disability http://michiganradio.org en A 40-mile piggyback ride to raise awareness for kids with special needs http://michiganradio.org/post/40-mile-piggyback-ride-raise-awareness-kids-special-needs <p></p><p>Hunter Gandee will go for a walk this weekend.</p><p>That might not seem noteworthy. You might be planning on doing the same.</p><p>But starting Saturday morning, the 14-year-old from&nbsp;Temperance plans to walk 40 miles, from his home to the University of Michigan campus, carrying his 7-year-old brother, Braden, on his back the entire way.</p><p>Braden has cerebral palsy, and his walker doesn't move well on grass, sandy areas or in crowds.</p><p>Hunter isn't walking to raise money, but to focus attention on the problem of mobility for kids with special needs.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to our conversation with Hunter above.</em></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:21:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 17885 at http://michiganradio.org A 40-mile piggyback ride to raise awareness for kids with special needs Arts in Motion Studio uses art for inclusivity http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-motion-studio-uses-art-inclusivity <p>It is easy to feel like an outsider when facing a mental, emotional, or physical disability. Anything that sets you apart or makes you different can seem alienating or isolating.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:26:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17135 at http://michiganradio.org Arts in Motion Studio uses art for inclusivity Getting State offices and programs more accessible to people with disabilities http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-state-offices-and-programs-more-accessible-people-disabilities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State of Michigan is close to wrapping up a plan to make its programs more accessible to people with disabilities.</span></p><p>The goal is to get State offices, communications and web sites to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.</p><p>We wanted to get a better idea of what that really looks like, how much progress has been made and what it all means for people with disabilities.</p><p>Laura Hall is an Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, and Sharon Ellis is the State ADA Compliance Director. They both joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:31:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 15611 at http://michiganradio.org Getting State offices and programs more accessible to people with disabilities This is what a playground for kids with disabilities looks like http://michiganradio.org/post/what-playground-kids-disabilities-looks <p>Ask any kid about their favorite part of the school day and they’ll likely give you one response - recess.</p><p>But for kids with disabilities, going outside isn’t always easy.&nbsp;&nbsp;Traditional playgrounds aren’t always safe for these kids.</p><p>Haisley&nbsp;Elementary in Ann Arbor just renovated its playground to specifically accommodate for students with disabilities.</p><p>The school&nbsp;has a large population of kids with disabilities.&nbsp;Most of these kids can’t talk.&nbsp;Many have a hard time sitting up right.&nbsp;Some are in wheelchairs.&nbsp;Some have Autism.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15240 at http://michiganradio.org This is what a playground for kids with disabilities looks like Sequester cuts by Congress have hit special education students in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/sequester-cuts-congress-have-hit-special-education-students-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The start of the new school year has brought unpleasant and unwelcome surprises for the parents of Michigan children with special needs.</span></p><p>That&#39;s because the federal sequester has hit special education, in the words of our next guest, &quot;like a ton of bricks.&quot;</p><p>A new round of special ed cuts were forced by a 5% reduction in federal funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and now parents and special education students are seeing what that means.</p><p>With some 6.5 million disabled children from ages 3 to 21 getting services funded by the IDEA, this is something being felt across the country.</p><p>Marcie Lipsitt is the co-chair of the Michigan Alliance for Special Education. As the mother of a son with special needs, she has been a state and national advocate for disabled children. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:12:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 14643 at http://michiganradio.org Sequester cuts by Congress have hit special education students in Michigan Michigan sports officials try to understand new federal rule opening the door to disabled athletes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-sports-officials-try-understand-new-federal-rule-opening-door-disabled-athletes <p></p><p>Michigan high school sports officials are trying to figure out how to implement a new federal rule that opens sports programs to students with disabilities.</p><p>More than 300,000 students take part in high school sports in Michigan.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>A small number are disabled.</p><p>But the number of disabled students playing high school sports will likely increase.</p><p>That's because the federal government has decreed that handicapped students must be given a fair shot to make traditional sports teams, or schools must create new programs for them.</p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan sports officials try to understand new federal rule opening the door to disabled athletes Oakland County's developmentally disabled adults celebrate the new year early http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-countys-developmentally-disabled-adults-celebrate-new-year-early <p>The new year will come early for some people in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host its annual "Almost New Year's" party.<br><br>The two-hour dance is specially created for the county's developmentally disabled adults. The party not only occurs before the year change, but the year-end countdown happens at 8:30 p.m. instead of midnight.</p><p>Sandy Dorey created the event. She says older parents and caregivers often don't want to stay out late on New Year's. She says it's also difficult to make reservations for Dec. 31.<br><br>"We just thought, 'It's a celebration.' We'd have the hats and everything else, so we just kick it off a few days early," she said. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:55:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10549 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County's developmentally disabled adults celebrate the new year early Cooling can help full-term infants with low flow of oxygen and blood to the brain http://michiganradio.org/post/cooling-can-help-full-term-infants-low-flow-oxygen-and-blood-brain <p>A <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112066">new study</a> suggests a medical therapy known as &quot;cooling&quot; can help full-term infants born with low flow of oxygen and blood to the brain.&nbsp; This condition is thought to occur in about 1 out of every one-thousand babies born in the United States.&nbsp; Cooling is thought to be one way to protect the brain.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 17:31:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7694 at http://michiganradio.org Disability training center starts classes Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/disability-training-center-starts-classes-monday <p>A job training center for people with disabilities starts its fall session on Monday.<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,7-154-25392_40237_40242---,00.html"> The Michigan Career and Technical Institute</a> is in Plainwell, about 20 miles north of Kalamazoo.&nbsp; It&#39;s the second largest program of its kind in the country.</p><p>Up to 350 students live on campus while taking classes. The institute offers 14 training programs to people with various disabilities.</p> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 19:53:10 +0000 Kyle Norris 4109 at http://michiganradio.org Disability training center starts classes Monday