Author: Frank Kineavy

Smartphone Apps Change Lives for People With Disabilities

As people with disabilities assimilate into all aspects of everyday life, their needs and demands expand. Oded Ben Dov — a tech guru who got his start programming video games — learned the struggle that people with disabilities face simply from doing his job. His journey commenced when developing a…

Mississippi Holds Out for Confederate Flag One Year After Charleston

One year after public outcry forced the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds and public institutions following the killing of nine Black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a Confederate flag-waving gunman, there is still refusal by some to let go of the divisive symbol. The state of Mississippi…

NJ Transit Settles $3.65 Million Discrimination Suit

NJ Transit recently settled a $3.65 million racial discrimination lawsuit with seven former African American employees, who cited racial insults from supervisors as the cause for legal action. In January 2014, accusations surfaced after a supervisor, no longer employed by the agency, put a makeshift noose around an employee’s neck…

Education Disparities for Minorities, Report Finds

Academically challenging classes, experienced teachers and moderate disciplinary policies are housed in affluent white school districts, leaving minorities on the fringe, according to a U.S. Department of Education survey. “In general, the data shows students of color, students whose first language is not English and students with disabilities are, according…

Trump Creating 'Goldwater Effect'

Many top officials in the Republican Party are getting queasy over their presumptive nominee’s recent remarks regarding the judge presiding over his upcoming Trump University fraud trial, with comparisons being drawn between Trump and the 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Republicans disavowed Trump’s comments (while still supporting him), which…

Disability Providers Exempt from Harmful Labor Law

By Frank Kineavy Photo: Shutterstock Providers for people with disabilities will be exempt from a new U.S. Department of Labor mandate that would have potentially hindered their services for the people who rely on them. The new rule, effective December 1, 2016, requires employers to provide their staff overtime pay…

Chicago Mayor Calls to Disband Police Authority

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled his plan to disband the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace the group with a civilian agency “that has more independence and more resources to do its work.” Formed in 2007, the IPRA was created to serve as the city’s police review agency in…