Each year, around the anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am asked by the press and others: “Exactly what has the ADA
accomplished?” and “Looking forward, what must be done to realize the vision of full participation that underlies the ADA?” These are thoughtful questions and not easy ones to answer in a sound bite. Given some additional space, here are some answers that I think are reasonable and maybe enlightening for some readers. My colleague George Powers, from the Southwest ADA Center, helped me document some of my assertions. I would love to hear (or see) your views on the subject as well.
I remember vividly the first amputee I met after my amputation. Driving down with my spouse to Wake Forest from our small college town so that I could get more chemo, we were at a rest stop. I had only recently received my first “test” leg and hobbled along, with atrophied muscles from months of hospital stays and general exhaustion. I was tired from both from chemo and a dark funk. As I crutched out of the women’s restroom, a man with the distorted mirror image of my own body faced me, coming out of the men’s room. We were leaving at the exact same time, neither of us moving very quickly. He had shorts on and a prosthetic leg on his right leg. I had on a capri-length skort and a prosthetic leg on my left leg. At first, so focused on my own leg as I walked, I really thought I was looking at a mirror, watching my reflection limp along. He smiled at me, breaking the mirror image, and we stepped to the side.
Besides certifying disability-owned business enterprises (DOBE) within the United States, the USBLN offers a unique opportunity for business owners with a disability headquartered outside of the United States to join a global network of suppliers.
Accessed by USBLN multi-national corporate partners, this global network of suppliers serves as a source of potential vendors to our corporate partners who are committed to disability inclusion within their supply chains.
Self-registered companies must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a legally registered business outside of the United States
- Be at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a person with a disability (as recognized by country of citizenship)
To register as a disability-owned business outside of the United States, please complete the on-line application in full. All information requested is required. Upon approval of your application, your business profile will be added to the USBLN global network.
I am a transgender woman who lives with two largely invisible disabilities. Most people who interact with me have no idea I live with both bipolar disorder and severe gastroesophageal (GE) issues, both of which can be completely debilitating. While being transgender is not a disability, I have also faced many struggles accessing transition-related care throughout my life, negatively impacting my mental health, and I have also undergone gender-confirming surgeries which have left me unable to work for extended periods of time.
Chinese people with disabilities petition online map developer to highlight barrier-free facilities. More than 300 people with disabilities have co-signed a letter asking the developers of one of China’s most widely used online maps to mark the locations of ramps, elevators, platform lifts, and other tools that make navigating cities less daunting, as even when such “barrier-free facilities” exist, they are often difficult to find.
There were nearly 40 million Americans with a disability in 2015, representing 12.6% of the civilian non-institutionalized population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet the share of Americans with disabilities varies widely across demographic groups and geography. (The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey defines disability status through six types of questions measuring serious difficulty with hearing, vision, cognition, walking or climbing stairs, as well as difficulty with self-care and independent living. Other surveys with different definitions have estimated that a considerably larger share of Americans have disabilities.) Here are seven facts about Americans with disabilities.
A recently published study demonstrates a link between telomere length, which is a mark of biological aging, and bipolar risk. The research helps to explain why bipolar disorder often comes hand-in-hand with other age-related diseases. Individuals with bipolar disorder, which is sometimes referred to as manic depression, experience shifts in mood from feeling extremely energized and elated, to hopeless and depressed. It affects an estimated 2.6 percent of adults in the United States each year.
The Senate has dealt a devastating setback to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, defeating a GOP “skinny repeal” bill early Friday morning. Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined with Democrats to oppose the measure, a major blow to President Donald Trump and the Republican congressional agenda. AG Sessions 'confident' he 'made the right decision' to recuse himself. AG Sessions ‘confident’ he ‘made the right decision’ to recuse himself McCain, who had voted for a motion to proceed to the bill Tuesday after returning to Washington following surgery for a brain tumor, held out all day, including in a news conference where he criticized the partisan process that led to the after-midnight vote.
UT ranked No. 5 among top 50 Disability-Friendly campuses nationwide | The Daily Texan
College Choice, an online resource for helping families pick the right colleges, recently ranked UT fifth in a list of the Top 50 Best Disability Friendly Campuses and Universities. UT’s Services for Students with Disabilities department is primarily responsible for ensuring disabled students have equal access to academics by providing accommodations for classrooms and exams. Emily Shryock, the assistant director of SSD, said each year the department has witnessed a steady growth in the demand for academic accommodations by students. “In 2016-2017 SSD has 2,845 students using accommodations, but we had another 651 students contact our office about things such as course load reduction, housing accommodations or information for how to set up accommodations,” Shryock said in an email.
If you’re a person with a disability, you’re much likelier to have a harder time finding employment. According to the Department of Labor, in 2016, the unemployment rate for the general population was 4.6 percent. But for people with disabilities? It was stuck around 10.5 percent. That’s about where it was in 2015, too, meaning that despite the ebb and flow of the labor market, employment prospects didn’t change too much for people with disabilities.
Cardiac arrest doesn’t only happen at the hospital. It can occur suddenly and in a variety of public places — like airports. That’s why the American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, have teamed up to launch hands-only CPR training kiosks in three airports across the United States. The kiosks were unveiled today at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Similar models will open at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on August 1, and at the Orlando International Airport on August 9.
ADA Day Posts – July 26, 2017
The Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA) is a monumental achievement. But the law is once again “under serious attack,” with disability rights groups encouraging citizens to write to their members of Congress to protect it. Just what are these groups so concerned about? For one, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. This bill would relax requirements for businesses to provide reasonable accommodations. That means a person with a disability would have to write a letter to a business with accessibility barriers allowing them 60 days to respond and then another 120 days to address the barrier.
Buffalo is coming together to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act with a Disability Pride Parade and Festival Saturday. It’s the 27th anniversary of the ADA that was signed into law on July 26, 1990, when discrimination against people with disabilities became illegal. On land, there were two Disability Pride Parades that wrapped around downtown Buffalo along with other family activities, free food, music and guests who can speak personally on the ADA.
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s campaign to ascend to the ANC’s top post has shown that she is the only one who is reaching out to people with disabilities and issues affecting them. Sisulu’s campaign message, “Connecting the dots and checking for the missing ones, all on board leaving no one behind”, is one that is inclusive of people with disabilities.
The protest and power of disability activism: ‘It’s not as sexy as gay rights or climate change’ | the Guardian Australia
“When you talk about disability rights with people, they just look at you like they didn’t think such a thing existed,” says Dr George Taleporos. “People don’t like talking about, hearing or watching disability. It’s not as sexy as gay rights or climate change. It’s just not.” Taleporos is a disability rights activist, and a wheelchair user. He appeared in the first season of ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask Me That and now in the feature film documentary Defiant Lives. Director Sarah Barton tells a largely untold story, charting the history of the disability rights movement in Australia, the US and the UK. “As someone with a disability, it’s really novel to see a film about your people,” Taleporos says.
National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week is celebrated on July 17-23 under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs, pursuant to Proclamation No. 1870 (1979), amended by Proclamation No. 361 (2000) and Administrative Order No. 35 (2002). The annual celebration pays tribute to approximately 15 million Filipinos with disabilities and more importantly, to honor Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic, whose exemplary and dedicated heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution were not deterred by his disability. Mabini has become an outstanding icon for persons with disabilities (PWDs) through his great deeds for our country.
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