Imagine your aging parent or other loved one living on his or her own and losing power from a natural disaster or an intentional blackout. What would they do? It’s fire season in California and with it has come massive preventive power cutoffs from the largest utility company. There are lessons for all of us in what we are seeing. The power outages are intentional, supposedly to avert the horrific and disastrous fire damage that has occurred in the recent past.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a plan Saturday morning aimed at “systematically dismantling institutions that discriminate against people with disabilities,” ahead of a presidential candidate forum on accessibility, inclusion and outreach in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Buttigieg’s “Dignity, Access, and Belonging: A New Era of Inclusion for People with Disabilities” plan, obtained by CNN on Thursday, urges Congress to end the “shameful” subminimum wage for Americans with disabilities — a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act that authorizes employers to pay employees with disabilities a wage below the federal minimum wage. It also aims to double work force participation for people with disabilities by 2030, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mindset Matters: The Need To Shape A Culture of Entrepreneurship For National Disability Employment Awareness Month | Forbes
The month of October was National Disability Employment Awareness month highlighting the need and value of hiring persons with disabilities across the business landscape. While the inherent value of pushing this type of inclusion is critical to building a strong and vibrant economy that embraces diversity there is still something missing. One of the great rallying cries of the Disability Rights Movement that can still be heard echoing today is “Nothing About Us Without Us.” It is these words that should offer a blueprint into expanding the very definition of the value of employment in the economy of the 21st century.
Industry Voices—Accelerating adoption of ‘silver technology’ needed for care of aging populations | Fierce Healthcare
Over the past year, I’ve spent time outside of the office helping two uncles, both of whom are struggling with medical conditions exacerbated by their advanced ages. This has been neither a burden nor an obligation; I consider it a privilege to be able to help provide loving care for the two of them.
Apple is amping up its emoji diversity. The tech giant released 60 new characters as part of its iOS 13.2 update, many of which illustrate marginalized identities, reports CNN.
- Apple’s new emoji include disability-related symbols. I’m not thrilled. | Washington Post
- Is Apple’s Inclusion Of Disability-Themed Emojis Four Years Too Late? | Forbes
When a mental health-related 911 call comes in, a specialized team in Eugene, Oregon, rolls out. “Pretty much everybody we see is for one reason or another is in a state of crisis,” said Manning Walker.Walker is a medic and Laurel Lisovskis is a mental health crisis manager. The pair are members of a mobile mental health crisis intervention team called CAHOOTS, which stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets. They answer calls like suicide interventions and overdoses. They’re unarmed and most of the time, without police backup.
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