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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Nurses Week! A Big Thank You to All of Our Nurses! We Appreciate You!



A big thank you to all of our Nurses! We appreciate you!

Danielle Schrader Darby: We appreciate each and every nurse that helps the people we support live life to the fullest! Thank you for all you, without you, many people would not be living in the community!






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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Can Emojis Speak Louder Than Words?



Video chat, once relegated to teen social media interactions, has become commonplace for work, school, and social connection in this “new normal” that is post-pandemic life. While many have embraced the technology, there are those for whom the medium presents a new challenge.  

In Project Convey, we see the story of Jack – a 12-year-old on the autism spectrum, who recently moved and wants to keep in touch with his best friend Grady.

Individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulty interpreting non-verbal social cues like facial expressions and tone of voice - an issue made even more challenging when there is a screen between them. That's why Cox embarked on Project Convey - a partnered effort to create a video chat prototype that helps people on the spectrum make more meaningful connections online. Using speech and facial recognition technology, the prototype analyzes facial expressions, words, and tone of voice to interpret and assign meaning to video chat interactions, translating them instantly into emoji outputs that individuals on the spectrum can readily understand – emojis that convey meaning. 

Cox is releasing all their research and development for the project to the autism community and to video technology companies who can carry on the work. "We see this as just the beginning" said Rachel Negretti, Sr Director of Brand Strategy at Cox. "Our goal was to show that it's possible to make video chat inclusive for individuals on the spectrum. Our hope is that one day every video chat platform out there will have a tool like this or be inspired to create one." 

While the technology is just a prototype, and Cox does not own the video chat platforms it would attach to, a spark is there. And a sentiment one hopes will ignite leading up to April's World Autism Month: everyone deserves more meaningful connections.

(Video below)


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Changes To CDC’s Developmental Milestone Checklists Met With Skepticism




Changes to the federal government’s developmental milestone checklists have some experts concerned about potential delays to early intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released revised versions of the checklists in February as part of its “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign, which was first introduced in 2004 in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. The checklists are commonly used by pediatricians to flag children in need of further screening for autism or other developmental disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: Changes To CDC’s Developmental Milestone Checklists Met With Skepticism


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Monday, April 25, 2022

Congratulations are in order for Alejandra! We can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy!



 

Congratulations are in order for Alejandra! We can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy!

















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Supreme Court rejects disability payments for Puerto Rico residents



SSI fight prompts 2 justices to grapple with “racial stereotypes” in century-old cases on rights in U.S. territories

The legal challenge also prompted debate about whether the denial of Supplemental Security Income benefits to Puerto Rico residents is rooted in racism and whether the court should repudiate a series of century-old cases that permit Congress and local governments to deny some rights to those living in unincorporated U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico.

The brief, six-page majority opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh steered clear of the issues of race and colonialism, holding that Congress had a rational basis to deny SSI benefits to Puerto Rico residents because they’re exempt from most U.S. taxes.

To read more on this story, click here: Supreme Court rejects disability payments for Puerto Rico residents




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