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Student loan information to become more accessible to the blind

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Student Loan Information to Become More Accessible
The U.S. Department of Education and disability advocates have reached an agreement to make student loan information more accessible to people with visual disabilities. “It goes without saying that the inability of blind…
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Settlement mandates overhaul of Arizona solitary confinement practices

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Solitary Confinement Case Settled
Disability advocates and the state of Arizona filed a comprehensive settlement in federal court October 14, requiring the state to implement a variety of limitations on its solitary confinement procedures and to improve health care…
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New home care worker, labor protections rule partially delayed

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Home Care Workers Rule Delayed
New regulations extending minimum wage and overtime protections to an estimated two million caregivers nationwide will go into effect, as expected, on January 1, 2015. However, the Department of Labor, in a document published October
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Troubling trend of people pretending a pet is a service dog continues

A woman in a wheelchair with golden retriever service dog sitting by her sideThe trend of passing pets off as service dogs I’ve shared in the past shows no signs of stopping. Normally, service dogs wear vests that they earn after a lengthy training process, and are allowed to enter any public business…
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Upcoming film explores a young Stephen Hawking’s experiences adapting to his disability

Actor portraying Stephen Hawking, smiling wearing brown rimmed glasses and academic cloakWhen people with disabilities are portrayed in mainstream media, often times they are the punchline of a joke or a side-plot behind an able-bodied protagonist. Constantly on the lookout for films breaking that stigma, I was intrigued when I heard…
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