Apostrophe Magazine Lunch Links — Jan. 14, 2013

Apostrophe Magazine publishes this weekday blog with news for, by and about people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Councilman attempts to ban ‘mentally retarded’ from official city publications

A New York councilman has introduced legislation that would eliminate the term “mentally retarded” from official city publications and documents. Read the story at the Windsor-Terrace-Kensington Patch.

Autism room explores senses

Anyone entering the Valley View School District 365U Autism Sensory Room at Kenneth L. Hermansen Elementary School in Romeoville is immediately welcomed with a kind smile and the calming smell of lavender. The lights are off and relaxing sounds drift from a CD player. Read more in the Romeoville Patch.

Texas high school plans to link students to those with autism

The pilot LINK course, inspired by Freeland Elementary School’s successful Peers Actively Learning Social Skills program, will include three students and their peer “links” who receive class credit for participation, Special Education Supervisor Erin Senkowski said. Read the story at OurMidland.com.

Computer games to benefit children with cerebral palsy

Computer games aren’t usually thought of by health practitioners for their health benefits, but thanks to developments recently completed by the Flinders University and the UniSA, they may become a prominent part of rehabilitation programs. See the story at ABC.net.

She’s my perfect daughter with Down syndrome

When she was 4, her whole world turned pink. She wanted to be a princess. She used to run back from school to dress up with her pink gown. At the age of 5, her world gave another turn. Now she wants to be a model. See the story at Babble-Voice.

When your twin has Down syndrome and you don’t

A mom talks about her challenges in raising twins, one of them has Down syndrome. Read more at Patheos.

Autism benefits lagging under federal health care reform

Fewer than half the states have thus far planned to include ABA coverage in their new health care exchanges which open for business next year, an initial analysis by Autism Speaks has found. “While the picture remains somewhat murky, the unequivocal support needed by families dealing with autism clearly is missing,” said Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks’ senior policy advisor and counsel. “We have an autism epidemic. Merely having some form of health insurance available will not address this epidemic.” Read more at autismspeaks.org.

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