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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 – @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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Disability News Update – February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012
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The Disability News Update is coordinated by the Lead On Update. The get weekly updates of disability happenings or to search by category, visit the Lead On Update at www.leadonupdate.wordpress.com Upcoming Events February 13 – March 9, 2012 Foundations of ASD: National Autism Online Training Series Autism Spectrum Disorders are considered to be a...
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Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 5, 2011
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Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to ensuring people living with disabilities enjoy full equality and unhindered participation in all facets of our national life. We recognize the myriad contributions that persons with disabilities make at home and abroad, and...
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Celebrating the ADA at Home and Abroad – Special Advisor Judy Heumann, State Department

July 26, 2011
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Article Excerpt from Disability.gov blog post by Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State Twenty-one years ago, the United States became the first country to adopt national civil rights legislation, unequivocally banning discrimination against people with disabilities in the public and private sectors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was...
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Americans with Disabilities Act: 21 years later by Senator Tom Harkin

July 26, 2011
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Article excerpt from The Hill’s Congress Blog (link below) Today, we mark the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark bipartisan legislation that has played a huge role in making our country more accessible, in raising the expectations of people with disabilities and their families about what they can...
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White House Statement on a United Effort to Address Bullying

March 10, 2011
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White House Statement on a United Effort to Address Bullying

I know, I know…it is a forwarded note but considering all of the recent attention on the issue of bullying I thought this might be pertinent. There are a lot of resources and groups mentioned and considering the number of children and youth with disabilities who have been bullied (and some who have been...
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