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Surge In Voters With Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election
Significantly more individuals with disabilities cast ballots last year, indicating that this population will have an influence in the 2020 presidential race.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 7/16/19

Inclusive Coffee Shop Opens in Roswell
Independent Grounds Cafe of Kennesaw and Roswell United Methodist Church partner to open RUMC Coffee House. The coffee shop serves up coffee drinks, pastries, and a model of inclusion in the community.
Original article appeared on ScoopOTP, 7/25/19

House Vows to Renew Money Follows the Person
Federal lawmakers are working to renew Money Follows the Person, a Medicaid program that helps people leave institutions and live in the community.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 6/25/2019 

Aquatica Orlando Named First Autism-Certified Waterpark
The Florida park includes a quiet room, low sensory areas and a sensory guide that rates the rides and attractions on taste, touch, sound, smell and sight.
Original article appeared on Huff Post, 1/29/2019

G
oogle Glass May Improve Social Skills in Kids with ASD
Initial research shows that incorporating Google Glass into ABA therapy produces greater gains than just ABA alone.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 5/28/19


Ravens Invite Fan to Read NFL Draft in Braille

Head coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh, found the perfect way to include an inspiring young fan in the team's upcoming NFL draft selection.
Original article appeared on ABC NEWS, 4/26/19


Target Expands Sensory-Friendly Offerings
From weighted blankets to floor cushions and chairs, Target launches an online collection of sensory-friendly home options.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 4/8/19


Lego Sets Out To Launch Braille Bricks in 2020

The new bricks give people with visual impairments the opportunity to naturally learn Braille while playing alongside their peers.
Original article appeared on New York Times, 4/27/19

Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities
The disability community is up in arms after news broke of the college bribery admissions scandal.
Original article appeared on NPR, 3/14/19

Trump Backs Off Plan To Defund Special Olympics
After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the proposed plan, President Trump is reversing course.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 3/29/19

Renewed Push Underway to Extend Program That Helps People Leave Institutions

Lawmakers are pressing ahead with efforts to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community-based settings. 
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 3/4/19


George H.W. Bush Remembered As A Champion For Those With Disabilities

One of President Bush's proudest achievements in office was signing the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 12/4/18

To Honor Cecil and David
Remembering the Rosenthal brothers, two of the 11 victims killed in the synagogue mass shooting in Squirrel Hill.
Original article appeared on Jewish Journal, 10/30/18

Starbucks Opens First US Sign Language Store
With murals, tech pads and fingerspelling, the DC storefront employs 24 deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing employees. 
Original article appeared on The Washington Post, 10/23/18  

Justice Department Urged To Address Web Accessibility
Citing growing litigation, a group of senators is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies online. 
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 9/19/18 


Disabilities Affect 74 Percent of Likely Voters

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month begins, a wake-up call for candidates.   
Original article appeared on Respectability, 10/1/18  


Braile for a New Digital Age

A Bulgarian entrepreneur helped invent Blitab, a tablet for blind and visually impaired people.
Original article appeared on The New York Times, 9/3/18

ADHD Diagnoses in Children Nearly Doubles

A recent study reports a rise in ADHD diagnoses in children, most notably in minority groups.
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 9/4/18

Facebook Makes Changes Following Disability-Related Discrimination Complaint

Facebook is taking steps to prevent advertisers from discriminating against people with disabilities. 
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 8/31/18 

Federal Disability Policy Office Proposed
 
new federal office is being proposed that would review legislative plans and how they would affect people with disabilities if enacted. 
Original article appeared on Disability Scoop, 7/31/18 

Born This Way's Emmy Nominations Prove Disability is a Winning Theme
The unscripted reality show about seven young adults with Down Syndrome continues to add up honors and break down stigmas surrounding disability. 
Original article appeared on Respectability, 7/16/18 

Meet the First Registered Capitol Hill Lobbyist with Down Syndrome
Kayla McKeon, 30, is making her mark on Capitol Hill for herself and for thousands of others like her, swaying federal lawmakers in her favor.
Original article appeared on The Washington Post, 6/8/18