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Each week Thompson Policy Institute rounds up the top 5 articles we found on the web about disability and autism. It’s a fast and digestible way to ensure you are staying up to date with the latest stats, information and research on disability.

Nike Expand Shoe Line For People With Special Needs

Nike adds 3 new shoes to its FLYEASE line to give those with developmental disabilities greater independence and flexibility with their athletic shoes. The shoes were developed with the assistance of a college student with cerebral palsy who liked the laceless shoes for their ease of use.

Doctors Ofter Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

A recent study suggests that doctors are not following the 5-step best practices outlined for treating people with depression. Routine check-ups are typically not enough time to properly diagnose and manage depression, so patients often fail to get the repeat care they need.

Positivity Prevails Amongst Those Touched By Down Syndrome

The majority of families from a recent study reported that having a family member with down syndrome had a positive impact on their life happiness. Author of the research paper Brian Skotko said about the findings, “I think it will be surprising to some that families who have children with Down syndrome feel so positive and even enriched. But our respondents have shared a resiliency that has translated into meaningful life journeys.”

The day I helped my autistic son register to vote

A mom and autism advocate takes us on a journey to register her son, who has autism, to register to vote and on the way unearths some of the prejudice we have about the voting capacity of people with disabilities.

Top 8 reasons to attend Thompson Policy Institute’s DisAbility Summit

A little self-promotion, but we feel its deserved because of how excited we are for our first annual DisAbility Summit at Chapman University this May. Cutting edge research on disability and autism, free CEU’s and networking are a few of the reasons this event is a must-attend!