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Did you ever think there is a link between people who have Autism and being creative? Recently the BBC has done a study which as showed that people with Autism shows that those who have Autism are creative. It’s awesome that this study has come out with since it does make an impact for those who are diagnosed with the Autism since everyone does think differently and people can be creative when it comes to what they do when they are faced with problems. This is a sign that more people can see what people can do instead of them underestimate their potential.

I am creative in my own way and running AMCPress&Co I tend to be creative in the ways I come up with new ideas which we here at AMCPress&Co are working on new ideas. Our podcast shows how creative we are with incorporating satire and disability news into one show which is unique listening experience. Tune into tonight when we discuss this new study which we find to be an awesome find with the study. Listen in at

Federal funding for autism research has yo-yoed in recent years, but  is on the rise which was reported in a government report finds. In between 2008 and 2012, federal dollars for autism research as grown 45 percent, reaching $245 million in 2012 according to the Government Accountability Office.

The increase is due to the part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is to stimulus effort in a response to the recession which boosted funding for autism research over $288 million in 2010 before spending back the funds. 

11 federal agencies gave out nearly $1.2 billion in funding for autism research between 2008 and 2012. The majority came from the National Institutes of Health. Though overall the funding increased, spending remained disparate by category, according to the GAO. Biological research consistently received the most support followed by efforts to examine treatments and interventions, causes, diagnosis as well any infrastructures and surveillance.

Funding for services and the lifespan issues have remained low throughout the years which have been assessed. The GAO report came at the request of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee and Senator Patty Murray from Washington who has led the Senate’s education committee along with other members of Congress. The finding have been sent to the lawmakers in June however the finding were not released to the publicly until last month.

The  feds indicated that less than half the states meet the obligations under the special education law.  The U.S. Department of education just reported that 19 states qualified to meet requirements which was designations for 2013-2014 school year. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The education department must evaluate states on an annual basis.  The ratings carry a significant weight when it comes to meeting all requirements. When a state fails to meet the requirements for two years or more. The department of education would step in and take action, which would include corrective action plan or withholding funds and among other steps to help correct all issues.  This is the second year that the department of education relied on stricter measures to assess compliance.

The previous states were graded based on adhering to procedural requirements like completing evaluations or due process hearing. The Feds are taking into account students performance and functional outcomes for kids with disabilities. Which this would take into account as well for an addition compliance. The states were notified by letters dated 30th of June. About their standing.  This is the ninth consecutive year, the Feds said that Washington, DC “needs intervention.” The same designation was given to the state of Texas for the second year in a row.

The states that were determined to “meets requirements” for 2013-2014 school year are Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There’s still more to do to make sure all needs are met for all students and no matter if someone is in special education classes or not. Every student should have the ability to have a good education. It also doesn’t help that the department of education can take funds away from schools that maybe struggling to meet the obiligations there’s no excuse for the schools not keeping up with this obiligation to meet the special Ed requirements. I think there is other ways to go about correcting the issue of special education requirements. It can hinder students to learn.

I recently read on Disability Scoop that some of the biggest tech companies are coming together with a new commitment that is designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities. The companies include: Facebook, Dropbox, Adobe, Microsoft, and Yahoo are signing on to the new initiative dubbed “Teaching Accessibility.”.

The tech firms have said  that they would begin start incorporating standard language when their job posting indicate that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.

“The reality is that most recent graduates with computer science degrees do not have experience or appreciation for the need to build for disabled individuals. We recognize that we need talented engineers with experience developing accessible products to make our products available to everyone,” wrote Larry Goldberg, director of accessible media at Yahoo, in a post announcing the company’s participation in the effort.
In addition to businesses, the new collaborative also includes several universities and advocates at the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and a handful of other academic institutions are committing to better prepare their students to incorporate accessibility in engineering and design as part of the initiative.

“While making all tech products accessible is not mandated by law, Yahoo and our peers believe that it is simply the right thing to do,” Goldberg wrote. “We want to make sure that our users have equal access to the services we provide, whether or not they’re disabled.”

This announcement came days before the 25th anniversary of the ADA. This is great news that the tech companies are working to provide more accessibility when it comes to people who have disabilities. When it comes down to it more people should have the ability to gain access to products that are available to those who use assistive technologies to help benefit people no matter if you need to use assistive technologies to help them with working or using it to help in day to day lives. This leads me to believe that change will be coming for those who have disabilities like myself. We here at AMCPress&Co are thrilled with this news coming out. We will keep you updated on any new or interesting stories that comes along. In the mean time please check out all of our articles from past.