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Young Adults on the Spectrum

Anniversary of disability law is a call to work harder

This week (July 26) marks an auspicious occasion: The 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. While it’s a moment for reflection on the changes the law has wrought, it’s also an opportunity for supporters to push harder for greater inclusion in the workforce of people with disabilities. The numbers have barely budged since this historic legislation was passed two decades ago, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the

DOL's Martinez is blind.

Kessler Foundation and the National Organization on Disability. There’s a huge disparity between working-age people with disabilities who say they are employed (21%) vs. the 59% of people without disabilities who are working.

   People with disabilities are part of the fabric of American society, notes Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy for the U.S. Department of Labor. In a recent blog post, she urges “friends and colleagues (to)  look for ways to support the younger people with disabilities who are beginning their adult and work lives. Young folks – seek out mentors and role models in the multiple communities of which you’re a part, because disability is not our only source of identity.”

July 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Airports are flush with doggie toilets

When a dog has to go, it has to go. But until recently, there were few “pet relief areas” at the nation’s major airports for service dogs traveling with fliers with disabilities. That’s changing big time, according to USA TODAY. Add Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.,  Dallas, Chicago and Phoenix to the growing list of airports providing doggie bathrooms for four-legged fliers. The Department of Transportation began requiring airports to offer pet relief areas as part of changes made to the Air Carrier Access Act, which spells out travel rights for people with disabilities.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rising turnout of voters with disabilities

voteYou can’t miss the signs that state and local elections are right around the corner. Advocates for people with disabilities are hoping to build on the trend that surfaced in the 2008 presidential election: Turnout soared, according to the American Association of People with Disabilities. An estimated 14.7 Americans with disabilities voted in that election, say researchers Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse of Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. In some states, such as Virginia, students can now register to vote and declare their dorm room as their place of residency. Other places require that a permanent home address be designated. Wherever you live, now’s the time to obtain an absentee ballot if you won’t be present to vote on Election Day in your specified precinct.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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