FILMMAKERS WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock: One creative pursuit that some people with disabilities may use to express themselves is filmmaking. From March 31 to April 6, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan will host the 12th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will showcase numerous films from around the world made by people with disabilities and/or that depict them in […]

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RECENT DISABILITY NEWS STORIES

By Michael Rock: Several key developments in disability news have been reported in the past few days. The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill that would create a registry of care providers who have ever hurt someone with an intellectual or developmental disability. This registry would prevent them from finding future work at programs […]

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PROMOTING SELF-RELIANCE

By Michael Rock: While providing for the needs of people with disabilities is important, allowing those who can become fully independent to do so should be just as high a priority. Easterseals East Georgia in the city of Augusta, offers just one of many such workforce development programs nationwide that can be instrumental in helping […]

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WHEN SERVICES ARE UNDERFUNDED

By Michael Rock: Too often, disability services are under-prioritized by the public agencies that fund them. In Illinois, people with disabilities wait an average of seven years before they and their families know whether they qualify for supports such as housing and job coaching, even as court rulings demand the wait time be reduced. That […]

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LENGTHENING LIFESPANS

By Michael Rock: One of the key inequalities that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in relation to their peers without disabilities is a considerably shorter lifespan. Fortunately, new insights into the roots of this problem better allow us to understand and solve it. A recent study from researchers at Australia’s University of New […]

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HANDLING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

They call it “the most wonderful time of the year,” but the holiday season can be a stressful time for people with disabilities and their families. Thanksgiving dinner can be difficult for those with developmental disabilities because of behavioral and sensory issues. Judgements from some family members as well as other diners in restaurant settings […]

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ALTERNATIVES TO UNEMPLOYMENT

By Michael Rock: It is no secret that people with disabilities have a high unemployment rate compared to the general population. Despite improvements in the current strong economy, there is still much work to be done. In the meantime, there have been several innovative approaches used to help address their unemployment issues. San Diego County […]

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