Author: Frank Kineavy

Lawsuit Filed Against Flint Government for Gross Negligence

Seven families in Flint, Michigan, have filed a class-action lawsuit citing gross negligence at the hands of Gov. Rick Snyder in response to the effects of the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis. In April of 2014, Flint switched its water source from Detroit Water and Sewage Department to the Flint River….

Government Requires Insurance Programs to Cover Autism Treatment

The U.S. government has made what is being called a significant step for the autism community. This week the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) stated that beginning in 2017, all health plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children who are on…

'Game-Changer': Federal Agencies to Increase People with Disabilities in Workforce

By Frank Kineavy Shutterstock The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hasproposed a rulethat would require every federal agency to achieve a 12 percent workforce representation rate of people with disabilities. Additionally, they would have to attain 2 percent representation of people with severe and/or intellectual disabilities. These could include…

Greyhound Admits Cheating People with Disabilities

By Frank Kineavy Greyhound Bus In response to a Justice Department complaint placed in mid-February, Greyhound Lines Inc., a bus transportation company serving over 3,800 destinations in North America, will reimburse passengers with disabilities on top of paying fines for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement…

Law Enforcement Calls for Beyonc Boycott

By Frank Kineavy Getty Images Multi-platinum recording artist Beyonc Knowles has heightened the debate about race relations and garnered the attention of law enforcement officials across the country, who are calling for a boycott of the music icon’s upcoming tour. On Super Bowl Sunday, Knowles stole the show and subsequently…

Discrimination Against Autistic Employee at Amusement Park

By Frank Kineavy Chris Emery, 29, lost his job of 13 years at Pennsylvania’s Dorney Park. A young man with autismlost his job of more thana decade after a re-interview process did not take into account candidates with special needs. Chris Emery, 29, was looking forward to his 13th season…

13-Year-Old Builds New, Efficient Braille Printer From Lego Set

For years, people with disabilities have been desperately searching for cutting edge technology to assist them with communicating. 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is on his way to making a substantial impact on the lives of the blind community with a lightweight, low-cost Braille printer. The eighth-grader is shaking up the industry…

NYT Celebrates Black History with Previously Unpublished Collection

The New York Times has uncovered hundreds of archived photos from pivotal moments in Black history andwill release at least one of these imagesevery day during Black History Month. From an endearing profile of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from his appearance on NBC News, to a simple image…

Students with Disabilities More Likely to Drop out of High School

Students with disabilities are lagging behind their able-bodied peers when it comes to high school graduation. As the U.S. is on track to reach 90 percent graduation rates by 2020, students with disabilities only graduate at a rate of 61.9 percent, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report…