The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs. According to a report by the Fordham Insititute, special education participation by K-12 students represented 13.1 percent of the nation’s student population in 2010. From 2000 to 2010, students in special education categories like learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances dropped in numbers. Cases of autism spiked dramatically, though, quadrupling over the 10-year span.
In 2016 in North Miami, Florida, a police officer’s lack of knowledge about autism led to a shooting. Arnaldo Rios, a 26-year-old man with autism, had strayed from his group home and was sitting in the middle of the street. One of his therapists had followed and was trying to coax him to return home. A passerby alerted the police, and, mistaking the toy truck in Rios’ hands for a gun, an officer fired.
Treasure Island, FL, May 2, 2018– The City of Treasure Island is pleased to announce that it has recently installed an ADA beach access mat called a MobiMat. The mat was installed on Friday, April 27th at Gulf Front Park, which is located at 10400 Gulf Blvd. Gulf Front Park is the busiest beach access location in the City, providing access to the City’s main beach area.
Web Accessibility is important for many people living with some form of disability. And the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses facilitate and offer the same services to all clients, whether or not they may have a disability. This includes the business’s website or electronic media.
Under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability by a public entity may, by himself or herself or by an authorized representative, file a complaint. The Department of Justice must address the complaint or refer the complaint to the appropriate Federal agency. Any Federal agency that receives a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability by a public entity must review the complaint to determine whether it has jurisdiction under Section 504.
As we know, Assistive Technology comes in many forms. From the wheelchair that increases mobility to communication apps that give someone a voice, AT is everywhere.
There is one piece of assistive technology that most everyone carries, and that is a smart phone. A smart phone has a wide range of uses that extend beyond social media, selfies, Texting, and phone calls.
Guthrie, Dingell Introduce EMPOWER Care Act
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources (EMPOWER) and Care Act (H.R. 5306) to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries can receive the best long-term care possible in their communities or in their own homes.
2018 Youth Leadership Forum
July 18-22, 2018
Proudly hosted by
The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living
in financial partnership with
Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) and the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP), in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), are pleased to announce the 2018 Florida Conference on Aging.
Did you know there’s a new way for people with disabilities to save money without losing their federal
benefits? It’s called an ABLE United account, and it has already changed the futures of more than 1,000
Floridians by offering them newfound financial stability and independence.