Eden Autism Services has opened an employment center for adults with more severe forms of autism in Hamilton, N.J. The center offers center- and community-based employment, such as filing for offices or scanning family photos at the center. It also offers assistance with competitive-based employment for those who can work with minimal supervision.
Mills College in Oakland, Calif., must make doorways wider, add handrails and grab bars, and install wheelchair ramps throughout 260 sites across its campus in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over accessibility. The settlement makes an exception for the college's oldest buildings from the 19th century, which are designated historical landmarks but requires meetings and classes to be moved to other locations if accessibility is an issue.
The Maryland Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to make minor changes to proposals that schools shift toward more rehabilitative discipline practices aimed at reducing out-of-school suspensions and teaching students about positive behavior. The changes, which are in response to input from educators and others, do not change the spirit of the reforms, officials said. Among other things, the proposals would require schools to provide educational services to students during suspension, and track data regarding suspensions of minority students and students in special education.
A variety of assistive applications and features for individuals with disabilities have been developed for Apple and Android devices. Apple's devices, such as iPad, offer accessible features, such as VoiceOver, that speaks about the item being touched on the screen. Google has introduced new features in its latest Android operating systems, such as TalkBack, which also describes what a person is touching on screen.
Retired Canadian teacher and special-education tutor Joan Thornton began creating activities and games to help her daughter, who is dyslexic and struggled with a literacy curriculum. Thornton and her daughter, who is now a product designer, produce and sell those activities and games as part of their family-run educational-products company, Notch Hill Educational Products.