In 1990, disability rights activists crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the inaccessibility of the building to those with disabilities. This act of civil disobedience by Linda Long-Bellil and many other activists provided the impetus needed for Congress to pass stalled legislation aimed at prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities – the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
UMass Medical School researchers recommend physicians and clinicians look into the mealtimes of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after their study found that this population of children has high food selectivity and more mealtime behavior problems. The study was featured in an Autism Speaks Science News article July 7.
UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying whether a new program that uses customized care plans can reduce falls among people with disabilities.
Dr. Jean A. Frazier, MD, has been named director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School, a new program that brings together three entities—the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopmental Initiative, the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the former Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center.
By Ellen Moran
Amy K. Weinstock, founding director of UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center, has been honored for outstanding service in the disability field by Northeast Arc.
Weinstock received the Edward C. O’Keefe Memorial Award at Northeast Arc’s 61st Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony June 2.
Autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, will co-teach Act Early teams from Massachusetts as well as six visiting states about how to consider cultural differences when screening young children for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during a two-day Peer-to-Peer Exchange event through a collaboration between the Massachusetts Act Early Program and the national Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to be hosted at the Boston Children’s Museum this month.
Fellows at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will present posters on their work helping local organizations provide better services to people with developmental disabilities June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 5 at the Shriver Center LEND Program, 465 Medford St., Suite 500, Charlestown.
An expert in instructional design at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is working to improve education in public schools by helping make it possible for all students to learn at their own pace.
The Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center honored three individuals for their leadership, dedication and commitment to helping those in the autism community. The awards were announced at the Autism Insurance Resource Center’s Annual Insurance Update and Celebration of Champions May 5 at UMass Medical School.
An IT expert at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has taken his work on improving Web access for people with cognitive disabilities to the global stage. John Rochford has joined the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force.