A new study by Rutgers University has found that travelers with disabilities using the travel hosting service Airbnb are more likely to be rejected and less likely to be preapproved. The study, published in May, was conducted by a team of researchers and volunteers who created 25 user accounts. Through those accounts, they requested nearly 4,000 Airbnb stays in the 48 continental US states. They then self-disclosed either one of four disabilities (blindness, cerebral palsy, dwarfism or spinal cord injury) or no disability at all.
Bob Ewing rolls up to his sailboat in his wheelchair with the nonchalance of a seasoned sailor.
He parks the chair alongside the 22-foot boat, anchors it to the dock, lifts his paralyzed legs over the boat’s gunwale and, with the help of a volunteer, slides his lanky frame off the chair and into the cockpit. As he settles in at the helm, he turns to his sailing companions on the dock, inviting them to ditch their crutches and wheelchairs and slide aboard. Faster than you can sing a sea shanty, they’re in the boat and heading out for a two-hour sail on Lake Washington.
States are grappling with how to care for a growing population of registered offenders in long-term care facilities. When state officials finally released William Cubbage from the Iowa Mental Health Institute in 2010, they predicted he was too sick to hurt anyone again. But the octogenarian only became an even more notorious sex offender. Between 1987 and 2000, Cubbage was convicted in four separate cases of assault. Then, a year after his release, he molested a 95-year-old woman in a nursing home. Neither the home’s patients nor their families had been notified of his history. The woman’s relatives were unable to sue, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state was not legally liable. The state took Cubbage back, and in 2016 he was in the news again for allegedly trying to grope a care worker during a bath.
The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four decades, according to the White House’s newly proposed budget, part of wider efforts to rein in government programs that promote civil rights. As outlined in Labor’s fiscal 2018 plan, the move would fold the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now home to 600 employees, into another government agency in the name of cost-cutting.
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