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PHOTO: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services says Walgreens is among the growing number of businesses looking to fill jobs with a largely untapped resource, individuals with disabilities. Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the need for more middle-skilled workers a growing concern statewide, more Iowa businesses are turning to individuals with disabilities to help fill the gap. David Mitchell, administrator with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, says a majority of people with disabiliti ...Read More

PHOTO: With unemployment a way of life for a majority of the one million individuals with disabilities in the state, Tennessee is taking a national lead in efforts to improve their job prospects. Photo credit: Allen/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and with a growing need for skilled workers in the state and across the country, Tennessee is among those now focusing on making a greater effort to hire individuals with disabilities. Sarah Harvey, program director with ...Read More

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike ...Read More

PHOTO: Through Project RISE, young adults with disabilities are able to gain hands-on work experience, both in paid and volunteer positions, throughout Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Photo courtesy of K. Smith.

KANSAS CITY - From guest services to human resources, education, and transportation, dozens of young adults are proving that disabilities don't mean they can't find or keep a job. They are part of an innovative program at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Kathy Smith is the program manager fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Faulty ramps to emergency shelters should become things of the past when the next disaster strikes New York City, thanks to a settlement agreement delivered to a federal judge in New York. Photo courtesy CIDNY.

NEW YORK - A federal judge's decision will produce radical and life-saving changes in the way New York responds to natural disasters, according to local advocates. Federal Judge Jesse Furman on Tuesday accepted a settlement agreement that mandates big changes in the way New York City responds to na ...Read More

PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

PHOTO: At an event in Framingham, a new effort was launched this week to find and enroll Massachusetts school kids in health insurance plans. The Back to School campaign is targeting communities where English is a second language. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - It's back-to-school time for kids in the Commonwealth - and time for an effort by health-care advocates to find those children who are without health insurance. The "Back to School Campaign" kicked off with an event in Framingham, a community with a high concentration of immigra ...Read More

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