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#Payit4ward

Los Angeles welcomed BMW in honoring four women who #Payit4ward, co-hosted by MADE Magazine. On a sunny afternoon, after people had the opportunity to test drive classy BMW’s, we shared mimosas and got to know the women being honored. The four women have made an impact in the business world and their communities: Kalika Yap is ... Read more

Lessons From Israel’s Experience with its National Health Insurance Law and Possible Implications for the U.S. Affordable Care Act

  The key elements and objectives of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law (hereinafter – “the Israeli Law”), which has been in effect since January 1, 1995, are by and large similar to those of the U.S. Affordable Care Act (hereinafter – the U.S. Act”). There are however some fundamental structural differences between the laws ... Read more

BLAKE LEEPER — Fast and Furious and Fun

Blake Leeper stood at the starting block in London and listened as the public address announcer began introductions for the 400 meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Before the announcer even began to speak, the crowd of 85,000 exploded with an escalating roar. But it wasn’t for him. “In Lane 4, from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius.” It was a ... Read more

CHRIS HENDRICKS — Music to my Ears

Sedona World Wisdom Days, held over Martin Luther King weekend last January, were magical. With the stunning red rocks and sacred landscape as a backdrop, attendees gathered to listen to the insights of such inspirational speakers as legendary TV producer Norman Lear, singer-songwriter Indie.Arie, and ABILITY’s own columnist, actress Geri Jewell. Jewell and frequent ABILITY contributor, David Zimmerman, made the trek to ... Read more

CDC media briefing on autism spectrum disorder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.

Advanced technology being used for printed articles to be heard

Magazine editorial can be listened to in several languages. Watch this short video to see how to use your own smartphone to access articles. This may be the new standard for printed magazines. 1st Magazine to VOICEYE Code Editorial from ABILITY Magazine on Vimeo.  

ABILITY Magazine Wins the International 2014 da Vinci Award

Months of nominating, judging and YouTube video viewing culminated with finalists from across the U.S, France, India, Italy, Switzerland and England coming together at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan, for the announcement of the 2014 da Vinci Award winners. And ABILITY Magazine wins! ABILITY Magazine — ‘print you can hear’; ... Read more

The Arc and UCP React to Offensive Language to People with Disabilities in The Wolf of Wall Street

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy released the following statement in response to the use of the r-word and the offensive depiction of cerebral palsy in the new film The Wolf of Wall Street. “The Wolf of Wall Street is getting a lot of attention for how it offends audiences on many levels, but ... Read more

Drug Addiction and Crime Paying a High Price – More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses

In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found that at least 3,278 prisoners fit this category in federal and state prisons combined. In the state of Florida we have 270 inmates serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. “A Living Death: Life ... Read more

DOL Announces New Regulations to Improve Disability and Veterans Employment

Vice President Biden announced two new rules that represent an historic advance for veterans and individuals with disabilities. By strengthening longstanding regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the new rules will ensure that qualified workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and ... Read more

An Invitation from FEMA to Join the National Preparedness Community

September is National Preparedness Month and FEMA invites you to join the National Preparedness Community and download the 2013 National Preparedness Month Toolkit The National Preparedness Community is where more than 28,000 people connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness. You can use the community and the Toolkit to empower yourself to prepare and coordinate ... Read more

Career Site for disABLED

ABILITY Job Fair This is the first platform to emulate the live career fair experience accessible for job seekers with disABILITIES. Accessibility Features: Live Face-to-Face Video/Audio Screen reader, Speech to text in real time, Sign language interpreters on stand-by, and Text based messaging. Register Now abilityJOBS/JobAccess is the leading website dedicated to employment of ... Read more

World’s “Braille Bible” updated after 23 years

The world’s most comprehensive braille reference book, World Braille Usage, has been updated for the first time in 23 years – and now includes more braille codes for indigenous languages from every corner of the globe. An ambitious effort, World Braille Usage, 3rd Edition is an international compilation of language codes for the reading ... Read more

Harkin Statement on 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Harkin was the Senate sponsor of the ADA and delivered the first-ever Senate floor speech in American Sign Language upon Senate passage ... Read more

White House Highlights “Champions of Change”

The White House honors eight “Champions of Change” who embody the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This next generation of leaders for the disability community represents the progress that has been made as a result of the ADA and the continued struggle for full equality. They are advocates, role models and ... Read more

United Nations Turns to Israel’s Beit Issie Shapiro for Inclusion Advice

The United Nations turned to leading Israeli disabilities non-profit organization Beit Issie Shapiro for advice on the inclusion of people with disabilities. Giving Beit Issie Shapiro’s first ever presentation to the UN, Executive Director Jean Judes, spoke about Community Based Rehabilitation and the organization’s innovations to help include children and adults with disabilities in ... Read more

United Nations Partners with ABILITY to Raise Awareness

ABILITY Awareness in conjunction with the United Nations’ Department of Public Information hosted a panel discussion: The Art of Engagement, on Friday July 19th as part of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The panel described as, an entertaining approach to building awareness through music, theater, humor and various visual ... Read more

Harkin — The Benefits of Health Care

THE HEALTH REFORM LAW: MAJOR PROGRESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES Dear ABILITY Readers, The new health reform law, signed by President Obama last month, includes provisions that offer important new protections and choices for individuals with disabilities. These provisions—for which I fought very hard— include, for example, prohibitions on denying insurance coverage based on ... Read more

Have you bought any pet food from Natura Pet Products?

[2014] Since March, Natura Pet Products have issued 4 recalls due to Salmonella. On June 18th, they issued a press release recalling specific lots of dry pet food, citing the potential for the food to be contaminated with Salmonella, after routine testing performed by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella. On ... Read more

Interview with William H. Macy and the Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene from the movie The Sessions

The Sessions, a new film by Ben Lewin, explores a subject that is rarely tackled on TV or the big screen. It is unusual for a number of reasons. Consider first that the inciting situation involves a man who has contracted Polio and, at the age of 38 decides that he doesn’t want to ... Read more