Archive for March, 2012

March 30th, 2012

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Software Testing Brings Outsourced Jobs to People With Disabilities

When writing about people with disabilities in the labor force, we spend a lot of time talking about how technology aids them in performing daily tasks, navigating the workplace, and communicating with customers and colleagues. But Drake Bennett’s article in Tuesday’s Bloomberg Businessweek examines a job opportunity where people with disabilities can aid in the [...]

March 29th, 2012

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Hiring People With Disabilities a Matter of Making a Good Match

Massachusetts added 9,100 jobs in February, according to this story by New England Cable News reporter, Peter Howe. The state’s 6.9% unemployment rate is one of the best in the nation and is much better than the overall national rate of 8.3%. Such figures prompted a recent guest op-ed in The Boston Globe, appealing to [...]

March 28th, 2012

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National Campaign Promotes Concept of Outsourcing to Americans

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) kicked off its national “Should Be Made in America” campaign on Monday, designed to encourage state and local governments to use domestic labor and resources rather than outsourcing to other countries. contributor Chad Brooks writes that the AAM launched its campaign at the site of the San Francisco-Oakland [...]

March 27th, 2012

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Closing of U.K. Contract Manufacturing Facilities Seen as Loss of Choice for People With Disabilities

One of the more provocative excerpts from Kaliya Franklin’s commentary, “Remploy, disabled workers and political correctness,” published earlier this month on the independent political website,, concerned media coverage of the story that more than 1,700 people with disabilities would be losing their contract manufacturing jobs. After a blow-by-blow account of the BBCNews24 broadcast rife [...]

March 26th, 2012

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U.K. Weighs Pros and Cons of Closing Contract Manufacturing Facilities

News that more than half of England’s Remploy factories were targeted for closure sent shockwaves across Great Britain earlier this month, even as some government officials argued that it would eventually present better employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Remploy is a British government-subsidized organization that primarily employs people with disabilities. The video portion of [...]

March 23rd, 2012

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Investment Expert Says Insourcing to Replace Outsourcing in Manufacturing Sector

A Huffington Post editorial written last week by Jay Pelosky offered an upbeat perspective on the rebound of America’s manufacturing sector, both in the short-term and for the future. Pelosky’s bio identifies him as an investment strategy expert for J2Z Advisory LLC who also sits on the board of the World Policy Institute. In his [...]

March 22nd, 2012

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CEOs Express Regret Over Outsourcing Manufacturing and Assembly Labor

A recent dispatch by Reuters correspondent Scott Malone revealed top executives from some of America’s leading manufacturers second-guessing earlier decisions by themselves and their peers to outsource labor. According to Malone, General Electric CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt’s annual letter to shareholders said the factors in the manufacturing equation have changed in a way that makes [...]

March 21st, 2012

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Woodruff Writes, Readers Respond to ADA Accessibility Updates

PBS senior correspondent Judy Woodruff has been a longtime advocate for people with disabilities. Back in February, we brought attention to her PBS NewsHour segment with Rachel Simon, author of the bestselling novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl. Last week, she ventured onto the Rundown blog to post “Two Hopeful Signs for Americans with [...]

March 20th, 2012

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ADA Updates Provide for Enforcement of Accessibility Standards columnist Patty Kleban’s March 15 article, “Americans with Disabilities Act Kicks Into High Gear,” was one of many fine essays lost amid the last-minute news that hotels would receive a 60-day extension to bring pools into compliance with the new ADA accessibility regulations. For accessibility advocates like Kleban, who is also an instructor at [...]

March 19th, 2012

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People With Disabilities Not Invited to Pool Party Just Yet

On the day when updates to the 1991 American with Disabilities Act’s regulations governing public accessibility were supposed to go into effect, the Justice Department granted hotels a 60-day extension regarding adjustments to swimming pools and whirlpools. USA TODAY travel writer Barbara De Lollis wrote the extension was something that the “hotel industry lobbied hard [...]

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