Closing schools and moving to online education is crucial in terms of social distancing and preventing the spread of Covid-19. Another purpose, however, has been to maintain the 180-day minimum without affecting budgets or breaking teachers’ contracts. Forty-two million students are being schooled from home and their teachers must create an entire system of online

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Occupational therapists help people to fully engage in daily life. They treat the whole person, whether they are recovering from injuries or have developmental or cognitive disabilities affecting their motor skills, emotions or behavior. It is a holistic approach that looks at how a client’s participation in activities has been impacted, but also at the

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When is reproducing the effects of traumatic brain injury a good idea? We never thought of asking such a question but, fortunately, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center recently did ask such a question and the results are fascinating. By reproducing the effects and stimulating recovery in neuron cells grown in a

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We will always be fascinated by major technological breakthroughs that make life easier for individuals with disabilities. Yet, from the perspective of someone who is completely or partially paralyzed due to a severe spinal cord injury, tiny victories are always welcome, by whatever means necessary. In a recent study, researchers managed to help six participants

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Necessity is the mother of invention. Dana Lewis created the “Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System” (#DYPS) as a solution to make her own continuous glucose monitor (CGM) alarms louder. If inventing technology that mimics the functions of an internal organ does not impress you, let’s just review what it takes to actually manage diabetes on any given

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The all-electric Scalevo wheelchair was described as a Segway crossed with a tank. It was created by a group of ten art and tech students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts. Its signature look and function was based on wheels used for cruising and rubber tracks that allowed its

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Parents and educators alike will be discussing individualized education programs for their children this spring. According to disability legal experts, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case known as Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, is holding school districts to a higher standard. The unanimous decision is expected to set the stage for

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It probably does not occur to us on an ordinary day, when everything is fine, that emergency personnel and law enforcement are still thinking of ways to protect and serve us. Thanks to a cooperative effort between PennDOT, the state departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders,

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Pressure ulcers plague bed-ridden patients with mobility issues and can lead to fatal complications. They are more commonly called bed sores, a less threatening term that almost reduces the severity of the condition. The solution, which is repositioning or turning the patient, sounds deceptively simple. However, healthcare experts believe that they are the cause of

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Almost 20 years after the release of The Matrix, quotes attributed to Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus remain omnipresent on the internet. Early in the film, he leans in and asks Neo the following question: “What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you

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