Author: Frank Kineavy

Cops Get Schooled on Intellectual Disabilities

Police officers in Howard County, Maryland, will be receiving a new kind of training to teach them how to appropriately handle situations involving people with intellectual disabilities. In certain situations, people with intellectual disabilities, such as Down syndrome or autism, may not respond in the same manner as someone who…

Reporter who Pushed for Diversity Coverage Dies

Rising journalism star Michael J. Feeney, a former New York Daily News reporter and immediate past president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, died on Sunday at the age of 32. The advocate for diversity in newsrooms was about to start his dream job as an entertainment reporter…

Non-Whites Lead Super Bowl Panthers

CORRECTED: 1/18/16 3:50 P.M. This year’s Super Bowl will mark a milestone with its 50thanniversary and at the same time score another win for diversity with the first team featuring a Latinohead coach and Black quarterback playing in the big game. Thecredit for the first minority head coach and quarterback…

Court Rules Being Gay Not a Disorder

A New Jersey judge last month handed down a landmark decision that marked the first time a U.S. court found that homosexuality is not a disease or disorder. A jury in New Jersey last summer reached a unanimous verdict finding that a firm that promised to convert young gay men…

NYC Schools Fail People with Disabilities

Following a two-year federal investigation completed last month, the U.S. Attorney’s office has found that more than eight of 10 of New York City’s public elementary schools are not “fully accessible” to people with disabilities. Moreover, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, “six of the city’s school districts, serving over…

United Airlines: No Fly Zone for People with Disabilities

United Airlines was fined $2 million on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its failure to provide proper accommodations for passengers with disabilities. According to the DOT, the treatment of passengers with disabilities by America’s second-largest airline was investigated following “a significant increase in the number of disability-related…

Restaurant 'Fires' Customer in Support of Employee with Disability

A restaurant owner in Anchorage, Alaska, has “fired” one of her customers following his disrespect and mistreatment of an employee who has autism. P.J. Gialopsos, owner of Little Italy Restaurante, said that an irate customer called the restaurant last month complaining about the service of its delivery drivers. Gialopsos’s daughter,…

Trump Physically Mocks Reporter with Disability for Challenging His Claim

Last weekend, Donald Trump added people with disabilities to his ever-growing list of those he has bashed since launching his presidential campaign in June. His most recent target, Serge Kovaleski, is a reporter who has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that limits the movement of his joints. The real estate developer-turned-GOP…

U.S. Government Disability Employment Hits Record High

Employment of people with disabilities by the U.S. federal government hit a record high last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which submitted its report to President Barack Obama last month. The total number of permanent federal employees with disabilities increased from 234,395 in 2013, to 247,608 in…