Becca Meyers, a world-record-holding and multiple medal-winning paralympic swimmer from Baltimore, recently won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Meyers was born with Usher Syndrome, which caused her deafness and will eventually make her go blind. She’s worn cochlear implants her entire life. According to the story in the Baltimore Sun, she heard the news of her win in Glasgow, Scotland while competing at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships. Her ESPY win adds to an already stellar week–the day before the announcement she broke her own world record in the 200-meter IM by taking two seconds of her previous record time.
We chatted with seven enthusiastic attendees at #Schools15 about why they’re here and what they hope to take home.
See what they say about how Schools rocks! Here’s a hint: “It’s intimate.” “I’m always surprised at how much information I’m able to take back and put into use right away!” “I enjoy the networking!”
An article posted today on Forbes offers anecdotal and scientific—what little exists—pros and cons of using marijuana to treat people with autism as well as schizophrenia.
The lack of scientific research might change thanks to the Obama administration’s removal of bureaucratic hoops in studying various chemical found in the plant. In addition, the proposed CARERS Act promoting new applications of medical marijuana enjoys bipartisan support. As noted in the piece, numerous chemicals exist within a marijuana plant, so one could potentially be helpful while another harmful. One example says that heart patients don’t take foxglove, they take digoxin–a chemical found in the foxglove plant.
The article also shares personal success stories and grassroots organizations convinced of the drug’s benefits in treating autism.
ASHA’s professional development program turns 15 this year. To celebrate we’re giving you 15 free continuing education courses. Starting today!
Over the next 15 months—through the end of 2016—you can take a different 30-minute online course each month for free. If you’re swamped one month and don’t get to the free option, don’t worry, you can still complete that month’s course for $15 any time. Each video offers practical takeaways and earns you 0.05 CEUs. Five courses focus on audiology practice, 5 on issues for school-based SLPs and 5 for SLPs in private practice or healthcare settings.
Get started this July 4th weekend with “An Overview of the AAC Assessment Process.”
Musicians performing at the Bonnaroo and CMA music festivals near Nashville—both of which begin tomorrow—will receive free custom ear plugs that allow them to hear the notes clearly just at a lower volume. The plugs normally cost around $200 a pair.
The Vanderbilt Audiology Clinic and MusiCares sponsor the program, now in its second year at Bonnaroo. In addition to fitting them with custom plugs, audiologists from Vanderbilt educate the musicians on how important it is to protect their hearing. They also teach them about long-term effects of not wearing ear plugs.