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[27/11/2015] As part of the research project 'Rural Education Action Program' (REAP), the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) studied how the children's ability to see affects their performance at school and suggested ways to implement vision care.Eyeglasses improve the educational performance of near-sighted children in rural China - Read more
[06/11/2015] University of Vermont start-up company E.A.S.Y. LLC has received a $1 million Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a commercial prototype for a digital printer that will translate conventional graphics to raised-line versions for the blind they are able to read and interact with.Teaching the blind to draw – and do STEM - Read more
[02/11/2015] Inclusive education of children with disabilities is a concept well established in the West. Through international declarations and organizations the term has also spread to other countries, such as India. Yet data shows that many children with disabilities still lack access to education. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that context can be the critical factor.Context critical to understand schooling of children with autism in India - Read more
[14/09/2015] People over age 50 are scoring increasingly better on tests of cognitive function, according to a new study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), published in the journal PLOS ONE. At the same time, however, the study showed that average physical health of the older population has declined.Older people getting smarter, but not fitter - Read more
[05/08/2015] Researchers have explored the characteristics of people with disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace. The gap was found to be smaller among women, married people and individuals with higher educational achievement. These findings can inform efforts to develop policies and practices that will narrow the persistent gap in employment between people with and without disabilities.Links between individual characteristics and disability employment gap - Read more
[11/05/2015] For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to "Sit still and concentrate!". But new research shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with ADHD are actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks.Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn - Read more
[05/05/2015] Autism does not end when children reach adulthood – yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. Families, service providers, community leaders and policymakers still know too little about the experiences and outcomes of young people on the autism spectrum as they enter their adult lives.One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school - Read more
[08/04/2015] The demand for information technology experts is high – qualified applicants are wanted everywhere. The IT sector also offers good employment opportunities for instance in software development teams for persons with visual impairment. The Study Centre for the Visually Impaired (SZS) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will now improve the access to software development.Software development without barriers - Read more
[09/03/2015] A pilot study in 51 North Carolina classrooms shows the effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities.Inclusion: Better classrooms for children with disabilities - Read more
"I wanted to give children in Palestine with physical disabilities the opportunity my parents gave me"
Reading and Writing in Arabic, Mathematics, English and Science/Social Studies – being taught in these subjects is at least special for seven children in Palestine. The alternative for them would be absolutely no education at all. If the program Maysoon’s Kids doesn’t teach them no one will."I wanted to give children in Palestine with physical disabilities the opportunity my parents gave me" - Read more