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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

Interviews During the United Nations 5th States Session on the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities

From international business leaders like Adobe; to country representatives of Chile and Egypt; to a non-governmental organization leader from Qatar, each speaking about their views of moving forward in advocacy, policy and technology during the UN CRPD 5th States Session. Interviews include: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility at Adobe Systems; Tom Smith, Ephox ... Read more

Safak Pavey of Turkey interview

First Lady Michelle Obama, Safak Pavey of Turkey and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards in Washington, DC. Pavey, one of the honorees, is a journalist, writer and politician. She is a member of the Parliament representing Istanbul. She is the first Turkish member of the ... Read more

Global Treaty to Protect People With Disabilities Fails to Pass US Senate

On this year’s recent International Day of Disability, there was an extra effort to get out the vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the US Senate to protect the 160 million young people around the world who live with disabilities.  It brought attention to the fact that, ... Read more

New Study: Workers with Disabilities Add Business Benefits

NEW YORK, February 7, 2013 – Companies that employ people with disabilities reap numerous benefits, according to a study by The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Active recruiting and retention of employees with disabilities, including veterans, can both significantly expand the pool of talent ... Read more

EEOC Issues Revised Publications on the Employment Rights of People with Specific Disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued four revised documents on protection against disability discrimination, pursuant to the goal of the agency’s Strategic Plan to provide up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws. The documents address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with cancer, diabetes, ... Read more

Hurricane Preparedness

Free online toolkit and Pledge to Prepare to help spread the word and take action Officially, the 2013 hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30. Since severe weather can occur at anytime and anywhere, the time to formulate how you will respond is now. It is important to know about the ... Read more

The Affordable Care Act – Second Annual Report

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the second Affordable Care Act annual report detailing millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare have lower costs on prescription drugs and improved benefits in 2012. Since the law’s enactment, 6.1 million Americans with Medicare who reached the Part D coverage gap, ... Read more

Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes ... Read more