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Michigan Radio Reports on Struggles of Student Loan Borrowers with Disabilities

NPR Michigan Radio’s Clare Lombardo reported in December that roughly 365,000 student loan borrowers were identified as possibly being eligible for loan discharge as a result of permanent disabilities that keep them from employment (1). These borrowers, however, have not gotten their due loan relief.  This most often happens because they aren’t aware they could…

Relationships Between Parents of Children with Disabilities

Child-rearing can have profound effects on marriages and relationships between parents. For parents raising children with disabilities, the effects may be heightened.  This is not to say that these relationships are doomed to failure. Many parents of children with disabilities report enduring, happy relationships, and some note that their parenting experiences strengthen their bonds with…

University of Michigan Researchers Invent Augmented Reality Game to Improve Inclusion of Kids with Disabilities

Recently, there have been notable advances in technology that allow kids with disabilities to engage in more equitable competitions with non-disabled peers. For example, the organization AbleGamers is working hard to promote adaptive video game technology, such as Microsoft’s new adaptive controller for Xbox (which you may recognize from this viral Superbowl commercial). However, when…

New York Program Provides Virtual Doctor’s Appointments for People with Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) often have a difficult time getting to doctor’s appointments, and may miss out on important medical services as a result. A recently-introduced program in the state of New York aims to change that. Premier HealthCare has begun to offer psychiatric telehealth appointments to those with I/DDs. The program…

Michigan Endeavors to Transform Accessible Parking Signs

Many people with disabilities and advocates for disability rights find the accessible parking signs with which we have grown so familiar over the years to be inaccurate representations of those with disabilities (1). Many have wondered, why a stationary and stiff figure when so many people with disabilities live active, vibrant lives? Why use the…

Dysphagia and cerebral palsy

Dysphagia is a condition characterized by persistent difficulty or pain when swallowing. There are many causes of dysphagia, and people of all ages can suffer from it (1).  Dysphagia is especially common for children with complex medical needs, with an estimated 30-80% of children with developmental disabilities having some form of dysphagia (2). Children with…

New Company in Flint Offers Jobs to Individuals with Disabilities

On September 5, 2019, Peckham Inc. opened its doors in Flint, Michigan. The company manufactures jackets and cold weather performance clothing for both civilians and the Armed Forces (1). They provide job training services, and their employees with disabilities work in several different sectors, including sewing, quality, cafe working, and office working.  Peckham Inc. is…

Three-Dimensional Movement Analysis Found to Help Measure Arm Movement in Children with Unilateral CP

Unilateral (also known as hemiplegic) cerebral palsy affects the motor abilities on one side of the body. Children with unilateral CP usually have impaired upper limb function. For this reason, measuring the movement of the upper limbs is imperative in logging the progress of a patient with unilateral CP (1).  In three-dimensional movement analysis (3DMA),…

Recent stories of police brutality against individuals with disabilities demonstrate need for change in training programs

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs), cerebral palsy (CP), hearing and vision difficulties, and other disabilities can struggle with communication. They may have difficulties with problem-solving skills. They can also have difficulty following rules and obeying laws (1). They may struggle with interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, and general social skills. Or they may just…

Comparing Cerebral Palsy to Other Motor Disorders

Nervous system conditions that affect an individual’s movements are called “motor disorders.” They can result in increased voluntary or involuntary movements, as well as faster or slower movements (1). Many motor disorders can have similar signs and symptoms, even though they are caused by different underlying conditions or diseases. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a movement…