The creator of a prime-time comedy starring a teen with cerebral palsy is pushing other Hollywood bigwigs to cast more actors with disabilities, calling barriers to such inclusion “false.” Scott Silveri, the creator and executive producer of ABC’s “Speechless,” said that having a cast member with a disability on his show has been nothing but positive. “The number of Americans with disabilities is a lot and the number of people on TV with disabilities is not a lot and the number of those people portrayed by actual performers with disabilities is like next to none,” Silveri said. “For those of us … with a say in who gets on TV and who doesn’t, I simply ask you to recognize that a part of our responsibility in what we do is to represent society as a whole and you can’t do that without representing disabilities.”
According to a Journal of the American Medical Association study published in December 2016, 3 percent of medical school students have disabilities – although this may be an underestimation, since in my experience many students with mental illnesses don't report their condition. Students' disabilities most commonly are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning and psychological disabilities and less commonly sensory and mobility disabilities.
One of the most tangible benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion is a company’s ability to attract a broader pool of qualified talent. Conversations about being more inclusive in the workplace focus mostly on gender and race, sometimes on sexuality and age, and only rarely on other forms of diversity. However, a significant opportunity exists for organizations to tap into a large pool of people with disabilities: in 2015, 11% of working-age individuals in the U.S. identified as having a disability, but full-time employment among this group was only 35%, with more than one million individuals reporting they were actively seeking work. And this figure does not include the large numbers of highly talented people with disabilities who are not seeking work because they choose instead to start their own businesses.
Source: 10 Tips For Unlocking The Talent And Potential Of Employees With Disabilities
Senate wants to expand session, restore $100 million in cuts to hospitals
The Florida Senate is urging the House to "come back and take a second stab" at the budget and restore $100 million of the $200 million in cuts to hospitals, reports Mary Ellen Klas of The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.
In a memo issued by the Senate Tuesday, Senate leaders said they will draft legislation to restore the cuts agreed to with the House when they crafted the final $83 billion budget. The cuts leave hospitals short more than $500 million because of the loss of federal Medicaid matching money. By restoring $100 million, hospitals could get about another $250 million in subsidized payments.
"There was an acknowledgement that the Legislature and the governor didn't quite get the budget right,'' said Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, the Senate chair of the health appropriations committee, who will sponsor the legislation.
"This is not a deal by any stretch of the imagination. Just like the first go-round wasn't a deal, this isn't either,'' she said.
Negron said the money will come from reserves.
Corcoran issued a statement hours later that the Senate president “wants to raid...
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