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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Wheelchair-Bound Price Is Right Winner a More Appropriate Prize

Jimmy Kimmel Gives Wheelchair-Bound Price Is Right Winner a More Appropriate Prize | Disability | Scoop.it
Jimmy Kimmel invited The Price Is Right contestant Danielle Perez on his show last night to talk about her winning the most unfortunate game-show prize ever. Perez, who is wheelchair-bound, won a treadmill.
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While we don't like "wheelchair-bound" and prefer "person who uses a wheelchair" we like this story!  Way to go Jimmy!

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iPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users' Fingertips | WIRED

iPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users' Fingertips | WIRED | Disability | Scoop.it
An app that began as a prototype at Stanford now lets sight impaired iPad users type Braille on its touchscreen.
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ICYM - neat technology!

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Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds - Huffington Post

Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds - Huffington Post | Disability | Scoop.it
Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds Huffington Post More than 28 percent of adults aged 21 to 64 who have a disability and are not institutionalized live in poverty, compared with the overall 12.4 percent national...
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Dear Media, Nobody Is 'Bound' to a Wheelchair

Dear Media, Nobody Is 'Bound' to a Wheelchair | Disability | Scoop.it
Perfectly explained... with photos! (RT @Kablamski: Dear Media, Nobody Is 'Bound' to a Wheelchair http://t.co/6b6FQeRDcT via @themightysite)
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Yup. Love this. Also check: http://ncdj.org/ for style guide on reporting on ppl w/disabilities.

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Penn State moves ADA parking to 2 miles away from stadium on game days: 'I ... - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com

Penn State moves ADA parking to 2 miles away from stadium on game days: 'I ... - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com | Disability | Scoop.it
Penn State moves ADA parking to 2 miles away from stadium on game days: 'I ...
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Shameful.

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More cities consider new disability icon - Kansas City Star

More cities consider new disability icon - Kansas City Star | Disability | Scoop.it
More cities consider new disability icon
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“I would love to see these signs replace all the old ones nationwide,” said Donna Bradford, a member of the Kansas City Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities.
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We want this for MKE!

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Suit: Six Flags park violated ADA, didn't let disabled boy on rides - MyFox Chicago

Suit: Six Flags park violated ADA, didn't let disabled boy on rides - MyFox Chicago | Disability | Scoop.it
Suit: Six Flags park violated ADA, didn't let disabled boy on rides MyFox Chicago A woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Six Flags Great America in north suburban Gurnee, claiming the park discriminated against her disabled son by not letting...
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A Proud Prince Harry Praises Paralympic Athletes at Invictus Games - People Magazine

A Proud Prince Harry Praises Paralympic Athletes at Invictus Games - People Magazine | Disability | Scoop.it
Newham Recorder A Proud Prince Harry Praises Paralympic Athletes at Invictus Games People Magazine Harry, who wrote a moving personal editorial about his inspiration for the games and the "horrendous" injuries he witnessed on two tours of...
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A Royal has created a new international competition for people with disabilities.

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United hire wheelchair-bound coach who could be next Fergie

United hire wheelchair-bound coach who could be next Fergie | Disability | Scoop.it
Sohail Rehman, from Keighley in Yorkshire, became the first ever wheelchair bound trainer to coach able-bodied footballers last year after gaining his badges.
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Go ManU! 

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Maynooth students win tech prize for accessibility app - Irish Times

Maynooth students win tech prize for accessibility app - Irish Times | Disability | Scoop.it
Maynooth students win tech prize for accessibility app Irish Times The team from NUI Maynooth, who secured third place in the world citizenship cetegory at the world finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seatle for their AccessEarth app, which...
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Can't wait to check this out!  Congrats :)

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Group looking for models with disabilities - WLS-TV

Group looking for models with disabilities - WLS-TV | Disability | Scoop.it
Group looking for models with disabilities
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"So working with models of diversity on the disability side here in the U.S.
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Positive images and inclusion can't be a bad thing, right?

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I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Disability | Scoop.it
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity.
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Great TED Talk - worth the time!  #image #inclusion #disability 

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150 Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Coming to Philly - NBC 10 Philadelphia

150 Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Coming to Philly - NBC 10 Philadelphia | Disability | Scoop.it
150 Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Coming to Philly NBC 10 Philadelphia Advocates for disabled people have dropped a discrimination lawsuit against the Philadelphia Parking Authority after a Thursday meeting where the agency approved regulations...
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Noice.  As it should be.  #Access.

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Updated Accessible Parking Signs: In Motion

In July 2014, Governor Cuomo of New York passed a law requiring all future accessibility signs in the state to use the new International Symbol of Accessibil...
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Our organization is working on this for Milwaukee area.  Disability rights advocates in WI are considering urging a similar policy for WI through signage attrition - improves image of people with disabilities with no additional cost as signs get repainted or worn out.

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Citizens using app to report accessible parking violators in Travis Co.

Citizens using app to report accessible parking violators in Travis Co. | Disability | Scoop.it
Parking for people with disabilities is often snatched up by people who aren't disabled. Now police have a new way to keep those spaces available for those who need them.
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Interesting!  Think this could work in #MKE?

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An equal music: How to make workplace more disabled-friendly

An equal music: How to make workplace more disabled-friendly | Disability | Scoop.it
How to make your workplace more conducive and inclusive for employees who are disabled (How to make workplace more disabled-friendly http://t.co/w0qzt7z0Uz #SoE #Disability)...
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Wow - international examples of  workplace inclusion & AT! Great to see. 

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Artist inspired by her grandmother redefines disability

Artist inspired by her grandmother redefines disability | Disability | Scoop.it
The project is the work of artist Elana Langer and photographer Hanna Agar, both from New York, and aims to challenge the stigma around hearing aids and walkers.
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Love this.

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Planning and accessibility need to go hand-in-hand

Planning and accessibility need to go hand-in-hand | Disability | Scoop.it
Durham music columnist wraps up two-part series (RT @a11ymedia: Planning and #accessibility need to go hand-in-hand http://t.co/di7eGcTCMY #AODA #disability #inclusion #music)...
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Accessibility to the arts...great!

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Readers sound off on accessibility, stop and frisk and Kelly Ripa - New York Daily News

Readers sound off on accessibility, stop and frisk and Kelly Ripa - New York Daily News | Disability | Scoop.it
Readers sound off on accessibility, stop and frisk and Kelly Ripa
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Accessibility symbol moves on. Glen Oaks: New York has adopted a completely new symbol for people with disabilities.
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Nice Opp Ed about the new accessibility symbol being used in NY.

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Why do police keep seeing a person's disability as a provocation? - Washington Post

Why do police keep seeing a person's disability as a provocation? - Washington Post | Disability | Scoop.it
Why do police keep seeing a person's disability as a provocation?
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On Aug. 11, Los Angeles police killed Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old who had allegedly resisted arrest, tackled an officer and reached for his gun.
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Horrifying.

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Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise - USA TODAY

Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise - USA TODAY | Disability | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise USA TODAY The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011, with nearly 6 million children (8% of the population)...
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We're here to help in metro Milwaukee w/ kids & adults w/disabilities who wish to live independently.

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Why new wheelchair icon is more than just a symbol - News@Northeastern

Why new wheelchair icon is more than just a symbol - News@Northeastern | Disability | Scoop.it
News@Northeastern Why new wheelchair icon is more than just a symbol News@Northeastern Over the past several years, scores of disability rights activists have begun to question the efficacy of the ubiquitous wheelchair symbol, arguing that the...
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We use it in our parking lot and have a stencil that other companies can use to paint their own parking lots!  1st in WI to use this icon = IndependenceFirst aka Independence1st!

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National Veterans Wheelchair Games

National Veterans Wheelchair Games | Disability | Scoop.it
Catch all the excitement and get inspired by the amazing athletes rolling into Philly for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
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This week!

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How Employers Are Tapping Talents of Disabled Workers - NBC News

How Employers Are Tapping Talents of Disabled Workers - NBC News | Disability | Scoop.it
A long-overlooked player in the American workplace is finally getting some extra attention: The disabled worker.In March 2014, the Department of Labor update...
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Great segment. Many ppl w/disabilities WANT to work and need the chance.

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Bringing more wheelchair-accessible cabs to DC streets—and saving the city ... - Washington Post

Bringing more wheelchair-accessible cabs to DC streets—and saving the city ... - Washington Post | Disability | Scoop.it
Bringing more wheelchair-accessible cabs to DC streets—and saving the city ...
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Washington has an abundance of taxicabs — more cabs per capita than almost any other major city in America.
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And another municipality increases wheelchair access...

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