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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

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announces NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship winners

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announced the winners of the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. There are four scholarships for the fall of 2013 to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities pursuing communication or media-related degrees. The program was launched to encourage more ... 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 by Perkins

Circa 2006 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

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