(Video) Deaf driver uses technology to adopt new career

Monday, November 9, 2015Often it seems as if every couple of weeks I write an article about how technology is serving as a tool to advance the lives of people with disabilities. Additional uses of technology are being discovered every day. One man,…

Feds report increase in hiring of people with disabilities

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Fed Employment Rate Rises
The federal government hired 20,615 people with disabilities to full-time positions in Fiscal Year 2014, the highest number since the Office of Personnel Management began tracking such data in 1981, according to annual statistics released October…

It’s time to stop fighting disability and start fighting society

Friday, October 23, 2015
Karin Hitselberger will never “fight her disability”
Often, when mainstream society considers people with disabilities, it is with a combination of pity and admiration. Pity for having their disability, and admiration for living with it. Few outside of the disability…

Congress passes measure expanding sick leave for veterans with disabilities

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wounded Warriors Act awaits President’s signature
Veterans with disabilities hired by the federal government will gain immediate access to sick leave benefits, under a bill awaiting President Obama’s signature. Generally, federal employees do not have sick leave benefits until they…

Activists disrupt Michigan ADA anniversary celebration to protest subminimum wage jobs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Protesting Subminimum Wages in Michigan
Disability rights activists protested outside the Michigan state capital September 17, calling out the state for its continued support of nonprofits that pay workers with disabilities subminimum wages. “While we want to celebrate what the…

Turkey Farm ordered to pay more than $600,000 for employment violations

Thursday, September 24, 2015
$600,000 for Employment Violations
A federal court has ordered Hill County Farms to immediately begin making payments to the federal government for compensation it owes to a group of individuals with disabilities it allegedly abused for decades. In an eight-page

BBC spotlights Iran’s population of people with disabilities

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Opportunities for People with Disabilities Limited in Iran
In a recent extensive feature, the BBC highlighted the plight of people with disabilities in modern-day Iran. According to the government’s own numbers, about three million of the country’s approximately 75 million…

(Video) A Midwest non-profit is training service dogs specifically for farmers with disabilities

Friday, September 11, 2015A small Midwestern non-profit has identified a need and is working to meet it. The non-profit is PHARM Dog USA, or Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri. They realized that farmers with disabilities are often in need of service dogs…

Settlement reached to reform Oregon’s “sheltered workshops”

Friday, September 11, 2015
Landmark Settlement to Reduce Reliance on Sheltered Workshops
Oregon will reduce its reliance on employers legally paying employees with disabilities less than minimum wages in so-called “sheltered workshops,” under a comprehensive settlement announced September 8. The agreement, the first of…

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