July 26th, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law to help aid in the inclusion of people with disabilities. 28 years later this act is still making a large impact in the opportunities provided to people with disabilities. This act opened millions of doors that would have otherwise been shut. It helps fight the discrimination in the workplace, local and state government services, public accommodations and telecommunications. This is the first civil rights law for the discrimination of people with disabilities.
Since the original Act was signed in 1990, several changes have been added to help this law grow with the times and fit the demands needed. These adaptations make sure no "gray area" in what is expected from those involved by redefining any terms for clarification. The act has learned throughout the years what is needed to make this law as effective as possible.
The act defines the terms such as disability and made amendments to go further in defining the people with disabilities covered by this law.
The anniversary of this act helps remind us of how far we have come as a community, renew our understandings of the law, and continue to encourage the...
On July 19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will form a working group to review the possibility of importing drugs from other countries in cases where there is a sharp price increase for medications produced by a single manufacturer who does not hold a patent over the drugs in question. Policy observers see the working group as a possible first step to greater policy change that may enable Americans to import drugs from other countries where they are less expensive. The Trump Administration stressed that loosening restrictions on drug importation would not apply to a broader category of pharmaceuticals, but rather those that are not produced by patents or exclusivities. Pharmaceutical companies expressed concern that removal of drug importation barriers could undermine U.S. safety standards and would not solve under-reimbursement issues.
On July 17, the Senate passed H.R. 6042, which delays the reduction in federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services that are furnished without the presence of an electronic visit verification (EVV) system until January 1st of 2020. The bill, which had bipartisan support, was passed by unanimous consent...
Happy National Disability Voters Registration Week!
This week is all about preparing to have our voices heard in the upcoming elections. The REV UP campaign was started in 2016 by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
It is important to voice your opinions and ideas that effect you. By voting, you are showing your representatives what matters to you in order for them to make the necessary changes. This week has events across the country including Tampa and Miami Florida, to excite the community on how much can be accomplished by standing together.
There is strength in numbers so we want to make the disability vote as strong as possible. The objective of this week is to increase political power of the disabled community. By spreading the importance of being registered to vote, assisting in registering, gaining attention from candidates, and educating the voter.
We will provide links on our social...
Morse code is becoming more and more popular for accessibility. The simplicity of the language makes it a fast and easy way to communicate for people who use switches to control their devices. For more information, Check out this detailed post by Google.
Technology has advanced mankind in many ways in the last hundred years, from the light bulb to cell phones, it has enhanced our daily lives significantly. Innovations in technology are expanding at a rapid pace allowing for more areas of our life to be done more efficiently. Functional purposes like heat and food production but also for leisure and entertainment. Assistive technology is the equipment we use to help carry out daily functions including vision, communication, and mobility.
Just like any other type of technology, there is assistive technology that can be used for recreation and entertainment purposes. The entertainment industry is growing more inclusive and accessible, so everyone can join in on the fun.
- Adaptable Gaming Controllers
- This year, Microsoft created an adaptive controller for Xbox. The controller includes a set of customizable switches and buttons, so the gamer gets to decide what is easiest for them and their needs.
- iPad Games
- iPads and tablets offer so many accessible apps, including games and puzzles. Many games on the iPad have the dual purpose of entertaining while practicing cognitive and...