 lofstrand crutches Simpsonville, SC
570 Handcontrol Simpsonville, SC
571 Workout bench & weights Simpsonville, SC
572 Wheelchair Simpsonville, SC
573 2 wheelchairs (parts chairs) Simpsonville, SC

Items Needed
558 adult stander Leslie Vietz
561 Hospital Bed for 10 year old (Columbia or Greenville)
579 ultra lightweight wheelchair (Fountain Inn)

If you have questions, contact BOTH Janet.Jendron@uscmed.sc.edu AND Catherine.Graham@usc.med.sc.edu

Note that we can try to help facilitate transportation of equipment, if that's needed. We can't promise anything, but it's always amazing who can step in to help! If you know you need and item and need help with transportation, email Janet Jendron at Janet.Jendron@uscmed.sc. edu
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI)

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Almost one in five of the world's population lives with some kind of recognized disability. Sooner or later, everyone will develop at least some limitations in vision, hearing, dexterity or learning. To improve usability for those of us with sensory or physical limitations, phones have features for accessibility, which are continually improving and becoming more prevalent as technologies advance.

The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) is a project designed to help consumers learn more about the various accessibility features of mobile phones and to help them identify phones with the features that may assist them with their particular needs.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Launches EyeNote™ App to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired Denominate US Currency

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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a free
downloadable application (app) to assist people who are visually impaired identify the denomination of US currency. The app is called EyeNote™, a mobile device app designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2 platforms, and is available through the Apple iTunes App Store.

EyeNote™ uses image recognition technology to determine a note's
denomination. Using the mobile device's camera, EyeNote™ can provide
an audible or vibrating response which identifies the denomination of
all Federal Reserve notes issued since 1996. Free downloads will be
available whenever new US currency designs are introduced.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Family Genomics Links DNA to Disease

Discover Magazine (April 28, 2011)- A decade ago, sequencing the dna in a person’s entire genome cost up to $1 billion, a price so prohibitive that only a few genetics pioneers had the honor of having it done. In 2010 the cost per genome tumbled to less than $10,000, making it possible to study dna variations within a single family. Almost immediately such familial genome sequencing proved its value, uncovering mutations responsible for diseases caused by defects in a single gene. “There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of diseases falling into this category. This approach will allow us to very quickly find the genetic culprit,” says Leroy Hood, a geneticist at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle.

Earlier efforts to hunt 
down disease-causing genes—so-called genomewide association studies—frequently came up empty-handed because medical researchers had to take cost-saving shortcuts. Instead of trolling an individual’s entire genome, they limited their search to dna regions where variations are most often seen across large populations. “It was assumed that common variants might be responsible for common diseases, but many diseases turn out to have many different rare variants at their root,” says James Lupski, a medical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “That’s why the power of whole-genome sequencing blows us away. It’s the only way we can get at these rare variants.”

Lupski himself suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, a rare hereditary disorder that reduces sensation in the limbs. Although neither of his parents had the condition, three of his seven siblings are also affected by it. “For 20 years we’ve been looking for the gene and mutation behind my family’s neuropathy, but we never found the variant,” he says. Then, in 2010, collaborating with his colleague Richard Gibbs and other Baylor geneticists, Lupski sequenced his own genome —and “Boom! We found it,” he says. (Each of his parents, it turns out, carried a different recessive mutation of the same gene. Consequently, only their children who inherited one from each parent developed the disorder.)

Other groups are finding similar success with whole-genome sequencing. A 2010 study led by Hood in collaboration with the University of Washington and the University of Utah sequenced the entire genomes of four family members. The mother and father were healthy, but their son and daughter both suffered from a rare hereditary disorder called Miller syndrome, which causes craniofacial deformation. The gene responsible was unknown until Hood’s team identified a recessive gene inherited from both parents. If you could diagnose the disease in utero, you might be able to provide preventive drugs before symptoms appeared, Hood says.

Still unclear is whether whole-genome sequencing will work as well at identifying the culprits for cancer, heart disease, and other disorders believed to involve multiple genes rather than a single mutation. Progress may be slower on that front, Duke University geneticist David Goldstein says. But even when the genetic mechanism is more complex, he adds, the new approach might yield insights into underlying disease processes that could pave the way for more finely targeted treatments.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Most Common Form of Inherited Intellectual Disability May Be Treatable, Review Suggests

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ScienceDaily (May 17, 2011) — "Advancements over the last 10 years in understanding intellectual disability (ID) have led to the once-unimaginable possibility that ID may be treatable, a review of more than 100 studies on the topic has concluded.
It appears in ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
Aileen Healy and colleagues explain that people long have viewed intellectual disability as permanent and untreatable, with medical care focusing on relieving some of the symptoms rather than correcting the underlying causes. That includes Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited form of intellectual disability. FXS occurs in an array of forms, ranging from mild learning disabilities to more severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is the most common known cause of autism or autistic-like behaviors.
Scientists are now beginning to get a handle on the changes that happen to cells and molecules in the body because of a mutation in the Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 gene. That gene contains instructions for making a key protein vital for nerve function in the brain, and does not work properly in FXS. With a better understanding of the biological effects of the mutation, the scientists say that treatments for FXS and similar disorders now seem possible. In addition, several drugs tested in humans seem promising."
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Autism Researchers Present New Findings: Studies Include Complementary Medicine Use, Medication Use, Risk for Lead Toxicity and Nutrition

ScienceDaily (May 13, 2011)Much about autism is unknown, but researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are working to learn more about the neurodevelopmental disorder and its most effective treatments. A team of researchers from URMC joins researchers from across the world in San Diego this week for the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

Rochester researchers are presenting six abstracts on topics ranging from complementary medicine-use rates to nutritional insufficiencies in children with autism spectrum disorders. They even looked at how artificial food dye might affect children with autism.

"It's incredibly important that we find the most effective interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders," said Susan Hyman, M.D., chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at URMC's Golisano Children's Hospital and an active autism researcher and clinician. "We also need to examine whether traditional and non-traditional treatments may be helping or causing harm, and what roles environmental factors may be playing in autism."

Hyman said that participation in the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) funded by Autism Speaks and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and partnering with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has allowed the growth of clinical research related to autism at URMC. The abstracts presented this week reflect Rochester data and analyses of the ATN database of more than 3,000 children and youth across 15 ATN sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Autism and nutrition

Patricia Stewart, Ph.D., R.D., director of Bionutrition for the CTSI at URMC, examined the nutritional intake of children with autism, including supplement use. It is important to understand how the significant food related behaviors and aversions that children with autism impact their current and future health. Her abstract shows that two-thirds of children with autism are taking supplements, twice the rate in the general pediatric population (32 percent). She reports that the nutrients most likely to be deficient in the children, were not included in adequate amounts in the supplements used. For example, most of those supplements contain vitamin D (97 percent), few contain choline (37 percent), vitamin K (11 percent) and potassium (8 percent). None contained any fiber, which is important for bowel health and is eaten in limited amounts by picky eaters.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Students honor special-needs peers at prom

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USA Today — "Mary Alten remembers being determined, yet afraid, when she enrolled her daughter in preschool.
Toni Alten-Crowe was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes delays in physical and mental development. Alten had ignored recommendations to place Toni in a special school and moved to Loveland after hearing parents say the district tries to include students with disabilities in regular classes and activities.
Even so, she was concerned for her only child.
"I imagined that she would be snubbed and made fun of and not be given opportunities," Alten says.
Instead, something wonderful happened. Toni, now a senior at Loveland High, was crowned prom queen two weeks ago. Her friend, Drew Anderson, also a senior with Down syndrome, was crowned king by their classmates.
"What I had imagined for her turned out to be the exact opposite," Alten says.
Students in mainstream high schools are increasingly honoring their special-needs peers at school events, says Michelle Diament, co-founder of Disability Scoop, a Memphis-based website that covers news about developmental disabilities.
As examples, Diament points to the popularity of the Special Olympics and the TV show Glee's inclusion of children with disabilities."
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Monday, May 16, 2011

For Hearing Parts of Brain, Deafness Reorganizes Sensory Inputs, Not Behavioral Function

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ScienceDaily (May 10, 2011) — "The part of the brain that uses hearing to determine sound location is reorganized in deaf animals to locate visual targets, according to a new study by a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.These findings propose a new theory for cross-modal plasticity: loss of one sensory modality is substituted by another while maintaining the original function of the brain region.
It is known that persons who have suffered major sensory loss, such as deafness, show compensatory, or even superior performance in the remaining senses. This occurs through a process of cross-modal plasticity, where loss of one sensory modality is replaced by the remaining senses. But researchers have not known how the brain region vacated by one sensory modality selects its sensory replacement -- until now.
In a study, published online the week of May 9 in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team first examined the region of auditory cortex in hearing adult animals that responded to auditory stimuli and controlled orienting and localization behaviors in response to sounds."

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Columbia Parkinson's Support Group - News and May 15th Meeting Notice

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Monthly Meeting Reminder
Date - May 15th, 2011
Topic - "Half Full or Half ..." - Perspective and Attitude 
Speaker - Speaker: Russ Bell - Email: russ@russbellspeaking.com
Time - 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 P.M. - with time available after our meetings for socialization among guests and support group members
Meeting Cost - Free / Donations Are Much Appreciated
Where - Lexington Medical - Park 1 Auditorium - 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
Note from Dottie: Russ Bell is an excellent motivation speaker. After the last time Russ appeared at our group meeting, we have had several requests to hear him again. This month is an opportunity to hear him again - and - if you haven't heard Russ before, we believe you will enjoy his presentation.
NOTE: To learn more about Columbia Parkinson's Support Group and see their calendar of events, click on the title above.

Regenerating Nerve Cells: Research Offers Hope in New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

ScienceDaily (May 3, 2011) — "Rutgers researchers have developed an innovative new treatment that could help minimize nerve damage in spinal cord injuries, promote tissue healing and minimize pain.
After a spinal cord injury there is an increased production of a protein (RhoA) that blocks regeneration of nerve cells that carry signals along the spinal cord and prevents the injured tissue from healing.
Scientists at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and Quark Pharmaceuticals Inc. have developed a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule that decreases the production of the RhoA protein when administered to the spine and allows regeneration of the nerve cells.
"It is exciting because this minimally-invasive treatment can selectively target the injured tissue and thereby promote healing and reduce pain," says Martin Grumet, associate director of the Keck Center and senior author of a recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Patron Survey

We would like for the patrons of the CDR to take a quick, one question survey. This survey will help us to know how we are doing, so that we can better provide for the disabled community.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Study in Korea Puts Autism’s Prevalence at 2.6%, Surprising Experts

New York Times (May 9, 2011)- An ambitious six-year effort to gauge the rate of childhood autism in a middle-class South Korean city has yielded a figure that stunned experts and is likely to influence the way the disorder’s prevalence is measured around the world, scientists reported on Monday.

The figure, 2.6 percent of all children aged 7 to 12 in the Ilsan district of the city of Goyang, is more than twice the rate usually reported in the developed world. Even that rate, about 1 percent, has been climbing rapidly in recent years — from 0.6 percent in the United States in 2007, for example.

But experts said the findings did not mean that the actual numbers of children with autism were rising, simply that the study was more comprehensive than previous ones.

“This is a very impressive study,” said Lisa Croen, director of the autism research program at Kaiser-Permanente Northern California, who was not connected with the new report. “They did a careful job and in a part of the world where autism has not been well documented in the past.”

For the study, which is being published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers from the Yale Child Study Center, George Washington University and other leading institutions sought to screen every child aged 7 to 12 in Ilsan, a community of 488,590, about the size of Staten Island.

By contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and most other research groups measure autism prevalence by examining and verifying records of existing cases kept by health care and special education agencies. That approach may leave out many children whose parents and schools have never sought a diagnosis.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Autism Therapy Gets Results

The State (May 5, 2011)- Chase Batten took turns rolling the dice with his therapist. The 10-year-old read instructions and connected the intricate pieces of the board game Mouse Trap. He beeped like heavy equipment backing up when he had to turn the entire board around.

Anyone meeting Chase for the first time could notice the autistic traits – the tendency to look away from other people, the focus on doing something one way several times even if it’s not working, the jerky motor skills. What wasn’t evident was how far he has come.

“Just a few years ago, Chase was self-injurious,” said Sandi Batten, his mother. “We couldn’t take him anywhere. Now there’s nothing we can’t do with Chase.”

Much of the credit for improvement in Chase, and hundreds of other children in the state, goes to a state-funded program providing intense therapy for children with autism. The Pervasive Developmental Disorder Program, administered by the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, is making a real difference.

Nearly 50 percent of families in the program see “remarkable” improvement, and an additional 37 percent see “moderate” improvement. More importantly, they see a brighter future for their children.

Those numbers come from the S.C. Autism Society’s nonscientific survey of parents of children in the program.

“It’s night and day,” said Margie Moore-Williamson of the difference in her 9-year-old son, Wesley, since he entered the program three years ago. “His grandparents live nine months a year in Florida. When they come home and see the difference, his grandfather tears up every year.”

The work has laid a foundation for Wesley, turning a typically asocial autistic into a young man who walks up to people and introduces himself, Moore-Williamson said.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

New flexibility for states to improve Medicaid and Implement Innovative Practices

US Dept. of Health and Human Services (April 14, 2011)-The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative new practices and provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicaid and Medicare while helping reduce costs for states and families. The initiatives support the Obama administration’s work to make Medicaid more flexible and efficient and to address long-term cost growth. Several of the announcements also help implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Today HHS announced:

Fifteen states will receive federal funding to develop better ways to coordinate care for people with Medicare and Medicaid coverage, also known as dual eligibles, who often have complex and costly health care needs.

  • All states will receive increased flexibility to provide home and community-based services for more people living with disabilities.
  • All states are eligible to receive more money to develop simpler and more efficient information technology (IT) systems to modernize Medicaid enrollment.
  • A proposal by the state of New Jersey for flexibility to expand health coverage for nearly 70,000 low-income residents has been approved.

“Medicaid programs provide health coverage for millions of low-income Americans who otherwise would lack access to health care,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “With these new resources and flexibilities, states will have new options to make their Medicaid programs work better for the people they serve, while helping lower their costs.”

Coordinated Care for People with Medicare and Medicaid

Under a new initiative funded by the Affordable Care Act, 15 states will receive up to $1 million each to develop new ways to meet the often complex and costly medical needs of the approximately nine million Americans who are eligible for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs, known as “dual eligibles.” The goal of the program is to eliminate duplication of services for these patients, expand access to needed care and improve the lives of dual eligibles, while lowering costs. The new Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, or the Duals Office, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was created by the Affordable Care Act to improve care for dual eligibles and will work with the states to implement the top strategies to coordinate primary, acute, behavioral and long-term supports and services for dual eligibles, improving quality and lowering costs.

The 15 states that will receive these funds are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

“Beneficiaries who are in both Medicare and Medicaid can face different benefit plans, different rules for how to get those benefits and potential conflicts in care plans among providers who do not coordinate with each other,” said Donald M. Berwick, M.D., administrator of CMS. “This can be disastrous for those beneficiaries who are most vulnerable and in need of help.”

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering

IAN Community (April 20, 2011)- People with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often “elope,” “wander,” or “bolt” from safe spaces. This behavior can be dangerous, and there have been many reports of fatalities, yet virtually no research has been focused on this subject.

Recognizing the urgent need for information and intervention, the Autism Research Institute, the Autism Science Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Global Autism Collaboration partnered with the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) to create a national survey on elopement in ASD. So far, more than 800 families of children with ASDs from across the U.S. have completed the Elopement and Wandering Questionnaire launched on March 29, 2011. In this report, we share some initial findings, including the fact that nearly half of children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 10 engage in this behavior.

Preliminary results of this first ever investigation of elopement behavior in autism are shared to provide critical information for families, advocates, policy makers, and scientists. This is just a first look at such information, however, and we are continuing to collect elopement data from families of both children and dependent adults with ASD. You will notice that we are not yet reporting findings about dependent adults with ASD; this is because we have not yet collected enough data from families of adults, although we hope to do so in the future. Please encourage families of both children and adults on the autism spectrum to consider completing the Elopement and Wandering Questionnaire by participating in IAN Research.

Please Note: These Findings Are Preliminary

The analyses presented here by the Interactive Autism Network are preliminary. They are based on information submitted via the Internet by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) living in the United States who choose to participate. They may not generalize to the larger population of families affected by ASD. The data have not been peer-reviewed -- that is, undergone evaluation by researchers expert in a particular field -- or been submitted for publication. IAN views participating families as research partners, and shares such preliminary information to thank them and demonstrate the importance of their ongoing involvement.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

2010 Assistive Technology Expo

November 17 - 19, 2010

North Raleigh Hilton

If you would like to receive mailings about the 2010 NC AT Expo, please use the contact form on the right side of the page.

What: The Assistive Technology Expo is an exciting three-day event designed to increase awareness and provide current information on assistive technology. Conference offerings include an exhibit hall (on 11/18/10 only) featuring over 60 vendors exhibiting the latest in assistive technology products and services, 40 concurrent sessions, a poster session and a Keynote address.

In addition, a pre-conference session will be offered on November 17 from 9:00-4:00 on Accessible Instructional Media: Using Bookshare to Meet Your Students’ Needs. The morning session will focus on assistive technologies. We’ll look at what’s out there and how to align the technologies with students’ needs. The afternoon session will focus on the Bookshare website as a source of free accessible instructional media (AIM). Particpants will learn what Bookshare offers, how to sign up, how to download books, how to read the books, and where to get support.

Who: Each year between 550-700 registered participants from across the country attend the NC AT Expo and approximately 1300 attend the free Exhibit Hall. Participants include: persons with disabilities, family members, teachers, therapists, Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living staff, rehabilitation counselors, employers, engineers, college professors, medical staff, college and university students, and authorized state purchasers.

Where: For hotel registration call the North Raleigh Hilton at 919-872-2323 or click here. Use the code ATX to get the conference rate. Deadline for hotel registrations is October 17, 2010.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Life with Brain Injury Conference

SC Statewide Brain Injury Conference “Life with Brain Injury”

Brain Injury Association of South Carolina


South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council

Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17, 2011

Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue, Columbia, SC 29210

Featured Topics
Drive: Addressing Motivation After Brain Injury
Aquatic Therapy & Physical Fitness After TBI
Gizmos and Gadgets for Daily Living
Online Resources for TBI
Getting Back to Work After TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Primer for Families
Devices and Apps for People with TBI
Navigating Through Brain Injury: A Look at the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Brain Injury
Education Initiative
Rewriting My Story: TBI Survivors Share Their Successes in Creating a Meaningful Life
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Primer for Providers
Life Journey Bracelets, Art Therapy
Healthcare Reform - What’s In It for Me?
Learning Rx: Recovering Lost Brain Functions
Estate Planning for Children and Adults with TBI
Recreation After TBI- Adaptive Hunting, Fishing, and Sports
Traumatic Brain Injury and the Combat Veteran
Made Over, Art Therapy
Beating Bad Behavior: Behavioral Dysfunction After Brain Injury
Sports Concussion, Field Management and Return to Play
Cognitive Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury
Proving Disability in TBI Cases Under the Workers Compensation Act and Social Security Act
Understanding Social Security Disability
Rewriting My Story: TBI Survivors Share Their Successes in Creating a Meaningful Life
Clinical Management of Sports-Based Concussions
The Caregiver Commandments
Driver Rehabilitation: Evaluating the Potential to Drive Safely After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents: An Overview

Susan Connors, Washington, DC
Dr. Robert Brabham, Columbia, SC

For More Information Contact:
Brain Injury Association of SC at (803)731-9823 or (877)TBI-FACT(in-state) or scbraininjury@bellsouth.net or jlawrence.biasc@bellsouth.net
For complete brochure, go to www.biausa.org/SC

Monday, May 02, 2011

Simple checklist may spot signs of autism by age 1

A simple checklist that parents fill out in the waiting room may help doctors someday screen for warning signs of autism as early as a baby's first birthday.

San Diego pediatricians tested the tool with more than 10,000 babies at their 1-year checkups, looking for such things as how the tots babble, gesture and interact with others.

The research, being published Thursday, is a first step in the quest for earlier autism screening. It's not ready for routine use, as more work is needed to verify its accuracy. But it also may prove valuable in finding more at-risk babies to study what causes the developmental disorder.

"There are subtle signs of autism at one year if you just look for them," said neuroscientist Karen Pierce of the University of California, San Diego, who led the study. "Let's just get these kids detected early and treated early."

Recent data suggest about 1 in 100 U.S. children has some form of autism, which ranges from mild to severe problems with behavior, communication and socialization. The American Academy of Pediatrics already urges autism screening during regular doctor visits at ages 18 months and 24 months. Yet a 2009 study found that on average, children aren't diagnosed until they're 5.

Experts say early therapy can lessen autism's severity, even if they don't know exactly what types will prove best. "The earlier you start, the better," said Dr. Lisa Gilotty of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped fund the study.

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