Vermont has a new commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. The appointment of Monica White was effective July 1. White was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott who says she is a proven leader “who will be able to hit the ground running in this permanent role, while continuing to build on her good work.”
‘Disability: What’s New, What’s Next’ conference brought together senior business leaders, leading employers and disability experts to debate how perceptions of disability match up with the reality experienced by disabled employees and customers.
For Tiffany Yu, Disability Pride Month is about recognizing her disability as an integral part of who she is. For Anthony Rios, it’s about accepting that his disability makes him different, not worse. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, a landmark law that prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities. In that same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day.
This recent column form David Axelrod has raised ire in the disability community with some suggesting that the story of his daughter does not jibe with the average experience in congregate settings and that her institution does not use the funding he discusses in the article
Trinity Jagdeo and Alexus Dick remember the day they met like it was yesterday. The kindergarteners were outside on the playground of Janvier Elementary School in Franklinville, New Jersey, when Jagdeo looked over and saw Dick playing hopscotch with other kids.
The coronavirus pandemic changed how the United States and countries around the world celebrate Pride month. This summer, many American cities opted for a hybrid celebration, hosting socially distanced marches or completely virtual events. But activists are still pushing organizers to make events accessible for the disabled community. Annie Segarra, a disability activist, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and uses a wheelchair, said things like video captions, translators and audio descriptions of visual events can mean the world to disabled individuals who want to join the celebrations but are afraid of being left out.
On June 16, 2021, Hawaii enacted Senate Bill 793 (the “Act”), which repeals an exemption to the minimum wage for disabled employees, often referred to as “the disability subminimum wage.” The Act took effect immediately and requires all Hawaii employers pay disabled individuals no less than the state minimum wage.
Across the Pond
“I knew he wasn’t going to support me,” says Emma*, from Essex, who had early anxieties about her relationship. The 32-year-old and her boyfriend had been together for two years when they decided to take their relationship to the next level. Emma moved out of her home and into his. She was excited but living together meant that her income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was immediately stopped.
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