Developmental Disabilities Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Children

FYI

15% of American children have a developmental disability, including autism and ADHD, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s an increase of almost 2 percentage points from 1997 to 2008, or almost 2 million kids. Read more CDC: Developmental Disabilities Affect 1 In 7 U.S. Kids

Count Down to the launch of the World Report on Disability

News alert from the Disability and Rehabilitation Team at WHO

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2010, the count down began to the launch of the World Report on Disability on 9 June 2011 in Geneva.

This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of people with disabilities, and identifies ways of removing barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in their communities.

They want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers. To start the debate, we asked Faustina Urassa, a woman with disabilities from Tanzania, “What’s disability to you?”

See what she told us at youtube.com/WHO or at the World Report website, http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/en/index.html

Sign up at the World Health Organization Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/fX1iN8 – to join the debate and receive regular updates on the global and country launches of the World Report. Facebook will be our main channel for disability dialogue. In the months ahead, we will post three more films, featuring women with disabilities from Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Bolivia.

In the run up to the launch, we welcome your photographs, stories and short films on the theme “This is disability to me”,

Please share this email with your disability community, and ask them to join ours.

For further information, please contact Tom Shakespeare: shakespearet@who.int

MRI Spots High Functioning Autism

Interesting…

In a study published online this week in the journal Autism Research, researchers report they that were able to use a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI machine, to take a brain scan from which they can accurately distinguish individuals with high functioning autism from those without in 94 percent of cases.

Lange and his colleagues took brain scans of 60 individuals, 30 with high functioning autism and 30 without. By focusing on six aspects of the brain’s circuitry, they were able to identify who had autism and who did not almost perfectly.

A secondary study using a different set of subjects confirmed a similar rate of success.

Brain Scan Near Perfect Test For Spotting Autism, Study Finds

Budget cuts set to affect NJ’s college students with disabilities

Visually impaired and deaf student uses a video magnifier to read a newspaper.

Using a video magnifier to read a newspaper

NJ’s investment in the Regional Centers pays dividends for blind, deaf, and learning disabled students, who rely on these services so they won’t be financially dependent on taxpayers for the rest of their lives.

Please make a commitment to NJ’s college students with disabilities by signing the petition at http://savedisabilityservicesforcollegestudents.org.

Police Intervention More Common For Students With Disabilities

Police Intervention More Common For Students With Disabilities

It’s 2009… this shouldn’t be the case… most police officers must not be trained properly, which is a joke when there are FREE online tutorials available from the federal government (through the Department of Justice)–meaning ALL police officers across the country, regardless of their home state, should respond in similar manner to people with disabilities. Good cops should not want more arrents under their belt, they should want to serve and protect the people… arresting citizens with disabilities at a higher rate than those without is the same as arresting more blacks than whites for similar crimes… oh whoops, that still happens!

Police Response to People with Disabilities, Eight-Part Series- Designed for use in roll-call training, this videotape addresses law enforcement situations involving people who have mobility disabilities, mental illnesses, mental retardation, epilepsy or seizure disorders, speech disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing, and blindness or low vision. The eight segments range from 5 ½ to 10 ½ minutes in length.