Monday, December 15, 2014

Free Webinar - Using Classroom and Google Apps with High School and College Students

This comes from Google Education. Note: the time is Pacific Time so it would be 3 pm Eastern Time.

Using Classroom and Google Apps with High School and College Students

On December, 16th, join us for an exciting webcast where Alice Keeler, a high school and college teacher, will share how she is successfully using Google Apps for Education and Classroom with her students.

During this presentation, you will hear examples of several assignments Alice has run using Classroom and how they could benefit your school.

Sign up now to attend our complimentary presentation to:
  • Get an overview of Classroom
  • Hear the story of Alice Keeler and how she uses Google Classroom
  • Learn how Google tools are being used in the classroom and how this is improving student learning, collaboration and innovation
  • Ask your Classroom questions to our informative presenters
Take full advantage of this LIVE presentation and register now!
Sponsored By: Google for Education

If you can’t make the live event please sign up to view the complimentary presentation at your convenience.

Presented by:

Alice Keeler,
High School & College Teacher,
California State University Fresno

Jennifer Holland,
Google for Education Team
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs

New research enables powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. Wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk.
In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.
"We borrowed from robot control theory to create a simple, effective new way to analyze the human gait cycle," said Dr. Robert Gregg, a faculty member in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and lead author of the paper. "Our approach resulted in a method for controlling powered prostheses for amputees to help them move in a more stable, natural way than current prostheses."
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

AbleSC - Yoga for Everyone!

Please join us in a class designed especially for you! All movements will be seated or lying down. Volunteer assistants will be available to make your experience more enjoyable.Where: Yoga Masala, 711 Bluff Rd., Columbia, SCFor more information call 803.413.7848 or visit
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Monday, December 08, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson voted to support “The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act” (H.R. 647/S.313), which passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 404-17.
“The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act eases the enormous financial burden placed upon individuals with disabilities and their families by making it easier for them to plan and save for the future. As a cosponsor of the ABLE Act, I am proud of this bipartisan effort to empower individuals to live with greater dignity and independence. It is my hope the Senate will act swiftly to pass this important legislation,” said Thompson.
Under current law, individuals with disabilities face significant barriers to finding and holding employment and living independently because their access to certain safety-net programs can be lost once they establish a minimum level of savings and income.
The ABLE Act aims to provide families of a severely disabled child with some peace of mind by allowing them to save for their child’s long-term disability expenses in the same way that families of able bodied children can currently save for college through popular 529 investment plans.
The ABLE Act empowers disabled individuals and their families to save their own money in a 529A (or ABLE) account to maintain health and independence with a goal of allowing those individuals to transition away from government assistance and benefits.
ABLE Accounts would be a savings vehicle for disability-related expenses that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.
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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Autism Society - Call for Presentations

This is your chance to be part of the most comprehensive national conference on autism spectrum disorders in the United States!
July 8-11, 2015Denver, Colorado

Autism Society’s 46th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Colorado Convention Center

The Autism Society‘s National Conference and Exhibition is the only event to consistently bring together professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates. Energetic forums provide in-depth presentations that cover what’s new in the field of autism and explore how to improve existing services and supports. This Call for Papers is seeking presentations that address the full range of issues facing those affected by autism today, provide best practices, practical skills/knowledge and cutting edge research on topics of interest to those affected by autism. Of particular interest are sessions with content appropriate for intermediate to advanced audiences. Content areas include early intervention, education, employment, quality of life, behavior, communication, social skills, biomedical interventions, mental health and others. 
The varied expertise and experiences of presenters enables attendees to learn how to more effectively advocate and obtain needed services and supports. The ultimate goal of the Autism Society’s Conference is to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and professionals to make informed decisions. Overall conference content addresses the full range of the autism spectrum and encompasses lifespan issues. Presentations in Spanish are also encouraged.  

The call for papers is open on the Autism Society website at:  
Submissions are due by Sunday January 18, 2015  
All submissions must be made through our online system.

Questions?  Please call 800-3-AUTISM or email 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Free Webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

Below are a number of free upcoming webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Playing with Educational Software from SETC

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
iPad: OT Treatment Apps from SETC

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
Accessibility in a Bring Your Own Device Environment from MITS

Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern
Adapting Off-the-Shelf Games from SETC

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
ECT (Environmental Communication Teaching) Strategies for Implementation from AbleNet

Wednesday,December 10, 2014, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern
Math – It can be Fun! from SETC           

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
AAC in Story Reenactment from SETC

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5 - 6 PM  Pacific
Bookshare is Expanding and Improving from EASI

Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Print Alternative Through BookShare from SETC       

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
Switch Training Resources from SETC           

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers and Writers from AbleNet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern
AT for Common Core, College & Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilitiesfrom AbleNet

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 4:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern

Accessibility Options for High Stakes Testing from AbleNet

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Association of Assistive Technology Programs Webinars

Below are some great webinars from ATAP, the Association of Assistive Technology Programs.

Introduction to IT accessibility.
Date: 1/14/2015Time: 3:00 PM ET
Description: An overview of accessibility, where people with disabilities and technology meet. A discussion about what accessibility is, why it’s vital, and applicable laws.
Register for this Webinar

Document Accessibility in Microsoft Word 2010
Date: 2/25/2015
Time: TBA
Description: For document authors, an introductory look at how to make Word documents more accessible using Word 2010.
Register for this Webinar

Accessible PowerPoint presentations
Date: 3/25/2015
Time: TBA
Description: For presentation authors, an introductory look at how to make PowerPoint documents more accessible using Word 2010.
Register for this Webinar

Considerations in Multimedia Accessibility
Date: 4/29/2015Time: TBA
Description: A high-level look at tools and tips to help make audio and video more accessible. Includes some discussion about captioning techniques, such as re-voicing.
Register for this Webinar 

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Able South Carolina: Newsletter

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Association of Maternal & child Health Programs

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) recently released a State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) environmental scan report entitled, "State Strategies and Initiatives to Improve Development and Autism Screening, and Early Identification Systems."  This report includes initial findings from an environmental scan of 185 source documents that AMCHP conducted in the summer of 2014; the purpose of this effort was to capture the wide range of developmental screening activities occurring within all U.S. states and territories.  Over the coming year, this data will be analyzed further to develop resources that assist states in building and improving both developmental screening and early identification systems.  These tools and resources will be housed on the SPHARC website, and AMCHP will provide updates and seek feedback as the work progresses.
companion fact sheet that discusses Title V State Performance Measures (SPM) related to developmental screening and early identification is also available.
For more information and to access these publications, visit the SPHARC website.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Written Productivity Workshop

There are still a few spots available in the Written Productivity workshop that will be held Wednesday, December 3rd  in the Assistive Technology Resource Center in Columbia, SC.

Written Productivity
Time: 9:30am – 11:30amCost: Free, but pre-registration required 

Date: December 3, 2014

Instructor:  Madalina Tudora, SC Dept of Education Assistive Technology Specialist

Teachers are often in the position of referring students to an AT team for assessment for enhancing written productivity. During this workshop, we will explore resources that are available to help with writing difficulties. We will address motor skills and processing and organizational concerns that many students struggle with. We will review various programs that are low-cost or free, as well as audio recording pens that help with notetaking, organization, and study skills.  We will also go over speech-recognition programs and the criteria that students need to meet to have success with them.

Register for the Written Productivity workshop

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Statewide Transition Conferences for Students, Parents and Professionals

Register for both events online at:
For more information about these conferences contact Robbie Kopp:
Voice: 800.681.6805
TTY: 803.779.0949

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tools and Strategies for Website Accessibility

Recently there was an AccessGA training conducted by Janet Silva. 
Below is a link to the presentation:

Please note that the resources include a recording of the webinar, a PDF file of the transcript, handouts, and a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation.

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Home and Community-based Services: SC Statewide Transition Plan

SC Statewide Transition Plan for Implementation of CMS Final Rule Regarding Home and Community-based Services

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice that the draft Statewide Transition Plan, required per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule (42 CFR 441.301(c)(6)), is available for public review and comment. The South Carolina Statewide Transition Plan will be submitted on or before Jan. 28, 2015. It will be effective upon CMS approval.

SCDHHS will conduct four regional public meetings and one live online webinar to discuss the Statewide Transition Plan for public input. These meetings will also include information on three Community Long Term Care (CLTC) waiver amendments and their waiver-specific transition plans. For information on the CLTC waiver amendments, please go to

To learn more on the actions identified in the Statewide Transition Plan, SCDHHS's draft version of the plan and the scheduled public meeting dates and locations, please visit our website.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AccessGA - Webinar, Tools and Strategies for Website Accessibility

Webinar: Tools and Strategies for Website Accessibility

We will demonstrate website evaluation techniques and take a look at several of the most widely used web checkers, WAVE, the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) and HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff.
Date: November 13, 2014 
Time: 2:00-3:15pm (ET)
Janet Sylvia, Leader, USG Web Accessibility Group (WAG)
John Rempel, AT Specialist, Center for the Visually Impaired
Joy Kniskern, AMAC and AccessGA
Register now at the AccessGA Event Calendar

You will hear about the importance of using assistive technology (AT) users and experts as part of the evaluation process and will see a user/expert demonstrate website access with the use of assistive technology. This webinar will present strategies, techniques, and resources for ensuring your website meets accessibility standards and guidelines including WCAG 2.0 and what it means to provide usable vs. technical accessibility.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Free Webinars from TobiiDynavox

November 14th, 2014 at 5 PM EST 
Introduction to PODD for Compass  
Join Gayle Porter, the creator of Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD), to explore how the features of PODD system are applied in page sets for DynaVox Compass software. This presentation will focus exclusively on the DynaVox Mayer-Johnson product line and will not include information on other similar communication or educational product(s). This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

November 20th, 2014 at 3:30 PM EST 

Finding and Editing Activities for the Holidays
Did you know that the Boardmaker Online Community has hundreds of ready-made boards and activities to support participation, communication and fun for the upcoming holiday season? Use these activities as-is or edit them to make quick changes to meet the specific needs of your students. Learn how to find the helpful activities to support classroom instruction and participation throughout the entire holiday season.
And remember, you can watch a recorded training anytime, anywhere!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Follow Up to Medicare Coverage for Speech Generating Devices

Follow Up to Medicare Coverage for Speech Generating Devices

On Thursday, November 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the language it issued earlier this year in its “Coverage Reminder” which, if fully implemented, would have restricted patient access to Speech-Generating Devices functionalities that Medicare determined went beyond “speech generation” including internet access.  Medicare also stated that it would begin a review of the 2001 National Coverage Determination (or NCD) as the mechanism for updating Medicare’s policies related to SGDs. As part of its announcement, the agency stated:

Since the current NCD took effect on January 1, 2001, the technology for devices that generate speech and the ways in which the devices are used by patients to meet their medical needs has changed significantly. As a result, CMS intends to internally generate a reconsideration of the benefit category NCD addressing Medicare coverage of augmentative and alternative communication devices (IOM 100-02 §50.1). Additional information about this matter will be made available in the near future.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Free RESNA Webinar!

Chrome Apps and Extensions to Support Struggling Learners - Going Google! 

Monday, Nov 17 at 3pm EST 

Many schools are discovering the use of the free Chrome Browser, and free apps and extensions in the Chrome browser to support education and learning. How do you support your struggling students? This webinar will present several apps and extensions to support literacy and executive function, and they are free to download right in the Chrome web store. If your students are using laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or a tablet, Chrome apps and extensions can support them on their device in the classroom and at home.

Registration and more information is at:

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Autism Speaks: iPad Award Program 2014

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that the application for our annual iPad award program is now open!

1,176 iPad 4s will be given to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. We are also including a Kraken A.M.S. case, by Trident Case with each iPad!
Eligible applicants are individuals who:
  • Have been diagnosed with 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
November 10: Online Application Opens
November 14: Application Closes at 11:59PM EST
November 17 - December 5: Review Committee Selects Recipients
December 9: Recipients Announced and iPads sent out!

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker or therapist at: application. You must create a login and further instructions will be provided.

The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 4 will be contacted on December 9. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.

Autism Speaks would like to thank Trident Case for their generous donation of Kraken A.M.S. cases.

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Omega-3 can help children with ADD, experts say

Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. These are the findings of a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, which also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD.

In this study, 75 children and adolescents with ADHD were given either the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 or a placebo over three months, and then they were all given omega 3/6 over three months. The study was conducted double-blind, which means that neither the researchers nor the participants were allowed to know whether they received the active capsules until afterwards.
"For the group as a whole, we did not see any major improvement, but in 35 percent of the children and adolescents who have the inattentive subtype of ADHD called ADD, the symptoms improved so much that we can talk about a clinically relevant improvement," says Mats Johnson, doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inspired by Parkinson's Luncheon

Parkinson Association of the Carolinas invites all people with Parkinson’s as well as their family members, care partners and anyone who serves or assists the Parkinson’s community to attend.  Thanks to our generous sponsor and the PD Southern Summit the luncheon is free to all registered guests.

Register with the online form ( OR call PAC at 866-903-PARK (7275).  If you are unable to speak to someone, please leave a message with your name, phone number and the number in your party and consider yourself registered.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MUSC - Free Webcast

Healthcare Access and Utilization after Spinal Cord Injury
Thursday, November 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The purpose of this presentation is to describe both health care access and health care utilization by persons with spinal cord injury. The presentation will compare both access and utilization between persons with spinal cord injury, identified through a large rehabilitation hospital, with those identified through a state-based surveillance system.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Tons of Free Webinars from the Accessible Technology Coalition

The Accessible Technology Coalition has many upcoming free webinars available.

Early Learning Switch Accessible Software from SETC
November 3, 2014, at 3:30 Pacific, 6:30 Eastern

Switch Assessment from AbleNet
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 9 AM Pacific, 12 PM Eastern

Intro to Web Conferencing from EASI
Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

iOS8 Switch Control for Communication Apps from AbleNet
Wednesday Nov. 5th, 2014 at 9 AM Pacific, 12 PM Eastern

Apps to Support a Successful Transition from MATN
Wednesday Nov. 5th, 2014 at 12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern

How A Smartphone Can Boost Your Education, Career Readiness, & Daily Life
from PACER on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at at 4:30 Pacific, 7:30 Eastern

Unlocking Communication in the Severely Impaired Child from GA Tools
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern

Balabolka the flexible E-reader from EASI
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 11AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Independent Work Skills and Social Skills from AbleNet on Thursday, November 6th at 4:30 PM Pacific,7:30 PM Eastern

AAC Evaluations for Kids with Multiple Disabilities from SETC
Monday, November 10, 2014, at 3:30 Pacific, 6:30 Eastern

Access Features of Blackboard Collaborate Webinars from EASI
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

Recent NVDA (Screenreader) Developments for Education and Work from EASI
Wednesday Nov. 12th, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific, 4 PM Eastern

Get to work with AT Accommodations: JAN from AbilityTools
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 1:30 PM Pacific, 4:30 Eastern

An Overview of Technology for Self-Sufficiency and Independence 
from PACER on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:30 Pacific, 7:30 Eastern

Switch Training Resources from SETC
November 13, 2014, at 3:30 Pacific, 6:30 Eastern

Switch Mounting from AbleNet
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9 AM Pacific, 12 PM Eastern

iPad: Top Favorite Apps for Play and Language from SETC
December 1, 2014, at 3:30 Pacific, 6:30 Eastern

K-12 Teachers may also want to look at the 11 other webinars from the Special Ed. Technology Center in WA, mainly held at 3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern. Topics include adapted books, AAC, Clickr, and accessible curriculum.

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Friday, November 07, 2014

AUCD Annual Meeting 2014

AUCD envisions a future in which all people, including those living with developmental and other disabilities are fully included, participating members of their communities. We see equitable access to supports and services that reflect the preferences and values of diverse communities and that lead to self-determination, independence, productivity, and a healthy and satisfying quality of life.

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects their goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

The Power of Engagement is reflected in changes we have made to the conference format to offer attendees more time to connect with one another and with the information presented. This year, we launch a series of poster symposia, where posters will be grouped and showcased together by common themes. We look forward to seeing how this more comprehensive model serves in deepening engagement with the work displayed.

The conference will be held on November 9-12 in Washington, DC
Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

7th Annual Run for Thought

The Brain Injury Association of SC will be hosting it's 7th Annual Run for Thought on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Have you registered yet?

With your help, the BIASC will be able to:

  • Continue prevention programs such as Heads Up! SC!, a concussion education program, and ThinkFirst, and injury prevention program.
  • Provide financial support to nine brain injury support groups throughout SC through stipends, which help send group members to workshops, webinars, social outings and more.
  • Provide an annual statewide brain injury conference that is a forum for the exchange of information on programs, services, and resources for brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals.
  • Print bi-annual newsletters and other print material that is sent to over 2,000 survivors, caregivers and professionals. Individuals depend on this information to learn more about brain injury, make informed decisions, and gain peer support.
Click to go to our event website. On our event website, you can register to run or walk, create a fundraising page, and become a sponsor!

Please contact our office at 803.731.9823 if you have any questions.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brain Injury Association: Upcoming Webinars

November 5, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) BIAA Caregiver Webinar: Practical Strategies for Managing Awareness Issues in the Community

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz-Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, Cognitive Assessment and Solution, Humanim. Often people are discharged from rehabilitation before they have fully grasped how their injury affects them day to day. A lack of understanding of the changes that have happened from a brain injury can lead the person to believe they can do things they are not yet capable to do, such as drive or cook. This webinar will offer an overview of what “deficit awareness” is, and offer some strategies and tools to help the family and the person with a brain injury better manage their deficits as they continue to recover.

November 19, 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 Pacific) Business of Brain Injury Webinar:Quantification of Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment Effects After Brain Injury

Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D., and Dixie Eastridge, M.A. will demonstrate how to identify characteristic patterns of behavior on a cumulative graph and how these patterns change as a function of environmental contingencies, medications, and interactions between these events. They will also show how cumulative graphs may be used to assess various neurobehavioral treatment outcomes.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Electronic Touch Screen Voting Machines Improve Access for Voters with Disabilities

 For the first time in South Carolina history, people with disabilities will be able to vote in private and without assistance.
For visually impaired voters, the new electronic touch screen voting machines will feature Braille-embossed navigation buttons, accompanied by audio instructions, to make voting easier.

Voters who have difficulty reading or seeing the screen will now be able to vote confidentially by using the audio instructions feature to guide them through the voting process.

The system is also easily portable, making it accessible to people with physical limitations. The machine is wheelchair accessible and can be placed on the lap. For voters with disabilities that prevent them from physically entering the polling place, the machine can easily carried outside for curb-side voting.

The touch screen voting machine meets the applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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