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When U.S. schools went online-only in the spring, many struggled to provide vital services to students with disabilities. Families, advocates and many educators say this fall has to be different.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, NewsHour looks at what the landmark civil rights law, which guarantees equal access to public resources and employment to disabled people has achieved and how much work remains. Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a disabled person… Read More
Special education advocates are relieved that the federal law that guarantees a free public education to students with disabilities will remain.
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a demand for caretakers who assist people with disabilities. Arian Smedley, Assistant Superintendent for the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) told WOUB News the statewide demand was there before the coronoavirus. “Now with the coronavirus, we are seeing that the demand is higher.” Smedley… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (The Columbus Dispatch via AP) — A new organization has formed to serve Ohio adults with disabilities who are victims of crime or witnesses of abuse, maltreatment or neglect. Katherine Yoder is executive director of Adult Advocacy Centers. She says prosecution rates are dismal when it comes to crime victims who have a… Read More
The state is increasing wages for direct support professionals who work one-on-one with people with developmental disabilities in hopes of creating more stability for families and providing a livable wage for workers. Jan Dougherty says her son Ryan, who has a developmental disability, has been able to keep a steady job with the help of a direct… Read More
Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR’s recent poll on rural health found that’s especially true for one group: people with disabilities.
Store managers are told to make “every effort” to offer new job options as the greeter position goes away. Workers and their families tell NPR about chaos and anxiety of being in limbo.
NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities.