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New congressional group pushes to expand job opportunities for people with disabilities

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Reposted from USA Today Orignal Post By Deborah Barfield Berry WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for more job opportunities for people with disabilities and aiming to change laws they say discourage them from entering the workforce full time. “This is a way for us to help those that we think could… Read more »


Why the tech industry needs people with disabilities — and vice versa

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The first day at the Global Disability Innovation Hub’s first Disability Summit during the World Para Athletics Championships in London on July 13, 2017. (Creative Commons/GDI Hub) Reposted from The Ground Truth Project Original Post  By Tori Bedford ORLANDO, Florida — For the roughly one billion people with disabilities around the globe, new technology can… Read more »


ACLU lawsuit alleges Chicago police brutality ‘magnified for people with disabilities’

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Reposted from The Chicago Tribune Original Post By Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner The ACLU of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Chicago’s police reform efforts have neglected deep-seated issues on how officers are trained to handle people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. Sounding a familiar tone already alleged in other pending… Read more »


Haben Girma: Leading the way for people with disabilities

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Reposted from Legal Rebels Original Post  By: Stephanie Francis Ward Haben Girma, a Harvard Law School graduate, has limited hearing and vision and refers to herself as “Deafblind.” “It should be one word, no hyphen, and I prefer to capitalize the D because it’s a cultural identity,” says Girma, 29, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate,… Read more »


Disasters disproportionately affect people with disabilities, Stanford researcher writes

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Reposted from Standford Medicine Original Post  By: Holly MacCormick Taking shelter from a storm is an ordeal for everyone, but for people with physical or mental disabilities, natural disasters add an additional layer of logistical and legal challenges. In a recent Stanford Law School blog post, Rabia Belt, JD, PhD, a legal historian, discusses how people with disabilities are disproportionately… Read more »


The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All

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Reposted from Fast Company Orignal Post By Eillie Anzilotti Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitations–think of Braille on store signs,… Read more »


Just Ask: Lateef Brown And Todd Corthell Talk Recovery

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Reposted from WYSO Original Post By Anna Lurie Lateef Brown and Todd Corthell both suffered a traumatic brain injury in their twenties, and both are still grappling with recovery, decades later. In this audio story from our series, Just Ask: Talking About Disability, Lateef and Todd share their personal recovery journeys, and talk about how their lives have… Read more »


Report finds sex assaults, neglect, abuse at state disabled facilities

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Reposted from KOMONews Original Post  By Martha Bellisle, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) – Disabled people living in four Washington-state run communities have choked to death, been sexually assaulted, denied basic treatment and given the wrong medication, according to a report released Wednesday by Disability Rights Washington. “These institutions have a track record of seriously harming… Read more »


These Couples Say They Can’t Move In Together Because One Of Them Will Lose Their Disability Benefits

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Reposted from Buzzfeed News Original Post By Laura Silver It was on their fifth date that Rachel* told Sophie there was pretty much no chance of them moving in together. “It was obvious that it was going to probably become a serious thing, and I thought, She needs to know that a life with me is… Read more »


How Many Americans Have A Disability? A New Survey Indicates The Number Is Higher Than You Think

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Reposted from Bustle Original Post By Mia Mercado One of the largest minority populations in the United States is a group whose voices and stories are not often heard in conversations about inclusivity. People with disabilities represent about 12.6 percent of people living in the U.S., yet the representation of disabled people, especially in media,… Read more »