Disability in the News


Most of the following references come from Google Alerts. They cover news on disability that may be of interest to visitors to DO-IT.

August 8, 2014

Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor
The Kennedy Center's acclaimed production of Side Show, about conjoined sisters at the circus, is rumored to be mulling a move to Broadway. The next season of American Horror Story will...

Disability arts left hanging by a thread
Many people working in the arts, or who love going to the theatre, will know the work of the indefatigable Jenny Sealey, artistic director of the disabled theatre company Graeae, who...

The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation, and Access
"Nothing about us without us" is the global slogan for the disability rights movement. It means that nothing should be decided about people with disabilities without their presence...

Disability community marks anniversary of the ADA
On Thursday, July 24, Boston's disability community met on City Hall Plaza to commemorate the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed on July 26, 1990. The gathering included people...

July 28, 2014

Disability Connections Will Offer Peer Support
WINTER HAVEN | When Larry Moss moved to Winter Haven from Seattle with his wife, Penny, he found a need and set about finding a way to fill it. Moss said he suffers from ataxic cerebral...

Events celebrate disability act anniversary
A poetry slam and performance art will showcase disability culture in a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the of the Americans with Disabilities Act. "A lot of people think of us as...

Disability didn't stop rocker Eric Leefe
He's just one of the musicians that Leefe, who performed for 20 years with various bands at venues like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, has continued to stay in touch with, even as conditions...

Disability Advocates Attack Malloy Over New Appointment
HARTFORD - Disability advocates and politicians from both sides of the aisle attacked Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday for what they said was inadequate consultation leading up...

Berkeley disability activists receive peace award in emotional ceremony
BERKELEY - A man called the father of the disability civil rights movement and a current federal advisor on international disability rights shared something special Wednesday - a peace award...

July 8, 2014

Disability Network receives $20,000 grant from Midland Area Community Foundation
The Midland Area Community Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Disability Network of Mid-Michigan for an anti-stigma campaign entitled "How Do You See It?" David Emmel, executive...

Understanding Disability: ADA protects people who have disabilities
A couple of years ago, I responded to a call from a national health care recruiter seeking my opinion about a potential candidate. I easily expressed my enthusiasm for the candidate's...

Disability discrimination commissioner condemns 'lifters, not leaners' slogan
Australia's outgoing disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes, has denounced the government's rhetoric about lifters and leaners as a "facile concept" and accused tabloid...

June 26, 2014

Starkloff Disability Institute Presents Work Ability Summit 2014 On Thursday June 26, 2014 In St. Louis
St. LOUIS, Missouri... Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI), a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities participate fully and equally in all aspects of society

Broader disability access targeted at PUC conference
HAMMOND | Going beyond the letter of federal disability laws and striving for universal access at schools and other public facilities will be front and center Tuesday at a free Purdue...

Schneider disability reporting contest now open
The National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University is accepting entries for the second annual Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting...

June 5, 2014

How Disability Is Represented in Theater
At the end of my junior year I began doing work with a group on campus called Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights (WSDR). Although I had never considered myself an activist...

Disability Employment Initiative to Provide $15M in Grants from US Department of Labor
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of labor today announced...

May 29, 2014

Disability discrimination to end on June 30?
Does the axing of the dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner role mean that discrimination against people with disability will go with it? Craig Wallace is doubtful...

How My Disability Made Me a Better Person
Who would I be if I never had MS? I'd be a woman playing tennis with her husband every weekend, and running marathons to raise money for charity. I'd be working full-time at a...

May 22, 2014

Conference focuses on disability hiring
Northeastern University on Tuesday convened experts from industry and academia to discuss the challenges employers face and best practices for hiring people with...

Disability center offers summer job training for students
The disABILITY Resource Center will hold its annual WorkABILITY Academy June 24-July 24 to teach career and life skills to high school students and recent graduates from...

Disability advocates call on party leaders to ensure barrier-free Ontario
Andrea Horwath's New Democrats are the most committed to upholding legislation aimed at making Ontario barrier-free by 2025, but are light on specifics, say accessibility...

How Misunderstanding Disability Leads to Police Violence
On April 29, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to discuss law-enforcement responses to disabled Americans. The committee, chaired by democratic Senator Dick Durbin...

National disability agency opened
People with disabilities should not be on the "margins of society", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. Mr Abbott and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine have opened the...

Indian disability NGOs praised by Mauritius envoy
New Delhi : Indian NGOs are playing a significant role in uplifting the social and economic conditions of people with disability, and other countries can learn from India's...

Disability? I've got a DIFFability
I prefer not to see myself as having a DISability but rather a DIFF(erent)ability. Sure, I appear 'normal', but as an adult I have been diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome...

Disability Network workshop looks at new type of discrimination
Add ableism to the list of "isms" in regard to perspectives on disabilities. In a two-day training session, Michele McGowen and Joanne Johnson of the Disability Network...

April 22, 2014

Disability Doesn't Need Your Pity
As a writer and advocate for people with disabilities and mobile challenges, I have gotten a lot of feedback about my pieces. The positive comments, the relative individual sentiment...

Local business aims to show advantages of hiring disabled workers
As an advocate for disabled workers, Meg O'Connell was able to fight against discrimination. As a business owner, O'Connell is going much further, helping to completely alter the...

Disability did not stem the resolve of 'Tiger of Jelutong', Karpal Singh
A road accident in 2005 left Karpal Singh using a wheelchair and with neuromotor problems in his right arm. But the "fearless tiger" of Malaysian politics and the law kept up his...

April 15, 2014

disAbility Resource Center springs into action
Sunday afternoon was a perfect spring day to enjoy the Heritage Trail and Canal Path in Fredericksburg. Close to 100 people did just that by foot and by wheel to help raise money and...

Disability rights advocates celebrate inclusion of ADA in Civil Rights Summit
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Disability rights advocates who championed to be included as a a part of the Civil Rights Summit celebrated a victory Tuesday afternoon. The advocates said they're happy...

Uniting Disability. Let's Create Change
I have been having mounting difficulties with trying to handle the transportation issues that come with being in an electric wheelchair and being of low-income. Apparently the options...

Disability Rights Advocates Get Speaker At...
Organizers of the civil rights summit hosted at the LBJ Library added a speaker on disability rights just days leading up to the event. KEYE TV told you last Thursday about disability...

April 3, 2014

Disability Studies: Hot Topic on Campus
Disability, the subject of new federal hiring guidelines set to take effect this month, is already a hot topic on the campus of Cornell University's School of Industrial and...

Disability advocates seek funding increase
As lawmakers decide what to do with a projected $1.2 billion budget surplus, advocates for people with disabilities say it's time to help boost funding for those who take care of the...

Disability insurer launches fundraising campaign for U.S. Paralympics
HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 5, 2014--U.S. Paralympic snowboarders Evan Strong and Amy Purdy take flight in The Hartford's new television commercials and...

Disability Insurance Reform: Ending Idleness As We Know It
There has been no lack of partisan disagreement this year about the costs and benefits of the U.S. "entitlement state." Congressional Republicans succeeded in limiting...

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is...

Disability advocate will speak at Genesis
He played in a high school basketball game one night and awoke the next day with a numb toe. Then the numbness moved up both of the 15-year-old New Jersey boy's legs...

Disability is no barrier, says top academic
A PhD student from Hampshire diagnosed with a debilitating condition at the age of seven said "disability is no barrier" as he looks to inspire others to overcome adversity...

Learning disability students saddle-up for show premiere
Dark Horse theatre company artistic director Vanessa Brooks is a passionate believer that actors with learning disabilities can do their job as well as anyone else. The group is...

Kane County voters reject disability tax
Kane County residents voted against a 0.1 percent property tax that would have generated about $12 million annually to fund services for the developmentally disabled. With all...

Disability inclusion and disaster risk management
It has already been one week that I am in the Philippines now! Time goes fast but I've learned a lot about CBM's programmes in the region (more on that later), and hopefully...

Disability rights activists at UNC speak out against hurtful language
The words echoed in her head. "There goes the retard rocket!" a rowdy group of middle school students shouted in reference to the bus in front of theirs. Sierra was ecstatically...

New disability, vet employment rules go into effect today
New rules requiring federal contractors, including Boeing and AT&T, to target employing a minimum percentage of disabled workers and veterans take effect Monday. Federal...

Developmental disability advocates urge lawmakers to invest in Florida's communities
FORT PIERCE - The Arc of Florida, The Arc of St. Lucie County and Florida Developmental Disabilities Council unveiled a plan designed to ensure that Floridians with...

Disability expo highlights services
HUNTINGTON -- Misty Simms spent years struggling to find services and information that would help her properly take care of her disabled son Caelan, and five years ago...

State agency, Disability Rights Center at odds
A recent news conference led by prominent Topeka disability-rights advocate Rocky Nichols and the subsequent response by a state agency spokeswoman has highlighted...

Disability no handicap for this Rajasthan youth
Manoj Machra was born with no hands. In normal circumstances, someone with his disability would have accepted his fate and moved on, but not this 17-year-old: He hopes to...

VA Disability Claims Backlog Drops by 44 Percent
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 - One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs...

April 1, 2014

Fine Print: Disability Rights NJ V. NJ Department of Education Finally Settled
Consent agreement reached after seven years aims to reduce NJ's high number of special-needs students in segregated settings gavel What it is: Filed in 2007, the federal...

Pioneering disability sports event hosted by Aspire Springers
Aspire Springers Trampoline Club is hosting a unique clinic for sports coaches throughout the county who are looking to work with disabled gymnasts. Aspire, which was...

Does Autism Make Moms Parent Differently?
A new study suggests that moms of kids with autism address their children's behavior differently than parents of kids without the developmental disorder. Researchers...

Disability rights: 'Disabled persons account for 15% of population'
FAISALABAD: "The government must legislate comprehensively to help people with disabilities," Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) Programme...

Living with a disability: a conversation with Stacey Milbern
It is my great honor to share my interview with Stacey Milbern, who will be presenting the Annual Shriver Lecture at UCSF's 13th Annual Developmental Disabilities: An Update...

A Day in the Life of a Disability Case Manager
Since 1966, PRIDE Industries' goal has been to create meaningful work for people with disabilities-and in the process, help individuals rise above them. PRIDE's founding...

The Cloak of Visible Disability
Now this is a concept I just cannot wrap my mind around. If you have a visible disability, especially if you happen to use any sort of adaptive equipment like a wheelchair...

Goodwill workers overcome disability and help others
Goodwill announced a new partnership with the Red Cross of Central PA. Now families in the area who lost their homes will be able to use local Goodwill stores to help replace...

University disability services underused
Learning disorders present major challenges to students achieving their goals, whether academic or professional. But many students with learning disabilities don't seek help...

Disability doesn't affect Hopkins swimmer's courage
What's it like to walk out of a high school sporting event feeling like everyone has won? Swimmers from Hopkins and Edina found out recently in the last Lake Conference dual...

Redefining Normal: Ways Museums Discuss Eugenics & Disability
Eugenics is a complicated topic. One of the most recognizable and horrifying examples of eugenics is the "racial cleansing" performed by the Nazis before and during WWII...

March 28, 2014

Big gaps in justice system for people with disabilities - new report
El Gibbs reports on the Human Rights Commission's latest findings on the problems people with disability face when dealing with Australia's criminal justice system...

BWho Should Speak For The Disability Community?
On any given day, the feeds of my social media accounts are brimming with resources, stories, and motivation about disabled people: parenting tips, educational advice...

National Trends in Disability Employment 2013 Review/2014 Preview
WEST ORANGE, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 6, 2014) - Although there are reasons for optimism, the job picture for people with disabilities remains uncertain entering 2014...

New Bundaberg disability project unveiled by minister
Plans have ben unveiled today for a ground-breaking project in Bundaberg that will replace traditional disability-only housing, as part of the Newman Government's...

Disability and the Starfish
Did you know that roughly 20% of the U.S. population is disabled and on Disability? That's nearly 11 million people. If a population that size formed a state...

Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities
Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed -- or undiagnosed -- learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately...

Job Report Finds More With Disabilities Unemployed
The jobless rate for Americans with disabilities trended sharply upward for the first month of 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. Unemployment rose to...

Books for Explaining Disability to Children
One of the obstacles a family might face when bringing home a child with a disability is how to explain the disability to the children already at home. Whether they're...

Born Deaf, Overton's Disability Doesn't Affect Her Passion
When the pre-game music blares from the loudspeaker, or when Newnan Lady Cougar basketball coach Lavarrett Pearson yells instructions to his team, junior...

Learning disability youngsters advice in Keighley
Adults with learning disabilities in Keighley have been advising young people about services available to them. Members of People First Keighley and Craven visited...

Disability Recreation Unity Movement's new HQ to be unveiled in Southwold Road
The newly decorated headquarters of the charity DRUM (Disability Recreation Unity Movement) will be unveiled on Friday. The charity's base at Parkgate Community...

Disability no barrier to Sophie's swim success
Hundreds of children took part in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon in Hamilton yesterday, but the achievement was extra special for one young swimmer. Sophie Ridgway, 9...

Disability study shows flaws
The Australian justice system is failing people with disabilities, both victims and offenders, the Australian Human Rights Commission argues in a new report. The Equal...

Disability is no barrier for committed helper
Nichola McDonald-Bell is one of those kind-hearted souls who dedicates time every week to keeping company individuals who have been identified as feeling cut off...

New workplace disability research centre launched
A new research centre has been launched to develop evidence-based policy options that will allow Canada's current disability policy system to provide better income...

African leaders commit to the rights of people with disabilities
The rights of people living with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities in Africa, received a boost today at the conclusion of the first ever African Leaders Forum...

8 Steps to Accepting Your Disability
Hi, my name is Darryl Partridge, and I am disabled. There, I said it, but what does it mean? Disabled is a generalization. Does it mean I am incapable of doing anything...

Disability and development: our voices must be heard
For many people with disabilities across the world, development through education programmes just isn't available or accessible to them. But this must change. We talk to...

Climbing to the stars
A young woman from York who was born with one arm is defying the odds to become world-class at para-climbing. Sianagh Gallagher, 16, who is a member of Team GB...

Global Disability Inclusion, LLC Named DirectEmployers Association's Newest Strategic Partner
SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., Feb. 11, 2014 PRNewswire -- Recognizing the importance of empowering people with disabilities by developing and uncovering new employment...

Darlington Powerchair Football Club receive funding boost from Sport England
A NEW disability sport team has been awarded a funding boost by Sport England to help them increase the number of people who can take part. Darlington Powerchair...

Zimbabwe: 'Disability Forum a Success'
President Mugabe has described the just-ended African Leaders Forum on Disability in Lilongwe, Malawi as a success. He was speaking to journalists at Kamazu...

Equal Before the Law: Towards Disability Justice Strategies
The Australian Human Rights Commission Report, Equal before the law: Towards disability justice strategies, is now available on line at...

Disability charity welcomes learning disability storyline in Call the Midwife
This Sunday's episode of BBC series Call The Midwife, examines the discrimination faced by people with disabilities in the 1950s, with its tale of a love affair between...

National Disability Institute Applauds President Obama's Inclusion of Workers With Disabilties in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contractors
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 12, 2014) - National Disability Institute, the first national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to building a better...

My Son's Disability Defines Him (and why I'm okay with that)
I'm sensitive to words. I think they're interesting. I think they're fun. I love that words have meanings behind their meanings. I love that definitions are so inadequate...

Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds President Obama's inclusion of workers with disabilities in executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors.
Washington, DC - February 12th, 2014 - The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the premier national advocacy organization run by and for Autistic Americans, issued...

Four of the Best Apps for People with Disabilities
One of the greatest parts about the prevalence of evolving personal technology is that it makes disabilities less obvious. The same applications that provide convenience...

DOJ accepting comments for revised definition of disability
The Department of Justice announced January 30 that it has opened a public comment period for a proposed rule implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments...

Tap the disability rights movement's untapped power
Modern corporate capitalism has given rise to much of what Karl Marx and Frederick Engels highlighted over 150 years ago. For example, the commodification of everything...

Baylor's Austin seeing success despite disability
WACO, Texas - Isaiah Austin came to the stark realization as a teenager that he'd never again see out of his right eye. Multiple operations couldn't fix the detached retina...

Disabilities: Living with poor sight has its challenges, and Lennox Allen is tired of doing 'pretty well'
Lennox Allen is a 43-year-old African-American Moscow resident who was born with a low-vision disability "with a long Latin name," ectopia pupillae. Essentially, the pupils...

Fourth Circuit becomes first court to apply expanded disability definition
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled January 23 that a "sufficiently severe temporary impairment" may constitute a disability, becoming the first appellate...

Look Past the Disability to the Ability
With the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games on the horizon, BBDO Toronto has released a TV spot that compels viewers to look past the disabilities of Paralympic...

'The Fonz' makes it a happy day at Batavia school
Students at a Batavia elementary school got a special treat this Valentine's Day when author and actor Henry Winkler stopped by to discuss his best-selling book series about...

Disability Sport in Weymouth and Portland is Set to Receive a Welcome Boost
Disability sport in Weymouth and Portland is set to receive a welcome boost after Chesil Sailability received an £8,820 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment...

Disability consultant: St. Paul Saints ballpark may be most accessible in the nation
When the St. Paul Saints throw out the first pitch at the new regional ballpark in Lowertown next year, they won't just be doing so at one of the more advanced baseball stadiums...

BHS student with blindness doesn't let disability hold her back
Katelyn Strangstalien doesn't remember what most things look like. But she can still picture her grandparent's farm house in Houston, Minn.; the fields she ran through...

Ayman Farghaly: Translating disability into ability
When optimism becomes the spark of a person's dreams anything turns out to be possible. Ayman Farghaly has succeeded in grabbing the media's attention in the last few...

Girl stays positive despite disability, looks online for financial help
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Imagine losing the ability to walk or move your arms, all at 8-years-old. It's a scary reality facing a Bloomington girl. She's staying positive and turning...

Boy With No Friends Scores Over A Million 'Likes'
When a Michigan boy with special needs said he didn't want a birthday party because he had no friends, his mom turned to Facebook and found him more than a million...

Events for people with disabilities
As part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series, the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc. will host author and University of Toledo Professor Kim E. Nielsen...

Identify hearing disability at early stage, says US expert
The difficulty experienced by children in hearing should be identified at an early age to provide necessary care, according to Lois Heymann, Director of Auditory Processing...

Artists with a disability benefit from unique program
Local artists with a disability are currently enjoying a two week residency at Bankstown Arts Centre thanks to $9800 in funding from Bankstown Sports' ClubGRANTS...

Marin officials approve $15 million disability access settlement
In what some called a landmark legal settlement, Marin County officials have agreed to spend at least $15 million over 15 years to improve access for the disabled at county...

Americans with Disability Still Shut Out Of Workforce
Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programmes to...

Survey Finds Just 1 In 3 With Intellectual Disabilities Employed
Adults with intellectual disabilities are struggling to find their place in the workforce, according to a new Gallup survey finding that two-thirds have no job. Of those who are...

Fourth Circuit Upholds ADAAA's Broad Definition of "Disability"
Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) over five years ago on Sept.17, 2008. The act's stated purpose was to reinstate "a broad...