Disability and the Invasion of the Ukraine

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In the desperate circumstances that Ukranians find themselves in, disabled people are hiding in their bathtubs because they cannot get to the shelters. Institutions of disabled people are being bombed and families are struggling to survive and unable to leave. In the words of one leader in the Ukrainian disability movement, we’re “easier to kill”.…

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Start Behind, Get Behinder

Disabled students in segregated education settings get 23 percent fewer minutes of instruction per day… and it adds up My son is autistic. Shortly after his diagnosis by our insurer, we started the Special Education process. We didn’t know anything. Though we were given “Procedural Safeguards”, we had no clue and we trusted the school…

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Right to Repair Wheelchairs – MyChairMyRepair

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It’s your wheelchair, you should have the right to get it fixed. Today, you can’t. Let’s change things. Colorado’s working on a law (Consumer Right To Repair Powered Wheelchairs – HB22-1031) . Let’s get it passed… 1 at bat, 49 states to go. Actions to take You can sign this Open Letter to the Colorado…

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Disability equality: do we have the needed resolve?

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Twenty-six percent is a non-trivial number. Most people would notice it if their salary increased by 26% or if their rent went up by 26%. But the 26% of Americans who have disabilities are difficult to find in classrooms to boardrooms. Despite diversity and inclusion efforts, people with disabilities continue to be marginalized. Depending on…

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Workplace Accommodations for People with Mental Illness

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Reasonable accommodations in the workplace (also known as reasonable adjustments in the UK) are a human right for people with disabilities. However, it may not be immediately obvious to employers or employees how that applies to people with mental illness. For those of us living with mental health conditions, it can be helpful to get…

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Navigating the Disability Employment Gap: Inside Info from a Visually Impaired Job Coach

In the U.S., only 42% of working-age individuals with visual disabilities are employed – and many are underemployed in low-wage jobs. And that’s just one example of what’s known as the disability employment gap.

Marisol Carmona has a unique perspective on disability employment: as a social worker with deep background in disability awareness training, she not only supports the Career Launch @ Perkins program, she also recently went through her own job search before landing a position as a Job Developer and Instructor at The IRIS Network in Portland, Maine. Another relevant detail: she’s visually impaired.

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Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs at School

Students with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs, like all children, need to be understood, supported, and appreciated in their schools and communities. Specialized services and supports may be required to help these children succeed at school, and problems at school can create or increase mental health needs. As schools have resumed in-person learning for…

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Build Back Better, Better Jobs Act

Nicole LeBlanc

As America moves towards pandemic recovery it is essential now more than ever that we make massive investments in expanding access to Home-Community Based Services (HCBS) for kids and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities regardless of IQ, or at risk of institutionalization. Our service system must be reformed into a pro-active system that…

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