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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 ...
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First of its Kind Dual Robotic Surgery

The world’s first-of-its-kind dual robotic surgery was performed on April 23 at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. The revolutionary dual robotic surgery assisted in the repair of a severe spinal fracture suffered by Aharon Schwartz, a factory worker in Jerusalem who was injured when a steel object pinned him to the ground, fracturing his leg in two places ...
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Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

1 out of 5 people in American have a disability, yet according to the Ruderman Family Foundation White Paper on Disability in Television, 95% of television characters with disabilities are portrayed by non-disabled actors. The Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors and Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 held this event to raise disability awareness in the entertainment industry on how ...
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Toyota’s Partner Robot technologies vision: “freedom of mobility for all, and the joy of self-reliance”

Toyota Launches Rental Service for the Welwalk WW-1000 Rehabilitation Assist Robot in Japan Toyota began installing industrial robots in the 1980s, and since then has applied automobile production and developmental technologies to the advancements of Partner Robot technology, where the robots can be viewed as companions to provide support and to also co-exist with people. In line with the ...
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Unconscious Bias Towards People with Disabilities in the Workplace

What is Unconscious Bias? Every day all of us make countless decisions without even realizing we are doing it.  At any given moment, we can be assaulted with 11 million pieces of information.  Because our brains can only process about 40 items efficiently, we need to rely on shortcuts and past knowledge or experiences to make safe assumptions.  This creates what we call ...
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FDA approves first drug to treat multiple sclerosis — Ocrevus for primary progressive MS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) to treat adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). This is the first drug approved by the FDA for PPMS. Ocrevus is an intravenous infusion given by a health care professional. “Multiple sclerosis can have a profound impact on a person’s life,” ...