Archive for December, 2011

December 30th, 2011

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I’m in the Band: People With Disabilities Playing Music

A couple of inspiring stories about people with disabilities learning and performing music close out our 2011 coverage. The first comes from down in Louisiana, where everyone seems to have the same musical ambitions as Eric Mathews. The 39-year old man, who resides in an independent-living apartment complex for people with disabilities, tells Shreveport Times [...]

December 29th, 2011

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Fitness Opportunities for People With Disabilities Impact Body and Spirit

What resolutions are you making for the New Year? In just a couple of days, the calendar turns over, and many of us take it as an opportunity to start fresh on goals that will improve our quality of life. Resolutions to live a healthier life predominate any top 10 list you’ll find: losing weight, [...]

December 28th, 2011

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Employees With Disabilities Prove Worth in China

A story about people with disabilities working at Papa John’s or Dairy Queen could come from almost any city in the continental United States. But even though it’s the largest city in the world, Shanghai, China, is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about fast food meccas or employment opportunities for [...]

December 27th, 2011

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Green Jobs for People With Disabilities

If you have the urge to make a fresh start in 2012 by cleaning the clutter out of your house, keep in mind that a lot of the things tucked away in basements, attics, crawlspaces, and storage sheds can be refurbished for continued use or recycled to keep toxic materials out of landfills, including your [...]

December 23rd, 2011

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Independent Living Options Gain Ground in Midwest

Advocates for giving people with disabilities the opportunity to live independently received some good news earlier this week, when Federal Judge Joan Lefkow approved a consent decree that will allow 1,100 people with disabilities living in Chicago area nursing homes to move out of nursing homes and into the community. Up until the ruling, people [...]

December 22nd, 2011

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The $64 Answer to Outsourcing Jobs to Americans

What would you buy if someone walked up and gave you $704 in cash to do some holiday shopping? The CEO of an new online retailer recently approached shoppers in New York with that very amount of money, along with a challenge to spend it only on American-made products. The benefactor is David Seliktar, founder [...]

December 21st, 2011

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Learning How to Have a Job

Credit for the post title goes to Pam Klink. Her Turnabout Cafe in Owings, Maryland, is one of several stories about people with disabilities succeeding in the work force found in the Southern Maryland News Online article, “Out of the shadows and into the workforce,” which was initially touched upon in yesterday’s post about new [...]

December 20th, 2011

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Door Closes, Window Opens for People With Disabilities in Maryland

Maryland agencies supporting people with disabilities received some disheartening information heading into the holiday season, when news broke in November that the state government’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) had somehow overlooked a $34 million budget surplus and even ended up returning $25 million to the state’s General Fund. Reporter Scott Daugherty puts an all-too human [...]

December 19th, 2011

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Hungering for Success: People With Disabilities Working for Better Future in Kitchens

Warning: This post contains graphic depictions of delicious foods being prepared that may cause your mouth to water. We’ve got food on the brain thanks to the American Training VanWay program, which just completed its fifth annual can drive for the food banks of Merrimack Valley. The guests who typically use the transportation service to [...]

December 16th, 2011

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Getting to Know Perriello: AAPD Leader Discusses 2012 Agenda

This past Wednesday, The Detroit News published a Q&A between president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Mark Perriello, and McKinzie Brantley, administrator and writer for the paper’s Disability Blog. The wide-ranging discussion covered the organization’s plans and goals during 2012 that will help shape national discussion and policy concerning [...]

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