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CDC media briefing on autism spectrum disorder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.
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ABILITY Magazine Wins the International 2014 da Vinci Award

Months of nominating, judging and YouTube video viewing culminated with finalists from across the U.S, France, India, Italy, Switzerland and England coming together at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan, for the announcement of the 2014 da Vinci Award winners. And ABILITY Magazine wins! ABILITY Magazine — ‘print you can hear’; Winning in the communications and ...
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Drug Addiction and Crime Paying a High Price – More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses

In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found that at least 3,278 prisoners fit this category in federal and state prisons combined. In the state of Florida we have 270 inmates serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses” ...
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DOL Announces New Regulations to Improve Disability and Veterans Employment

Vice President Biden announced two new rules that represent an historic advance for veterans and individuals with disabilities. By strengthening longstanding regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the new rules will ensure that qualified workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and keep good jobs. For the ...
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An Invitation from FEMA to Join the National Preparedness Community

September is National Preparedness Month and FEMA invites you to join the National Preparedness Community and download the 2013 National Preparedness Month Toolkit The National Preparedness Community is where more than 28,000 people connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness. You can use the community and the Toolkit to empower yourself to prepare and coordinate preparedness activities with your family, ...
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World’s “Braille Bible” updated after 23 years

The world’s most comprehensive braille reference book, World Braille Usage, has been updated for the first time in 23 years – and now includes more braille codes for indigenous languages from every corner of the globe. An ambitious effort, World Braille Usage, 3rd Edition is an international compilation of language codes for the reading and writing system of raised ...
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Harkin Statement on 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Harkin was the Senate sponsor of the ADA and delivered the first-ever Senate floor speech in American Sign Language upon Senate passage of the law. Harkin recorded ...
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White House Highlights “Champions of Change”

The White House honors eight “Champions of Change” who embody the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This next generation of leaders for the disability community represents the progress that has been made as a result of the ADA and the continued struggle for full equality. They are advocates, role models and true champions for their cause. ...
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United Nations Turns to Israel’s Beit Issie Shapiro for Inclusion Advice

The United Nations turned to leading Israeli disabilities non-profit organization Beit Issie Shapiro for advice on the inclusion of people with disabilities. Giving Beit Issie Shapiro’s first ever presentation to the UN, Executive Director Jean Judes, spoke about Community Based Rehabilitation and the organization’s innovations to help include children and adults with disabilities in society. Amongst these innovations is ...
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United Nations Partners with ABILITY to Raise Awareness

ABILITY Awareness in conjunction with the United Nations’ Department of Public Information hosted a panel discussion: The Art of Engagement, on Friday July 19th as part of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The panel described as, an entertaining approach to building awareness through music, theater, humor and various visual arts stimulates attention to an ...
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Have you bought any pet food from Natura Pet Products?

Since March, Natura Pet Products have issued 4 recalls due to Salmonella. On June 18th, they issued a press release recalling specific lots of dry pet food, citing the potential for the food to be contaminated with Salmonella, after routine testing performed by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella. On March 18th, the company issued a ...

Interviews During the United Nations 5th States Session on the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities

From international business leaders like Adobe; to country representatives of Chile and Egypt; to a non-governmental organization leader from Qatar, each speaking about their views of moving forward in advocacy, policy and technology during the UN CRPD 5th States Session. Interviews include: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility at Adobe Systems; Tom Smith, Ephox Corporation; Mohamed Bahaa Eldin Chaheen ...

Safak Pavey of Turkey interview

First Lady Michelle Obama, Safak Pavey of Turkey and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards in Washington, DC. Pavey, one of the honorees, is a journalist, writer and politician. She is a member of the Parliament representing Istanbul. She is the first Turkish member of the United Nations Committee on the ...
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New Study: Workers with Disabilities Add Business Benefits

NEW YORK, February 7, 2013 – Companies that employ people with disabilities reap numerous benefits, according to a study by The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Active recruiting and retention of employees with disabilities, including veterans, can both significantly expand the pool of talent and create new business opportunities, ...
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EEOC Issues Revised Publications on the Employment Rights of People with Specific Disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued four revised documents on protection against disability discrimination, pursuant to the goal of the agency’s Strategic Plan to provide up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws. The documents address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. These ...
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Hurricane Preparedness

Free online toolkit and Pledge to Prepare to help spread the word and take action Officially, the 2013 hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30. Since severe weather can occur at anytime and anywhere, the time to formulate how you will respond is now. It is important to know about the hazards and risks associated with ...