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Autism schools open in Phoenix and Chandler

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) today announced the opening of the CARD Academy schools in Phoenix and Chandler, Ariz. They are opening two private day schools for individuals with autism that use applied behavior analysis in the approach.

CARD Academy is a place where children and families can learn, play and thrive.  The curriculum is based on the Department of Education standards and is enhanced by CARD’s own assessment and curriculum called SKILLS®, a technology used by teachers and administrators to organize lesson plans, track progress, identify trends and allocate resources such as extra training.  SKILLS® is aligned with the Common Core curriculum.

“We are thrilled to open schools in Arizona that will offer students with autism an individualized education where they can grow and thrive,” said CARD Academy senior managing supervisor, Mary Ann Cassell, MA, BCBA, LBA.

CARD Academy is designed after the CARD home-based therapy program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has developed an institution focused on teaching excellence.  Students receive a personalized curriculum based on their performance on several assessments.  Once the assessment process is completed, teachers and administrators work to create a dynamic Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Student/teacher ratios range from 1:1 to 4:1 based upon need.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that one in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed.  This is more than a 30 percent increase since the 2008 report.

As the prevalence of ASD has increased, services for children with ASD have not always kept pace with demand. As a result, families affected by ASD may encounter challenges when trying to access the services that are crucial to their child’s development, such as an individualized education in the classroom.


UA Receives $600,000 CDC Grant

The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC) at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the sole awardee of a three-year $600,000 cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help communities prepare for public health emergencies and mass casualty events.  The research is a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal, and local partners.

Emergencies can happen at any time for any reason. Being prepared can mean the difference between a quick, easy recovery or a slow and difficult one.  Since 2005, MWPERLC has trained more than 4,500 public health professionals throughout the U.S. in emergency preparedness.

The grant will be administered by lead researcher Jeff Burgess, MD, MPH, professor and director of the Community, Environment and Policy Division at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and Brenda Granillo, MS, MEP, project director of the MWPERLC.

“We have seen time and time again the devastation our communities face in the aftermath of disasters; whether it is caused by natural events such as the flooding in Colorado, wildfires and hurricanes, terrorism like the Boston Marathon bombings, or unthinkable acts like the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.  The recovery process can be slow, tedious and often overwhelming,” said Granillo.

The team will work to reduce injury related morbidity and mortality in public health emergencies by improving community preparedness and response activities though sharing lessons learned, identifying and documenting best practices, and fostering national collaboration to strengthen community resiliency.

“The support necessary to rebuild our communities requires fostering relationships and partnerships at all levels of government. This grant will provide the Center with the opportunity to advance and expand our existing work on building community resiliency,” said Granillo.

The first year will focus on identifying key issues in planning for and responding to disasters by gathering input from national and federal partners followed by engagement of the community, public health, emergency management and health systems leadership to document lessons learned using robust qualitative methods. Ralph Renger, PhD, a former faculty member of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health who now works for the University of North Dakota, will lead the evaluation performance and measurement plan.

The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has an eight year history of successfully developing, implementing and evaluating sustainable and collaborative preparedness activities at the state, local and tribal level.  Since 2005, the center has trained more than 4,500 public health professional throughout the U.S. in emergency preparedness.

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Initiative Helps Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Veterans who own small businesses in Arizona can save up to $3,000 by tapping into a new loan program called VetLoan Advantage.

The program, offered by CDC Small Business Finance, features rebates and fee waivers associated with SBA-504 loans (for commercial real estate purchases) and Community Advantage loans for working capital, equipment purchases and other needs.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no military experience to be entrepreneurs, and often times face challenges in raising capital or getting a conventional loan.

“Veteran-owned small businesses employ nearly 5.8 million people nationwide, making the need for loan assistance vital to our recovering economy, said Chris Bane, loan officer with CDC Small Business Finance. “These programs are our way of saying thanks to vets for their honorable service.”

The VetLoan Advantage programs in Arizona by CDC include:

SBA-504 – for purchasing commercial/industrial buildings or large equipment.  CDC will issue a cash rebate up to $3,000 for any funded loan to help veteran owners offset loan expenses.  The SBA-504 loan offers a low-down payment (typically 10%) and long-term fixed rates (now under 5%).

Community Advantage – provides up to $250,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and business acquisition.  CDC will waive the packaging fee for veterans, a savings of up to $2,500.

For more information visit: http://cdcloans.com/small-business/vetloan-advantage/

CDC Small Business Finance is the nation’s leader in SBA-504 loans as well as a leader in helping start-up and emerging small businesses via a variety of other SBA loan programs.


How can you avoid the flu?

Are you looking for the secret to avoiding the flu this year? The flu vaccine effectiveness this year is 62%. According to the CDC,  a report of 47 states have widespread flu activity. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized with a bad case of the flu and thus experiencing symptoms of fever, body aches, congestion, and fatigue. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is the best defense against the flu.

* Eat five to six servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. The antioxidant power coupled with natural vitamins improves immune function to aid your body in fighting off infections.

* Reduce stress as too much stress impairs the immune system.

* Exercise regularly by walking at least five times a week for 30 minutes which will boost your body’s immunity.

* Get plenty of sleep and allow rest to ensure your body can properly refuel. Most adults require 7-8 hours of sleep a night while children require at least 9 hours.

* Flu shots are recommended for most individuals especially children, healthcare workers, and immunocompromised adults.

Shuree K. Oldehoeft-Ohlemann operates Arizona Mobile Medicine, a medical housecall practice striving to provide healthcare in calming, caring and convenient atmosphere. Contact her at (480) 766-0550.


Arizona Commercial Real Estate Financing Nearly Doubles

Commercial real estate financing in Arizona via the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program nearly doubled for the first half of the SBA’s fiscal year compared to the same six-month period a year ago, according to CDC Small Business Finance.

DC reported that SBA-504 loan approvals totaled $105M for the Oct. 2011 – March 2012 period compared to $56M approved for the same period a year prior – Oct. 2010 – March 2011.

“The market continues to rebound after a couple down years,” said Lisa Alberti, loan officer for CDC Small Business Finance. “Small businesses are taking advantage of lower property values and also capitalizing on refinancing currently owned properties.”

Close to 650 new jobs are projected to be created in Arizona as a result of SBA-504 financing approved over the last six months.

CDC Small Business Finance itself approved 21 SBA-504 loans for the six-month period, partnering with banks to provide $39M in financing to Arizona small businesses.

In addition to the traditional 504 program, a new SBA refinance program is now available to small businesses facing balloon payments on commercial property mortgages.  The current refinance rate through this program is 4.95%.

The 504 loan program was created by the SBA for the specific purpose of financing long-term fixed assets such as commercial real estate and equipment with economic life of 10 years or greater. This refinance program is only available through September 27, 2012.

For more information on financing through CDC Small Business Finance, visit CDC Small Business Finance’s website at cdcloans.com.

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Texting While Driving: A Growing Hazard

“Drive Hammered, Get Nailed,” and “Click It or Ticket” are Arizona initiatives that aim to advise drivers of the rules of the road, yet there is currently no campaign in place regulating texting while driving. Texting while driving is such a growing hazard that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have categorized it as “distracted driving.” However, Arizona has very loose laws preventing texting while driving. Although texting while driving is illegal in Phoenix’s city limits, it isn’t illegal statewide.

Texting while driving is a lethal combination because it involves three different distractions: visual, manual and cognitive, according to the CDC. These distractions interfere with the amount of brain activity necessary to operate a vehicle by reducing a driver’s reaction time, depth perception and cognitive awareness of the road conditions and the surrounding environment.

Ironically, these are the exact same functions that are impaired by alcohol. Distraction from cell phone use while driving — handheld or hands-free — extends a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent, according to a study conducted at the University of Utah. A driver’s reaction rate is one of the most important factors in motor vehicle collisions and may make the difference between life and death. It takes two seconds for your brain to react to the situation and tell your body to make a braking movement; therefore, any distraction resulting in a delay of reaction time makes you a danger on the roadway.

National statistics illustrate that driving while distracted is a factor in more than 25 percent of police-reported crashes. Texting while driving does not just cause automobile accidents, it also puts pedestrians, road cyclists, motorcyclists and others in severe danger.

There are many simple precautions that drivers can take in order to protect themselves and others from a vehicle collision.

First and foremost, keep your cell phone in a location that is out of your reach and out of sight; this will reduce the temptation to check your phone while behind the wheel … even at a red light! Individuals who use a cell phone while driving are four times more likely to get into crashes that are serious enough to injure themselves, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Parents of teenage drivers must set a good example and not use a phone while driving. Teenagers are the highest at-risk group of being affected by the dangers of texting while driving as they are inexperienced on the road and may have more distractions. The CDC statistics exemplify that younger, inexperienced drivers have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, prompting many states to ban drivers younger than 18 years old from using their cell phone while driving.

The statistics regarding the dangers of texting while driving are eye-opening and should empower Arizonans to think before they pick up their phones while behind the wheel.

For more information about auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents or
motorcycle accidents that occur from texting while driving, please contact Friedl Richardson Trial Lawyers in Phoenix at (602) 553-2220 or visit azrichlaw.com.