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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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

The Second International Integrated Art Exhibition for Persons with Disabilities, Wuhan China

Please let us know if you are interested in submitting your artwork to this unique opportunity. Only accepted artists will be asked to attend; airfare is not included, but all costs for accommodations in Wuhan, China will be covered. (see below). Artists do not have to be present to exhibit art or win. Time ... Read more

Blind football rattles Egypt’s one million who have blindness or low vision

The set-up couldn’t have been more perfect. The ball landed softly in front of Mostafa Abdel Rahman and he tapped it forward, picking up speed. He veered left, skilfully picking off the opposing team’s last defender, and then, with only the goalkeeper left ahead of him, took aim at the far corner of the ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

2018 Budget Proposal for Congress — Making Life Harder for Americans with Disabilities?

The Trump administration released its 2018 budget proposal for Congress. (May 23, 2017) Making life harder for Americans with disabilities? A preliminary review of only 3 budget areas raises the following concerns. Medicaid: The budget cuts the Medicaid program by more than $600 billion from the program (which may be on top of $840 ... Read more

Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA to Open First US Hospital for Patients with Down Syndrome

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA has announced its plan to open a hospital in the United States dedicated to caring for patients with Down syndrome. Within a three-year time frame, the organization hopes to open the hospital doors, becoming the first-ever hospital in the United States to specialize in the care and treatment of ... Read more

Inactivity, Isolation and Impact on Daily Life are Top Concerns for People Living with Lupus

World Lupus Federation issued a global report for World Lupus Day highlighting the life-altering effects of lupus and the challenges people with lupus face every day. Almost half of people living with lupus responding to a recent poll* indicated that they worry the most about physical inactivity and social isolation due to the debilitating ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Arkansas Man Asks for Stay of Execution Based On New Evidence of Intellectual Disability

Ledell Lee, a prisoner on death row in Arkansas, submitted a new request to the Arkansas parole board asking for new consideration of his application for clemency in light of new evidence that he has intellectual disability, and because of his innocence. Over the course of his case, his attorneys repeatedly failed to raise ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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.  ... Read more

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 ... Read more

The Supreme Court, rules on providing higher education to special education

The US Supreme Court, in an 8-0 decision in the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District,  ruled in favor of a higher standard of education for children with disabilities. The ruling expands the rights of students, empowers parents as they advocate for their children and provides a nationwide standard for special education. ... Read more