Archive for November, 2012

November 30th, 2012

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New Survey Shows U.S. More Comfortable and Confident About People With Disabilities in Workforce

Public perception of employees with disabilities is increasingly positive, according to results of a new survey released by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. The government-supported public-private partnership issued a press release about the new data, found here on The Sacramento Bee website, in conjunction with an announcement of the launch of the website,, which honors [...]

November 29th, 2012

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Employment for People With Disabilities Taking Next Steps in Wisconsin

Two projects launched earlier this year at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc are making strides toward integrated employment for people with disabilities in this city found on the shores of Lake Michigan. Reporter Cindy Hodgson had separate stories published in last Sunday’s edition of the Manitowoc Herald-Times Reporter, examining how each program is providing career training [...]

November 28th, 2012

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Nevada Agency Makes Changes to Employ More People With Disabilities

Usually, when advocates for people with disabilities talk about changing perceptions, they’re talking about getting people to see these individuals for what they are capable of doing, rather than what they cannot. John Seelmeyer of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly writes that officials in the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation are first attempting [...]

November 27th, 2012

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UN Treaty on Rights of Persons With Disabilities Back on Senate’s Plate

More than 1,200 delegates from 85 countries are in India currently, attending a three-day conference exploring the role community-based rehabilitation can play in helping make life matter more for people with disabilities. A dispatch yesterday from the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) said the opening remarks from India’s secretary of disability affairs in the ministry of [...]

November 26th, 2012

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Contract Services for People With Disabilities Branching Out

Dollar stores and call centers are two job areas where people with disabilities are finding more work these days, according to the recent article, “Disabled workers can be an asset in the workplace, if given a chance,” by Olivera Perkins of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Organizations like the Board of Developmental Disabilities in Cuyahoga have [...]

November 23rd, 2012

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Illinois Working to Improve Vehicle Accessibility for People With Disabilities

If you’re the type of person who woke early this morning to take advantage of the Black Friday bargains, please respect the parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities. The temptation to take that vacant spot right next to the mall entrance is understandable after circling the lot for the fourth time; but keep in [...]

November 21st, 2012

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People With Disabilities and the Fiscal Cliff

Michelle Diament of Disability Scoop noted that The Arc CEO Peter Berns was among those who met with President Obama last week to discuss the issue of the “fiscal cliff.” Berns was invited to give a voice to people with disabilities regarding the impact that steep cuts in federal spending would have on their ability [...]

November 20th, 2012

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Tax Relief Available for Accommodating People With Disabilities

If the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is not renewed in the coming year, as discussed yesterday, there are still other programs that provide tax relief for businesses that encourage hiring people with disabilities. Small businesses have the Disabled Access Credit (DAC) available to make their workplaces more accommodating to a variety of disabilities. The [...]

November 19th, 2012

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Tax Credit for Hiring Veterans and Others With Disabilities Set to Expire at Year’s End

The Internal Revenue Service used last week’s observation of Veteran’s Day to remind businesses that time was running out on the chance to earn a tax credit of nearly $10,000 for hiring a veteran with a disability. As with all things related to the U.S. Tax Code, the rules governing the Vow to Hire Heroes [...]

November 16th, 2012

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Fitness Critical to Work-Life Balance for People With Disabilities

This past Wednesday was World Diabetes Day, an official observation established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to this growing health threat; particularly with regards to Type 2 Diabetes. In the United States alone it is estimated that some 70 million people are at risk of developing [...]

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