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Disability Non-Profit of the Month: Disability Rights Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the civil rights of Marylanders with disabilities. DRM advocates for, and provides legal services to, people with many different conditions: developmental delays, physical limitations, traumatic brain injuries, sensory issues, and more. The scope of DRM’s work is too broad to fully…

VocaliD: Creating Unique Voices for Nonverbal People

There are many forms of adaptive technology that give voices to non-verbal people. Famously, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is able to talk by moving only his cheek. He has an infrared sensor on his glasses that can pick up on muscle movement; this is connected to a computer with advanced word prediction software. Once he…

Dental Care for Children with Disabilities

For many parents of children with disabilities, pediatric dental care may be low on their list of concerns. However, children with disabilities are almost twice as likely to develop oral health problems. This is not simply a result of parental distraction – a variety of physical, behavioral, and emotional conditions can play a role (1)….

How to Help Socialize Children with Developmental Disabilities

Children with developmental disabilities often struggle to interact with their peers. Many experience difficulty understanding nonverbal communication such as social cues and body language. It is important to have realistic expectations for your child’s level of socialization because social interaction can induce anxiety more for some children than for others. Some questions to ask yourself…