Archive for February, 2012

February 29th, 2012

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People With Disabilities Key to President’s Plan for Insourcing

Political rhetoric heated up last week following the release of President Obama’s proposed corporate tax reform plan. Could one provision, designed to encourage U.S. manufacturers to bring outsourced jobs back to American shores, help spur employment opportunities for people with disabilities? CNN White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin provided a succinct rundown of the whole plan [...]

February 28th, 2012

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Microsoft Assistive Technology Bloggers Take Show on the Road

Microsoft’s Daniel Hubbell and Gary Moulton have been road-tripping to the 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference being held this week at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), but don’t panic if all the hype leading up to Sunday’s Academy Awards and NBA All-Star Game has kept you from checking in on their [...]

February 27th, 2012

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A Moving Day for People With Disabilities in Illinois

A Chicago-area man is finally getting the opportunity to learn what it feels like to live in his own home, following a victory in federal court that enables people with disabilities to use their government support payments to move into community housing. David Cicarelli was the lead plaintiff in a 2005 class action suit seeking [...]

February 24th, 2012

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Columnist Calls for Inclusion, Not Isolation of Children With Disabilities

A Huffington Post columnist made an impassioned plea to parents of children with disabilities in her Wednesday column, urging them to consider the long-term benefits of including children with disabilities in schools and other mainstream social activities. Carla Lohr can talk about what it’s like for a child with disabilities from two different perspectives: her [...]

February 23rd, 2012

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British Actress With Disability Plays Starring Roles Onscreen and Off

There has been a new wave of British television shows about the English aristocracy reaching American shores of late. And while “Downton Abbey” is garnering most of the buzz for its nighttime soap-opera story lines and ornate set decoration, another BBC drama is looking to ride its coattails to success, with one of its actresses [...]

February 22nd, 2012

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UVM’s Think College Program Latest TPSID Grant Success Story

WCAX-TV reporter Keith McGilvery filed a two-part report last week that demonstrated the social and academic benefits of the college and university programs made possible by the Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant which, as we posted yesterday, is in danger of having its funding dropped from the federal budget [...]

February 21st, 2012

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College Program Funding for Students With Disabilities in Doubt

Katy Hopkins of the U.S. News and World Report wrote last week that President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal did not include funding for the Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant, raising questions about the future of this experimental program at its midway point. Since the 2010 fiscal year, TPSID grants [...]

February 20th, 2012

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Advocates for People With Disabilities Focus on State, Federal Policies

Hundreds of people turned out on the steps of the Capitol building in Atlanta last Thursday with umbrellas in hand and a single purpose in mind: to get the state to do more to help people with disabilities in the state of Georgia. February 16 was Georgia’s 14th Annual Disability Day, and while the rain [...]

February 17th, 2012

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Award-Winning App Boosts Communication, Confidence

Congratulations to Assistiveware. The Netherlands-based company announced yesterday that its Proloquo2Go smartphone application won the 2011 “Best App Ever” award in the Special Needs category. While the award name suits the hyperbolic nature of online culture, the process by which the award winners are determined is kept pretty pure — especially by online awards standards [...]

February 16th, 2012

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People With Disabilities Being Denied Equal Voting Facilities, Says Blogger

An Arkansas blogger is calling attention to inequities at voting stations in the community where she resides; which she says government funds have already been allocated to correct and are in violation of federal law. Elaine Canady blogs about issues affecting people with disabilities for the Helena Daily World in Helena, Arkansas, a town with [...]

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