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Disability Studies

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Disability Studies examines the social construct of disability and naturally promotes inclusion as a civil rights and social justice issue.
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Students at Chapman University have created a website about disability studies in education

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New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text | WIRED

New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text | WIRED | More items of interest | Scoop.it
The UNI tablet case uses gesture recognition technology to translate sign language into audible speech.
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A new tablet case recognizes ASL and translates it into English

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"Who I AM" (60 seconds, subtitles)

The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles…
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 Check out the new PSAs on disability and employment (with subtitles but no audio description):

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A New Nursing Home Population: The Young

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young | More items of interest | Scoop.it
People ages 31 to 64 now make up the fastest-rising proportion of nursing home residents. One reason: As states face record budget gaps, the programs that help people live at home are being cut.
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More and more college-age young people and teens are ending up in nursing homes because of their disabilities

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What It Really Feels Like To Live With Depression

What It Really Feels Like To Live With Depression | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Just because you deal with depression doesn't mean that you are depression. A bad day/week doesn't mean a bad life. After all, it's not sunny every day but we know the clouds won't last forever....
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* This article does a nice job discussing what it’s like dealing with depression for one person, and perhaps others:

 
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2014′s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

2014′s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities | More items of interest | Scoop.it
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 Is the grass always more accessible on the other side? Here’s a list of 2014’s best and worst cities for people with disabilities:

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10 Majorly Successful People With Disabilities

10 Majorly Successful People With Disabilities | More items of interest | Scoop.it
By Tiffiny Carlson, the Mobility Resource

Everyone has hardships they encounter in their lives, but when someone with a disability is able to overcome all of the additional c#$!% a disability brings to not only survive, but to find mega success, t...
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World-famous leaders in art, science, politics, and more have disabilities, too. Lots of special and overcoming language, but still an interesting list:

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Disability simulations should be left in the 90s

Disability simulations should be left in the 90s | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Allies should be strengthening the voice of people with disability by speaking up alongside us, not simulating disability in a tokenistic fashion and raising money for charities.
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Australian comedian and activist Stella Young asks allies to please stop doing disability simulations

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Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline....
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“Mental health” work is for everyone – one advocate argues that people should stop thinking “mental health” work is only for people with “mental illness”

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'You Are Not a Loan': Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt

'You Are Not a Loan': Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt | More items of interest | Scoop.it
As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students. Rolling Jubilee, a project of Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt movement, acquired debt incurred by students of Everest College, one of the operations of Corinthian Colleges (CCI), an umbrella company of for-profit schools, and paid for it at a discounted rate, clearing a total of $3.85 million from the collective debt of 2,761 people.
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Rolling Jubilee, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, is buying up student debt and cancelling it (over $4 million cancelled so far), while raising questions about why students have to go into debt to get an education in the first place

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New smartphone app gives sight to the blind | Reuters

New smartphone app gives sight to the blind | Reuters | More items of interest | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds,
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A new app by Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is able to read text after you take a picture of it with your mobile device

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Report: Nearly 1 In 3 With Disabilities In Poverty - Disability Scoop

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A confluence of factors ranging from prejudice to the complexity of support systems are leaving people with disabilities disproportionately impoverished, a
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One in three people with disabilities in the U.S. are living in poverty:

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Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Wheelchair Incident - Disability Scoop

Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Wheelchair Incident - Disability Scoop | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Kanye West is taking heat for calling out two concertgoers for not standing up only to find out that they had disabilities.
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Kanye West stopped a show to tell fans with prosthetic legs and wheelchairs to stand up, and even had his security guards go check to be sure the fans weren’t faking, provoking outrage in fans and disability activists

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Redefining Style For Adult Little People

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We're the only ready-to-wear apparel company specifically designed for Little People with Dwarfism.
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 Are you a college professional who is also a little person?  There’s a new line of professional clothing out

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Oscar Pistorius begins first day in hospital wing of prison

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More than 20 months after he shot his girlfriend to death, South African double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius spent his first full day in prison Wednesday with eight cellmates, all of them disabled.
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Oscar Pistorius is found guilty and due to his prosthetics, will serve his time in South African prison’s hospital wing

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Video games which open the door for the blind to play

Video games which open the door for the blind to play | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Replacing images with musical cues and navigation by voice prompts lets the sight-impaired compete as gamesters
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Gaming for blind people?  There are some games that work


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Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students

Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students | More items of interest | Scoop.it
This is incredible:

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities ...
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 U.S. students can now receive free college tuition in Germany colleges and universities – while it’s not clear how accommodations may be provided under the new legislation, the offer extends to students with disabilities, as well

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Fall in love with 10 amazing wheelchair Halloween costumes

Fall in love with 10 amazing wheelchair Halloween costumes | More items of interest | Scoop.it
On Halloweens past, 9-year-old Caleb McLelland has driven a backhoe with bright yellow wheels, flown through the clouds as Superman and...
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* Tired of the same old costumes? Last year’s beer box costume got you wondering what you were thinking? Check out how these youn’ns decked out their wheelchairs as part of fantastic costumes:

 
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Presidential Proclamation -- National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2014 | The White House

Presidential Proclamation -- National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2014 | The White House | More items of interest | Scoop.it
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 October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the US.

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How People With Disabilities Can Overcome Money Challenges - US News

How People With Disabilities Can Overcome Money Challenges - US News | More items of interest | Scoop.it
A new report shows that people with disabilities tend to earn less and have lower savings.
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An article in U.S. News & World Report explores how society makes it harder for people with disabilities to earn a fair wage and save their money


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Lawsuits Often Fail To Satisfy Either Side Of ADA Coin - Disability Scoop

Lawsuits Often Fail To Satisfy Either Side Of ADA Coin - Disability Scoop | More items of interest | Scoop.it
No matter which side they're on, the people involved in disability access lawsuits seem to have one thing in common: supreme frustration.
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Problems with serial Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits may be overshadowing real problems with ADA compliance and enforcement

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Dyslexic spies: There are benefits worth waiting for

Dyslexic spies: There are benefits worth waiting for | More items of interest | Scoop.it
It may have been more than 30 years ago now but the weekly misery of English spelling tests is still engrained in my mind. Nesesery. Becose. Rerly. Thort. Or, for that matter, speling itself.
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A dyslexic James Bond?  Her Majesty’s intelligence service apparently appreciates dyslexia in intelligence officers


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Terence Moakley, Advocate for Disabled, Dies at 69

Terence Moakley, Advocate for Disabled, Dies at 69 | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Mr. Moakley, a quadriplegic, was not above staging public stunts to show how difficult it could be for the disabled to get around.
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 Grateful for accessible transportation?  You may owe a thank you to activist Terence Moakley (a Hofstra graduate), who passed away in Manhattan this week


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Uber Accused Of Disability Discrimination - Disability Scoop

Uber Accused Of Disability Discrimination - Disability Scoop | More items of interest | Scoop.it
The ride-sharing service Uber is facing accusations that its drivers discriminate against people with disabilities, in one case allegedly locking a passenger's
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 Ride service Uber is being accused of disability discrimination, including one occasion where the driver locked a service dog in the trunk

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Diversity in Science: Where Are the Data?

Diversity in Science: Where Are the Data? | More items of interest | Scoop.it
Global figures on diversity in the science and engineering workforce are hard to come by, but what we know is not flattering
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Global figures are released on diversity in science and engineering, and “diversity” includes disability

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