Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Communication Problems Not at Root of Tantrums in Kids With Autism: Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles

This article is from Medline Plus:
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Children with autism spectrum disorders probably aren't throwing more tantrums because of a lack of ability to communicate, new research suggests.
Speech and language problems are common in autism. Many children with autism aren't able to speak clearly. Some can't speak at all. But in this study, the researchers found that children with autism who have clear speech and a high ability to communicate have just as many outbursts as those who don't.

For more information on this article, please click here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

This article is from Medline Plus:
HealthDay news imageA robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found.
The device provided strength training for muscles that were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine and mechanical engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
For more information, click here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

We Are Walk Warriors

This comes from NEDA: 

2017 NEDA Walks

Event Home Register Donate

We are walk warriors. We walk to inspire others. We walk away from stigma to send the message that eating disorders are dangerous illnesses, not lifestyle choices.
Eating disorders are the deadliest of all mental illnesses, but we’re in this fight together and we’re walking to win!
Join us at the Spartanburg, SC NEDA Walk as we take a stand against eating disorders. Break down barriers on 09/30/2017 - nothing can stand in our way!
- Jessica Hickman
National Walk Manager, NEDA

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Free Assistive Technology Trainings

Free Webinars -  Web Access

From Level Access at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern (30 min. each)
• August 3rd: Creating Styles and Tags and Mapping Styles to Tags
• August 17th: Reading Order
• August 31st: Forms
Free Webinars -  Adults & General

Be My Eyes- Bringing Sight to the Blind and Visually Impaired from AbilityTools
August 9, 2017 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Making Tech Fields Accessible from PEAT Talks
August 17, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Dolphin EasiReader Available for Computers and Smart Phones from EASI
August 29, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

Pediatric and School Based AAC Evaluations from AbleNet
August 8, 2017 at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern

Fun Activities using a Tablet Device from AbleNet
August 23, 2017 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern (30 min.)

Assistive Technology Tools to Meet Student Needs in the Classroom from CTD
August 23, 2017 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Resources on Assistive Technology for Families from CTD
August 29, 2017 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Universal Design for Learning: Back to the Basics  Affective Networks from AbleNet
August 29, 2017 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Monday, August 07, 2017

AAIDD Newsletter, August 2017

 AAIDD Bookstore

Visit the AAIDD Bookstore
AAIDD Members receive a 15% discount on ALL books!

 AAIDD Journals

Check out these articles and more in AAIDD Journals. Available at no cost to members. Members: login with your email as your username and your password to see your full article access.
Research and Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Membership and Learning in General Education for Students With Extensive Support Needs
Volume 5, Issue 2 of Inclusion
Disability Policy Implementation From a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Volume 55, Issue 4 of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Handwriting in Children and Adults With Down Syndrome: Developmental Delay or Specific Features?
Volume 122, Issue 4 of American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Upcoming Conferences & Events

The 22nd Annual Conference of QDDPs: "Sharing the Gold Standards of Services and Supports"August 8-11, 2017 in Cleveland, OH
National Home & Community Based Services Conference
August 27-31, 2017 in Baltimore, MD
AAIDD Louisiana Chapter Annual Meeting and Conference
September 20-22, 2017 in Alexandria, LA
Registration Open
The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP) 2017 Conference
September 25-26, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN
South Carolina AAIDD Chapter Fall Conference: Thinking Globally. Acting Locally
October 4-6, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC
2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference
October 4-6, 2017 in Huntsville, AL
NADD 34th Annual Conference
November 1-3, 2017 in Charlotte, NC
The Arc's 2017 National Convention
November 1-4, 2017 in San Diego, CA
The 2017 Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology
November 2, 2017 in Broomfield, CO
AUCD 2017 Conference: Life Your Voice!
November 5-8, 2017 in Washington, DC
Registration Now Open
TASH 2017 Conference
December 13-15, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
AAIDD Texas Chapter 43rd Annual Convention
Save the date! July 24-27, 2018 in Corpus Christi, TX
In This Issue...
  1. AAIDD Bookstore
  2. AAIDD Journals
  3. Join AAIDD
  4. Job Opportunities
  5. Webinars and Online Learning
  6. Upcoming Conferences & Events

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Job Opportunities
Program Director, Georgia MENTOR
Albany, GA
Accessibility Coordinator, SoundTransit
Seattle, WA
Director - Institute on Disability, The University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
Speech Pathologist, Pathfinder Village
Edmeston, NY
Executive Director, St. Louis Office for DD Resources
St. Louis, MO
Masters Supports Coordination Clinician, The Children's Center of Wayne County
Detroit, MI
To post a position or search for listings on the AAIDD job board: Click Here

AAIDD Webinars and Online Learning
Strategies for Professionals to Work with Siblings of Individuals with IDD
Webinar presented by The Arc of the United States and AAIDD
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 4:00pm EST

Project SEARCH's Employment Model for Individuals with IDD
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
New AAIDD Webinar
Aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, A Changing Landscape
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:00pm EST
New AAIDD Webinar
Guardianship and Supported Decision Making
Thursday, September 28, 2017
New AAIDD Webinar
Ways to Support People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
AAIDD Online Learning Course
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and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Walkers and Rollators for Free!

Don’t let mobility issues keep you from enjoying yourself this summer!
The items below are all available for free through our reuse program. 
Each item is linked to a website (if available) that provides additional details.

 If you have questions or want to pick up an item, 
please email Alli Upchurch, or call 803-935-5273.  
Don’t see what you are looking for? Check out the AT Exchange!




Alli Upchurch / Program Coordinator II 
 SC Assistive Technology Program 
 Center for Disability Resources (UCEDD) 
 University of South Carolina School of Medicine 
 Columbia, SC  29208 
 Phone: 803-935-5273 / Fax: 803-935-5342

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Training: Assistive Technology for School Success

 Assistive Technology for School Success

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Place: SC Assistive Technology Program, Poplar Conference Room
Midlands Center, Poplar Building, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Cost: $20

  • Make checks payable to SC Assistive Technology Program. Mail checks to Tammy Wallace, SCATP, USC School of Medicine, CDR, Columbia, SC 29208
  • To pay by credit card, call Treginald Coleman at 803-935-5296. Be sure to mention the name of the workshop

Workshop will review AT to assist with notetaking, reading and writing for students in grades 6-12. Software, apps and websites will be demonstrated and shared.
Information will be provided to get attendees thinking about ways AT could benefit children who are having challenges or struggling with school work.
Attendees will be able to:

• identify 3 AT devices and software used by students for notetaking.
• identify 3 AT products used to help with reading and writing.
• identify 2 resources of where to go to get individualized help for students.

Instructor: Tammy Wallace, Program Coordinator, SC Assistive Technology Program

Mrs. Wallace received her BA degree from the University of South Carolina and has worked in health care for over 25 years. She has worked with individuals with disabilities for the past seven years. She is currently the Program Coordinator at the SC Assistive Technology Program where she works with students with learning disabilities to find assistive technology to help them in their daily lives.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Brain Injury Association Conference Registration Closes Today!

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Get your registration in TODAY! There are 275 attendees already registered for the conference. We HAVE 35 exhibitors coming to this years' conference! 
Registration CLOSES TODAY!!  
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Monday, July 10, 2017

BIASC Conference Time!

Today is the last day to 
get our special conference lodging rate!

The DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, located at 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210, will host this year's conference! There are blocked rooms just for YOU. There is a special #LWBI17 Conference rate of $123. If you are a state employee please mention that at the time of booking for an additional savings. 

 To reserve your room,visit
contact Clint at 803.744.0142.
You can also book online using code BIA.