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March 27, 2012
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  Disability Update 
  • Report: Little government progress in hiring workers with disabilities
    Only 0.88% of the government workforce was made up of employees with certain targeted disabilities in 2010, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report found, even though a presidential mandate called for agencies to increase hiring of people with targeted disabilities. The report said 554 new employees with disabilities were hired in 2010, but the numbers were still short of an EEOC hiring goal of 2%. Disability Scoop (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Officials commemorate World Down Syndrome Day
    Officials in the U.S. and across the globe commemorated World Down Syndrome Day last week, supported by a United Nations resolution. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., spoke on the House floor about raising her 5-year-old son, who has the condition. "Cole's birth has given me a whole new purpose for serving in Congress and he reminds me every day of the significance, the tremendous positive impact that every single person has on this world," she said. Disability Scoop (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Public input is sought on technology-accessibility plan
    Federal officials are seeking public input on a plan to make technology and websites more accessible for individuals with disabilities. Suggestions so far include requiring vendors to fix accessibility issues and publicizing technology that can be used to assist those with disabilities. Comments can be made on a new White House website through Apr. 9. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App created to improve digital reading for people with disabilities
    AppWriter, a new text editor released Thursday for the iPad tablet computer, includes a specialized font for users with disabilities, text-to-speech capabilities, optical character recognition and other features designed for people with visual and other disabilities. "People with reading disabilities understand the importance of reading, because they don't take reading for granted," said Christian Boer, designer of the specialized font, who has dyslexia. Design blog (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ohio enacts jobs policy for those with developmental disabilities
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich last week signed into law a measure aimed at improving employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, who often face a challenging employment and financial outlook. The executive order creates an "Employment First" policy, requiring case managers at various state agencies to first look at community-based job placements for individuals with developmental disabilities before placing them in sheltered workshops. American City Business Journals/Cincinnati (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  UCP News 
  • Apply now: AAPD & The HSC Foundation Youth Transitions Fellowship
    This full-time fellow works on the organizations' youth transition and collaboration work. The fellow facilitates collaboration among internship programs based in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, including the Greater Washington Internship Coalition. The YTF also works closely with The HSC Foundation's National Youth Transitions Center, a collaborative learning community to benefit youth with disabilities and returning veterans. Read more and apply. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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