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December 11, 2018
Exercise Training or a High-Protein Diet May Improve Insulin Sensitivity in People with Long-Standing Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers attempted to look separately at the effects of a high-protein diet or an exercise program in reducing insulin resistance (which can increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes) among individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Results suggest that a combination of both a high-protein diet and regular exercise may prove most beneficial.

December 11, 2018
“There’s Already a Blueprint for a More Accessible Internet. If Only Designers Would Learn It”

This article reviews the benefits of embracing an accessible approach to website design, and reminds designers about the availability of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to support that approach.  

“A Smart City Is an Accessible City”

This article explores the pros and cons of using crowd-sourced digital-accessibility maps to identify accessible facilities.

“Museum Aims To Be a Model for Making Collections Available via 3D Printing”

This article highlights the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, which was one of the first museums to offer free 3D printing of its art collection to make it more accessible to the public.

December 11, 2018
“A Case for Inclusive Design”

This article, written by an architect, urges designers to view accessibility as an opportunity rather than an obligation – a “catalyst for innovation.”

December 11, 2018
How Deaf Children Are Being Locked Out of Language

This article presents the case for supporting the teaching and use of sign language.

Improving Outcomes for Youth Receiving SSI

Young people with disabilities, particularly those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), face unique challenges as they transition into adulthood. The SSI Youth Recipient and Employment Transition Formative Research project produced several new resources for policymakers and program practitioners. Reports, issue briefs, and webinars explore promising practices for serving these youth.

December 11, 2018
Department of Education Revises, Restores Complaint Processing Procedures

The U.S. Department of Education announced revisions to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Case Processing Manual (CPM). The Department reversed changes implemented last year that resulted in dismissal of hundreds of complaints because they were filed by the same individuals or organizations.

“Education Secretary DeVos Reverses Stance on Civil Rights Probes that Led to Suit” reports on the announcement and the reaction of some of the civil rights advocates who filed a lawsuit against the Department over last year’s changes.

December 11, 2018
“Despite Progress, True Public Transit Accessibility Remains Elusive”

This article examines the state of public transit systems. While significant improvements have been made in the accessibility of rail cars and public buses, challenges remain to improve access to stations, terminals, and bus stops, as well as the pedestrian facilities (e.g., sidewalks and curb ramps), that enable riders to connect with them.