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Hackaday – Making an Exo-Skeleton Arm for $100

Our friends at Hackaday always have interesting projects. An affordable Exoskeleton Arm (ExoArm), that will help elderly, people with a disability and workers complete everyday tasks with less exhaustion. I remember watching my grandmother struggling when moving heavy things around when I was younger. So when I was 15, I had big plans on making an exoskeleton arm that ...
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Angel City Sports Expanding the Paralympic Sports Movement in SoCal

Angel City Sports (ACS) offers a year-round schedule of introductory adaptive sport clinics, giving athletes opportunities to participate, learn and train in a variety of sports. Sport clinics and competitions include Archery, Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Track & Field, and Wheelchair Basketball. ACS has a growing inventory of Adaptive Sports equipment to be loaned or rented to other programs and ...
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Anish Kapoor Pledges $1m Genesis Prize to Refugee Causes

  “Jewish Nobel” Laureate Anish Kapoor Pledges $1m Genesis Prize to Refugee Causes The Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) and 2017 Genesis Prize Laureate and world-renowned artist and human rights activist Anish Kapoor announced grants to five prominent NGOs engaged in alleviating the global refugee crisis. The recipient organizations assist refugees globally and include the International Rescue Committee (IRC), led ...
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University of Alabama $10 Million Facility for Adapted Athletics

UA Adapted Athletics Opens Stran-Hardin Arena A lot of news is coming out of Alabama, from politics to football, now comes the first in the nation arena. The Stran-Hardin Arena a two-story facility, named for Drs. Brent Hardin and Margaret Stran, founders of the program, includes a NCAA regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, athletic training room, ...
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Inclusive Dining: Restaurant Table-top Tablets for Accessibility

Applebee’s, National Federation of the Blind, LightHouse for the Blind and E la Carte Collaborate to Make In-Restaurant Table-top Tablets Accessible to Blind Guests E la Carte, Inc., creators of the PrestoPrime EMV System for full-service restaurants, and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar, announced a partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and LightHouse for the Blind and ...
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DOJ Withdraws Disabilities Guidance

The Department of Justice rescinded guidance on a key disability rights law Dec 21st, which required states to promote access to competitive, integrated employment opportunities. The guidance applied the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) integration mandate and the Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision on employment services for people with disabilities. It was integral to helping people with ...
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Facebook — Face Recognition Technology with Accessibility Features

Facebook has created a new way for its users who are blind or have low vision to know more about the photos they encounter. For instance, people using screen readers can identify who are in pictures on Facebook. Facebook also has new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity using face recognition. Powered by the same technology ...
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Tax Bill would eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, cuts to Voc Rehab for PWDs and Medicare

$1.4 trillion to the federal deficit, will trigger automatic cuts to vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, social services and housing programs, and Medicare.   The Senate passed its version of the tax bill and now, with the House, is using a “conference committee” made up of members from both chambers to create a combination bill. Bazelon Center ...
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Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities and their families to establish tax-advantaged savings and investment plans. ABLE accounts ease financial strains by making withdrawals tax-free when used to cover qualified disability expenses such as medical and dental care, education, housing, and transportation. Since the passage of the ABLE Act in December of 2014, more than half of all states ...
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Shane’s Inspiration Social Inclusion Training Tool for Educators

Shane’s Inspiration (SI) Gives Free Digital Training Tool to Help Educators Facilitate Social Interaction for Children with Disabilities on School Campuses. Marnie Norris, SVP of Programs at SI, announced its first professional development training tool to provide educators with the instruction they need to better support social inclusion of differently-abled students on their campuses. This social inclusion training video ...
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Ruderman Inclusion Summit 2017

This years international gathering had 1,400 activists from around the world with the aim to advance disability rights across a wide array of sectors, took place November 19-20 in Boston. A featured panel at the Ruderman Inclusion Summit discussed Hollywood’s most underrepresented minority – people with disabilities – and the need for better disability inclusion in all aspects of ...
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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 ...