CDC Offers New Epidemiology Camps for Kids

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced two new summer programs for kids and teens interested in learning more about epidemiology, which is the study of health-related states or events, including diseases and the control of diseases.

The CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp will take place for three days in June. Seventh and eighth graders who attend the camp at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA, will gain an understanding of epidemiologic terms and have the opportunity to learn about different public health fields.

Film Raises Dyslexia Awareness at Sundance

A documentary directed by James Redford (son of Robert Redford) uses animation and live interviews to explore the complex world faced by those who have dyslexia. In the film titled The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia, the audience follows Dylan, a high school senior, through both his struggles in school and his preparations to attend college. Mixed in with Dylan’s story are testimonials from prominent figures in the business world (Richard Branson), politics (Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California), and others who have overcome dyslexia to find success.

New Reality Show Follows Life with Disability

Push Girls, a reality show set to debut in April on the Sundance Channel, follows the lives of four women who have been paralyzed by either disease or tragic accidents. While each of these women use wheelchairs in everyday life, the title of the show refers to pushing through obstacles such as stereotypes and career challenges. 

FOX Features Character with Autism on Touch

Soon to join a growing list of television characters on the autism spectrum is Jake Bohm, an 11-year-old boy with an extreme form of autism who is also nonverbal. Portrayed by David Mazouz, Jake’s character is at the center of a new show called Touch on FOX.

Special Movie Showings for Special Needs Kids

One theater in Massachusetts recently began hosting sensory-friendly screenings of movies for children with special needs. The families who attend these showings do not typically have a chance to see movies in theaters because some children have trouble sitting still and others experience sensory overload.

Tebow Foundation Helps Those with Disability

Tim Tebow is the most talked about athlete in America right now. With his 80-yard OT touchdown pass in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and subsequent 9,420 tweets about him on Twitter per second, Tim Tebow makes news wherever he goes. What fans may not know is that besides football, Tebow’s other passion is helping people with disabilities and those who have lost hope due to illnesses like cancer “find a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” That is the mission of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Hardy Brain Camp Helps Learning Disabilities

The school day was over, but in a classroom tucked away at a far end of Rio Real Elementary School in Oxnard, CA, a group of 10 students were just getting started. Many of them were hovering around two rows of computers being set up with cables connected to a white box, strange-looking hand sensors and mats. At least, they were strange-looking to me. These kids, ages 7 and 8, were part of the Boys and Girls Club Hardy Brain Camp Training Program, and this was their last day of 20 training sessions.

How Weighted Blankets Help Special Needs Kids

Who May Benefit from a Weighted Blanket and Why

My daughter with Rett syndrome and Mitochondrial disease suffers greatly from sensory integration dysfunction. She has trouble sleeping through the night, cries when her hair is brushed, suffers from internal pain rather than external, clothing must be soft with no seams, and the list goes on and on.

Interactive Metronome Hits the Right Beat

Three and a half years ago, Diane Solomon was at the end of her rope. Her son Adam was in second grade and nobody knew what was wrong with him. When Adam was 18 months old, he had been diagnosed with a rare childhood inflammatory disease called Kawasaki syndrome.

New TSA Helpline for Special Needs Travelers

Families with special needs may now have an easier time navigating airport security screenings. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently rolled out a new toll free hotline called TSA Cares. Travelers with special medical conditions are encouraged to speak to a representative who will provide them with information about what to expect when going through the screening process as it relates to their special needs. When necessary, TSA disability experts will personally speak to the passenger or caregiver, or provide security checkpoint support at the airport.