Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Monday, October 26, 2009

Institutions Remain Dumping Grounds for Forgotten People :: BalkanInsight.com & Virginia, USA

While people may tsk-tsk this situation as being an issue in "those other countries" it's time we take a closer look to our own home. I commend the work of the Virginia Alliance for Community formed in 2008 by The Arc of Virginia, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy.

From the Balkans:
Reform is coming too slowly to institutions for adults with intellectual and mental health disabilities in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, where chronic neglect, filthy conditions, and the use of physical restraints and high-dosage drugs to control behaviour remain routine.
Read more: Institutions Remain Dumping Grounds for Forgotten People :: BalkanInsight.com

From Virginia, USA:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2009
Contact: Jamie Trosclair
(804) 649-8481, ext. 101
jtrosclair@arcofva.org

Community for All: Sound Program and Fiscal Policy for Virginia

The Virginia Alliance for Community today sounded the alarm against the
Commonwealth’s intention to rebuild state institutions for persons with intellectual disabilities. During the 2009 legislative session, $23 million was budgeted for seventy-five (75) beds at the Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC) in Chesapeake. The Alliance continues to voice its strong opposition to this rebuilding, since it represents a major retreat from forty years of state public policy to transition Virginia from its historical state institutional focus to one of
community-based care.

The Alliance has renewed its efforts to have the 75-bed rebuild decision reversed based on study results of current SEVTC residents and on an analysis of the high cost of the proposed rebuilding. Results of an independent assessment of the SEVTC residents, completed after the Administration and General Assembly made its rebuild decision, concluded that individuals with the same level of support needs as SEVTC residents are being served in integrated community
settings.

Howard Cullum, President of The Arc of Virginia, said, “The consultant report confirms that SEVTC residents can be supported in the community. The SEVTC rebuild equates to a costof $306,000 per person in capital outlays alone. This price tag is unnecessary and much too high when there are other, less costly, quality alternatives available. . SEVTC residents can live in the
community just like the more than 8,300 individuals on the ID/MR waiver of whom about 3,800 live in congregate settings in their communities..””

Mr. Cullum further pointed out, “Based on this new information and the state’s dire budget situation, it is time for the Administration and General Assembly to step back and rethink the policy and fiscal implications of rebuilding segregated state institutions. The reality is that our Commonwealth could acquire community housing for all SEVTC residents at much less cost. Ask yourself this question: Could you find housing in the Tidewater and Peninsula area for less than $306,000 a person?”

The Alliance believes that the placement of individuals with disabilities who can live in the community in a segregated state institution violates federal disability laws. It is time for Virginia to transition from segregated state facilities that are very expensive to rebuild and operate and fully shift state policy and funding to community supports. There is a better way!

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The Virginia Alliance for Community was formed in 2008 by The Arc of Virginia, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, to provide a unified voice in advocating for the civil rights and needed services for Virginians with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.


TAKE ACTION: http://capwiz.com/arcofva/issues/alert/?alertid=14142816


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Inclusion Europe

Inclusion Europe is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Europe. Their online information service, e-Include at Inclusion Europe - Home is the essential point of reference for European news, policies, actions and events related to the community of persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and their organizations. Members and subscribers receive by e-mail regularly updated information on the latest articles and news.

For those on FaceBook you may want to consider become a fan.

Website: http://www.inclusion-europe.org

Company Overview: Inclusion Europe is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Europe. It aims to promote Respect, Solidarity and Inclusion.

Mission: We fight for: Human Rights for people with intellectual disabilities; their inclusion in society and non-discrimination.

Products: Inclusion Europe co-ordinates activities in many European countries, including conferences, working groups and exchange meetings. It responds to European policy proposals and provides information about the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Inclusion Europe advises the European Commission and members of the European Parliament on disability issues.







The Santiago Times - English Language Newspaper in Santiago, Chile - News in Chile and Latin America - CHILE: THOUSANDS OF BUILDINGS REMAIN INACCESSIBLE FOR THE DISABLED

Well...it’s a start. I wonder about the access to everywhere else! Having laws directing accessibility equality and equity is step one. Following and enforcing is step two. Embracing accessibility for all global citizens and including people with disability as part of the cultural fabric is job done.

The Santiago Times - English Language Newspaper in Santiago, Chile - News in Chile and Latin America - CHILE: THOUSANDS OF BUILDINGS REMAIN INACCESSIBLE FOR THE DISABLED

Friday, October 16, 2009

Changing Attitudes/Behavior & Having Fun While Doing So: The Fun Theory

Now here we go! A contest to invent fun:

We believe that the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory. Find your own evidence for the theory that fun is best way to change behaviour for the better. For yourself, for the environment or something entirely different. Your entries should be presented with a written explanation plus a visualisation of the idea itself. It could be a simple sketch, photos or a film of a prototype. You decide what will do your entry justice.

Rules | The Fun Theory

See how Fun Theory is put to work by changing people's attitudes about taking the stairs instead of the escalator and what pleasure there can be when throwing rubbish away:





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Facebook | Videos Posted by Rey S. Quiambao: extra ordinary commercial

This is a most incredible video that moved me to tears! I highly recommend it! If you have FaceBook I hope you share it for others to enjoy and learn from.

Deaf girl plays violin:
Facebook | Videos Posted by Rey S. Quiambao: extra ordinary commercial

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Of Patagonia and Penguins- Climate Changes In Chile

Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web. Our topic today is climate change.

Thought I'd do my duty today in honor of climate change and how it is ruining our world by first posting online to Tropicana's "Save the Rain Forest" Campaign. Well that didn't work. I posted my special number listed on the box in multiple ways, even swapped out the numbers for letters for the ones that always through me for a loop (8 for B, 0 for O). Still no luck. Then I tried to send a message to the company to inform them about the challenges I was having trying to do my good deed by having Tropicana meet their promises to do a good deed. When I had to fill in all the forms (even with auto fill) it was just too much to bear and so a bailed out of the site and chose to turn off the thermostat instead.


We are planning our Christmas holidays in southern Chile in Patagonia. I'm concerned by the reports that the glaciers in southern Chile are disappearing along with the penguins. In honor of the day I am updating here an earlier post by listing more information regarding the penguins of Chile and Patagonia. The reports and information available are very troubling:

The Age Of Warming
60 Minutes Goes To The Bottom Of The World And To The Top of A Glacier To See The Fastest Warming Place On Earth

Chiloé Island in Chilean Patagonia – October 9th, 2009


Magellanic penguins in southern Chile threatened species


CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS ANTARTICA’S EMPEROR PENGUINS: Study Predicts A Major Drop In The Bird’s Population

CHILE: Environmentalists Defend Patagonian Wilderness from Dams


After you are finished reading be sure to view the movie (YouTube:
Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years. The film, featuring Sigourney Weaver, originally aired on Discovery Planet Green.







Sending Sammy on His Way to Chile: USDA and Chile Regulations Revisited

It's always wise to check all the requirements (for home and the country you are planning to export your pet). In our case I see we've upped the cost of getting out of Dodge, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find his ticket into country has increased as well-- they get you coming and going!

*NEW USDA APHIS User Fee Increases Effective October 1, 2009*
Effective October 1, 2009, User Fees have increased for APHIS services, including those for the import and export of live animals, animal products and animal by-products.

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Application for admission of dogs and cats in the country(English by Google):

From Chile's Servico Agricola y Ganadero

See also from USDA:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/ci_cn.pdf

Application for admission of dogs and cats in the country

This procedure allows for: An authorization to enter the country, if the pet is as accompanied baggage (along with the user).

These animals are also subject to the regulations that the Ministry of Health and the National Customs Service to determine your income.
Who is it for: dog and cat owners who wish to enter these pets to Chile.

Requirements

* The animal must not show signs of disease upon boarding.
* The animal must have been subjected to clinical examination, with a maximum advance of 10 days prior to shipment (15 days if the origin is United States), which has been recognized to be free of communicable diseases.
* The animal must have been vaccinated against rabies between 1 and 12 months prior to shipment (unless from a country officially declared free of disease).
* No rabies vaccination is required if the country of origin is officially free of rabies. In this case we will require them to certify this condition.
* The animal must have been subjected to internal and external parasite treatment.

Documents

* Original official health certificate, issued by the competent health authority in the country of origin, attesting to the completion of health requirements for admission.
* The official health certificate, to comply with the requirements of placement can not be issued prior to the clinical examination of the pet and will run for 20 calendar days after issuance.

En Espanol:
Solicitud de ingreso de perros y gatos al país
Este trámite permite obtener: Una autorización para el ingreso al país, si la mascota viene como equipaje acompañado (junto con el usuario).

Estos animales se encuentran además, sujetos a las regulaciones que el Ministerio de Salud y el Servicio Nacional de Aduanas determinen para su ingreso.

A quién está dirigido: Dueños de perros y gatos que deseen ingresar con estas mascotas a Chile.
Requisitos Requirements

* El animal no debe presentar signos de enfermedades transmisibles al momento del embarque.
* El animal debe haber sido sometido a un examen clínico, con una antelación máxima de 10 días previos al embarque (15 días si el origen es Estados Unidos), en el cual se le ha reconocido estar libre de enfermedades transmisibles.
* El animal debe haber sido vacunado contra la rabia entre 1 y 12 meses que precedieron al embarque (excepto si procede de un país declarado oficialmente libre de la enfermedad).
* No se exigirá la vacunación antirrábica, si el país de procedencia está declarado oficialmente libre de rabia. En este caso se exigirá que se certifique esta condición.
* El animal debe haber sido sometido a un tratamiento antiparasitario externo e interno.

Documentos

* Certificado sanitario oficial en original, otorgado por la Autoridad sanitaria competente del país de origen, que acredite el cumplimiento de las exigencias sanitarias de internación. Original official health certificate, issued by the competent health authority in the country of origin, attesting to the completion of health requirements for admission.
* El certificado sanitario oficial, para dar cumplimiento a los requisitos de internación no puede ser emitido con anterioridad al examen clínico de la mascota y tendrá una vigencia de 20 días calendario una vez emitido. The official health certificate, to comply with the requirements of placement can not be issued prior to the clinical examination of the pet and will run for 20 calendar days after issuance.

Normas que lo regulan: Rules governing it:

* Resolución N° 1.484 de 1992/ Resolution No. 1484 of 1992
* Resolución N° 1.689 de 1992 /Resolution No. 1689 of 1992
* Resolución Exenta N° 1.254 del 12 de agosto de 1991 y modificaciones posteriores ( Resolución N° 1.150 del 2 de mayo de 2000)./ Exempt Resolution No. 1254 of 12 August 1991 and subsequent amendments (Resolution No. 1150 of 2 May 2000).

Information: SAG offices in regions corresponding to the place where the pet enter.

Información: Oficinas SAG en regiones correspondiente al lugar por donde ingresará la mascota.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Activists protest administration senior care proposal - October 2, 2000

The more things change the more they stay the same-- Perhaps finally REAL change and REAL choice will occur now...

Activists protest administration senior care proposal - October 2, 2000

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Several hundred activists for the disabled -- most of them in wheelchairs -- protested Monday outside the White House, chaining themselves to a fence and shouting, "We'd rather go to jail than die in a nursing home."

The protesters argued that a new administration proposal to help nursing homes comes at the expense of home and community-based care. Many of the activists charged the proposal was politically motivated.

ADAPT Confronts CNN at CNN HQ on Freedom for People with Disabilities

From my friends from ADAPT-- Please share/post/tweet with others:

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009

For Information Contact: Bruce Darling 585-370-6690

MEDIA ADVISORY Marsha Katz 406-544-59504

http://www.adapt.org


ADAPT Confronts CNN at CNN HQ on Freedom for People with Disabilities

Who: ADAPT, National grassroots disability rights organization

What: Occupying CNN offices at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta

When: NOW (9:30 a.m. Eastern time, and continuing)

Where: CNN HQ in CNN Center, Atlanta

Why: Get the Facts Straight on the Community Choice Act!


For nearly 20 years, ADAPT has been fighting to eliminate the institutional bias that forces seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutions. With very rare exceptions, this issue has been ignored by the major national media.

Even now, when the country is discussing the need to reform health care, the national media has overwhelmingly failed to recognize this critical issue.

Even worse, CNN got it wrong! In August of this year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN mentioned the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670) during a segment on health care reform, but he stated that the legislation addressed the need for accessibility in medical settings. ADAPT contacted Dr. Gupta and CNN asking them to correct their inaccuracy and follow our efforts while we are here in Atlanta. They did not.

It is clear that the media plays a significant role in shaping American politics and public policy. We understand that if we want to change public policy, we need the media to understand this issue and call for change. ADAPT members have tried everything we can think of to raise awareness of the institutional bias and alternatives to institutionalization. Literally hundreds of us have been arrested. We have shut down streets, taken over buildings, and even marched 144 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC!

Because we are a grass-roots organization, ADAPT doesn't have the expensive public relations firms that can "place" our story in the national media. So ADAPT members have come directly to CNN's national headquarters to educate the network on our issues. We are here to ask CNN that:

* Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his colleagues at CNN meet with ADAPT to learn about the institutional bias, the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670), and consumer-directed/community-based alternatives toinstitutionalization;

* Dr. Gupta correct his inaccurate report about the Community Choice Act;

* Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN acknowledge in their reporting that there are disability rights and civil rights issues embedded within healthcare issues;


* Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN report about the efforts of the
disability community to eliminate the institutional bias and give people a REAL CHOICE in how and where they receive long term services and supports; and


* Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN report about community-based and consumer-directed models of assistance that are more cost-effective and give seniors and people with disabilities real control over their lives.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on ADAPT visit our website at http://www.adapt.org/



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eating Us out of House and Home

As the end of life in our home in the USA draws to a close, I'm sorting out items in my pantry making piles to eat up in the next 3 weeks, give to the food pantry and offer as going away presents to friends and neighbors. Unfortunately we can't import any food items. Going through the pantry is like leafing through a photo album recalling good times, good food, and good friends.

Rice is the global food. I never realized what a rice connoisseur we became over the years. Looking at each variety in its French jar brings with it a flood of memories. Of course we have a large container of bomba rice, the short grain rice we use for Jorge's paella. Every birthday, holiday, and special accomplishment in our family had a large paelleria filled with the saffron flavored bomba. Sitting next to the bomba is the jar of long grain rice used to accompany the Hopin' John black eye peas we ate for ten years to assure great luck and prosperity. Seems to have worked for us these last ten years and will continue to be a tradition in Chile. The brown rice sitting next to it became a staple in our house once I was introduced to it in Colombia. Each bite of it takes me back to friends who have since moved on to other corners of the globe. The jar filled with the long black grains of wild rice brings me back to our life in Fall River Mills, California. Jorge would hunt for our Thanksgiving goose dinner in the rice fields and I'd accompany it with any one of the many wonderful recipes in the community recipe book. Imagine my surprise to discover in the international aisle of the market in Chile a bag of Fall River Mills Wild Rice! Last but not least is the jar of Minute Rice... our trusty fall back in our hectic life. Hopefully that pace will be better in the Chile chapter of our life.

Digging deeper into the pantry I've found my collection of oils. There's the sesame seed oil. What was to be my secret weapon to eternal youth and health is now scented floor polish as it just slipped through my fingers and onto the floor. At least the kitchen floor will look young and youthful for the renter. Oh what luck! I have another one tucked away in the corner. Perhaps I will be able to regain my youth in three weeks or less after all. However, I am wondering how in heaven's name I'll be able to use the gallon of extra virgin olive oil in the next few weeks! Then there's the bottle of almond oil used once for my Sherry and Almond Oil Vinaigrette. Time to explore some other recipes. Good thing it's a small bottle! I might actually be able to empty it in the next few weeks. Perhaps I can take these oils and blend them with the either the rice, red wine, malt,balsamic, cider vinegars. How many salads can I eat in 30 days?

I fear though the two gallon bottles of distilled vinegar may prove to be a challenge to empty in time. They were never meant to be consumed. We bought them to wash our vinyl floors. And then we put in wood flooring.

What is this? A Nutrisystem can of chili! While I did loose ten pounds on the diet, what the ads failed to warn me about was the tremendous case of gas their food produced. This one goes directly into the trash.

The cans are next. Gotta luv CostCo! Luckily the food banks are beginning their food collections. Why did I feel the need to purchase a case of Chicken Broth? There's only Andy and me here. The can of cream of shrimp will be used tonight. I'm not sure how, in fact, I'm not sure I actually had any idea of how I was going to use it. But how could I walk past such potential for a creamy feast? Wonder if the local food bank would appreciate two cans of coconut milk, the left overs from my daughter's Thailand gustatory experience.

Just a few other bits and pieces left to sort. Then to invite the neighbors to eat us out of our house and home so we can move to Santiago.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dulles Plane Pull 2009, War Birds and Missing Man Formation

Wonderful video of the Missing Man formation by the Navy War Birds in honor of Sgt. Stephen Sullivan.






Sunday, October 4, 2009

Teams Test Their Strength at Annual Dulles Plane Pull - washingtonpost.com

Teams Test Their Strength at Annual Dulles Plane Pull - washingtonpost.com: "Mary Jacobson, 55, was confident that she could pull a 180,000-pound cargo plane down the tarmac at Dulles International Airport by herself.

So even as 58 teams (of about 25 people each) prepared to see how fast they could pull the behemoth a dozen feet, Jacobson, of Stanley, Va., warmed up solo.

She's 5'4', weighs 153 pounds and competes in professional strength competitions. Ten thousand people showed up to watch the event, which started in 1992 as a way to raise money for the Virginia Special Olympics."


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Teams Pulling Together Gives REAL Meaning to Dulles Plane Pull for Special Olympics.

What a wonderful autumn day-- perfect day for the 2009 Dulles Plane Pull for Special Olympics at the Dulles International Airport. The plane pull, which benefits Special Olympics Virginia, is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus the fastest. Teams are made up of 25 members, who all line up adjacent to a huge rope attached to the aircraft. The starter signals when to start and starts the stopwatch. After the team pulls the aircraft 12 feet, the stopwatch stops and the elapsed time is recorded as the team score.

The weather was clear and warm and the competitors were pumped and ready to give it all they had to pull the FedEx plane down the tarmac of the Dulles Airport. The first up to pull was the Powerlifting Team from Special Olympics. But try as hard as they could, that plane would not budge. We wondered if someone forgot to unload it the night before? The team pulled and pulled, and still not a jiggle from the plane. But they didn't give up, not for a moment... and that's when Team UPS-- Big Brown-- jumped in to give a hand. With significant umphh and power on the part of both teams working TOGETHER the plane finally began to roll, crossing the line to the glee and relief of the competitors!

Then it was Big Brown's turn to go for it on their own. What?! Had they glued the wheels? Restocked the plane? The FedEx plane refused to budge once again. The big bruisers pulled with all their strength, yet not a wiggle from the wheels. Then in a flash the Special Olympics Team jumped the fence ran over to return the favor of support to the team that helped them out-- and once again TOGETHER they were able to pull that plane over the mark.









Atlanta to host international job forum - AP State GA - Ledger-Enquirer.com

ATLANTA -- Atlanta will be the 2010 host of the Americas Competitiveness Forum, which brings together representatives from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to spark innovation, create jobs and expand trade among the countries of the Western Hemisphere.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin announced the city's selection at the closing of the 2009 forum in Chile this week.
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Chile's penguins and sea lions under threat - The Guardian Newspaper

(Contributed by Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Vice President, OCEANA - Belize)

The past week OCEANA's Board of Director's met in Santiago Chile, where one of its international offices is located. Hosting the meeting in that country gave the directors and other executive members an opportunity to experience what local attractions are the pride and joy of the Chilean people. The visiting OCEANA team visited Punta Chorros, which comprised two reserves, namely: the Marine Reserve of "Isla Los Chorros" which protects the waters one nautical mile around the Islas Choros and Damas and the National Marine Reserve of Humboldt Pinguin which is the terrestrial part of said islands.

Chile?s penguins and sea lions under threat - The Guardian Newspaper

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Help Stop Breast Cancer! Have you contributed yet?

Meet my friend Sandy Curtis

From sandy

I invite you to contribute to Stephanie Curtis' efforts to help her fight cancer-- I DID!

Read her story here: http://tinyurl.com/stephanie-curtis




Talk about your Career Development, Transition, and Post School Outcomes!!

 
Talk about your Career Development, Transition, and Post School Outcomes!!

I have the greatest pleasure of introducing to you my dearest friends, Co-Executive Directors for The Arc of Northern Virginia, Jill Egle, and Nancy Mercer who are gracing the cover of this month's Exceptional Parent!

I am also pleased to announce Nancy is my presentation partner at Thursday Morning's Breakout session at the DCDT conference: http://www.dcdt.org/dcdtsavannah.cfm

You may learn more about their work at: http://www.thearcofnova.org/
(oh and that cute power-lifter showing some muscle with VA Delegate Tim Hugo is my son =)

Be sure to also see Jill's blog: http://www.thearcofnova.org/executive_life/

And do be sure to visit their youtube videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheArcofVA
In fact, I'm sure you must have seen the PSA for Respect (which is now to be added to Tropic Thunder's DVDs)


October Edition of Exceptional Parent
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EP’s October Issue Has Arrived!


The October digital edition of EP magazine is available now at www.eparentdigital.com. The main focus of this month’s issue is on employment, with articles ranging from AAC in the workplace to our special cover story on the co-Executive Directors of The Arc of Northern Virginia.

With the arrival of the October issue, EP readers will also once again find our annual Toy Review and Gift Guide. This special feature is full of recommendations on toys, games, and products for families of children with special needs.

Other highlights of EP’s October issue (which is available to subscribers at www.eparentdigital.com) include:

Microenterprise: An Alternative to Traditional Jobs. A microenterprise, as the name implies, is a very small business, typically employing only the owner or one to two other employees. Microenterprise is fast becoming a viable and attractive option for adults with a wide range of disabilities, including those who have very significant disabilities.

The New Path to Employment: Navigating Rocky Economic Times to Find Success in the Working World.

Starting Somewhere: Folks with unique communications needs make their way at work.

The Time to Begin Looking for Community Rehabilitation Programs Offering Vocational Services Is…Now. Advice and information from a Manager of Employment Services at The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore, Maryland.

Revealing Epilepsy to Neighbors, Schools, and in the Workplace. < B><>The fourth installment in a series of four articles about how to tell others about your or your child’s epilepsy.







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Online hate speech: Difficult to police ... and define - USATODAY.com

As the real world grows more tolerant of differences, the virtual world grows with hatred.

Complaints against groups on social networking sites that call for threats, violence and hatred toward people who are Jewish, black, gay or have disabilities are on the rise even as Americans celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the country rallies around its first black president, and gay marriage is legalized in some states.

An application on Facebook asks people to answer a quiz so they can see what "famous retard" they are most like. A Maryland police officer hosts a site with more than 100,000 members that tells people to "Stop breaking the law, retard." In July, a YouTube video hosted by "ExecutetheGays1" provided graphic suggestions about how to kill homosexuals. The site was taken down after five days.
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Another way of looking at "The R-Word"

15th International DCDT Conference: From Cobblestones to Cornerstones, Revitalizing Transition Outcomes in 2009 - Event Registration by Acteva

Look for me at the conference! I'll be presenting all 4 days.

15th International DCDT Conference: From Cobblestones to Cornerstones, Revitalizing Transition Outcomes in 2009 - Event Registration by Acteva

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US: State Department to Accept FY 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Entries Beginning October 2 | Global Immigration News

Saw this announcement and the first thing I thought was, "How wonderful, they are opening up the borders to people with disabilities!"

US: State Department to Accept FY 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Entries Beginning October 2 | Global Immigration News

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