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Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t present, so there was no initial opportunity for my classmates to ask me questions about my disability. There was no attempt at real ice-breaking back then, though the teacher tried very hard to make me feel welcome. Still, I had to deal with some teasing and bullying, both subtle and obvious. ... (more)

Contrary Opinion: CRM is a Hoax

I have a pet peeve concerning two things I’ve been meaning to write about lately, namely CRM and multi-tenancy. I recently read an excellent article referencing both concepts and thought itmight be a good stepping stone to a quick blog post. In his article Don’t Get Conned – The many disguises worn by software-as-a-service, Matt Wallach discusses CRM software and the concept of SaaS multi-tenancy. Matt’s business is life sciences, and he discusses the state of CRM software for his industry. His argument is along the lines of “be wary of on-premise wolves in SaaS sheep clothing”.... (more)

The Blues: is it in the Disability Community, Too?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org Often, the reality of our disabilities can lead to an increased instance of depression. Our physical scars may have heeled, but the physiological and sociological have not. Ninety-nine people out of one hundred and forty-four; according to a recent study linked their learning disabilities with depression and other depressive disorders. This is the result of a lack of flexibility in the education process. Students are often placed with those with emotional and behavior problems. Teachers are therefore, unable to give th... (more)

Research, Clinicians & Smartphones Answer the Call for Families Worried About Autism

When families or physicians suspect a child has autism, early intervention is critical, yet wait lists for in-clinic assessments and diagnosis can be several months or more than a year long. Medical technologies firm Behavior Imaging Solutions has collaborated with Arizona-based Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Georgia Tech to introduce NODA™, a new technology and clinician-based autism diagnostic service that can provide families with an autism diagnosis in two weeks or less, and at half the cos... (more)

Full Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders held a press conference in the Capitol this afternoon with four middle-class Americans, who represent the struggles that so many have with our current health care system. Democrats will soon introduce a bill that will provide quality, affordable health care for the middle class. Below is a transcript of the entire press conference: Speaker Pelosi. Good afternoon. It is with great excitement that I welcome you here today as we continue our momentum toward reforming health care to l... (more)

Zebinix a Novel Once Daily Anti-Epileptic Launched Today in the UK

LONDON, November 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai (London; Managing Director Nick Burgin), today announced that the novel once daily anti-epileptic Zebinix(R) (eslicarbazepine acetate) was launched in the UK as adjunctive therapy in adults with partial-onset seizures, with or without secondary generalisation. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting approximately 1 in 100 people - and the successful treatment of partial-onset seizures (the most common type of epilepsy) remains a challenge. Up to 40% of patients with partial seizures do not achieve seizure control... (more)