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Day in Washington is Closed

May 21, 2013
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Just a quick note to folks that because of many other commitments both work-based and personal, it has become necessary to close Day in Washington.  It isn’t fair to you to have the site continue along without regular updates.  The archives will continue to be available and it is my sincere hope to one...
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I Wish You Were Dead – The 2013 National Disability Day of Mourning

March 3, 2013
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I Wish You Were Dead – The 2013 National Disability Day of Mourning

“I wish you were dead.” It is a terrible thing to say or even think to another human being.  Imagine it being said to a young person with a disability.  Now imagine someone following through on that threat.  Now imagine them receiving no condemnation for the action.  That was the case of George Hodgins,...
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Women in Combat Today, People with Disabilities in the Military Tomorrow?

February 4, 2013
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The following article was originally written for the Lead On Update. Recently, Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, lifted the ban on women in combat. Women would be allowed equal opportunity to participate in combat operations. There have been a variety of responses from the public, but I think that in general most people are...
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Quotable – More Ed Roberts on #Disability (and criminals with disabilities)

June 4, 2012
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Quotable – More Ed Roberts on #Disability (and criminals with disabilities)

Highlights from speeches by Ed Roberts as collected by Jon Oda We  are a very diverse group of people. There are all kinds. I knew a guy who was paraplegic–he was a second story man. He used to rob people’s houses by rolling up to their home, parking his chair and climbing...
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Quotable – @AimeeMullins on the Power of Words #Disability #Adversity

May 28, 2012
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Yes, this is an old speech, but I thought it’d be great to put in an excerpt as this week’s “Quotable.” “I’d like to share with you a discovery that I made a few months ago while  writing an article for Italian Wired. I always keep my thesaurus handy whenever  I’m writing anything, but...
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Quotable – Claire Roy on Growth Attenuation #disability

April 30, 2012
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Quotable – Claire Roy on Growth Attenuation #disability

“We are a stupid people, loathe to study and learn from our collective history. We have burned the witches, strung up the niggers, gassed the kykes, lobotomized the crazies, beat up the faggots all in the name of what was right and good. We look back now, in horror at our primitive ancestors’ sins,...
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Requiring Closed Captioning on the Internet!

January 30, 2012
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Requiring Closed Captioning on the Internet!

Last week, the Federal Communicatons Commission released a Report and Order adopting rules to implement certain closed captioning provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). The details and why this is a big deal? They’re requiring that all video programming that is shown on television with closed captions be...
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Post State of the Union Presidential Conversation Today at 5:30pm EST

January 30, 2012
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Today’s the day, January 30th and at 5:30 pm EST the President will answer the public’s questions in a conversation – “Hang out with the President” streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse and on the White House Google+ page. There were a lot of issues brought up in the President’s State of the Union speech and a number that...
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