Senator Markey Demands Elon Musk Reinstate Twitter’s Accessibility Team

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Twitter, a multi-million user social media platform is at the center of controversy once again. This time its Accessibility Team is at the core for concern. Under Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, Twitter’s Accessibility Team has been eliminated and Senator Edward J. Markey has taken action in form of a letter to Musk. Twitter ... Read more

Uber Sued for Overcharging People with Disabilities — Justice Department Settlement Agreement

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Uber commits to changes and pays millions to resolve Justice Department lawsuit for overcharging people with disabilities, The Department of Justice (DOJ) had filed a lawsuit alleging Uber violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination by private transportation companies. According to the complaint, Uber began charging passengers wait time fees in ... Read more

DOJ and EEOC Warn: Artificial Intelligence Tools Can Violate the ADA

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The Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each released a technical assistance document about disability discrimination when employers use artificial intelligence (AI) and other software tools to make employment decisions. Employers use AI in selecting employees, performance monitoring and determining pay or promotions. Computer software is used to score applicants’ ... Read more

Dr. Liberman and Psychosocial Rehabilitation

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When most people think of treatment for individuals with severe mental illnesses such as recurrent depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, they imagine physician visits, medications or perhaps some sessions with a counselor. Rarely do they think of drama programs, community college classes or role-play groups for making friends and dating. Yet, there is increasing ... Read more

Dr. Robert P. Liberman on Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Robert P. Liberman, M.D. is one of the fathers of the rehabilitation movement in psychiatry. For the past 25 years he has directed the UCLA Center for Research on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Psychosis, where he studies skills training and other treatments for individuals with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia. Diagnosed with bipolar II ... Read more

Fern Field – Her Approach, a Winning Achievement

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When “Maude’s Reunion” aired on February 21, 1977, none of us who worked on the show knew it would set off a domino effect that would change our industry’s perception of people with disabilities. And I, working as a first assistant to the executive producer, Rod Parker, certainly didn’t know it would launch a ... Read more

Jason George: Grey’s Anatomy, Diversity, Advocate

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When actor Jason George isn’t busy saving lives as Dr. Ben Warren on Grey’s Anatomy, he finds other ways to help. He champions diversity in the entertainment industry, guides at-risk youth, and raises funds for cancer research. He’s also a classically trained stage actor, who’s landed over 50 guest roles on primetime television, including ... Read more

Bold. Brazen. Bankrupt!

Bold. Brazen. Bankrupt
We’re living in a world where people who previously breezed by in the shadows, and at other times boldly marched the red carpet, are being revealed for who they truly are: morally bankrupt individuals. Whether drugging women, molesting children, or otherwise harming others from their pedestal of power and prestige, they’re now being outed ... Read more

Living in the Travel Lane

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By the time you read this column, my “new” Yamaha Super Ténéré will have 100,000 miles on the clock, and 80,000 of them accrued in 2017. That averages out to 220 miles every single day of the year. It has certainly been a year of living in the travel lane for me. I shared ... Read more

Dr. Ricardo Guinea – Psychosocial Rehabilitation

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Around the world there are vastly different ways people with mental health issues receive treatment. At worst, they’re removed from their families and institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals, given sub-par treatment and alienated from society. But the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), an international non-governmental agency, is working diligently to educate countries and practitioners ... Read more

Steve Rohr – Inclusive Communicator

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On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon ABILITY met with Steve Rohr. He showed up with a very welcomed ball of positive energy. Rohr mastered communications at school and continues to master it in life as he navigates through the world of diversity, a historically resisted topic. “I looked at the world, and I never wanted ... Read more

ABILITY Magazine and ABILITY Corps at the UN’s CRPD: Talking Unconscious Bias

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United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD/COSP10), ABILITY Corps and ABILITY Magazine hosted a panel titled: Unconscious Bias, Perceptions and Non-inclusion. Panelists consisted of: Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; a faculty member at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human ... Read more

Syrian Refugees–“We Left Everything Behind”

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One hundred fifty-three years ago, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman issued his definitive statement on war: “War is Hell.” In 2013, Syrian Christians and Damascus residents 14-year-old Mariamma (Mary) and her 16-old brother Outha (Joseph) were caught in the middle of a battle between rebels and government forces. They decided to split up. While ... Read more

#Payit4ward

Los Angeles welcomed BMW in honoring four women who #Payit4ward, co-hosted by MADE Magazine. On a sunny afternoon, after people had the opportunity to test drive classy BMW’s, we shared mimosas and got to know the women being honored. The four women have made an impact in the business world and their communities: Kalika Yap is ... Read more

DANNY WOODBURN — A Happyish Guy

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Woodburn being frisked before the interview, found several disturbing objects, but no weapons Behind the scenes of Hot Flash with Lia Martirosyan playing the fed-up home owner He was always the joker: First to make his mother laugh, and then comedy club audiences. Roles in college plays led to the New York stage, and then to a ... Read more