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Why a charity changed its name

Boing Boing - 31 March, 2014 - 19:23

UK charity Scope serves the disabled. Twenty years ago, it was known as The Spastics Society. The decision to change its name came as a medical term shifted to become a childish term of mockery.

“In the build-up to making the decision to change the name at all, a defining moment was when we saw the research that showed that young parents of disabled children were not associating with The Spastics Society," said Richard Brewster, who was then the charity's communications director. "What the research said was that our future was walking away from us.”

The new name was selected because of the linguistic difficulty of turning it into an insult, a pattern followed by various other UK charities. The cost, reports the BBC, is weak branding that "haunts the charities because of their earnest positivity," though I suspect that this is a problem that only able-bodied Britons worry themselves with.

Scope's research shows that disabled people are far less subject to abuse than they were 20 years ago, but still deal with significant discrimination in services and employment.
    





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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 19:19
Launch database of 'verified' infringing websites

British police have launched a who's who of pirating websites in an attempt to stop advertisers from spending money with sites deemed illegal.…

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Ferrari improved

Boing Boing - 31 March, 2014 - 19:12
Kickboxing world champion Riyadh Al-Azzawi improved his $300,000 Ferrari 458 Spider by coating the tasteless factory paint job with a subtle vinyl gold coating. One may even touch it free of charge.
    





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Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 19:02
Club Wembley offer for readers

Promo Clients are a fickle lot, but most would leap at the chance to see the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Or a big pop concert. No? Maybe a NFL game could tickle their fancy.…

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 18:27
Didn't want our supply chain clogged up, says channel boss. What $9bn write-down?

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up.…

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LED lighting is so 2012: LG bets on an OLED lamp

from News.com - 31 March, 2014 - 18:22
LG is joining an industry effort to infuse the humdrum lighting market with the excitement -- and profits, and complexity -- of the computing and electronics business.
    





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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 18:01
Durovis Dive gives you the same experience for €60

Review It's quite exciting putting on the Durovis Dive virtual reality headset, but watching someone else do it is even better as they coo and gasp at the world in which they have become immersed.…

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Huawei hits record sales despite security fears

from News.com - 31 March, 2014 - 17:51
2013 was a good year for Chinese manufacturer Huawei, now third in the mobile phone market despite security concerns.
    





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C'mon, Commvault: You have the <i>tech</i> to build VM mutants...

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:36
Why not give rivals a fright?

Blocks and Files Commvault, the arch archiver and backup biz, appears to have a virtual machine "mutation" facility, and this has prompted some speculation here at El Reg storage desk.…

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C'mon, Commvault: You have the <i>tech</i> to build VM mutants...

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:36
Why not give rivals a fright?

Blocks and Files Commvault, the arch archiver and backup biz, appears to have a virtual machine "mutation" facility, and this has prompted some speculation here at El Reg storage desk.…

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:17
Test flights are go for 5 April

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.…

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:17
Test flights are go for 5 April

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.…

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:17
Test flights are go for 5 April

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.…

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

The Register - 31 March, 2014 - 17:17
Test flights are go for 5 April

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.…

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Sony Digital Paper tablet lets you draw on your documents

from News.com - 31 March, 2014 - 17:03
Sony's 13.3-inch pad uses a Kindle-style screen, lets you scribble on your documents, and will go on sale in May for $1,100.
    





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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Slashdot - 31 March, 2014 - 17:00
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don't know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both."

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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Slashdot - 31 March, 2014 - 17:00
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don't know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Slashdot - 31 March, 2014 - 17:00
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don't know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Slashdot - 31 March, 2014 - 17:00
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don't know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Slashdot - 31 March, 2014 - 17:00
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don't know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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