Independent Living

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…

People with disabilities excluded from UK nightclubs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016We all have pastimes we like to do to have fun and relax with friends. Often, these pastimes include engagement with our town or city in a way that is enjoyable and often essential to feeling like we ‘belong’ in…

ABLE Act modifications advance in the Senate

Monday, October 3, 2016The US Senate may soon hear two new bills that seek to build on a 2014 law that aims to make people with disabilities more economically self-sufficient. Under the ABLE Act, signed by President Obama in December 2014, people with…

MBTA to subsidize ride-sharing for people with disabilities

Monday, September 26, 2016Uber and Lyft will soon receive subsidies from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency to expand their services to riders with disabilities, under a one-year pilot project announced September 16. “We want to meet the needs of our customers to…

Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National

(Video) MIT lab creates accessible fashion every summer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016Almost everyone has experience with mainstream clothing that does not always fit the needs of each individual. For people with disabilities, this divergence between what’s needed and what’s available can be even more pronounced. Open Style Lab works to explore…

Los Angeles settles accessible housing lawsuit for $200 million

Sunday, September 11, 2016The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 on August 30 to spend $200 million over the next decade to resolve an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit concerning the accessibility of the City’s public housing stock. “When our clients can’t find…

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…

Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

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