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For people on the autism spectrum, processing sensory information can be difficult and they can find sounds, light, smell, touch and taste extremely overwhelming. Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) partnered with Coles Supermarkets to introduce "Quiet Hour." For this 窶弉uiet Hour," participating stores will dim the lights by 50 percent, they will turn off the radios, turn down the register and scanner volumes and avoid PA announcements and cart collections. Aspect community engagement and operations officer Linzi Coyle explains: "With autism affecting one in 100 Australians, expanding this low-sensory shopping experience 窶ヲ will have a significant improvement on the lives of many children, young people and adults on the spectrum, as well as their family members." The program will take place between 10:30am and 11:30am every Tuesday at 68 stores and all customers are invited to participate. #news #autism #australia #shopping #experience #aspect #spectrum #bestof
The American luxury brand announced that they will no longer use animal fur in its products and will be phased out by the end of December 2018. This policy will also apply to Jimmy Choo which Kors acquired in July 2017. 窶弋his decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials,窶 said John D. Idol, Michael Kors窶 chairman and chief executive, in a statement. 窶廛ue to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur.窶 added designer Michael Kors. 窶弩e will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.窶 #news #fashion #fur #michael #kors #jimmy #choo #materials #bestof
Thanks @tech for sharing this amazing story. After a driving accident in 2010, Ian Burkhart was left paralyzed from the neck down. Six years later, doctors implanted a chip in his brain that allows him to grasp objects. The chip works so well that he was even able to play his favorite video game, "Guitar Hero.窶 Burkhart said, 窶廣nd now, it窶冱 just something that窶冱 so fluid it窶冱 just kind of like it was before I had my injury, where I just think about what I want to do and now I can do it.窶 According to Nick Anetta, an engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, 窶弋his is possible, you can take someone, a human being who is paralyzed and give them the ability to use that paralyzed limb again in a functional way.窶 Two more patients are scheduled to receive brain chips as part of the study. #news #tech #future #progress #medicine #health #awesome #bestof
In a recent study that analyzed 12 western countries, researchers found that parents have been spending more time taking care of their children than they did 50 years ago. The study involved 68,532 mothers and 53,739 fathers in the USA, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain and Slovenia. Researchers Giulia Maria Dotti Sani of European University Institute and Judith Treas of University of California found that the average mother spends about twice as much time with their children today as they did in 1965. They also found that men still spend less time with their kids than women, but much more than they did in the past. In fact, their time with their children has tripled. #news #family #qualitytime #study #mother #father #data #research #bestof
The UK is introducing vending machines designed specifically for homeless people that will dispense water, fruit, lotions, sanitary napkins, sandwiches, chocolate and more. The charity Action Hunger is responsible for these machines and the food will be provided by supermarkets as well as donations from other charities and local shops. Whatever isn窶冲 donated, Action Hunger will buy. Volunteers will be responsible for stocking the vending machines on a daily basis and those in need with get a special key card and will be allowed to get three items from the machines every day. Every week they will have to check back in to a local outreach center in order to be able to use the card for another week. Action Hunger plans to install vending machines all over the United States in the new year in cities like Seattle, New York and LA. #news #vending #machines #homeless #charity #giving #christmas #outreach #action #hunger #bestof
Madison Essig was told at a young age that she would never be able to read. Well, look at her now! She is officially the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from a D.C. high school with a standard diploma. And to top it all off, she did it with honors! She graduated with an A- grade point average and plans to attend George Mason University. Her and her family hope that this sends an important message to the disability community and she hopes to inspire others. "Don't give up!" Madison said in a local news interview. "This is your moment to shine! Don't let anything stand in your way." What an amazing young woman. #news #inspiration #disibility #community #downsyndrome #dreams #goals #graduate #georgemasonuniversity #DC #highschool #bestof
U.S. Air Force veteran David Tyler Harmon met dentist David Nguyen at their local gym. When Harmon decided to go to Nguyen for a routine teeth cleaning, the dentist found that he needed weeks of dental work. Harmon was having pain from severe teeth-grinding due to the head trauma he suffered while serving in the U.S. Air Force. "There was infection in his gum tissue, a lot of cracked teeth everywhere, a lot of crowding, a lot of grinding problems," Nguyen told FOX 26. The grand total for all the dental work would be $15,000 and Harmon would need help from the Veterans Administration to be able to pay for the procedures. Instead of waiting for the paperwork to be processed and to be approved, Nguyen foot the bill and went to work! "All veterans are heroes," said Nguyen. "They give up so much for this country, and whatever I can do just to help him out a little bit, it's all worth it to me." #news #veterans #dentalwork #houston #helpingothers #airforce #bestof
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has donated $30 million to The Nature Conservancy窶冱 efforts to protect and preserve rivers in the U.S as well as internationally. The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that operates in 34 countries, including the United States. The nonprofit will spend $60 million on river conservation over the next five years. According to Shelly Lakly, the Nature Conservancy's managing director of Saving Rivers Strategy, "This donation will make a significant impact on us and our mission. We're at a critical point in the development of the world with population increases and the need for people to work together. It's truly a tipping point." The money that Enterprise donated will go towards reducing the amount of excess nutrient runoff that enters the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and will also help improve water quality on the Colorado River, as well as the wetlands and major rivers of Canada and Europe. #news #enterprise #car #rivers #preserve #environment #donation #saving #rivers #strategy #thenatureconservancy #bestof
A student organization at Texas Christian University is working hard to eliminate food waste on their campus by donating leftover food to the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter after every home football game. This same organization also delivers leftovers from the campus dining hall to the shelter two times a week. According to Robert Clethan, the food services director at the Union Gospel Mission, "Everything that gets brought here gets used. Everything." Union Gospel Mission currently serves meals to about 300 people three times a day. According to Megan McCracken, a senior student and the president of the Food Recovery Network, the organization has big plans for the future. "Being a young organization, our main focus has definitely been food recoveries. But we hope as we continue to grow, we can do more stuff on campus and reach out to more community organizations." #news #charity #donations #tcu #football #mission #foodwaste #bestof
Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault when he was only 17 years old and was sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. During his sentence, he met a cellmate who worked for the prison law library who encouraged him to try to get his conviction overturned. Adams took his advice and started reading law books. He then got in touch with attorney Keith Findley who works with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. His sentence was overturned and his charges were dropped because of the research he did at the law library. He was set free in 2007, enrolled in community college, earned a Bachelor窶冱 degree, attended law school and passed the bar in 2015. He is now an attorney for the Innocence Project. Recently, Adams worked with Findley, the man who freed him, to free a man named Richard Beranek was wrongly convicted of rape in 1990. 窶廸othing pays me back more, or my family, than me walking in the same court, in the same state, where they didn't even look at me when they gave me 28 years," Adams said. "But now they have to acknowledge me as 'Attorney Adams.'" #news #wrongly #convicted #justicesystem #court #innocent #wisconsin #innocence #project #attorney #bestof
Many companies with locations in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even though their stores have not yet reopened due to hurricane damage. One of the companies, TJX, is the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls. "We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances," TJX said in a statement to ABC News. Nordstrom and Starbucks have also continued to pay their employees while their Puerto Rico locations are closed. 窶弩e窶决e working to find opportunities to transfer employees who are interested in staying with the company and will offer some relocation assistance to any employee who needs it,窶 Nordstrom said in a statement to ABC News. Starbucks has also started an employee assistance fund for workers whose homes have been destroyed by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Kudos to these companies! #news #hurricane #maria #irma #puertorico #damage #starbucks #nordstrom #marshalls #tjmaxx #homegoods #bestof
A Japanese marketing firm, Piala Inc, is giving their non-smoking employees an additional six days of paid vacation per year to make up for the time that their smoking employees take for cigarette breaks. The firm introduced the new benefit after their non-smoking staff complained that they were working more than their co-workers who smoked. Piala spokesperson Hirotaka Matsushima told The Telegraph, 窶廾ne of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems." The company's CEO, Takao Asuka, decided to give the company窶冱 non-smoking employees extra time off to compensate. Asuka says that his hope is that the extra incentive will encourage the rest of their staff to quit smoking. #news #smoking #japan #quit #breaks #vacation #timeoff #bestof