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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…

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) exists in a variety of different forms, and its symptoms vary significantly from person to person. For instance, while people with severe CP may need a wheelchair to help them get around, people with mild CP might be able to walk just fine on their own (1). All people with CP experience…

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

Disclaimer: Please note that we cannot provide medical advice or assist in medical emergencies. Children with brain damage from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often require extensive care for conditions such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In addition to assistance with the tasks of daily living (i.e feeding, bathing, etc.) and routine medical care, they may need…

Maryland parents say they aren’t getting due process in special education disputes

In the United States, public schools are required to pay for a variety of special education services in order to ensure that all students receive a “free and appropriate public education.” Among other things, these services may include the help of a paraprofessional, accessible transportation, occupational therapy, or even private school tuition (in cases where…