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A Perfect Evening for a One Night Stand

Come join in an evening of food and laughter with The Comedians with Disabilities Act (CWDA) as they perform A Perfect Evening for a One Night Stand. CWDA has performed at colleges and comedy clubs across the country, including such famous venues as San Francisco’s Punchline and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.  The San Francisco Examiner called them “the most unconventional comics to ...

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An App Gives Sight to the Blind and Visually Impaired

Wow!  The KNFB Reader app for the Apple iPhone could be a life changer for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Just take a photo of any item–say a restaurant menu–and instantly listen to a high-quality audio read-back of the printed words captured by the camera.  Alternatively, it can translate directly into braille for use with a refreshable braille display.  It even recognizes ...

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The Ever Widening Circle and Nina G.

It’s time, once again for the annual Ever Widening Circle & Policy Summit, presented by the World Institute on Disability (WID).   This day long discussion of disability-related issues also features a very special lunchtime interlude–a performance by comedian and disability activist Nina G. Neil Jacobson will deliver the keynote address, “Take Charge for Change”.  Neil is the founder and CEO ...

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150 Countries Ratify Disabilities Treaty–But Not the U.S.

One hundred and fifty nations have now ratified a UN treaty called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been in force since 2008 and has seen one of the fastest rates of ratification of any international human rights treaties.  The Convention states the obligations of participating nations to promote, protect and ensure the equal rights of all people with disabilities ...

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Assistance Dogs in the Workplace

Assistance (service) dogs have greatly expanded their “jobs” beyond assisting those with seeing and hearing impairments to include medical response (such as alerting someone to low blood sugar), mobility and task assistance for a person using a wheelchair, psychiatric support for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to name a few. Many of these functions may be for an individual ...

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Autism Symptoms Improved by Work Environment

Independent work experience may improve autistic symptoms.  That’s the finding of a recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 153 adults aged 19 to 53 participated in the study, which followed them for 5½ years.  Representing the range of the autism spectrum, some had average or very high IQ scores, while about 70% also had intellectual disabilities. Most ...

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Models with Disabilities

When you think of possible careers for people with disabilities, modelling might not be the first thing to pop into your mind, yet it is a viable option.  Nordstrom’s, the upscale department store chain, recently received a fair bit of press for featuring four models with disabilities in the catalog for its biggest sale of the year.  But it’s not the first ...

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

Only 55% of job seekers with disabilities disclose their disability before they’ve been offered the job, and sometimes not even then.  It’s understandable that they would try to avoid discrimination. But what about employers, such as federal contractors and sub-contractors, who actively seek to include people with disabilities in their workforce?  How are they to do this if the applicants don’t disclose? Tania Lavin ...

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New York to Change Handicapped Signage

That familiar blue and white symbol of a sedentary person in a wheelchair is about to change throughout the state of New York.  The new symbol will be one of a very active person in a wheelchair.  Along with the signs, the designation “Handicapped” will be changed to “Accessible”. Douglas Hovey, Executive Director of Independent Living, Inc.‎ in Newburg, NY‎ said, ...

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Make Your Story Part of History

If you listen to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”, you’ve probably heard their broadcast of StoryCorps–average, everyday people interviewing a friend or loved one about their lives.   It’s always heart-felt and moving, and the listener comes away enriched with a broader understanding of the life experiences and wisdom of others. In celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with ...

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