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June 2012

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iPad Gives Voice to Kids with Autism

Proloquo2Go, First Words, ABCs and Me and Puzzle Me are just a few of the 764 apps, an increasing number, which have been giving a voice to children with severe communication disorders such as Autism. The low cost, accessibility, and mobility have been a great leap forward. Read story

New Biomarker Test Predicts Arthritis at Much Earlier Stage, MU Researchers Say

"MU researchers have developed a test using specific biomarkers that can accurately determine if a patient is developing arthritis as well as predict the potential severity of the disease. 'Not only does the test have the potential to help predict future arthritis, but it also tells us about the early mechanisms of arthritis, which will lead to better treatments in the future.'" Read story

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again in Swiss Lab Study

"Scientists in Switzerland have restored full movement to rats paralyzed by spinal cord injuries in a study that spurs hope that the techniques may hold promise for someday treating people with similar injuries." Read story

American Council of the Blind Applauds U.S. Senate for Including Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling Legislation in User Fee Authorization

The United States Senate passed S.3187, which would create a group of blind community and pharmacy representatives to work together towards making prescription drug labeling more accessible to the visually impaired. Read story

High Tunnel Crop Talk Sessions

High Tunnel Crop Talk Sessions are held on alternate Mondays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (EDT). For additional information you can also email Liz Maynard,

Justice Department Settles with Flint, Michigan, to Make Voting Accessible to People with Disabilities

"The Justice Department today announced a settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the city of Flint, Michigan, to make all the city’s polling places more accessible for individuals with mobility impairments." Read story

State Sues on Behalf of a Disabled La Grange Teen Who Wants to Swim in State Meet

Mary Kate Callahan may not swim with her teammates at the state championship because the Illinois High School Association lacks athletic competition standards for students with disabilities. Read story