Scott Rains has written an interesting and thought-provoking article called “Accessibility is Not Inclusion” on his website rollingrains.com. He makes the case that accessibility was the movement of the 20th century, while inclusion is the movement of the 21st century. Accessibility focuses on places and things, whereas inclusion focuses on people. While it is immensely important to have access, it’s not enough.Read More »
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Since 1974, Computer Technologies Program has provided over one million hours of training and support for thousands of people with disabilities taking steps toward their career goals. We work hand-in-hand with the Department of Rehabilitation so there is no cost for our program’s participants and they have access to a wide range of support services.
Since 2007, Walgreens has been actively recruiting people with disabilities to work in its 21 distribution centers and since then has developed the largest private sector disability inclusion effort in the country. [Walgreens press release dated June 18, 2012] At the Windsor, CT, distribution center, people with disabilities make up about half of the workforce. Another distribution center in Anderson, SC, has nearly …Read More »
What do David Beckham, Charles Darwin and Penelope Cruz have in common? Obsessive compulsive disorder. Did you know Neil Young, Agatha Christie and Richard Burton had epilepsy? Did you know Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi began skating as physical therapy for her club feet? Or that Tiger Woods used to stutter? Or that quarterback Peyton Manning had a cleft? Disabled-World.com has a …Read More »
You’ve probably heard that the word “handicaped” is derived from the phrase “cap in hand”, which in modern times is equated with begging. It’s a common story. But it turns out that story is false. When I first read this I was wary–after all, you can’t trust everything you read on the internet!–so I verified it with both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Online Etymology …Read More »
On May 15th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is making $85 million available to state housing agencies to provide housing assistance for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. As part of recent reforms made to the 811 Program, the funding is specifically intended to target “extremely” low-income persons with disabilities, which they define as “those who are at or below 30 …Read More »