Fashion Editor (And Her Wheelchair) Star in Clothing Ad
January 30, 2014, 11:17 am
Fashion editor Jillian Mercado has made a name for herself behind the camera, but she appears just as at ease in front of one in Diesel’s new spring ad campaign. The edgy 26-year-old blogger, who has spastic muscular dystrophy, poses in her wheelchair in the ads, which demonstrate how easily anyone, regardless of body type, can rock Diesel clothing, Mercado said Tuesday. “Diesel is a company where everyone can wear it. You don’t have to look like a model to wear it. And I feel like these photos just show that,” she said on TODAY. “Every photo that they release, someone can relate to it. And that’s rare in the fashion industry, to be able to relate and say, ‘You know that’s me in that photo, through that person.’” From TODAY
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Dogs to Help People with Autism Transition into Work
January 30, 2014, 10:57 am
When Kayla Gage starts to have an anxiety attack at the fast food joint where she works, she pets her Russian German shepherd, Hacker, who she keeps in the restaurant’s office.
“If I just pet a dog, it pulls me out of it,” said Gage, 23, who has autism and struggles with anxiety. “Normally, it takes my mom saying my name 50 times to pull me out.”
Gage is in a new Austin Dog Alliance program aimed at preparing young adults with autism for careers. The program’s secret weapon: man’s best friend. Dogs are often easier for people with autism to work with, because they’re easier to read than people are and they tend to be more forgiving. – From Disability Scoop to read the entire article CLICK HERE or go to http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/01/08/to-transition-autism-dogs/19000/
“Nothing stops Jerry Robinson. Nothing. After graduating as salutatorian in college and landing a job with a global financial company, Robinson continues to do what he knows best—shatter barriers. The budding scholar, born with cerebral palsy, is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and conducting research with the BBI team. It’s an incredible feat for someone who nearly died at birth. ‘My parents were told I wouldn’t live long, but here I am,’ says Robinson, 30, who suffered brain damage after the umbilical cord became wrapped around his head…” – From the website. To read the entire article Click Here
From the Oregonian – “Thanks to Jenny Veenker, five developmentally disabled adults have a loving home in a suburban split-level made beautiful with paint and care. On a recent fall evening, one of Veenker’s clients pours coffee at a granite-topped kitchen island. Another helps his wife of 25 years — both are mentally retarded — pull on a sweater. Then all five of Veenker’s residents, ages 23 to 65, gather for a pre-dinner prayer, bowing heads in unison. The family dogs — Bella, Frankie and Bear — whimper in the laundry room while salad, homemade bean soup and grilled hamburgers are served around a formal dining room table. This is what Oregon officials had in mind when they shut down Fairview Training Center for good and completed a transition to a community-based system of care for about 4,200 developmentally disabled adults. The dedication of caregivers like Veenker can be easily overshadowed by stories of abuse and neglect elsewhere in the system. But thousands do inspiring work every day — and make a huge difference in their clients’ lives….” – Read full article here
Earlier this year, the Obama administration passed a bill that requires all public schools to allow students with disabilities to participate in school organized sports. (Read more about the new law here). Once the law was put into effect, some schools were concerned about their ability to remain competitive in sports after the inclusion of students with disabilities. Others, such as Germantown High School in Memphis, Tenn. embraced the change and have benefited from the inclusion of student athletes with disabilities. After being approached with a request from a local parent named Maureen Andrews, Germantown High’s basketball coach, Wes Crump, made a spot on the team for Maureen’s son, David Andrews, a Germantown freshman born with Down syndrome. At the time, no one, not even David’s parents, could have predicted just how important David would become to the basketball program. In an article about David, coach Crump stated, “Maureen wasn’t asking for anything other than David maybe getting a sweat suit, team shoes, and for him to be on the bench with the team…” But now, “…He wears number 40. He leads the pregame chant. He swishes threes…” (Read full article here)
David’s story is impressive, moving and inspiring. However, it’s not entirely unique. More than 700 miles away, a similar story recently unfolded at Van Hoosen Middle School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Owen Groesser, a 13 year-old basketball player who was also born with Down syndrome, made ESPN’ SportCenter highlights by shooting two three-point baskets in the last two minutes of the final game of the season. Owen’s performance has made him a YouTube sensation and a shining example, alongside David Andrews, of the competitive contributions student athletes with disabilities can bring to their teams. If they’re just given the opportunity.
Education Week: On Special Education is an online news source which focuses specifically on issues in special education. With an archive of hundreds of articles, organized by subject (ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Early Intervention, etc.) this is a great resource for keeping up with current events in the world of Special Education.
Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support with Natalya McComas and Gerry Morgan.This workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in learning about an evidenced-based model designed to support young children’s social emotional development. The model was developed to support infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in their homes, child care, or preschool settings and community activities.
Brown Bag Lecture: How my UO Graduate Degree Shaped my Life & Work in Thailand
July 12, 2011, 1:01 pm
Thursday, June 23, 2011
1:30 pm– 2:30pm
Join Dr. Prasong Saihong and his colleagues Dr. Saihong,, working in a classroom from Thailand to hear how his studies and working in Early Intervention, Early Identification of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities have shaped one international student’s life and work after returning home. Learn how Dr. Saihong shares his knowledge and skills to benefit children in Thailand and work with others in Thailand supporting and teaching young children.
Come celebrate summer and Independence Day! We will be dancing, swimming and having an ice cream social. This all family event is a great way to begin your summer. Come join your friends and family and party at Amazon Pool. Open to people with disabilities, their family and friends, all ages.
$8/person – scholarships available – no one turned away
Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: Impact on Family and Systems of Care
May 16, 2011, 8:08 am
Friday, May 6, 2011
Discussion of several empirical studies that address child risk factors impacting home and school outcomes in early childhood, as well as family-based interventions to support healthy adaptation for children with developmental disabilities and their parents. The lecture will include some preliminary findings describing families’ access to care during the early diagnostic process for their children identified with autism spectrum disorder. Current studies and future research and clinical directions will be discussed.
About the Presenter -
Laura Lee McIntyre, Ph.D., is interested in early identification and treatment of childhood developmental and behavioral problems, with an emphasis on the multiple systems of care that support children (e.g., families, schools, healthcare). Within this broad framework, three specific lines of research emerge: (1) Parent training, education, and support; (2) transition to kindergarten; and (3) child risk factors and family well-being. She is especially interested in early intervention and prevention work with families who have young children with developmental problems who are at risk for negative social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes at home and at school. She is an associate professor and director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Oregon and a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and board certified behavior analyst. Download flier
Please participate in the IDEA National Survey Project, a collaboration between national disability organizations to study whether the rights of parents and children with disabilities in special education are protected. The survey examines whether the playing field is level for children with disabilities and their parents, and whether parents are treated as equal partners in their children’s education. The survey project is sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Down Syndrome Society, Autism Society of America, Autism National Committee, and The Advocacy Institute.
All disabilities are welcome; the study is about these issues for children with all disabilities—not just those the organizations focus on. We are seeking responses from parents of children with disabilities; self-advocates (people with disabilities); and attorneys, advocates, and other professionals. Responses will be used to compile a report about the experiences of parents and children with disabilities and whether the playing field is level for them. Go to http://www.ideasurvey.org to take the survey or for more information. You can also visit us on Facebook, and Twitter.
A video series by Mike Peden, a young freelance journalist who lives on the Autism Spectrum. Segments include “Sixty Seconds on the Spectrum”, clips from Peden’s award winning documentary “The Wall that Knows No Limits”, and more!
New Resources in Abuse & Disability – Find out About the Walk a Mile In Their Shoes Bullying Prevention and Education Campaign watch and a video featuring Lauren Potter, actress from Glee with Down Syndrome. Miss Potter spoke to People Magazine last month about how being famous doesn’t prevent people from bullying her. Read Article
New Resources in Early Intervention – find new links such as National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), Child Find, and the Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
Words do hurt. Join the UCEDD in the campaign to end the R-Word and other hurtful terms based on using disability as a way to make people feel less than others. Think before you speak, choose your words carefully and encourage others to do the same.
New Rules in the Americans with Disabilities Act take Effect March 15, 2011!
April 4, 2011, 2:21 pm
The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the best known pieces of legislation protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. The changes taking effect today update Title II which applies to public entities and Title II which applies to which applies to public accommodations (private businesses that fall within one of twelve categories established by the statute) and commercial facilities.
- Missed the series of lectures on disability studies in music? Read this short review of the lecture Theorizing Disability in Music by UCEDD staff Melissa Mitchell. The handouts from this lecture may also be downloaded.
Do you know a budding artist with a disability? Are you interested in art, music or theater as a social outlet or therapy for yourself or someone you know? Visit our new Disability and the Arts page to find resources like the Eugene based DanceAbility and Portland based PHAME (Pacific Handicapped Artists, Musicians, and Entertainers) Arts Academy to name a few.
The Brown Bag Lecture Series sponsored by the UCEDD brings experts on subjects Important to the disability community. This series will begin on January 14, 2011 with
Education and the Americans with Disabilities Act: What Teachers, Speech Pathologists and Professors Should Know presented by Dr. Heidi Von Ravensburg. Find out more
What does it mean to be accessible? What tools and services are available to assist people with disabilities in increasing accessibility in public, private, and online environments? Discover resources answering these questions and more in our updated Accessibility Resources.
Opportunities for People with Disabilities to share their experiences and talents
January 11, 2011, 9:31 am
Submissions are being accepted A SOMEWHAT SECRET PLACE: DISABILITY AND ART beginning October 15, 2010 through January 14, 2011. Applications from the following categories will be considered for inclusion in an art exhibition and fine art book: dance, drawing, essay, fictional narrative, small-scale installation art, painting, performance art, photography, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, theater and video/film. $100 stipends will be awarded to 12 fine artists, 4 performing artist, and 12 writers selected for inclusion in the exhibition and book.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and live in Oregon. No formal art or literary education is necessary. Applications may be organized by a second party. Collaborative applications will be accepted. Only complete applications received by the January 14, 2011 due date will be considered. Applicants must agree to the Terms of Application go to: