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New window: Wheelchair clinic helps toddler gain freedom through mobility

January 27, 2022, CPRF, a Wichita non-profit, helps people with disabilities find employment and independence.

New window: 100 CEOs Now on Board to Advance Disability Inclusion

January 27, 2022, ValdostaDailyTimes: Disability:IN, the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business, today announced that 100 CEOs have signed the CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion as part of Disability:IN’s global ‘ CEOs Are IN ’ campaign. In the letter, CEOs call on peers to follow their lead and evaluate their corporate inclusion progress by taking the Disability Equality Index (DEI).

New window: Accessibility Studies Club raises awareness for accessibility bill

January 26, 2022, TheObserver: The Accessibility Studies Club (ASC) is working to raise awareness for the Healthcare Accessibility Bill that was passed last year. ASC president Amanda Hopkins says that the bill was brought to their attention by CWU student Autumn Straker, and the club felt that it was just the project they were looking for.

New window: The travelers you won't find at airports: Omicron has impeded travel for people with disabilities

January 26, 2022, USAToday: Despite making up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population, travelers with disabilities fear they're being left behind.

New window: Kincart: Do More for Workers With Disabilities

January 26, 2022, DailyUtahChronicle: In 2020, 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed, compared to 61.8% of people without disabilities. People with disabilities are more likely to be employed part time or to be self-employed than those without disabilities. Unemployed people with disabilities recognize the lack of workplace accommodations, and there’s a positive correlation between workplace accommodations and employment status. Since people must work to participate and earn money in our capitalist country, we must improve workplace accessibility. Employers in Utah need to provide better support to disabled workers.

New window: Students With Disabilities Get Mixed Results on Mask Mandates

January 25, 2022, BloombergLaw: Parents of students with disabilities in Iowa and South Carolina received mixed results Tuesday in cases alleging state provisions barring mask mandates in public schools violate their children’s rights under federal disability bias laws.

New window: 8 best adaptable clothing brands for people with disabilities

January 25, 2022, NYPost: You may find yourself asking what adaptive clothing is. The truth is, this is a question for many, as it usually arises from the lack of integration with those less abled.

New window: Under Armour Furthers Its Commitment To Make Youth Sports More Accessible

January 25, 2022, Forbes: Due to increasing costs, a lack of resources and opportunities, time commitments and the hypercompetitive nature of many sports—all magnified by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic—youth sports participation continues to decrease. In 2018, 38% of kids ages 6-12 played an organized sport on a regular basis, down from 45% a decade earlier.

New window: Work Culture Makes Individual Workers Feel Like a Problem

January 25, 2022, TeenVogue: Growing up, I was a neurotic rule follower — a classic perfectionist who believed earning anything less than an A was unacceptable. I also believed my brain was defective.

New window: Woman in wheelchair dies after being trapped inside burning home

January 25, 2022, A mobile home caught fire in Washington Parish over the weekend, killing a woman who could not escape because she was in a wheelchair.

New window: EEOC Deems Covid-19 a Potential ‘Disability'—Now What?

January 25, 2022, BloombergLaw: Employers should act now to ensure they have procedures in place for identifying and evaluating disability accommodation requests from workers with Covid-19 in light of recent EEOC guidance, say Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg labor and employment attorneys. They discuss how to determine if a disability exists and whether making a reasonable accommodation is possible without undue hardship to the employer.

New window: Man recovers from traumatic brain injury after taking part in cutting edge cognitive recovery program

January 24, 2022, AlderGroveStar: ABI Wellness is making big differences in the lives of people that have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

New window: Uber manager sobs on stand during trial over wheelchair accessibility

January 24, 2022, CourtHouseNews: An Uber manager cried on the witness stand Monday when confronted with claims that the ride-hail giant doesn’t care that much about making its service accessible to people who need motorized wheelchairs to get around.

New window: Rapid Blood Test Can Diagnose Brain Injury on Sports Field Sidelines

January 24, 2022, MedicalExpo: Scientists have developed the first handheld device that can accurately diagnose concussion in just fifteen minutes. Using a simple blood test, the tool enables doctors to swiftly evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ease pressures on frontline health services.

New window: Can Working From Home Can Give You ADHD?

January 24, 2022, BusinessInsider: BusinessInsider examines ADHD and working from home.

New window: Pandemic Accommodations Proved We Can Vastly Expand Disability Access If We Try

January 24, 2022, TruthOut: The COVID pandemic has been a traumatic and revelatory historic experience for everyone, but especially so for disabled communities. On one hand, the virus appears to have had a disproportionately deadly impact on disabled people, and the government’s relentless push to restore “normal” business activities — already oppressive for disabled people — is cruelly discriminatory for those with immunocompromising conditions.

New window: Firms urged to prepare for EU accessibility law

January 24, 2022, LawSocietyGazetteIreland: Law firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) has urged all businesses to consider the effects of new EU legislation aimed at improving accessibility to products and services for people with a disability.

New window: ‘This Is All About Inclusion’: The 5 Simple Rules Of Wheelchair Etiquette

January 23, 2022, CBSMinnesota: Wheelchair etiquette is something many have never been taught, but it’s simple information that is more important to know than ever to know.

New window: A Guide to Adult ADHD Diagnosis

January 21, 2022, HealthLine: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that usually appears in childhood. Its symptoms fall into three categories: predominantly hyperactive, predominantly inattentive, and combined type.

New window: When speaking of disability, let people define themselves

January 21, 2022, As more and more companies adopt inclusion initiatives, the language they use around disability acquires greater importance. How they refer to disabled employees may bring unintended consequences, sometimes increasing marginalisation instead of eliminating it. Jasmine Virhia stresses the importance of listening to how people define themselves. When in doubt, simply ask.
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