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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - IA: Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by President George H. W.  Bush in 1990, is considered the benchmark law guaranteeing civil protections for those with disabilities. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Many people living with disabilities say becoming a self-advocate is one of the benefits afforded by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which took effect 30 years ago this month. The milestone anniversary officially occurs on July 26th, and it's being celebrated

Advocates for those with disabilities say while there's been no reported incidents in Iowa, they're monitoring to see if their clients are denied health care because of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the global pandemic unfolds, advocates for those with disabilities hope these individuals don't become ignored. An Iowa group says there are a number of ways that could happen. The new coronavirus has brought us many phrases such as "social distancing" to encourage people to t

In addition to a federal investigation, Iowa lawmakers might soon be looking into issues surrounding the Department of Human Services. In the meantime, the new DHS director is getting praise over her response. (Adobe Services)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers say they like the job the interim Department of Human Services director has been doing, and have confirmed her permanent appointment to the post. Advocates for people with disabilities are expressing optimism as well. Kelly Garcia was named interim director last f

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council hopes their causes will not be ignored during the current legislative session. (Iowaddcouncil.org.)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have been in session for nearly two weeks, and advocates for people with disabilities hope they don't overlook their concerns as the legislative calendar moves forward. Expanding community-based care supports is one of the top priorities for advocates. Brooke Love

A report by Rutgers University this year said voter turnout for people with disabilities was up more than 8% in the 2018 midterm elections. (Sara/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In less than two months, Iowans will get their say in the presidential nominating process. As the caucuses draw closer, two groups are working to make sure residents with disabilities have a voice. Voter turnout rates indicate that Iowans with disabilities are under-repr

Iowa Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, left, visted Jessica Williams' place of employment and met in Urbandale and met her manager, David Watts as part of October's National Disability Employment Month. (DDCouncil)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The contribution people with disabilities make to the economy is hard to quantify, but last month three Iowa lawmakers got a first-hand look at how hard they work. As part of October's National Disability Employment Month, state Sens. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, and Jackie Smith, D-S

Americans with disabilities often flourish in the workplace if employers invest in training and use assistive technology. (kaepetrin/stlpublicradioradio)

DES MOINES, Iowa – America's unemployment rate remains very low, but that doesn't always apply to people with disabilities. It's an issue Iowa is working on. As part of October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month, employers across the state are reminded that many people with disa

Voter turnout among people with disabilities surpassed all other minority populations for the record-breaking 2018 midterm elections, according to a Rutgers University study. (futurity.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don't vote. About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disabili

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