Equipment Connections for Children

Founded in 2009 as a resource for families of children with disabilities who need adaptive equipment and have no other means to obtain the equipment. Equipment Connections for Children connects costly adaptive equipment from one child with a disability who outgrows the equipment to another child who needs it. Our vision is for a world in which all available adaptive equipment is in use by the children with disabilities who need it.

Equipment Connections for Children is based in Montgomery County, Maryland and serves children in metropolitan DC area and beyond.

A child with adaptive equipment can …

  • Do more for themselves, be more independent
  • Play with their friends and siblings
  • Participate in meals and bath times
  • Change position with more ease and comfort
  • Move more often to be more healthy

http://www.equipforchildren.org/

“WE CONNECT NOW”

From their website: “We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, linksblogs, latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts.

Through this website people can also share and read other people’s stories as a source of support and comfort. We also want people using our webpage to take action by writing blogs, hosting an event or becoming involved in politics by knowing about upcoming legislation.  

Also, every month our webpage will focus on a particular disability or condition to bring our visitors more information and support related to our focus of the month. Through our jobs section, we also hope to help empower people with disabilities find employment through job posting and job searching tips, and  if people have any questions we encourage them to contact us. The goal of this site is that people leave it having gained knowledge, a support system and having taken action. “

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Montgomery County Transitioning Adults (MCTrans)

Montgomery County Transitioning Adults (MCTrans) is a grassroots discussion and e-group for families of adults with mild to significant disabilities as they transition from School age entitlements in Maryland to a young adulthood and beyond.

Members are to include the adults with the disability, their families as well as interested professionals working in pre- and post-transitioning services. Purpose is to share information, provide each other support, and work to improve services and outcomes for adults with disabilities in the State of Maryland.

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Blue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports

The BRASS (Blue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports) Adaptive Program at Liberty Mountain Resort offers ski and snowboard instruction for people with disabilities:

Visual Impairment – a person with complete or partial blindness.

Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities – a person with a physical or mental impairment that affects his/her ability to process information and/or to coordinate and control his/her body.

Mobility Impairment – a person has the use of only one leg (Three Track Skiing); a person who needs assistance with balance (Four Track Skiing); or a person who uses a wheelchair or walks for short distances or periods of time (Sit-Down Skiing).

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NPR: Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

A new blood test offers pregnant women a safe and much more accurate way to screen for Down syndrome.

A study that evaluated the test in 1,914 pregnancies found that the test, which checks DNA, produces far fewer false alarms than the current screening techniques.

“It’s very good news for pregnant women,” says Diana Bianchi, a pediatric geneticist at Tufts Medical Center who led the study. “It’s very important because it means a significant proportion of women are not being made anxious by being told they have an abnormal test result.”

Bianchi and others stressed that the results of the screening test would still need to be confirmed by follow-up diagnostic tests — either amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, which can cause miscarriages. But the new blood test would send fewer women for that risky testing.

“That’s what we’re really concerned with at the end of the day,” Bianchi says. “That there’s an unintended miscarriage resulting from a procedure that didn’t need to be performed in the first place.”

Doctors recommend that all pregnant women get screened for Down syndrome and other trisomies, which are conditions caused by too many chromosomes. But the tests, which rely on measuring chemicals in the mother’s blood and doing an ultrasound of the back of the neck of the developing fetus, can raise flags when none are warranted in a small but significant number of cases.

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Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities, 2012 report

537304_15_0_LTE1MzY4NDE3MjE2ODMxMjU1NjMThe Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities (CSPD) is a non-profit organization that provides residential care to adults with developmental disabilities,”said designer Hans Thiessen. “What makes CSPD truly unique is its ability to see past disabilities, in order to help clients reach their full potential. To illustrate the concept of ‘seeing past disability,’ we created a report printed entirely on french-folded translucent vellum. This allows the reader to see through each page, creating juxtaposition between full bleed black and white portraits and stark sans-serif typography.

http://www.commarts.com/exhibit/calgary-society-persons-disabilities

“What Causes Autism?”

Saturday, September 28, 2103, 10am – 12:00pm

Towson University presents An integrated approach towards understanding what causes autism.

Dr. Valerie Hu is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC as well as a mother of a son with ASD.

Dr. Hu will discuss the multiple factors contributing to autism which require the integration of the different types of large-scale genomics studies in order to develop a better understanding of the underlying pathobiology as well as the sex bias in autism. This comprehensive level of understanding is critical to the development of novel treatments that are based on correcting specific deficiencies in different individuals with ASD. She will also stress the need to focus studies on subgroups of individuals with similar symptomatic and behavioral profiles in order to tailor treatment strategies to specific individuals or subtypes of ASD.

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Model Me Kids – Social Skills Teaching Resources for Parents, Teachers & Therapists

Model Me Kids Teaching Manuals and Student Workbooks are a complement to its video modeling DVDs and help extend the lessons taught in the videos. These resources help teach social skills at home, in a classroom, social skills group, or other teaching setting.

Parents: Use to structure home-based instruction and reinforce skills presented in the videos.

Teachers: Use to help build your social skills curriculum to teach and apply skills presented in the videos

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