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Media Access Awards 2017 – Fern Field Lifetime Achievement Award

The Media Access Awards 2017 hosted by actor Oliver Trevena and Haben Girma. Girma quipt, “public speaking is easy when you can’t see the audience”, she is the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law. MAA was created in 1979 by the California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities along with producer Fern Field and her late husband, ...
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Lupus Clinical Trial Update: New Phase III trial in Lupus Nephritis Underway

There are currently no FDA approved treatments for lupus nephritis; however several promising studies looking at potential treatments are underway. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapies to treat targeted patient populations that are suffering from serious disease with a high unmet medical need, initiated a new study that is accepting eligible participants. ...
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The Open Hearts Foundation Held its Open Hearts Gala in Beverly Hills October 21, 2017

Actress/Philanthropist Jane Seymour Honored Individuals Living with an Open Heart The Open Hearts Foundation held its 2017 Open Hearts Gala in Beverly Hills on Saturday, October 21, with emmy-nominated Mindy Burbano Stearns, formerly of KTLA, serving as the evening’s emcee. The foundation is a nonprofit charity established in 2010 with a mission to help empower people to transform adversity ...
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Tommy Hilfiger offers modified mainstream adaptive apparel

Tommy Hilfiger, has new a line of adaptive apparel for adults, which marks its debut October 18th on tommy.com and offers modified mainstream apparel for differently abled consumers. The adult line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon pieces from the Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collections. Each piece is thoughtfully designed with the end consumer in mind ...
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Uber Teaches American Sign Language (ASL)

When you are matched with a deaf driver, you can learn a few ASL signs in their app. The tool teaches you how to sign basic phrases such as  “I am [your name],” “turn left” and “turn right”  “thank you,” etc… Two years ago, Uber introduced new features designed to better serve deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers and their passengers. ...
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Global Mobility Gala — providing wheelchairs around the world

Global Mobility is providing free wheelchairs to persons with disabilities around the world. Outreach extends to developing nations in need and domestically as well. Global Mobility partnerships include the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, convalescent homes, churches and local missions — world partners include Refugio de Esperanza/ Hope Haven International (Guatemala), the Da Nang ...
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New Bill in Congress to Change ADA, 27 Years Not Enough Time to Comply?!

Congress Wants to Change the Americans with Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act is the most comprehensive and foundational civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Yet, 27 years after it was passed, people with disabilities still face enormous barriers. People with mobility disabilities routinely find ...
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017. “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better ...
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Planes Adapted with Hand Controls

A retired U.S. Army captain who was wounded in combat by an improvised explosive device is one of seven people at Purdue University working to show that their disabilities will not hold them back from taking to the skies. Students in this year’s Able Flight program arrived on campus May 22 and got their first look at the Sky ...
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Be a Part of Team ABILITY Magazine!

Looking for a Sales/Marketing Position? Here’s an opportunity to make a difference doing what you love! This industry is evolving and our focus of shedding light on unconscious bias towards individuals with disabilities is one of its kind. For decades ABILITY Magazine has pushed boundaries and broken limits. The ABILITY Team is looking for eager, self starters, looking to ...
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To Mosquitofish, or Not to Mosquitofish?

Mosquito-borne diseases in the US are West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), Western Equine encephalitis (WEE), and Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE). Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that can cause symptoms ranging from headaches and a fever to paralysis, seizures, coma and even death. Reducing the number of mosquitoes, that are able to spread and amplify these diseases, ...
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ABILITY Magazine and ABILITY Corps at the UN’s CRPD: Talking Unconscious Bias

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 Rights; and the co-director of ...
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Justice Department settles with City of Jackson, MS resolving violations of the Fair Housing Act and ADA

City of Jackson, Mississippi Resolves Lawsuit Over Zoning of Group Homes The Justice Department announced a settlement with the City of Jackson, Mississippi to resolve allegations that the city violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by preventing people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse from living in group homes in most ...
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Teen is Stripped of Visit to UN for Having Autism — Ruderman Family Foundation Calls for Action

Ruderman Family Foundation calls on the United Nations to step in and re-invite 15-year-old Niko Boskovic on tour after UN Educational Pilgrimage for Youth excludes him due to disability The Ruderman Family Foundation, calls on the United Nations to intervene after the UN’s Educational Pilgrimage for Youth, Inc. (UNEPY) Board of Directors’ decided to exclude 15-year-old Niko Boskovic from ...