A panel discussion at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on disability inclusion in the workplace. The speakers are Bloomberg L.P. Chairman Peter Grauer, Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman, Tech Mahindra Chander Chief Executive Officer Prakash Gurnani, Procter & Gamble Group President Carolyn Tastad, and Accenture Chief Executive Officer: North America Julie Sweet. Binc Founder Caroline Casey moderates.
Aging in place — rather than packing up and moving to a specialized retirement community — is the newest housing trend for older Americans. Aging in place preserves access to friends and familiar services. Plus keeping your larger house means you have room for visiting family and friends, or — if your health requires it — a live-in caregiver. A recent report by AARP found that 90 percent of retirees want to stay in their homes as they age. And in the past 20 years an entire subsection of the remodeling field has grown up to make this possible. Designers, architects and contractors are training to become Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, qualified to help people make their homes friendly to people of all ages and abilities.
For more than half a century, the Medicare program has given older and disabled Americans better access to medical services while protecting beneficiaries from the significant costs of health care in the United States.1 But the needs of older Americans have evolved since Medicare’s enactment in 1965. Average life expectancy at age 65 has grown by approximately five years since 1960,2 an increase in longevity that has been accompanied by a rise in multiple chronic conditions and functional and cognitive impairment in the later years of life.
The Yale School of Drama has partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation — an internationally recognized organization that advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society — to support training for actors with disabilities. The foundation will provide an annual scholarship to fund the training of a student at the Yale School of Drama.
The first recipient of this scholarship is Jessy Yates, who began her first of three years of training at Yale this fall. Yates, an actor, performance artist, and comedian with cerebral palsy, was awarded $50,000 plus a living stipend from the foundation.
Hearing-impaired drivers have to worry about a lot more than other drivers, and Hyundai thinks its new tech can make life a lot easier for them. Hyundai has unveiled two driver-assist systems aimed specifically at those who are hard of hearing. The two systems, called Audio-Visual Conversion and Audio-Tactile Conversion, work in conjunction to make sure hearing-impaired drivers are able to know what’s around them so they can react appropriately. Both systems use artificial intelligence to determine specific sounds, like emergency vehicle sirens, and convert them for hearing-impaired drivers. Audio-Visual Conversion changes sounds into visual warnings that appear in a head-up display, whereas Audio-Tactile Conversion (as you might guess) changes sound into vibrations felt through the steering wheel.
In the month of January, we take time to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. known most for his personal passion and sacrifice for the civil rights and equal protection of all, Dr. King’s Dream is one which has been enshrined as a part of our American culture – the inherent desire that we all be judged not by the color of our skin but the content of our character.
The Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies with Talila “TL” Lewis | Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disabiltiy
Each year, the Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies hosts a speaker who continues Paul Longmore’s legacy of scholar-activism. This year’s event will feature a presentation and discussion with Talila “TL” Lewis, Esq. Talila is a Community Lawyer who has been at the cutting edge of critically intersectional thought, education, organizing, advocacy and litigation that highlights and addresses the nexus between race, class, disability, other marginalized identities, and structural inequity for over a decade. Recognized as a White House Champion of Change and Pacific Standard Magazine’s Top 30 Thinkers Under 30, Lewis co-founded & serves as the volunteer director of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD), a volunteer-dependent nonprofit organization which created and maintains the only national database of imprisoned Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing people. Lewis, a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective and co-creator of the Disability Solidarity praxis, also serves as a consultant on education and workplace justice; attorney and expert on cases involving disabled people; and previously served as the Givelber Public Interest Lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law and a visiting professor at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A recent graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Lewis has received awards from numerous universities, the American Bar Association, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the American Association for People with Disabilities, National Black Deaf Advocates, and the Nation Institute, among others. Lewis is the recipient of the 2018 Roddenberry Fellowship and the 2018 Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity.
Utah is a low-cost, healthy state. A large population of youth and a long list of healthy behaviors helps to keep it that way. But those factors are changing, taking Utah’s reputation along with it.
An aging population, increasing health care needs and changing demographics are making Utah’s health care costs grow at one of the fastest rates in the country — maybe enough to derail the health of the populace, or at least lose pace with it, a new report from the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute states.
Cherie Lee, 37, realized she wanted to change careers while she was volunteering in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The experience was so rewarding that Lee, who was working for the Florida Department of Revenue, applied for and accepted a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I just really want to help people. My dad says it’s my downfall,” Lee said. She quit her job and prepared to start at FEMA on Dec. 27. But just days before, the federal government shutdown began. FEMA is one of the government agencies that is funded during the partial shutdown, but the employees who need to approve Lee’s paperwork were affected, and she hasn’t been able to start the new job.
Business Leaders Are Introducing Disability Rights As A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Issue | Forbes
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is calling on major corporations to be more proactive in demonstrating their disability inclusion efforts. In a recent statement as well as in letters to 49 company presidents in New York State’s pension portfolio (including Apple, McDonald’s, Nike and Twentieth Century Fox) he asked each to measure and report inclusion across the enterprise, beginning in 2019.
Therap’s Disability Software Offers Family Members Access to Relevant Individual Health Information | PR Newswire
Therap’s role-based access provides secure health information that can be extended to designated agency personnel and external stakeholders, including self-advocates and family members. Allowing stakeholders access based on their role promotes efficiency and strengthens accountability and transparency through enhanced communications. Families in particular can become valuable team members when provided with enhanced tools and given agency to make informed decisions and provide relevant feedback on care and service provision.
Maureen Taylor is joining a mass movement — just by sitting in her rocking chair.A generation ago, a 67-year-old emphysema patient like her would have been forced to move into an institution charging thousands of dollars a month. But Thursday, she relaxed in her Burnsville apartment — her oxygen machine whirring, a cuckoo clock chirping and soft jazz drifting out of her TV set. “This is where I want to be,” Taylor said contentedly. She’s able to live at home for one reason: the volunteer in the kitchen, scrubbing her sink. That volunteer provides the cooking, cleaning and shopping that Taylor needs to remain where she wants to be.
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