Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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The Texas Education Agency’s decision to set an 8.5 percent target for special education enrollment has led schools to cut services for children with all types of disabilities, but mentally ill students have been disproportionately affected.
A parent-led intervention is the first to have lasting benefits for children with severe autism. That’s the message from a study following up on a trial to see whether expert feedback could improve social communication in young children with autism.
When the special education crackdown came to this small South Texas city, Willie Ruiz had a front-row seat.
A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism using a signature approach pairing the recitation of Shakespeare’s rhythmic language with physical gesture.
Since 2004 special education enrollment in Texas schools has dropped from 11.2 percent to 8.5 percent of the student population, according to state reports.
Doll therapy is catching on at nursing homes and other senior facilities across the country. It’s used to help ease anxiety among residents with dementia, who can experience personality changes, agitation and aggression. But the therapy is controversial.
The Disability Issues Legislative Roundtable: “Raise Your Voice” is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center San Saba Room. Alison Mohr of the Hogg Foundation is speaking on practical advocacy.
An investigation by the Houston Chronicle has revealed that unelected state officials in Texas “arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education services” more than a decade ago and then began auditing school districts that did not comply.
Texas is keeping tens of thousands of kids out of special education who might, in other states, be considered special ed students.
Drugs like Prozac and bumetanide show early promise for boosting intelligence in mouse studies, but activists say we should value people for who they are.
Arthur Schopenhauer on the Relationship Between Genius and Madness and How Memory Mediates the Blurry Line Between Sanity and Insanity
“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure, as an abnormal development, disposes to madness.”
A local campaign aims to boost disability vote. Kafka noted that REV UP is an inclusive effort, representing physical and developmental disabilities, including those not immediately apparent (commonly known as invisible disabilities), and mental illness.
For over 30 years, the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program has helped over 800,000 families across Texas learn how to be their children’s best teacher at home. ECI is designed to assist families of children up to three years old with developmental delays — a key period in a child’s development.
An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, water, food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Advocates for the intellectually-disabled – a condition affecting reasoning and learning – say Texas is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws by denying services that could allow more than 4,000 people to live in the community.
A Facebook post has gone viral showing a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer helping a young autistic high school student who had left campus.
Designed to complement traditional forms of therapy, Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy has, its adherents say, become an increasingly popular adjunct for a variety of diagnoses, among them depression, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder..
Alzheimer’s not only alters the lives of people with the disease but also the lives of those who care for them. The journey can be just as emotionally and physically demanding for caregivers, but that mental and physical stress is often overlooked because the focus is on the patient.
The FDA held a meeting two years ago on the center’s use of electrical stimulation devices on clients with developmental or intellectual disabilities. After the session, the agency went silent. Then, a couple of weeks ago, the FDA revealed that it was seeking an outright ban on the devices. The devices can cause both physical Read more
March was Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Month across the nation. The purpose of this month was to educate people about persons with IDD and to continue to bring awareness to the community.
“Autistic people are cold and feel no empathy.” True? It is a pervasive stereotype, but when analyzed through the lens of science, reality turns out to be quite different. According to a study at SISSA, carried out in collaboration with the University of Vienna, when autistic people are placed in “moral dilemma” situations, they show Read more