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September 19, 2014

The Mental Health at Work® Challenge kicks off its cross-Canada series with the Economic Club of Canada. - PRNewswire
Canadian Business Leaders and Mental Health Advocate Margaret Trudeau sign a ground-breaking MOU to take immediate action to address mental illness in the Canadian workplace TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Margaret Trudeau, along with representatives from the Economic Club of...

Victory Living Programs Hosts "Queen Witch for the Day" Luncheon to Support Individuals with Disabilities - PRNewswire
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ladies far and wide are invited to join in a "wicked" fabulous celebration that will culminate in crowning the "2014 Queen Witch for the Day." This Halloween-themed luncheon that promises to offer lots of laughter and love will raise...

September is Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Awareness Month - Scheduled events, activities and important partnerships announced throughout the month! - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An entire month is dedicated to one of the most common forms of inherited neuropathies – Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) – a debilitating neuromuscular disease affecting the arms, hands, feet and legs, causing extreme...

Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts - DisabiltyScoop
Federal lawmakers say they've reached a deal to move forward on a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.

For Adults With Autism, ABA Coverage Scarce - DisabiltyScoop
As insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis becomes increasingly available for children, options remain limited for adults on the spectrum.

Special Issue of Medical Care Highlights Health Disparities at the Intersection of Disability, Race and Ethnicity - AUCD
It's well established that Americans with disabilities and those in underserved racial/ethnic groups face significant disparities in access to health care. Now, researchers are beginning to examine the unique patterns of health care inequalities experienced by racially and ethnically diverse patients with disabilities, according to a special October supplement to Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
September 18, 2014

More than 1 million people learn dying can still include a lot of living - PRNewswire

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Many people equate a conversation about hospice as being told they must give up. However, more than 1 million people across the nation have learned just the opposite. They've been touched by the National Hospice and Palliative Care...

Report: Nearly 1 In 3 With Disabilities In Poverty - DisabiltyScoop
A confluence of factors ranging from prejudice to the complexity of support systems are leaving people with disabilities disproportionately impoverished, a congressional report finds.

Poverty For Americans With Disabilities Rises, Now Double U.S. Rate - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Congress urged to pass ABLE to address as need grows more urgent

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the rise, a Senate committee reported today. The release ofthe U.S. Census Bureau statistics prompted renewed calls on Congress to pass the ABLE Actto dramatically increase the private resources available for adults with disabilities to pay for their housing, medical, transportation and other needs.

“If almost 30 percent of people with disabilities are living in poverty; a rate that is going up; and the unemployment rate for people with disabilities continues to be double that of people without disabilities, and only 20 percent participate in the workforce, then we face a serious problem – indeed, a crisis," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

"We are far from meeting the ADA's goal of economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities," said Harkin [pictured (right)with ranking member Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)], referring to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that he authored in 1990. “To state the obvious, not being part of the workforce contributes powerfully to the incidence of poverty."

The Census Bureau data showed the rate of poverty in America in 2013 declined overallto 14.5 percent; but the rate for people with disabilities increased to 28.8 percent. Separately, the latest unemployment data shows joblessness nationwide has declined to 6 percent, but for those with disabilities it stands at 12.8 percent. Less than 20 percent of the 29 million Americans with disabilities over 16 years of age participate in the workforce compared with nearly 70 percent of those without a disability.

For the autism community, an estimated half-million Amerricans with ASDs are expected to "age out" of school-based supports as they reach age 21 over the next 10 years, accelerating the need for housing, employment and adult services.

Harkin released a committee report, "Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities," assessing the housing, employment, transportation and other barriers facing Americans with disabililties. The findings were based on interviews with 400 Americans with disabilities living in poverty.

Among those findingswere:

  • Living with a disability in America can be both economically and socially costly
  • Many people with disabilities fear that earning or saving too much money could cause them to lose access to supports that they need to live independently in the community
  • People with disabilities often cannot save for emergencies and unanticipated challenges
  • People with disabilities continue to report experiencing employment discrimination, discriminatory wages, inaccessible workplaces, and persistently low expectations about what they can accomplish

The Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S.313/HR.647) now before Congress would allow tax-exempt savings accounts for individuals with disabilities without losing their eligibility for Social Security supplemental income, Medicaid and other public benefits. Holding more than $2,000 in lifetime savings under current law puts those benefits at risk. ABLE accounts could be used to pay for housing, medical, transportation, educationaland other needs.

Alexander andSen. Robert Casey (D-PA), the original Senate sponsor of S.313, urged passage of the bill and several witnesses who testified before the HELP committee also saidABLE could be a valuable tool to tackle poverty.

"There is no way to save for emergencies and other things to help pull them out of poverty," said Becky Duncan Massey, aTennessee state senator who has worked 21 years as a disabilities provider. "The $2,000 limit that was established when the program was started is equal to almost $13,000 in today's dollars. The ABLE act could help with this."

The bill (HR.647) awaits a House floor vote; S.313 awaits Senate action. Supporters, including Autism Speaks, are urging Congress to vote on the legislation before it recesses for the November elections. The ABLE bills have gained cosponsorships from 80 percent of the House and 75 percent of the Senate, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Ability Dynamics, LLC. Announces Release Of The RUSH76™ Chopart - PRNewswire
TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Ability Dynamics, LLC a developer of next-generation prosthetic devices announced today the release of the RUSH76™ Chopart Plate. It is specifically designed for people with Chopart amputations as well as Lisfranc, Pirogoff, Boyd...
September 17, 2014

Government of Canada helps Canadians with disabilities get jobs - PRNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Mill Woods–Beaumont, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, highlighted the Government of Canada's contribution to...

Canadian Business SenseAbility to help companies access the benefits of hiring people with disabilities - PRNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Business SenseAbility, a national, not-for-profit organization run by private sector business leaders, launched today in Toronto. The organization was created to help more Canadian companies access the benefits of hiring people with disabilities....

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked - DisabiltyScoop
An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.

Leading Organizations Select Professional Diversity Network As Exclusive Recruitment Partner - PRNewswire
CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (Nasdaq:IPDN) announced it has been selected as the exclusive diversity recruitment solutions provider for several leading organizations targeting women, Hispanic and African American professionals,...
September 16, 2014

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Team Canada Roster Announced! - PRNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Special Olympics Canada is proud to announce the full roster of Team Canada members who will be headed to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games next summer in Los Angeles, California. This is the largest delegation Special Olympics Canada has sent to...

States Move Forward With Expanded ABA Coverage - DisabiltyScoop
Months after federal officials ordered them to do so, states are starting to include coverage of treatments like ABA for kids with autism within their Medicaid programs.

Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Wheelchair Incident - DisabiltyScoop
Kanye West is taking heat for calling out two concertgoers for not standing up only to find out that they had disabilities.

Uber Accused Of Disability Discrimination - DisabiltyScoop
The ride-sharing service Uber is facing accusations that its drivers discriminate against people with disabilities, in one case allegedly locking a passenger's service dog in the trunk.
September 15, 2014

Ein saudischer Geschäftsmann mit Wohnsitz in Genf gratuliert dem saudischen Fußballteam für Sportler mit besonderen Bedürfnissen zu einer weltbedeutenden Errungenschaft - PRNewswire

GENF, September 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ein saudischer Geschäftsmann mit Wohnsitz in Genf gratuliert dem saudischen Fußballteam für Sportler mit besonderen Bedürfnissen zu einer weltbedeutenden Errungenschaft, denn das Team gewann am 23. August 2014 in Brasilien zum...

Un homme d'affaires saoudien basé à Genève félicite le nouveau record du monde remporté par l'équipe de football saoudienne composée d'athlètes avec des besoins spéciaux - PRNewswire

GENEVA, September 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Un homme d'affaires basé à Genève félicite l'équipe de football saoudienne composée d'athlètes avec des besoins spéciaux qui a battu le record du monde en remportant pour la troisième fois la Coupe du...

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