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Americans With Disabilities Act

LGBT PTSD, The ADA And Disability Rights -- Why It Matters

Karen Ocamb | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

There has been less attention -- especially in the LGBT community -- to protected non-visible disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, alcoholism, anxiety disorder, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome.

National Disability Institute Launches DISABLE POVERTY Campaign

Michael Morris | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

Today, on the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Disability Institute (NDI) launches DISABLE POVERTY, a grassroot...

Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA: Innovative Talent Strategies Are Driving Corporate Success

Carol Glazer | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Carol Glazer

Each year at this time, those of us who work in the disability space take a very serious look at our progress to fulfill the promise of the Americans ...

The President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

This summer marks the 13th anniversary of the final report to the White House, authored by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. For those unfamiliar with the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, it was part of The New Freedom Initiative (NFI).

Would You Ask For Accommodations At Work?

Katherine Bouton | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Katherine Bouton

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of workers to ask for accommodations at work to help them manage more easily. But research has found that older workers are less likely to ask for help, because they worry they'll be perceived as old instead, and that their disability is a result of their age.

Building a Culturally Conscious Future for the Arts

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

It was my honor last week to attend the Turnaround Arts White House Talent Show which showcased the singing, dancing, playing of music, and performing...

A Brief Legal Overview of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Brad Reid | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Enacted in 2008 in response to concerns about potential abuses of the human genome full sequence (completed in 2003), the Genetic Information Nondiscr...

Deaf People Travel Too

Alexis Ander Kashar | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel
Alexis Ander Kashar

There are an estimated 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. The number of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities worldwide is equal to the population of China. This does NOT include the number of friends and family including children who travel with us.

Is Obesity a Legally Protected Disability?

Brad Reid | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990), as well as state statutes, provide protection for qualified individuals from employment disc...

Poverty and Disability in America Matter

Michael Morris | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

People with disabilities face many barriers to economic success -- low expectations, discrimination and a complex public support system that often limit employment opportunities and upward mobility.

#OscarsSoAble and the Failed Annenberg Report: The Missing Disability Dimension in Diversity Conversations and Actions

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.29.2016 | Entertainment
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Diversity must really mean diversity - and that includes the one-in-five Americans who has a disability. Disability needs to be part of every conversation on diversity.

To Rideshare Or Not To Rideshare

Eric Lipp | Posted 02.19.2016 | Technology
Eric Lipp

Rideshare car service has become so popular that it's slowly weaving its way into pop culture and even becoming a piece of Americana. So why do peopl...

Building Disability Literacy, One Brick At a Time

Rachel Adams | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.

It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

Poverty Awareness Month: Living With a Disability, Struggling to Get By and Making It in the 'Mainstream'

Michael Morris | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. Today, there are 46.7 million Americans living in poverty.

Americans With Disabilities Deserve an Olmstead State of Mind

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

This past New Year's Eve, I had the pleasure of welcoming in 2016 at a Billy Joel concert. A rare treat in the midst of another challenging year of t...

Can Your Employer Demand Intrusive Medical Testing? Court Says Yes

Donna Ballman | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Donna Ballman

Does your employer have any business sticking its nose into your body (now there's a picture you wanted in your head) by ordering you to undergo medical examinations and biometric testing to determine if you are likely to become ill? According to one court, the answer is yes.

Rolling Towards Equal Rights: The Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

Kim Dramer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Kim Dramer

Co-authored by Kim Dramer, Huffington Post blogger, and Alexandra Wang, President, Hunter College PossABILITIES Club. Photo Credit: Alexandra Wang ...

When Peanuts Are Poison -- No Joke!

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

When you are living with a food allergy, the world can be a dangerous place. I truly worry about sending my food allergic child into a world that largely is ignorant about the dangers of having a potentially fatal food allergy.

6 Great Reasons to Hire Deaf Employees

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

People who are deaf spend much of their lives finding ways to adapt within hearing culture. Because of this, deaf employees may exhibit impressive patience and flexibility in the face of a challenge. 

Have You Caused Me Grief?

Eric Lipp | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Eric Lipp

We all want our lives to be easier. Unfortunately, when we act in ways that attempt to save time or money, we often fail to recognize the effect that our choices have on others. This is especially true in the area of accessibility which often falls prey to our fast paced lifestyles.

Financial Inclusion and Shared Prosperity: The Next Frontier for People with Disabilities

Michael Morris | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Michael Morris

This Thanksgiving Day, I would ask us all to reflect on a group of Americans growing faster in size than any other, a group that cuts across the usual dividing lines of gender, race, ethnicity and age who deserve our attention and support - people with disabilities.

Catch-22 of Disclosing Disabilities for Job Seekers

Kenneth Matos | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Kenneth Matos

What job seeker hasn't found some of their applications disappearing into the resume black hole: that frustrating experience where you send out dozens of resumes and fill out multiple online applications and never get a response.

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

While it is true that we have much to celebrate with the protections afforded by the ADA, the Latino community has a long way to go in securing equal safeguards.