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June 2011

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'Blade Runner' Chases Olympic Hopes at First Major U.S. Meet

Oscar Pistorius, who needed his lower legs amputated 23 years ago, makes headlines as he trains to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. In his words, "I think it really is going to show a lot of people that may have not had the opportunity to watch a Paralympic or disabled sport before that it can be done."
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Lawn Mower Accidents are the Leading Cause of Major Amputations for Children under 10

9,400 Americans under the age of 20 are seriously injured from a lawn mowing accident. The Amputee Coalition offers guidelines and and a checklist for safer practices in lawn mowing, asking parents to follow the precautions and set a good example.
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Plan to Achieve Self Support Webinar

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers will be presenting a webinar on the "Plan to Achieve Self Support" June 24 at 10:30am. Megan Hellan, Social Security Specialist with the Social Security Programs Section of the Department of Rehabilitation, will explain the PASS program, eligibility, and application process. Direct questions or RSVP to to attend online.

Americans with Disabilities Act Survey

University of Maryland, College Park researchers seek participants for a survey to examine factors related to requests for job accommodations. The purpose of the study is to assist service providers and employers to learn more about how to improve the job accommodation process for persons with disabilities. Email questions to
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