Employment

Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…

Advocates sue Texas ride-share companies

Friday, September 30, 2016Aundrea Moore is a blind woman in Austin, recently retired from a career at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Now that Uber and Lyft have left Austin in response to new regulations, she is limited in her options for taxi…

Oklahoma workers’ compensation “opt-out” law struck down

Thursday, September 29, 2016A recently passed Oklahoma law allowing employers to opt out of most of the state’s workers’ compensation program violates the state’s constitution, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled September 13. “The core provision of the Opt Out Act, creates impermissible,…

DOL releases final subminimum wage rules

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Labor has released new regulations, clarifying the obligations of government agencies and businesses with 14(c) certificates to workers with disabilities being paid subminimum wages. Section 14(c) refers to the provision of the New Deal-era Fair Labor Standards…

DOJ files Olmstead lawsuit against Mississippi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi on August 11, accusing it of “unnecessarily and illegally” institutionalizing hundreds of people with mental illness daily in its state hospitals. “When individuals with mental illness receive the services they…

DOL revokes West Virginia nonprofit’s subminimum wage certificate

Tuesday, August 30, 2016A West Virginia nonprofit will no longer be allowed to pay certain workers with disabilities salaries below the $7.25 federal minimum wage, the Department of Labor announced August 11. The Buckhannon-Upshur Work Adjustment Center previously was the holder of a…

Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

Study reveals that Hollywood continues to ignore actors with disabilities

Friday, August 5, 2016The Ruderman Family Foundation, whose mission includes to, “advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society,” recently released a report analyzing the status of representation for people with disabilities in mainstream television. The report…

26 years later – The ADA is not a suggestion

Tuesday, July 26, 2016July 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…

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