Friday, March 30, 2012

Autism More Common Than Previously Thought: CDC Report Shows One in 54 Boys Identified

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ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2012) — "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study released March 29 that looked at data from 14 communities. Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls -- with 1 in 54 boys identified.
The number of children identified with ASDs ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah. The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.
The report, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008, provides autism prevalence estimates from 14 areas. It was just published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
"This information paints a picture of the magnitude of the condition across our country and helps us understand how communities identify children with autism," said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "That is why HHS and our entire administration has been working hard to improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families by improving research, support, and services."
"One thing the data tells us with certainty -- there are more children and families that need help," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children."
Zachary Warren, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Vanderbilt University, says effective early identification and treatment of autism is a public health emergency.
"The new CDC data is the best evidence we have to date that autism is a very common disorder. While recent estimates have varied, we have always known the individual, familial, educational and societal costs that go along with autism are tremendous," Warren said. "We are now seeing autism in more than 1 percent of the population, which highlights how challenging it will be for systems of care to meet service needs.""

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kids With Autism Bullied Three Times More

Disability Scoop (March 26, 2012) In the largest look ever at autism and bullying, new research shows that children on the spectrum are significantly more likely than other kids to be bullied.

Researchers polled nearly 1,200 parents across the country and found that 63 percent of kids with autism have been bullied. What’s more, some 39 percent of parents said their child with autism had been bullied within the last month compared to just 12 percent of typically developing siblings.

While many within the autism community have long believed that bullying is an especially acute problem for those with the developmental condition, the preliminary findings released Monday add to a growing body of scientific evidence on the topic.

“Even though I expected it to be a big problem, it was bigger than I even thought,” said Connie Anderson, community scientific liaison at the Interactive Autism Network, a national autism registry at the Kennedy Krieger Institute which conducted the ongoing survey.

With concrete findings, the researchers say they hope policymakers and educators can be encouraged to take steps to address the issue.

For the survey, parents across the country were asked about the bullying experiences of their kids with autism ages 6 to 15 and about the experiences of their typically developing children within the same age group. Findings reflect the experiences of 1,167 kids with autism and 795 children without.

Overall, those with autism were more likely to be bullied in fifth through eighth grade and kids attending regular public school were 50 percent more likely to be bullied than those enrolled in private schools or special education environments, the survey found.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Learning to Drive With A.D.H.D.

NYTimes (March 26, 2012)-The first time Jillian Serpa tried to learn to drive, the family car wound up straddling a creek next to her home in Ringwood, N.J.

Ms. Serpa, then 16, had gotten flustered trying to sort out a rapid string of directions from her father while preparing to back out of their driveway. “There was a lack of communication,” she said. “I stepped on the gas instead of the brake.”

On her second attempt to learn, Ms. Serpa recalled, she “totally freaked out” at a busy intersection. It was four years before she tried driving again. She has made great progress, but so far has still fallen short of her goal: Two weeks ago she knocked over a cone while parallel parking and failed the road test for the fourth time.

Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, and driving is far and away the most dangerous thing teenagers do. But the challenges are significantly greater for young people who, like Ms. Serpa, have attention problems.

A number of cognitive conditions can affect driving, and instructors report a recent increase in the number of teenagers with Asperger syndrome seeking licenses. But the largest group of challenged teenage drivers — and the mostly closely studied — appears to be those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A 2007 study, by Russell A. Barkley of the Medical University of South Carolina and Daniel J. Cox of the University of Virginia Health System, concluded that young drivers with A.D.H.D. are two to four times as likely as those without the condition to have an accident — meaning that they are at a higher risk of wrecking the car than an adult who is legally drunk.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Report: Federal Employees With Disabilities Lacking

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DisabilityScoop - "Despite a presidential mandate to increase hiring of people with certain, targeted disabilities, such individuals make up less than 1 percent of the federal workforce, new data shows.
Workers with targeted disabilities constituted 0.88 percent of government employees during the 2010 fiscal year, according to an annual report released Wednesday from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The statistics reflect the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disability, vision and hearing impairments in addition to a handful of other so-called “targeted disabilities” that are at the heart of several federal hiring goals.
Though 554 new employees with targeted disabilities were hired in 2010, the overall participation rate was unchanged from the prior year, the report found. What’s more, numbers fell well short of an EEOC hiring goal of 2 percent.
The inclusion rate for 2010 also paled in comparison to that seen nearly a decade earlier. In 2001, the EEOC found that 1.1 percent of federal employees had targeted disabilities.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order in July 2010 calling for the government to increase employment of people with disabilities. At the time, Obama said the effort was designed to “establish the federal government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities.”
The full impact of the executive order has yet to be seen, however, since it took effect during the time covered by the new report.
Of those with targeted disabilities who were employed by the federal government during the 2010 fiscal year, the EEOC found one bright spot. Average pay for this group inched up to $45,155, just shy of the average for all government employees of $45,771.
The U.S. government is the nation’s largest employer, with a staff of some 2.8 million people.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!
What are YOU going to do to spread the word?

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, The month-long celebration honors the millions of people with brain injury who are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is excited to unveil a new, multi-year campaign that everyone can embrace:
As THE Challenge! readers know, brain injury does not discriminate. Young or old, black or white, male or female, Muslim or Jewish - we're all susceptible. Anyone who has ever been touched by brain injury can be an advocate.

According to the dictionary, it is a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or a cause.

We asked our nearly 400 Subject Matter Experts what it means to them to be an advocate and how to spread the word about brain injury and here is what they had to say:

"Talk about it. Do not hide. You'll find that when it's public, people come out of the woodwork and share how brain injury has touched them. Address disability inequality issues. By fighting for disability rights, you raise awareness, which is critical." -Laurie Rippon (NY, NY)
"Simply bring up these three letters: TBI, and ask whomever you are with what it means. Go from there." -Patti Foster (Jacksonville, TX)
"Always be ready with some talking points regarding brain injury and what it means to the public. Folks won't really get how big this issue is until they see how it applies to them. Have an "elevator speech," be ready to tell your story in a brief manner." -Darcy Keith (Fishers, IN)

Above all, speak from your own experience. Share who you are, what your relationship is to brain injury, and what it means to you. Keep coming back to the theme:

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Autism Risk Gene Linked to Differences in Brain Structure

ScienceDaily (Mar. 21, 2012) Healthy individuals who carry a gene variation linked to an increased risk of autism have structural differences in their brains that may help explain how the gene affects brain function and increases vulnerability for autism. The results of this innovative brain imaging study are described in an article in the groundbreaking neuroscience journal Brain Connectivity, a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online at the Brain Connectivity website."This is one of the first papers demonstrating a linkage between a particular gene variant and changes in brain structure and connectivity in carriers of that gene," says Christopher Pawela, PhD, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin. "This work could lead to the creation of an exciting new line of research investigating the impact of genetics on communication between brain regions."
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Autism Speaks

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Powerpont Accessibility

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PowerPoint Accessibility

* WebAIM: PowerPoint Accessibility -
* AccessIT: How do I make my online PowerPoint presentation accessible? -
* Web Accessibility for All: Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations -
* Microsoft PowerPoint, Universally Designed -
* California State University on Powerpoint-

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Family Connection Conference

Family Connection Conference

March 23-24, 2012

First Baptist Church

1306 Hampton Street

Columbia, SC 29201

8:00-4:00 each day

On-line registration, a full brochure and workshop summary grid and other information is available at

Staff from SC Assistive Technology Program will be available to meet you at their exhibit.

Join Dr. Carol Page, Speech-Language Pathologist and Program Director of SCATP for her workshop session “Augmentative and Alternative Communication Apps.”

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Blindness Awareness Day

Please join Freedom Scientific for a Free Vision Awareness Day in Columbia

March 27, 2012
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Federation Center of the Blind
119 S. Kilbourne Road
Columbia, SC 29205

Blindness Awareness

Come learn about technology solutions for the blind:
JAWS® screen reading software, Braille displays, scanning and reading - and more!

Door Prize Drawing for a FREE PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder
Read books, play music, keep memos, record. Small and lightweight.

Early registration is encouraged! Seating is limited.
Three Easy Ways to Register for this Event

By Phone: 1-800-336-5658
By e-mail:

Complimentary Lunch Included
Continuing Education Credits Available by Request

Sponsored by
National Federation of the Blind
Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of SC

In Partnership with
CNI Systems - Freedom Scientific Dealer
SC Commission for the Blind

Freedom Scientific is the world's leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for those who are vision impaired and products for the special education and learning disability market.

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The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group


Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Topic: Are you prepared for emergencies and natural disasters (i.e., hurricanes, tornadoes,
evacuations)? While this topic is applicable to everyone, there will be focus on special preparation for
those with disabilities, those who are ill, seniors, and those needing special medical care.
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ~~ There will be time after the meeting for additional discussion and socialization
Where: Lexington Medical Park Auditorium, 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
OUR WEBSITE ~ Please visit our website, which is updated often
Our "NEWS FOR YOU" web page always has "new - news" and information that may be of interest to you.

COMING EVENTS OF INTEREST - Are you looking for information about dates of new events, seminars, symposiums,
and of course information about our monthly meetings - please visit our "2012 MEETING & EVENTS CALENDAR" web
page http://www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.or/meet_calendar_2012.htm
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month - To celebrate Parkinson's Awareness month, we are having a very
special program at our April 15th meeting. Our meeting program will be a "Q & A PANEL OF DOCTORS". We
will have doctors and specialists, who treat Parkinson patients, from the Columbia area, MUSC (Medical
University of South Carolina), and Georgia Health Sciences University (formally known as MCG). You will have
an opportunity to meet the doctors and to ask your questions in an open forum about Parkinson's disease and/or
living with Parkinson's.
Note: The April 15th meeting may last "a little longer" than our regular meetings (no longer than 5:00 p.m.), due to
the special "Q & A PANEL OF DOCTORS" program, allowing more time for questions and answers.

One of our members would like to share / exchange information and experiences with other
caregivers of "Parkinson's patients with dementia". If you wish to connect with this member, please send name, phone
number, and email to Dottie Gantt
WITH REGRET: It is with regret that we report that Dr. John J. Winberry, former professor of geography at the University
of South Carolina, passed away March 8, 2012. Carol and John were long-time members of our support group. For more
information about John's remarkable life please visit
Russ Bell Speaking
P. O. Box 1256
Columbia, SC 29202
Office: 803 781-2081
Cell: 803 606-7555
Submit Your Question(s) Before The Meeting - If you have a question(s) for the Doctor's
Panel that you would like to submit "before the meeting", please send your question to this
email address - enter in the Subject line of
your email "Question for the April Meeting". We will not reveal your personal information
(e.g., email, name, etc.).
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A member of our support group recently shared that they didn't want to send flowers as a
memorial, or to give presents to honor loved ones, family, and friends. They said that they receive great support and
information from their Parkinson's support group, and they wanted give a lasting gift in "memory of" and "to honor" by
helping their local Parkinson's community with their donations. In keeping with this idea, April is Parkinson's Awareness
Month, and is an excellent time show your support of your local Parkinson's support group by making a donation.

The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group does not charge any fees or dues. Our support group is operated and run by
volunteers who are Parkinson patients, caregivers / care partners of Parkinson patients, or people who have an interest in
and support Parkinson's disease. Our officers and board members volunteer their time, they do not receive compensation
or salaries. Without your donations our support group would not be able to continue to provide support, education, and
information to the local Parkinson's community.

Columbia Parkinson's Support Group
c/o Carol Baker, Treasurer
2 Arrow Lake Road
Irmo, SC 29063

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Friday, March 09, 2012

The Troublesome Bloom of Autism

Discover Magazine (March 5, 2012)- Eric Courchesne managed to find a positive thing about getting polio: It gave him a clear idea of what he would do when he grew up. Courchesne was stricken in 1953, when he was 4. The infection left his legs so wasted that he couldn’t stand or walk. “My mother had to carry me everywhere,” he says. His parents helped him learn how to move his toes again. They took him to a pool to learn to swim. When he was 6, they took him to a doctor who gave him metal braces, and then they helped him learn to hobble around on them. Doctors performed half a dozen surgeries on his legs, grafting muscles to give him more strength.

Courchesne was 11 when the braces finally came off, and his parents patiently helped him practice walking on his own. “Through their encouragement, I went on to have dreams beyond what you’d expect,” he says. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley. One day he stopped to watch the gymnastics team practicing, and the coach asked him to try out. Before long Courchesne was on the team, where he won the western U.S. championship in still rings.

When Courchesne wasn’t competing at gymnastics, he was studying neuroscience. “I understood a neurological disorder firsthand, and I wanted to help other children,” he says. Fortunately, the polio outbreak that snared him in 1953 was the last major one in the United States; a vaccine largely eliminated the disease in this country. But in the mid-1980s, as a newly minted assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, Courchesne encountered a 15-year-old with another kind of devastating neurological disorder: autism.

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Heart and Sole of Disabilities

The State (Mar. 8, 2012)- Eight-year-old Michael Leiby of Greenville, counts each step as he Eight-year-old Michael Leiby of Greenville, counts each step as he walks through a sea of 1000 shoes set up by The Step-Up Campaign in honor of Disability Advocacy Day at the State House, Wednesday afternoon. walks through a sea of 1000 shoes set up by The Step-Up Campaign in honor of Disability Advocacy Day at the State House, Wednesday afternoon.

"He's really into numbers," says his mother Susan Leiby.

"It's part of his disability." Michael, who was born with Autism and a condition called Neurofibromatosis, visited the State House for Disability Advocacy Day and got to speak with Governor Haley directly about his thoughts.

"He told her there should be plenty of money for families and schools to help people with disabilities," said Susan. "Then she leaned down and gave him a big hug."

The 1000 shoes on display were meant to represent the 903 in our state with disabilities living with caregivers aged 72 or older. The purpose of the display is to illustrate for legislators just how many people need help.

The shoes, that were donated from people all over South Carolina, will be boxed up and sent to Soles 4 Souls in Roanoke, Al where they will be fixed up and redistributed to those in need all over the country. The Step-up Campaign was sponsored by The Arc of South Carolina and The Autism Society.

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SC Assistive Technology Expo

I just wanted to remind everyone about some of the sessions we're offering at the SC Assistive Technology Expo next Tuesday, March 13th at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. Please share this information with others, and post on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Also, please make note of our next ATAC meetings. Everyone is invited to these but I'd like to know that you're coming, ahead of time.

  • Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at the South Carolina State Library
  • Tuesday, May 8th - location to be announced later
  • Thursday, July 17th - location to be announced later

Here are some Expo sessions of special interest.

Session 1: 9:30 10:30 AM
Hand-held devices help everyone, including people with disabilities!
Demonstration of apps and features of the Apple iOS mobile operating system (e.g. iPhone, iPad tablet) as well as the Android mobile operating system (e.g. Droid phone, Xoom Tablet) plus other hand-held devices that help people with visual and motor impairments. How these apps help with employment and independent living. Many apps discussed will help people without disabilities, e.g.,people who can't use their hands for access while driving with their respective devices. Jed Elmaleh, PT MPT, CAPS, MSCS and Clay Jeffcoat, SCSDB

Session 2: 11:30 12:30
Video Captioning for Accessibility and Usability
Differentiating between closed captioning and descriptive audio. Designing for readability. Addressing the needs of users with visual and cognitive impairments. Choosing fonts and colors. Free and reasonably priced tools to use in video captioning for the web and educational purposes. Challenges in posting videos on the web. This session is for everyone who uses video, not just web designers. Mark Gamble, Media Specialist, SCVRD

Session 3: 2:00 3:00 PM
Creating Accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF Documents
Important basic principles that everyone should know about making these documents accessible and usable to people who use screen readers, have cognitive and mobility challenges. Topics include document structure, headings, lists, tables, Alt Text, captions and what happens when Word and PowerPoint documents are converted to tagged PDFs. Overview of some tools that can help repair PDF documents. This session is for everyone who works with these types of documents, not just people who design for the web. Natalie Denning, SC.GOV; Steve Cook, SCCB; Matthew Polkowsky, DHEC

Note: the session above will cover the following areas.

For Microsoft Word:

· Using Styles and Headers

· Proper creation of hyperlinks

· proper labeling of images with alternate text

· Creating lists and using bullets

· Use of Tables and Labeling of cells

For PowerPoint:

· Encouraging use of predesigned slide layouts

· Using the Outline and Notes Panels

· Use of Word Art feature

For PDF:

· how to create a tagged document

· How to run an accessibility check and how to solve common problems encountered

· Tables and Table headings

· Objects not in the Document Tree

· Language Specification

· Image with proper alternate text

· Proper Document Properties information

Session 3: 2:00 3:00 PM

Speech Recognition. In-depth comparison of the most widely used speech recognition programs (Microsoft Speech Recognition, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Via Voice, Speak Q, and Dragon Dictate Apps for use with the iPad/iPhone/iTouch). Crucial factors that enhance the use of these programs. Challenges that might be faced. Skills necessary to use speech recognition and how to get started. Val Gioia and Mark Daniels, SCDE AT Specialists

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

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012


We have had over 1800 hits on our SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network website.
We shared information at the 31st SC School Nurses Conference, the 2012 SC Child Care Association Conference, the SC Respite Coalition 2012 Conference, the 2012 SC Council for Exceptional Children Professional Development Conference, the 3rd Annual Helping the Hurting Conference, the Parents Leading the Way Conference, 2011 SC Autism Society Conference and the SC Deaf/Hard of Hearing Fall Summit Conference.
We currently have 88 followers on Facebook.
Tax deductible donations can be made to the SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network. Send donations to PRO-Parents of SC, 652 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210.
‘Of Hopes &Dreams’
A Conference in Support of the Child with Special Needs 2012
The SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network is partnering with Family Connection SC at their 18th annual conference “Of Hopes and Dreams’. The conference helps parents, family members and professionals explore issues and challenges which families face in caring for a loved one with special needs. The SC ASibL Network will be offering two workshops. The first will be a panel discussion on “Challenges of Meeting Sibling’s Needs as They Move to Adulthood”. The second workshop will be a presentation by Susan DuRant, the ASibL Network Project Coordinator and parent of an adult child with special needs, on “What You Need to Know if You are the Adult Sibling of an Individual with Disabilities”.
The Conference will be held on March 23 and 24, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201. To get more information call 803-252-0914 or 800-578-8750. You can also go to the Family Connection SC website at to learn more information.
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PRO-Parents Webinar

PRO-Parents of SC will be hosting this webinar in the office Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11:00am-12:30pm.

If you are available please attend or call in with questions. You will need to register for this through our office.

Thanks! Any questions please give me a call.

Tanya Inabinet

Regional Education Coordinator

PRO-Parents of SC

652 Bush River Road Ste 203

Columbia SC 29210


803.772-5341 (fax)

1.800.759.4776 (toll free)

SC AT Exchange - Free Pediatric Items

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We have a large inventory of pediatric equipment that is free to the right user (depending on size requirements, etc.). Most of these things are in very good condition. We encourage you to look at this list! You’ll also see pediatric items that are for sale at very reasonable prices, with negotiable prices. The AT Expo March 13 (at Brookland Conference Center in Columbia) would be an ideal place for you to pick up equipment, after attending the Expo.
We’d prefer that you log onto the AT Exchange and inquire about items through the exchange format. Please pass this information along! We want to help South Carolinians with mobility and independence through our reuse programs!
If you have equipment that you’d like to bring to our donation drive at the Expo, I’d appreciate an email to to let me know ahead of time.
Janet Jendron, SC Assistive Technology Program
803 935 5273

Pediatric Items on the AT Exchange For Free
Item 1140
Quickie IRIS Tilt Wheelchair
Seat depth – 17” seat width – 13”

Item 1141
Drive Viper Wheelchair
Seat depth – 13” seat width – 11”

Item 1165
Invacare Jymni 9000 Reclining Pediatric Wheelchair
MSRP - $2500
Seat: 11" wide, 13" deep
Back: first section is 16" tall, top section is 10" tall
the seat is 15" from the, probably adjustable

Item 1138
Child’s power chair. Pink base with black chair and foot rest. Has chest straps and seatbelt.. Was used for child from age 7- 13 years old. Can adjust parts to size. Needs head rest to use on Bus. Needs 2 batteries. Can adjust speed up or down.
Pediatric Walkers/Gait Trainers

Item 1151
Prime Engineering gait trainer

Item 1152
Kaye Posture Control Walker
Handlebars 18” from ground

Item 1153
Kaye Posture Control Walker
Handlebars 18” from ground

Item 1154
Pediatric walker with tray
Height adjustable – currently arms would be 16” from the floor

Item 1155
Guardian Walker MSRP: $130

Item 1156
Kaye Posture Control Walker
Handlebars 24” from ground

Item 1157 – Pediatric Walker
Handlebars – 14” from the ground

Item 1158
Kaye Posture Control Walker MSRP: $508
Handlebars 24” from ground

Item 1159
Rifton Pacer Posterior Gait Trainer
At lowest position, from floor to arm rests – 30”

Item 1160 - Kaye Gait Trainer
Floor to arm rests – 30”

Item 1161 – Gait Trainer
Pediatric Standers and Chairs

Item 1148
Prime Engineering Superstand through Quickie

Item 1147 Kaye Bolster Chair Small with chest support and casters
Seat back height – 12” width between arm rests – 7”

Item 1146
Rifton Prone stander with tray
From feet to tray top – 21”

Gazelle Prone Stander MSRP
From foot rest to table top – 29” Back rest – 10”

Item 1144
Easy Stand Series 5000 Youth
from 4'-5'6'' (122-168 cm) and up to 180 lbs (82 kg)

Item 1143
Wheelie Mobile Prone Stander with Tray

Pediatric Strollers

Item 1149
Snug Seat Tiger Serval Stroller
Size 2 with recommended user age of 5-10 years and dimensions of 13” wide X 13” deep X 21” high.

Item 1150
Otto Bock Kimba Spring Stroller:
Seat dimensions: 10 wide X 8 deep X 16 high


Item 1162
Item Seat2Go positioning chair; Seat width – 11.5” seat depth – 9’ Height of back – 9”

Fisher Price RocknRoll Trike
Seat is 5” by 5”

Rifton Toddlerseat Tray
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Monday, March 05, 2012

SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

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Only 2 Days Remaining to Register!!!!
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training Announcement

Responding to the Needs of Survivors with Disabilities and Substance Use Concerns
March 9, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
5265 International Blvd.
N. Charleston, SC 29418

Registration deadline is March 2, 2012 Space is Limited, so please register soon.

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For Hotel Reservations Call:

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
@ 843.308.9330

Group Rate: $109.00 per night
(Plus applicable taxes and fees)
Group Code: SCC
The deadline to receive the group rate is February 17, 2012

The following continuing education hours will be offered:
§ 6.0 Victim Service Provider Hours
§ 6.5 LPC, MFTH, and Social Work Hours
§ 6.75 Law Enforcement Hours

For more information, please call Donna Thompson at 803.256.2900 ext 106
or Courtney-Christie Paul at ext 105.
Click on the title above for registration and additional information.

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Autism Speaks iPad 2 Grant!

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This is from Autism Speaks Family Services

Through the generosity of Wyndham Worldwide, the Pickle Foundation and Heather Nix of Washington, Autism Speaks will select 160 individuals with autism to receive an Apple iPad 2!

Eligible applicants are individuals who:
- Have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional,
- Reside in the United States,
- Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.

Technology Grant Timeline
February 29: Online Application Opens
March 7: Application Closes
March 8-29: Review Committee Selects Recipients
March 30: Recipients Announced!!

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism or an immediate family member of the person with autism. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review eligible applications based on established criteria and select the iPad grant recipients. Some applicants will be contacted by staff for follow up information. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 2 will be contacted on March 30. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.
Autism Apps!

In addition to receiving an iPad 2, recipients will also receive apps! Brain Parade™ has partnered with Autism Speaks to provide each iPad 2 recipient with a copy of their See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012 app.

Brain Parade has also arranged with developers in the Moms with Apps collaborative to donate hundreds of copies of their family friendly apps. Together they are providing 1,120 free apps to the iPad 2 recipients!

Questions or comments?
Contact Serena Selkin, Family Services Grants Manager at or (917) 475-5059.

Click on the title above to visit the AutismCares website and apply! You must create a login and select “AutismCares iPad 2 Grant.”

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

YAI International Conference

YAI Network's International Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities attracts an annual attendance of more than 3,000 people and serves as a major forum for the exchange of ideas and the introduction of new models and strategies that have a positive impact in the field. Expect more than 250 presenters and over 170 sessions!
To read more about the YAI Conference, please click the above title.
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