The MediSked Blog

A lesson in empathy: How parents feel about "letting go"

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

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Tags: Person-Centered Services, 2015

Check out our new on-demand webinar with host Amie Lulinski, Research Director at the Arc of the United States

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Exciting news, friends!

If you haven't downloaded our 2015 Data Digest yet, you still can! 

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Tags: ID/DD News, Advocacy, 2015

Submit an idea to the MediSked User Group Board & Get a M.U.G. mug

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

If you use MediSked Connect and you're not part of the conversations happening on our MediSked User Group Discussion Board, you're missing out! 

The Connect User Group Discussion Board is available 24/7 and we encourage you to use it to ask questions, make suggestions, and communicate best practices from user-to-user, with involvement from MediSked Connect resources.

And trust me when I say, we're reading/listening! The MediSked Connect Development and Product Management organizations rely heavily on feedback from Connect users and we use it to make the software even better.

If you submit a new idea or your feedback to the MediSked User Group Discussion Board between today and the Q4 User Group Meeting on January 21st, 2016, you'll receive a MediSked User Group Mug for your participation.  

We'll pick one of your posts to share live at the Q4 User Group Meeting, and send the author a M.U.G. Mug filled with goodies!

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Tags: 2015, Connect

New CDC Data Shows No Drop In Cerebral Palsy Prevalence

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

New federal data suggests that the number of children born with cerebral palsy is largely steady. It also shows that certain children are at higher risk than others.

About 2.2 out of 1,000 children born in 2002 were diagnosed with congenital cerebral palsy – stemming from brain damage before or during birth – according to findings published online earlier today in the journal Pediatrics.

That’s actually a slight increase over the 1985 numbers, where 1.9 per 1,000 were identified.

CDC researchers also found that rates of cerebral palsy varied significantly by race with black children more likely to have the condition as compared to white kids.

The findings indicate that improved care hasn’t lessened prevalence of Cerebral Palsy, though the number of children with co-occurring intellectual disability has declined.

“It is encouraging that the prevalence of congenital spastic CP did not increase over the 17-year time period, yet the absence of decline underscores the continued need for resources and support of children with CP and their families, as well as accelerated focus on understanding risk factors, targeting prevention strategies and reducing disparities,” wrote Kim Van Naarden Braun of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

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Tags: 2015, Data