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July 20, 2015

In 1990, disability rights activists crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the inaccessibility of the building to those with disabilities. This act of civil disobedience by Linda Long-Bellil and many other activists provided the impetus needed for Congress to pass stalled legislation aimed at prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities – the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 09, 2015

Employers have not been as comfortable addressing mental illnesses in the workplace as physical illnesses, Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, told the Worcester Business Journal. She believes the NAMI pledge will lead to change.

Mealtime behavior
July 08, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers recommend physicians and clinicians look into the mealtimes of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after their study found that this population of children has high food selectivity and more mealtime behavior problems, and their parents experience higher levels of stress during mealtimes. The study was featured in an Autism Speaks Science News article July 7.   

July 06, 2015

Adults of all ages with intellectual or developmental disabilities have the same risk of falling as people in the general population over age 65, but most programs to prevent falls have been designed for the elderly. UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying whether a new program that uses customized care plans can reduce falls among people with disabilities.

June 29, 2015

UMass Medical School is working with MassHealth to ensure that its members who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction receive treatment when it is needed.

Joyce A. Murphy NAMI CEOs against stigma pledge
June 26, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, is one of the first 25 CEOS in Massachusetts to sign a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) pledge to end the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

June 18, 2015

Melody Rush, a lab technician in UMass Medical School’s New England Newborn Screening Program, was honored as an Unsung Heroine in a packed Statehouse ceremony June 17 for braving a blizzard to pick up a newborn baby’s blood sample and helping save her life.

June 15, 2015

Amy K. Weinstock, founding director of UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center, has been honored for outstanding service in the disability field by Northeast Arc.

June 12, 2015

Reforms in Massachusetts have shown that health care access and usage improve when inmates are enrolled in Medicaid before release, a UMass Medical School correctional health expert told Stateline, a newspaper of The PEW Charitable Trusts.

June 11, 2015

A registered nurse known nationally as a pioneer in the field of medical interpreting has been chosen as the recipient of the first Ernest “Tony” Winsor Award, which will be presented June 19 at the 10th annual Paving the Way to Health Care Access conference co-sponsored by MassHealth and UMass Medical School.

June 10, 2015

UMass Medical School experts will present their research on a variety of health policy topics at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting June 14-16 in Minneapolis.

June 08, 2015

A technological partnership between UMass Medical School and MassHealth aims to help new moms meet the challenges of infant care and improve their postpartum care through text messages, according to an article published by The Boston Globe’s BetaBoston online newspaper June 5.

June 05, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis and facing mortality was a personal experience for UMass Medical School’s Judith L. Steinberg, MD, MPH, but she told ALIVE With Joan Lunden that it is also influencing her work as a clinician and leader in health care delivery reform.

June 04, 2015

Fellows at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will present posters on their work helping local organizations provide better services to people with developmental disabilities June 5 at the Shriver Center in Charlestown.

June 03, 2015

An expert in instructional design at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is working to improve education in public schools by helping make it possible for all students to learn at their own pace.