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The 7 Percent Wake Up Call

Suzanne Robitaille | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Robitaille

Let's call it what it is: An aspirational quota of sorts. The Department of Labor's long-anticipated final ruling is in, and will require nearly 250,000 U.S. businesses to work towards a goal that 7 percent of their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

Happy Birthday, ADA!

Joan Williams | Posted 09.22.2013 | Parents
Joan Williams

Expectant mothers risk losing their jobs, their babies or both when employers deny them pregnancy accommodations at work.

Rhode Island City Reaches Settlement Over Disabled Rights

AP | ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The federal government has reached a settlement with Rhode Island and the city of Providence for violating the rights of the ...

Town, State Hit For Wrongly Segregating Disabled

AP | ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island and the city of Providence violated the rights of the developmentally disabled for years by unnecessarily segreg...

Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

This critical international human rights treaty would give people with disabilities across the globe the same of kind protections afforded to U.S. citizens by the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

Study: The Poorest Disabled Americans Are Priced Out Of Housing Market

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business

Federal assistance provided to the poorest disabled Americans is less than sufficient, leaving some disabled Americans unable to afford a place to liv...

Hollister Clothing Unfriendly To Disabled: Judge

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 07.22.2013 | Denver

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver is contemplating an injunction against Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and J.M. Hollister LLC after ruling earlier th...

Jackson Avenue Heats Up Near The Port Of New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 20, 2013 edition.) New Orleans resident Barbara Risin has lived in the first block ...

Abercrombie Brand Hollister Violating Disabilities Act: Denver Judge

The Colorado Independent | Susan Greene | Posted 05.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene. A Denver-based federal judge has ruled that the entrances to hundreds of Hollister stores nationwide ...

Rule Bans Newlyweds From Living Together

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 07.07.2013 | Weddings

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. — With the beaming smiles of newlyweds, Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels hold hands, exchange adoring glances and complete ea...

Let's Help 'Spread the Word to End the Word'

Naba Sharif, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Naba Sharif, M.D.

When I hear the word "retarded" used to describe someone or something that is unintelligent, silly or even as a filler word when another adjective doesn't suffice, it literally makes me cringe.

Meet Guy: A Great Guy With a Great Job!

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifA park surrounds the municipal pool where Guy works, so it's easy for him to take his daily count of his favorite bird while he works site maintenance. Guy does all the stuff here that the full-timers rarely have time to do.

The Difficult Issue of Attractiveness Discrimination

Brad Reid | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Civil rights judicial decisions have prohibited gender-stereotyping in the workplace. Should appearance and attractiveness stereotyping become a part of this doctrine?

Getting People With Disabilities the Jobs They Need

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Sadly, despite the fact that America passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) twenty-two years ago, Americans with disabilities are no more likely to be employed today than they were before the ADA was the law of the land.

Shame! 38 Republican Senators Vote 'No' on the UN Treaty Banning Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

This treaty didn't change any American laws. It merely asked that all other nations move toward laws for people with disabilities that would equal the Americans with Disabilities Act that we first passed in 1990.

Republicans Block Disability Rights -- Which Would Not Cost a Nickel

Don C. Reed | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

In what appears another "say no to anything from the White House" move, Senate Republicans blocked a United Nations treaty which could have helped dis...

US: Senate Misses Opportunity on Disability Convention

Human Rights Watch | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

Ratification Vote for Treaty Falls Short (Washington, DC) – The United States missed an opportunity to display global leadership on disability ...

GOP Opposition Downs Treaty Despite Support Of McCain, Other Republicans

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after...

It's the American Way: One Ordinary Woman Builds Equal Opportunity for Disabled Children

Suzanne Skees | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

One billion people have a disability, so you might wonder why we don't set aside more than one day a year to pay attention. Wherever we are in the world, we've seen it. One woman, with no money or training, decided to put an end to it.

The Story Behind The Sessions

SnagFilms | Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts

This Friday, The Sessions, starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy, will be released, beginning what is likely a path towards multiple Oscar nominations.

Christina Wilkie

Too Fat To Work? Advocates Debate Whether Obesity Is Disability | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

"I've been a fat person all my life," said Peggy Howell, 65, of Las Vegas, Nevada. "I went from being a chubby kid to a fat teenager to a fat adult." ...

Did Bank Of America Really Do That?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

Daniel Herrmann, whose right hand, arm and leg were disabled in a car accident, had a good thing going at Merrill Lynch. The company gave him a left-h...

Disabled and Disenfranchised

Rebecca Schleifer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Schleifer

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngState efforts to restrict voting access have dominated election news this year. What hasn't been mentioned in is their discriminatory impact on people with disabilities.

Teacher-Turned-Stripper Sues Michigan School District Over Firing

Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

Susan Brennan, a former West Ottawa High School teacher, has filed a federal employment discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan district, claiming...