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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)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Other’s Got to Do With it?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org In my last article, I wrote about people bullying others. Well today, my dear readers, I am going to take this topic a step further.  I am going to expand and give more detail about how this thinking applies in other parts of our lives.  The hardest part of our existences; whether disabled or not, is learning to get along with everybody.  It is in the learning to maneuver, in staying neutral,  and the ability to adapt, and adjust, that we find our greatest challenges and joys. Many in our community must be very smart in finding a way to alter outworn concepts about what we are capable of.  When a person has to spends three and a half decades trying to make the degree they won pay off, in terms of the job they deserve without much luck, something is defiantly and undeniably wrong.  Still, when doctorial cand... (more)

IEEE ICC 2012 Concludes in Ottawa, Ontario with Thousands Attending the Conference’s First “Paperless+” Event

New York, NY, July 17, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE –COLLABORATE,” the IEEE International Conference on Communications (www.ieee-icc.org/2012) recently concluded its first “paperless+” event in Canada’s capitol city of Ottawa with thousands of international communications professionals attending nearly 1,500 presentations dedicated to the next wave of global voice, data, image and multimedia technologies. Proclaimed IEEE Week by Mayor Jim Watson, IEEE ICC 2012’s six-day program held at the newly-opened, $170 million Ottawa Convention began Sunday, June 10 with the “Workshop on Telecommunications: From Research to Standards.” Due to the record number of submissions, this international forum was expanded to two full days for the first time to accommodate 30 keynotes and technical presentations designed specifically to “bridge the gap” between resear... (more)

LimeTree partners with Searchmetrics for international search analytics

Expanding agency benefits from fast, accurate SEO data to support current campaigns and win new business London, 10 January 2013 - Fast growing digital marketing agency LimeTree has signed up to Searchmetrics' online search and social analytics software to support its Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) practice. It is using Searchmetrics to plan and evaluate international organic search campaigns for clients and drive new business activity. Based in London, LimeTree has doubled turnover and headcount over the last year. Through its transparent operating model, which relies on data and analysis, LimeTree provides organisations of all sizes with high profile SEO campaigns that deliver outstanding results. Clients include FT.com, The Epilepsy Society, Realex Payments and patent lawyers AvidityIP. As well as SEO, LimeTree provides website design and build, creates mobile ... (more)

Surplus PC Power Yields Faster Cancer Research

ARMONK, N.Y., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scientists have devised a way to automate and accelerate a manual, complex process that enables researchers to more easily discover the structure of cancer-related proteins, and, eventually, formulate cancer cures. This new, automated approach may also help the exploration of other diseases and food-related research. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/surplus-pc-power-yields-faster-cancer-research-96325444.html (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) The breakthrough announced today was made by the Help Conquer Cancer project in conjunction with IBM (NYSE: IBM) and World Community Grid, a system of linked personal computers from volunteers who donate spare processing power for humanitarian projects. World Community Grid,... (more)

Clinical Trial at Evergreen Healthcare Shows Intestinal Gel Reduces Symptoms of Advanced Parkinson's Disease

KIRKLAND, Wash., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent clinical trial conducted at Evergreen Healthcare shows that a new form of a common drug used to treat Parkinson's Disease greatly improves the quality of life for patients and reduces the affects of symptoms such as tremors, slowness, stiffness and difficulty walking. Evergreen was the only site in the Pacific Northwest to hold the trial, which was led by Dr. C. Warren Olanow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. The trial tested standard oral dosages of a Parkinson's drug against the newer levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) and found that the intestinal treatments gave patients an average of two extra hours per day of reduced symptoms and improved movement. "We have been involved in the trials since ... (more)

Volunteers Support Villa la Paz Center for Destitute and Sick Children in Peru as Part of Corporate Social Responsibility Program

ATLANTA, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Craneware, Inc., the healthcare market leader in automated revenue integrity solutions, today announced that, as part of its 2012 Craneware Cares program, employees supported the Villa la Paz (House of Peace) Center for Destitute and Sick Children in Peru to help children whose families are unable to afford medical treatment. As part of Craneware's corporate responsibility efforts, two teams of "Leadership in Action" volunteers spent a week in Peru and worked with Villa la Paz medical staff to care for children suffering from a wide range of ailments such as leukaemia, cancer, cleft lip and cerebral palsy. The Villa la Paz was founded in 1983 by Dr. Tony Lazzara, a pediatrician and former tenured professor of Neonatal Medicine at Emory University. As 50 percent of all deaths in Peru occur in children under age 15, often because ... (more)

Ariosa Diagnostics Announces Partnership with The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) to Distribute the Harmony™ Prenatal Test in the UK

SAN JOSE, California, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariosa Diagnostics is pleased to announce that they have entered into a mutual partnership with The Doctors Laboratory, in London, to promote and distribute the Harmony Prenatal Test. Under the terms of the agreement, TDL will offer the Harmony test through their reference laboratory services to doctors and their pregnant patients. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121203/NE22396LOGO ) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130109/NE39514LOGO ) Ken Song, M.D., CEO of Ariosa Diagnostics, said, "We are pleased to have partnered with TDL Genetics to offer the Harmony test. The quality of service that TDL offers aligns with our goal to responsibly introduce our test in markets outside of North America." Dr. Lisa Levett, director of TDL Genetics, said: "Non-invasive prenatal testing is one of the most excitin... (more)

Seattle Father and Daughter Duo Top Amazon Kindle Fire Charts

SEATTLE, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A father and daughter duo from Seattle have worked together to develop a calculator app which has hit the top of the Amazon Kindle Fire charts. Calculator Plus, invented by Aidan and Isabel Hughes (12), is now the number one calculator app for the Kindle Fire tablet in the US and UK and is the second-highest rated app in all categories out of a total of 66,280 apps on Amazon's Android App Store. They had a special reason to celebrate the New Year when they reached one million copies downloaded on Dec 29. USA Today recently named Calculator Plus as one of their 25 essential Kindle Fire apps and Amazon have pre-installed it on their shop demo models across the US. Their new Windows 8 app, Calculator Free, is already the most downloaded calculator on that platform after just a month. Calculator Plus is now available for smartphon... (more)

Biogen Idec Inc., Elan Corporation, Chevron Corporation, CNOOC Ltd., and ExxonMobil Corporation highlighted in Zacks Analyst Blog

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB), Elan Corporation (ELN), Chevron Corporation (CVX), CNOOC Ltd. (CEO) and ExxonMobil (XOM). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO) Today, Zacks is promoting Four daily picks are offered free. Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog: Biogen, Elan Seek Label Expansion Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) and partner Elan Corporation (ELN) recently submitted applications to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking to update the label of their multiple sclerosis (MS) drugTysabri (natalizumab). The companies are lookin... (more)

"An Evening with the Stars" Oscar Night Gala on Sunday, February 24, 2013 to Benefit Autism Speaks

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - January 28, 2013) -  On Sunday, February 24, 2013, Autism Speaks is proud to announce the 5th Annual, An Evening with the Stars Red Carpet Spectacular, taking place at the InterContinental O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.  An Evening with the Stars, which raised over $150,000 for autism research and awareness last year, will once again bring the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the Windy City this February, featuring red carpet arrivals, pre-show interviews broadcast live on the big screen, and live and silent auctions with prizes ranging from dinner-theater packages to all-expense paid trips to Hollywood, New York City, and the Dominican Republic. An Evening with the Stars is the only Oscar-themed fundraiser in Chicagoland to benefit children and families struggling with autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 out of every 88 c... (more)