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Amy Silverman

12 December 2020

Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, state officials recruited individuals for volunteer committees to have oversight of the state Division of Developmental Disabilities that was responsible for caring for those with developmental disabilitie...

Richmond Confidential

Isabella Bloom

20 November 2020

California, United States

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Nurturing Independence through Artistic Development provides classes and studio space for artists with disabilities. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization now offers six hours of daily virtual services to ...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

9 November 2020

Utah, United States

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2020 was the first presidential election where a limited group voted using a smartphone app created by Voatz, expanding access to people with disabilities, those in Covid-19 quarantine, and people out of state due to ...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

Laura Kiesel

27 October 2020

United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many businesses moving their operations to remote-based work, which has consequently expanded access and eliminated barriers for those with disabilities. Although working from ...

Transitions Online

Dorota Salus

26 October 2020

Gdansk, Poland

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A program at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theater in Poland is creating job opportunities for people with Down syndrome after partnering with the city and a local foundation that supports job training and coaching for speci...

Texas Observer

Kimberly Meyer

5 October 2020

Texas, United States

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What started as an informal support group in Texas for undocumented workers who had been injured while working, has morphed into a mutual aid organization that helps connect immigrants and those who are uninsured with...

KDNK Community Radio

Nick Isenberg

29 September 2020

Colorado, United States

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A Colorado system allows voters with disabilities to request an accessible ballot, which enables them to fill out their ballot online using a personal computer or a smart phone. This allows voters to maintain confiden...

Wisconsin Public Radio

Jana Schleis

12 August 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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An organization in Wisconsin is making public spaces accessible to people with disabilities. Their work has resulted in one of the most accessible beaches in the nation. Bradford Beach in Milwaukee now has a permanent...

The Washington Post

Debra Bruno

9 August 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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3D ultrasound print outs help doctors perform non-invasive surgery in utero and provide blind parents with images during pregnancy. Doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital first used 3D models to improve surgery for spina b...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

3 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Voters with disabilities in Hawaii have more options for voting than in most other states. Electronic ballots in particular, which can be paired with assistive technology, allow voters more freedom and independence. A...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

31 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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The Daily Moth is a daily online news channel devoted to the news accessible to the deaf community. Recently, the channel's focus is on stories about Covid-19 and the fight for racial justice. The programming elevates...

NPR

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

30 July 2020

United States

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Congress' passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 30 years ago made life-changing advances for millions of people with all manner of disabilities. Beyond removing physical barriers and opening education, employ...

USA Today

Sharon Lurye

26 July 2020

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

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Centennial School in Pennsylvania has dramatically reduced its need for student restraint over the last 20 year, challenging the notion that seclusion or restraint is an option when dealing with students with disabili...

Forbes

Allison Norlian

21 July 2020

United States

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The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandated public places, businesses, facilities, and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities, including ramps, accessible entrances and bathrooms, and ...

Pioneers Post

Cass Hebron

Astari Sarosa

3 July 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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A collaborative movement in Indonesia is creating job opportunities within the creative sector for those living with disabilities. Gerakan Kreabilitas holds workshops and events to provide business training through me...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Grady Newsource

Mary Margaret Stewart

16 March 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Episcopal Church advised Dioceses to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA and differently abled children and youth, particularly in light of the high numbers of LGBTQIA youth suicides. Rather than wait the years it could ...

The Washington Post

Grant Stoner

25 February 2020

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Making the video game industry more inclusive means allowing a broader segment of the population to experience a popular and important aspect of recreation by implementing features that add in various accessibility fe...

The Guardian

Jonny Weeks

29 December 2019

Bristol, United Kingdom

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The UK is home to an artificial surfing lagoon that aims to help those with disabilities have access to water sports they otherwise may not be able to participate in. Acting as both a physical and mental rehabilitatio...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 December 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin's program to make voting and polling locations accessible for people with disabilities once garnered national attention, though it has since fallen behind where it used to be. The program called for an audit...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

29 November 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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A training and apprenticeship program provides the skills and experience needed by people living with disabilities to find employment. Project Search is a nationwide initiative that identifies the strength and aspirat...

Bitterroot

Jodi Hausen

8 November 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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A company called Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming employs people with developmental and physical disabilities to work in their 3-story greenhouse to address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the labor p...

The New York Times

Ben Casselman

5 September 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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With the assistance of a local non-profit partner, Dell Technologies created a program to recruit employees on the autism spectrum to tap into an under-utilized section of the labor pool. Dell Technologies reflects th...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

29 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is a branch of the New York Public Library system that offers a wide array of services for vision-impaired adults and children. They hold the largest physical colle...

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