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Trump Administration and Republican Leadership Get Green Light to Cut Billions from the Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) gave the Trump administration and Republican leadership the green light to cut federal spending on children’s health care by $7 billion, including $2 billion in cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Contingency Fund and $800 million in cuts to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). In the last 6 months, the ...
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Veteran Soldier Ride Participants to be Honored at White House

More than 70 veterans with The Wounded Warrior Project will visit the White House this week to be honored during an annual ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump, as part of the ongoing festivities surrounding Soldier Ride. Soldier Ride is a four-day adaptive cycling program that takes place each year in Washington DC. Wounded veterans are each tasked with riding ...
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Deep Learning Project Using AWS DeepLens to Translate American Sign Language Alphabet to Speech

At the intersection of technology and American Sign Language Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently held a hackathon challenging people to put DeepLens, the first Artificial Intelligence camera, to good use. One couple came up with the ability to translate ASL into speech using DeepLens and SageMaker. And Amazon just announced DeepLens will be available to the public in June for $249. Sally Revell ...
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New Font Combines Braille with Existing Characters

Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters.  This typeface communicates to both the sighted and blind in the same font. Braille Neue Standard is for English alphabet and Braille Neue Outline is for Japanese and English. Braille Neue founder Kosuke Takahashi‘s aim is to use this universal typeset for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 ...
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Salvation Army to pay $55,000 to settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

When Good Organizations do Bad – Salvation Army Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant at Wasilla Store Due to His Intellectual Disability   According to the EEOC’s suit, the Salvation Army, a global humanitarian organization, refused to hire Eric Yanusz as a donation attendant, an entry-level position, at its Wasilla, Alaska thrift store. The position required no prior experience and ...
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Milestone or Minefield? Hawaii Passes Aid-In-Dying Bill

Hawaii’s State Legislature passed a fiercely-debated bill on Thursday that will allow those suffering with terminal illnesses to determine for themselves whether or not it’s time for them to end their own lives. House Bill 2739, the “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” which was openly supported and endorsed by Governor David Ige (D), allows those who are terminally ill ...
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Diabetic Alert Service Dogs Sniff More Than Crotches and Butts

Dogs sure do love to sniff stuff, don’t they? The sidewalk, trees, fire hydrants, bits of canine and human anatomy we probably shouldn’t mention here… dogs seem to poke their noses around with reckless abandon and an utter disregard for humility. But what if dogs could use their impeccable sense of smell for something other than finding great spots ...
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New Emojis Representing People with Disabilities Proposed by Apple

Person in Manual Wheelchair; Deaf Sign; Person with White Cane; Prosthetic Leg: Service Dog with Vest and Leash. Person in Power Wheelchair; Ear with Hearing Aid; Guide Dog with Harness; Prosthetic Arm Working with American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf, Apple’s submission to Unicode: Apple is requesting the addition ...
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Vision Enhancing Relúmino Needs to be Seen

Relúmino, named for the Latin word meaning ‘to return back the light’, is now a visual aid app for people with low vision. VR + APP = SEE Relúmino is a visual aid app used with virtual reality devices for people with low vision. By running the Relúmino app on a mobile phone connected to a wearable Samsung Gear ...
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Oksana Masters Wins Gold with Broken Arm

Oksana Masters won her second Paralympic Gold Medal in Middle Distance Cross Country ski event — Plus elected U.S. Flag Bearer for Closing Ceremony! (18 Mar 2018) Unofficially, it’s reported Masters has 5 broken bones in her arm. With arm wrapped for support, Masters fought the pain to win the Cross Country Sit Ski sprint event earning the Gold ...
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NATIVE Hotels and ABILITY Magazine are Partnered to Expand Awareness for the Need and Benefits in Accessible Destinations

Since 2010, NATIVE Hotels have worked with clients, hoteliers and engineers to provide better experiences for all. Your accessible journey begins on an accessible website, perhaps as accessible as NATIVE’s, where you can browse the Internet without looking at the screen, without touching the keyboard and without talking to the computer. Simply by blowing, touching any key or emitting ...
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Paralyzed Veterans of America Fight Rolling Back Airlines Required Tracking of Lost and Damaged Wheelchairs

Paralyzed Veterans of America et al. v. U.S. DOT As Paralyzed Veterans’ Case Against Administration Moves Forward, Veterans are Going To Washington To Lobby Congress Democracy Forward filed a petition for a writ of mandamus on behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in their case against the Department of Transportation (DOT) for unlawfully rolling back a rule requiring ...
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Israeli Doctors Restore Eyesight to the Blind in Papua New Guinea

A team of medical experts from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer just returned from a successful medical humanitarian mission to Papua New Guinea where they performed over 80 vision-restoring eye surgeries. The mission was led by the Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response at Sheba Medical Center. heba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel’s national hospital, just ...