HeePD to launch coding academy for people living with disabilities – Ventureburn

People with disabilities in Cape Town will be able to access free training in coding, with the expected launch next month of a local coding academy.

The Hub Employment Ecosystems for People with Disabilities (HeePD), a commercial enterprise started in February, is working with partners to launch CoD – Ability Academy for People with Disabilities at the Open Design Festival between 13 and 25 August.

The academy for people with disabilities will offer training in HTML, Java and C+.

HeePD founder Riad Masoet, who has multiple sclerosis, told Ventureburn that HeePD will partner with various coding partners to establish the academy. Masoet did not want to say yet who these partners are.

Source: HeePD to launch coding academy for people living with disabilities – Ventureburn

Vandals Destroy New Sensory Garden At Roses For Autism

GUILFORD, CT — Vandals have destroyed a public sensory garden run by Roses for Autism at their Guilford-based farm. The garden was built by numerous volunteers and $12,000 in money and supplies was donated to make the garden a reality. A Go Fund Me page has been created to help rebuild the garden.

Source: Vandals Destroy New Sensory Garden At Roses For Autism – Guilford, CT Patch

To Every Mom Who Loves Someone on the Autism Spectrum – Kerry Magro

To the moms who raise a loved one on the spectrum: this weekend is Mother’s Day and I wanted you to know how important you are to your child. You may not know it, but simply by being there for them you are making a huge difference. I know this because when I was growing up with autism my mom helped me through some of the hardest moments in my life…

Source: To Every Mom Who Loves Someone on the Autism Spectrum – Kerry Magro

A Parent’s View: What to Know About Sensory Processing Issues


As we left the park, I could feel stares from many of the other kids and parents. I felt like they were thinking: “What’s wrong with that kid? What’s the big deal? Why is his father indulging this?”It’s times like this when I wish people knew a few things about parenting a child with sensory processing issues:My son senses sounds, textures, tastes, smells and sights differently than other kids.

Source: A Parent’s View: What to Know About Sensory Processing Issues

How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs


The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the question of what kind of education public schools must provide students with disabilities, hearing arguments in a case that originated with a complaint against a suburban Denver school district and that could have profound implications nationwide.

The case originated with a complaint by the family of a Douglas County child with autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Source: How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs

Trump meets with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr – The Boston Globe

President-elect Donald Trump has asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, to chair a committee on “vaccine safety and scientific integrity,” Kennedy told reporters after his meeting at Trump Tower.

Kennedy, son of former Attorney General and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, is an environmental activist and heads the Waterkeeper group to protect rivers.

He’s a vocal advocate for the belief that trace amounts of minerals in vaccines cause autism, a claim for which there is no evidence.

Source: Trump meets with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr – The Boston Globe

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Meet Leka, the first toy designed specifically for children with autism – Nitro Digital

Shaped like a ball, it has an endearing ‘face’ that changes expressions, and uses sound, light and colours to interact with users through adaptable games that improve cognitive and motor skills. More than a tool for caregivers and educators, Leka is described by its developers as a “robotic companion”. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), connecting with others can be challenging.  The robot is able to guide children through a range of activities, helping them to improve their communication skills and ability to learn.

Source: Meet Leka, the first toy designed specifically for children with autism – Nitro Digital