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Allison Norlian

21 July 2020

United States

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The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandated public places, businesses, facilities, and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities, including ramps, accessible entrances and bathrooms, and ...

Pioneers Post

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Astari Sarosa

3 July 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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A collaborative movement in Indonesia is creating job opportunities within the creative sector for those living with disabilities. Gerakan Kreabilitas holds workshops and events to provide business training through me...

Business NH Magazine

Anne Saunders

22 April 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Design students are being taught about accessibility and the challenges faced by those who live with disabilities at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. While new construction must comply with basic accessibi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Grady Newsource

Mary Margaret Stewart

16 March 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Episcopal Church advised Dioceses to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA and differently abled children and youth, particularly in light of the high numbers of LGBTQIA youth suicides. Rather than wait the years it could ...

The Washington Post

Grant Stoner

25 February 2020

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Making the video game industry more inclusive means allowing a broader segment of the population to experience a popular and important aspect of recreation by implementing features that add in various accessibility fe...

The Guardian

Jonny Weeks

29 December 2019

Bristol, United Kingdom

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The UK is home to an artificial surfing lagoon that aims to help those with disabilities have access to water sports they otherwise may not be able to participate in. Acting as both a physical and mental rehabilitatio...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 December 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin's program to make voting and polling locations accessible for people with disabilities once garnered national attention, though it has since fallen behind where it used to be. The program called for an audit...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

29 November 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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A training and apprenticeship program provides the skills and experience needed by people living with disabilities to find employment. Project Search is a nationwide initiative that identifies the strength and aspirat...

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Jodi Hausen

8 November 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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A company called Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming employs people with developmental and physical disabilities to work in their 3-story greenhouse to address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the labor p...

The New York Times

Ben Casselman

5 September 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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With the assistance of a local non-profit partner, Dell Technologies created a program to recruit employees on the autism spectrum to tap into an under-utilized section of the labor pool. Dell Technologies reflects th...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

29 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is a branch of the New York Public Library system that offers a wide array of services for vision-impaired adults and children. They hold the largest physical colle...

The Guardian

Stephen Burgen

10 June 2019

Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

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A haute cuisine restaurant in the Spanish city of Jerez offers employment only for people with disabilities who are left out of the mainstream workforce. The restaurant employs 20 people with conditions ranging from D...

Finmag

Petra Dlouhá

28 May 2019

Czech Republic

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There are many things to consider when it comes to the quality of life and psychological needs of people living with disabilities, but one need rarely remembered is their sexuality. A Czech organization called Freya t...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

2 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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People with special needs can face medical challenges when buildings aren't built in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or doctors claim they can't treat them. In New York, the N.Y.U. College of Denti...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

4 March 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Gallaudet University has interior design and architecture built with the needs and preferences of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in mind. By analyzing the effects of lighting, color, space, and other design pr...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

12 February 2019

Seattle, United States

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Washington State is pioneering savings accounts for people with disabilities that won't penalize them for saving for financial stability by barring them from essential federal aid programs. The accounts are tax-free a...

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Jennifer Guay

9 January 2019

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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The government of Victoria, Australia partnered with businesses across the state to workshop ways cultural, gender, and other biases could be eliminated in workforce interview processes. By creating anonymous CVs, usi...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In 2016, Kenya's government instituted a broadcast programming code that required reporting programs to include sign language interpretation. Through this code, people with hearing impairment have access to news and i...

Bright Magazine

Hassan Ghedi Santur

25 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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After volunteering for the special olympics, Maria Omare decided children with disabilities in Kenya needed a space where they would be treated with dignity, care, and respect. So she rented a one-room space, and call...

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Fiona Zublin

19 October 2018

France

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Restaurants like 1000 & 1 Signes in France, and Sign It in Germany, are challenging stereotypes people have about the deaf community. The restaurants are part of handful of cafes around the world where the staff is a...

FastCompany

Melissa Locker

4 October 2018

London, England

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Through the use of smart glasses, the London’s National Theatre is making theater going accessible to the hard of hearing. A play’s dialogue is displayed in the glasses, and software links the timing of the words bein...

The Washington Post

Amy Ellis Nutt

23 September 2018

Austin, Minnesota, United States

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In order to reduce autism stigma, the city of Austin, Minn., became an autism-friendly town. A system was created to label businesses as autism-friendly, if they implement specific requirements that reduce autism trig...

The Guardian

Priti Salian

24 August 2018

India

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Using audio descriptions of a movie’s action, the XL Cinema app increases the accessibility of movies to a vision impaired audience. The free app has been used thousands of times and production studios are interested ...

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