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26 years later – The ADA is not a suggestion

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July twenty-sixth will mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, our “Emancipation Proclamation.” This sweeping law was the result of decades of work by activists committed to the idea that everyone has a place in society. It ensures reasonable accommodations in employment, access to public facilities, programs, and services, and effective communication

Australia rolls out new disability insurance plan

Monday, July 25, 2016

A new national Australian program promises to dramatically transform the range of services available for people with disabilities in need of long-term care. The National Disability Insurance System, which began on a trial basis in 2013, is an additional income support on top of the country’s Disability Support Pension to provide extra funding for special

Indian Supreme Court ruling strengthens government’s disability employment quota

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Supreme Court of India ruled June 30 that a national law mandating that a minimum of three percent of employees be people with disabilities applies at all levels of the central government. In 1995, the Indian Parliament passed the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, creating the three-percent

Play for all: Accessible playgrounds make childhood more inclusive

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Playing in a park, going on swings and slides – these are things that almost every child in the western world experiences during their childhood. Playgrounds are an essential part of how children are raised and taught to socialize. Unfortunately, not every child can always access their local playground. And yet, children who use wheelchairs

Advocates demand improved accommodations for inmates with disabilities

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new interactive report June 22, calling on state prisons to undertake a series of reforms to bring the treatment of incarcerated people with disabilities in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “People are sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment,”

Cara Reedy attributes her resilience to being a “female, black, little person” in an unaccommodating society

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cara Reedy is an actor, writer, comedian, and blogger with achondroplastic dwarfism. She partnered with Digg to create the video below, called The Gift of Being Different, to discuss her experiences and share her insights. Reedy explains that as an individual with dwarfism, “I have to do everything everybody else does, but better. I have

Gender bias suit targets California workers’ compensation system

Friday, July 15, 2016

In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit [PDF], the Service Employees International Union and three individuals filed a discrimination suit, July 6, against the California workers’ compensation system, accusing it of discriminating against women with work-related disabilities. “California’s workers’ compensation system treats gender as a preexisting condition, further penalizing women workers with injuries solely because they are women,”