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Alaska will no longer allow workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage

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Reposted from Think Progress Original Post  By Rebekah Entralgo As of Friday, Alaskan businesses will no longer be allowed to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage, which is currently $9.84 an hour. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen,… Read more »


People With Disabilities Have Been Left Out Of Conversations About Harassment

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Reposted from the Huffington Post  Original Post  By Holly Kearl Like me, my late older sister Heidi started puberty early, when she was 11 years old. Unlike me, when she did, her doctor suggested to our mom that she be sterilized. Why the difference? Heidi was born with microcephaly and cerebral palsy. She had a hard… Read more »


Federal Study Shows Universities Lack Plans for, Feds Lack Attention to Student Sexual Assault Victims with Disabilities

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Reposted from the National Council on Disability  Original Post PRESS RELEASE January 30, 2018 Washington, DC – The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal advisory body – today will release and discuss the results of a national study on college sexual assault policies as they pertain to student victims with disabilities during a… Read more »


Empowering communities of color with disabilities

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 Reposted from Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder News Online Original Post By: Kenneth Brown Alison Canty and Mai Thor are two of the persons working to increase the awareness of civil rights to persons of color with disabilities and the general public. Together, they have convened a group for people of color with disabilities to address the many complicated… Read more »


It’s almost Valentine’s Day: Let’s talk about intimacy

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Reposted from The Durango Herald  Original Post By: Tara Kiene   Love it or loathe it, it’s coming: Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a whirlwind of romance, fancy dates, chocolates, flowers. Or it’s a sad reminder of the lack of intimacy in our lives. The topic of intimacy and adults with intellectual disabilities can be… Read more »


One in Three Disabled Women Are Sexually Assaulted on Campus—And Colleges Aren’t Paying Attention

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Reposted from Rewire  Original Post By: S.E. Smith In the midst of #TimesUp and #MeToo, a new report on campus sexual assault in the disability community is serving as an indictment on the state of access at every level of this issue, from mandatory preventive training to support through Title IX hearings. The National Council on Disability, a… Read more »


In Their Own Words: People With Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Rape 

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Reposted from Brinkwire and NPR Original Post  By Brinkwire     Somebody with an intellectual disability by definition has difficulty learning, reasoning or problem-solving. But many often think deeply about the things that affect them — and the things that isolate them, like sexual assault. As part of its investigation into the hidden epidemic of… Read more »


These Intellectual Disability Sexual Assault Statistics Will Alarm You

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Reposted from Bustle.com  Original Post By: Lauren Holter The #MeToo movement shed a light on how pervasive sexual harassment and assault are in the United States and abroad, but the most vulnerable haven’t yet become part of the conversation. According to new statistics, people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a higher rate than almost any… Read more »


For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylish

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Reposted from Smithsonian.com Original Post  By: Alex Palmer When buying a pair of shoes, a pen, or a new car—the expectation is for the product to do the job. But you also want it to look good: stylish, current, cool. Why wouldn’t the same be true of products—wheelchairs, hearing aids, and more—designed to aid those with… Read more »


Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Denver to Improve Accessibility

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Reposted from The Department of Justice: Office of Public Affairs Original Post The Department of Justice today announced an agreement with Denver, Colorado, to improve access to civic life for people with disabilities.  The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the Department’s initiative to ensure that cities, towns, and counties throughout the country comply with… Read more »