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If the phrase “road trip” makes you think of a carefree outing, you’ve likely never been a caregiver traveling with someone who has disabilities.

Nancy Baker Curtis, a mother of two from Johnston, recalls one trip home from Chicago when the family couldn’t find a bathroom along Interstate 80 that worked for her 7-year-old son, so they had to empty out the car to make enough room for Baker Curtis to change the boy’s soiled clothes there.

“I literally plan our outings by where our restrooms are and where I will be able to change my son,” said Baker Curtis. “What do you do when your son is 30 and he’s not a little boy, but he still requires daily assistance with those tasks?”

CIONIC, the San Francisco-based bionic clothing company behind the innovative Cionic Neural Sleeve, today announced that it has received $12.5 million in Series A financing.

Founded in 2018 as a labor of love by tech innovator Jeremiah Robison, who was motivated by his young daughter’s struggles with cerebral palsy – the Cionic Neural Sleeve is quite unlike anything else on the market today.

It’s not necessarily what you see at Ruby Bridges Elementary School that showcases its inclusive education policies. The first thing a visitor might notice is what they don’t see.

When the first bell rings, students who qualify for special education or disability accommodations don’t start the day in their own separate classrooms. Children of all abilities are learning the same subjects in one classroom, and anyone who requires extra help or a different approach to taking in the material gets what they need. Even on the playground, integration is the norm.

Lock it in.

Scientists are buzzing about new tech that could help diagnose autism in children earlier than ever before.

New York-based LinusBio has created a test that analyzes a single strand of hair for levels of lead and aluminum — all of which are higher in autistic children.

Researchers put the tech to the test in a recent study, using hair samples collected from 486 children in Japan, Sweden and the US. It was shown to accurately predict the disorder 81% of the time.

After generations of being overlooked and sidelined in the job market, Americans with disabilities are enjoying an unprecedented employment boom — thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Widespread acceptance of remote working and an overall labor shortage have opened up historic opportunities for some of the nation’s most skilled and underutilized workers.

A former longtime Walmart greeter recognized by at least hundreds of people in Happy Valley sued the retail behemoth recently, alleging he was wrongfully and unjustifiably fired.

Gregory A. Focht, who worked for the world’s largest retailer for nearly 27 years, alleged he was fired in July 2021 because he occasionally “mistakenly clocked in and out shortly before or shortly after he was allowed to do so.”

Sebastian DeSimone was born with “a little bit of autism,” as he tells it.

The 20-year-old, who wants to become a teacher’s assistant, enrolled at Gwynedd Mercy University, a small, private Catholic school in Montgomery County. As part of his collegiate experience, he was determined to run for the Division III school — and last fall he completed his first season on the cross-country team, where he placed third of six on the team at the Atlantic East Conference Championship — not bad for a freshman.

Nielsen’s TV content analysis company Gracenote will begin tracking on-screen disability representation as part of its inclusion data, which currently covers talent gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

"In a Different Key" - A mother tracks down the first person ever diagnosed with autism, now an elderly man living in rural Mississippi, to learn if his life story holds promise for her own autistic son. Her journey exposes a startling record of cruelty and kindness alike, framed by forces like race, money and privilege – but leads to hope that more communities are learning to have the backs of people on the spectrum.

One mom wrestles to understand which term better serves individuals on the spectrum, including her son.
People often wonder if they should say "with autism" or "autistic" when talking about kids or adults on the spectrum.