Tag: Disability

Sessions to Put the 'Dis' in Disability

Alarms are going off throughout the disability advocacy world over Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s decision to repeal 25 documents, including ten of which are very important Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidance, which he deemed are “outdated, used to circumvent the regulatory process, or that improperly goes beyond…

Unarmed Black Man Shot by Police While Helping His Autistic Patient

UPDATE: 10:46 p.m. ET July 21, 2016 Since Monday’s shooting of Charles Kinsey, North Miami police and investigators have not been forthcoming with information. In a news conference Thursday evening, John Rivera, who heads ofthe Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, said Kinsey “did everything right.” Anunidentified officer fired three shots from…

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…

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…

Depression, Obesity, Drug Addiction Not a Disability, Survey Says

Most Americans agree that blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis are among conditions that should be considered a disability, according to a recent survey, while issues such as depression, obesity and drug addiction are less likely to be regarded as such. With debate taking place over Social Security Disability…

People with Disabilities at Risk of Losing Benefits

If Congress does not come to a consensus on the current Social Security dilemma, millions of Americans living with a disability will see their monthly federal benefits shaved from $1,130 to $900. The Social Security disability benefits program is facing abrupt cuts, according to the 2015 Annual Report of the…

Disability Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits

More than a generation after the historic American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, disability advocates are still fighting for what they deem is a level playing field in the workplace. According to the American Institute for Research, based on the US Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey,…