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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 righ...

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...

Hiring Disabled Workers Can Make Companies More Efficient: Report

Posted 08.22.2012 | Business

Across the country, disabled Americans are struggling with high unemployment. And companies might be suffering because of it. In 2007, when Walgre...

Disability Employment: Are We at the Tipping Point?

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

Today, in my role as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, I am releasing a report urging Congress, the Administration, the business community, and society at large to make the issue of disability employment a national priority.

The Workplace And Wheelchairs

Mia Schaikewitz | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Mia Schaikewitz

I've been fortunate to find open-minded individuals who realized even though I use a wheelchair, I work just as hard as anybody else. My hope is that some day, business owners will not have to know someone personally to care about making their environment accessible.

Service Dog Allegedly Prompts Discrimination

Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

Rose Holowka, a Tennessee woman dealing with disabilities resulting from a car accident, claims her service dog, Honey, led employees at a Goodwill sh...

This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Dina Bakst

No pregnant worker should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.

Dave Jamieson

Burger King Worker Claims He Was Fired Due To HIV | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.07.2012 | Latino Voices

A former manager of several Burger King restaurants in Virginia has accused the fast-food company of firing him because he's HIV-positive, according t...

Corporate Lobbyists Discriminate, Declare War on Disabled (Show This to Your Legislator)

Anne Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Should disabled litigants be forced to elect between the loss of wealth and opportunities, or alternatively, going broke engaging in excessive litigation? Isn't that just another way of starving the little guy's interests out of court on account of their disability?

Student Suing Over Right To Keep A Guinea Pig In Her Dorm

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.04.2012 | College

A student at Grand Valley State University in Michigan believes the school violated federal housing policy by not letting her keep Blanca, a pet guine...

Jason Linkins

Allen West Is Upset About Rule Allowing Handicapped Access To Commercial Swimming Pools | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

So, hey, what's Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) upset about today? Oh, you know, the nanny state and its terrible impositions, same-old, same-old. But more s...

D.C. Playgrounds Should Welcome All Children

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 05.22.2012 | DC
Jamie Davis Smith

I urge D.C. to bring the adaptive swing back to Chevy Chase Playground and to include at least some adaptive equipment in all future playground renovations. These small acts would provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play.

Isolating a Child With Disabilities Can Do Life-Long Damage

Carla Lohr | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Carla Lohr

We as a society need to step back and rethink the view we have of disabled children. And the parents who are raising these children have to get serious about bringing these children up with the understanding that they can live their lives to the fullest.

David Lohr

Firefighter Sets Suicide Blaze, Loses Job, Sues City -- And Wins | David Lohr | Posted 02.09.2012 | Crime

ERIE, Pa. -- A federal jury in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of Mary Wolski, a former Erie firefighter who was axed for setting a bathtub fire in a ...

Professor Says Pregnancy Should Be Treated As Disability

Posted 01.06.2012 | Parents

Jeannette Cox, a law professor at the University of Dayton (Ohio), is suggesting that pregnant women experience symptoms that may warrant special acco...