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PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more North Dakotans with disabilities on the job is the focus as the state's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, meeting today in Bismarck. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota continues to report the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, one often untapped resource that could help fill those job openings is individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Hess, executive director with the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates ...Read More

PHOTO: More than one in seven North Dakotans now are providing care for a family member, and many have had little or any instruction on how to perform medical tasks at home. Photo courtesy of AARP.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota lawmakers soon will convene for 2015, and one piece of legislation they're being asked to consider aims to better support the state's family caregivers. One of the main provisions of the CARE Act is for facilities to provide instructions and demonstrations on tasks to ...Read More

PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Texas continues to trend down, with seven straight years of declines to reach 12.3 percent as of 2013. Photo credit: César Rincón/Flickr.

HOUSTON - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, says Dr ...Read More

PHOTO: Who will make financial decisions for you if you're unable to make them yourself? A new campaign kicks off statewide today, educating Iowans about a new Uniform of Power of Attorney Act to help prevent financial exploitation of seniors. Photo credit: Wayne MacPhail/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As Iowa's population continues to age, also growing is the number of elders being exploited financially, although new protections are in place aim to reverse that trend. The Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act officially took effect this summer and today marks the start of a state ...Read More

PHOTO: Nearly 700,000 Arkansans are being recognized as a "silent army" for the work they do as caregivers for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, so they can avoid ending up in institutional-care facilities. Photo courtesy of AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 700,000 Arkansans are being recognized as a "silent army" for the work they do as caregivers for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can avoid ending up in institutional-care facilities, which are costly. Today, AARP is kicking off its "I Heart Caregivers ...Read More

PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Victor/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month. It comes as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across the state and nation. David Becker, executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Minnesota and North Dakota, says the latest number ...Read More

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