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PHOTO: It's a victory for Dave and Barb Kampa and for many of Minnesota's correctional employees, as a new law begins today, requiring ongoing affordable health care for those permanently disabled because of an assault on the job. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's one of the rarest of feats -- a bill that wins unanimous approval in the Legislature. One that did officially takes effect today, providing some needed protection for many of Minnesota's correctional employees. The law requires ongoing affordable health care for those rendere ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit charges the City of New York with failing to make sidewalks safe for New Yorkers with disabilities. Photo courtesy of CIDNY.

NEW YORK – It's being called a landmark civil rights lawsuit and it claims New York City is in violation of federal disability civil rights laws. It has been 24 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land, and Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for In ...Read More

PHOTO: The keynote speaker today at Edufest in Boise is Temple Grandin, Ph.D. She is considered the most well-known person in America with autism, and she'll focus on connecting with kids who are considered gifted, as well as having a disability. Photo credit: TED 2010.

BOISE, Idaho - Parents and educators from throughout the Northwest are in Boise for the "Edufest" gifted and talented education conference. Those attending will learn about ways to motivate students and offer differentiation in the classroom - even under Common Core guidelines. Today's keynote spea ...Read More

PHOTO: There are efforts in Ohio to make this August the first ever  Autism Acceptance Month. Graphic courtesy of Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Autism is a reality of life for an estimated one in 68 people. And while annual observances such as Autism Awareness Month in April have increased recognition of the disease’s prevalence, some say better understanding also is needed. Andie Ryley, board chair of the A ...Read More

PHOTO: An AARP study says 90 percent of the 45+ population would like to stay in their community and near family and friends as they age. Making it convenient to walk instead of drive is one way to help. Photo credit: AnneCN/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's said to be a key factor in creating healthier and more livable communities, and the walkability of Iowa towns and cities is taking center stage this week. Residents, elected officials and municipal leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines to learn how ...Read More

PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se ...Read More

PHOTO: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. Photo credit: Wikimedia / Public Domain.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the progress made since its passage is being recognized across Tennessee. The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in areas such as employment ...Read More

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut is doing better than most states in providing access to long-term health care. But many older middle-income residents are being priced out of the market. According to Claudio Gualtieri, associate director of advocacy for AARP Connecticut, the state is ahead of the nati ...Read More

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