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The History of Americans with Disabilities Act (DREDF) – On June 26th we will be celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of ADA. This article recounts its history. “… The ADA story began a long time ago in cities and towns throughout the United States when people with disabilities began to challenge societal barriers that excluded them from their communities, and when parents of children with disabilities began to fight against the exclusion and segregation of their children. It began with the establishment of local groups to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.”

Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum (disability scoop) – Some people suffering from Autism need something to help them calm down when over-stimulated. Students at the Center for Advanced Professional Studies in the Blue Valley School District (Kansas) came up with an affordable solution.

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism (Scientific American) – “At the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held in May in Boston, researchers at Arizona State University reported the results of an experiment in which they measured the levels of various microbial by-products in the feces of children with autism and compared them with those found in healthy children. The levels of 50 of these substances, they found, significantly differed between the two groups.”

Asperger’s Are Us comedy troupe plays off their disability (USA Today) – Asperger’s Are Us is a comedy troupe whose members have Asperger’s and, according to the article (and a number of others), are rather funny.

Graduation Disparities Loom Large for Students With Special Needs (Education Week) – According to the most recent U.S. Department of Education data, there is a four-year graduation-rate gap between disabled and regular education students.

As More With Autism Near Adulthood, Clues To Success Emerge (disability scoop) – The way to ensure success as adults for children with AS is the ability to do everyday, self-care activities like bathing, cleaning, and cooking according to a new study that was presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.

New Disability Liaison On Board At White House (disability scoop) – Maria Town, who has Cerebral Palsy, took over as an associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. In the post, she will focus on incorporating the needs of people with disabilities in Obama administration activities.

In First, State To Ban Subminimum Wage (disability scoop) – New Hampshire is set to become the first state in the nation to make it illegal for people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill on May 7, 2015 that prohibits subminimum wage in New Hampshire. The new law will take effect in 60 days.

Living as a woman with Asperger’s (Stuff.co.nz) – After returning home from a trip to New York in 2014, Kay Kerr decided to find out why she had such a terrible time with sensory issues: the bright lights, the noise, the crowds. After doing a lot of reading, she came to the conclusion that she may have Asperger’s. At the beginning of 2015 she was finally diagnosed with AS, and all the “noise” of the last twenty-seven years ended.

Going to College with Autism: Aging out of supports, kids on the spectrum struggle (Child Mind Institute) – Beth Arky discusses the strengths and weaknesses of young people on the Autism Spectrum, who first taste independence in a college setting.

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