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Trump SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh Draws Opposition From Disability Groups

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is Picking Up Opposition From Disability Advocacy Groups It goes without saying that any potential Supreme Court pick Donald Trump might have nominated would have surely caused political division in contemporary America, a country with public discourse persistently teetering on the cusp of implosion. And Trump’s recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is no ...
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Toyota’s New Car Share Service: One More Step Toward Tackling Mobility

In the world of corporate charity and advocacy, there are generally three types of companies. First, you have the companies that donate money to causes, sometimes looking for a cushy tax write-off. Next, there are companies that apply their know-how and resources toward advancing causes they believe in. And then there’s Toyota, who really are in a league of ...
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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 ...