We are calling on the world to take action for inclusion

Inclusion International is the global network of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. For people with intellectual disabilities and their families the reality is that we are still being left behind and excluded from all areas of society. We work together to make inclusion happen. Today is International Day for Persons with Disabilities. This year the focus is on empowering persons with disabilities to make sure inclusion and equality are real. Today we ask […]

Pilot Program Supports First-Year Special Education Teachers

RICHMOND, Va. — Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni today announced a pilot program to provide resources and professional development opportunities for first-year special education teachers. The program is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a non-profit professional association dedicated to improving outcomes for students with disabilities. “Special education is consistently the number-one critical shortage area […]

Mindful Return, LLC Launches A First-Of-Its-Kind Online Program For Working Mothers Of Special Needs Infants And Toddlers

“Mindful Return’s Balancing Career with a Special Needs Baby” helps career women thrive both at work and home Washington, DC, November 28, 2018– Two working mothers have teamed up to create the first program of its kind, called “Mindful Return’s Balancing Career with a Special Needs Baby.” The inaugural session of the 4-week e-course will launch on January 7, 2019, on MindfulReturn.com. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, in 2016-17 18.8% of children […]

Companies Want to Work With People Who Have Autism

Given the opportunity, individuals with autism can be exceptional employees and contributors. This article was originally published by OZY. Starting a new job can be thrilling — but it can also be nerve-racking. For Anthony Moffa, who was hired as an associate software engineer at JPMorgan Chase in December 2016, this was especially true. It was his first job where his employer would know he was on the autism spectrum from the start. Moffa — […]

Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Voting in-person on Election Day is the way most Americans cast their ballot and vote, but for far too long, many voters with disabilities who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices have had difficulties getting inside polling places to vote because of architectural barriers. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities to ensure that people […]

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Yet for too long, many people with disabilities have been excluded from this core aspect of citizenship.  People with intellectual or mental health disabilities have been prevented from voting because of prejudicial assumptions about their capabilities.  People who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, such as walkers, have been unable to enter the polling place to cast their ballot because […]

Corporations Have a Responsibility to Share Their Diversity Strategy

Disability Solutions is Working with Corporations to Publicize the Positive Impact of Hiring People with Disabilities, A Key Step to Improving Inclusion Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer defined as a “nice thing to do” but rather a key component of a company’s brand identity. Beyond contributing to charitable causes, corporations are truly becoming agents of change, particularly if they foster an inclusive work environment. However, these companies can have an even greater impact […]

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett has released a framework that highlights the way OSERS will focus its work to advance the Secretary of Education’s priorities and continue to make progress toward achieving its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/framework/osers-framework-9-20-2018.pdf As an example of OSERS’ commitment to rethink anything and everything to ensure that it is in […]

Ability Beyond Receives $50,000 To Break Employment Barriers

The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Grant will Bridge the Gap Between Corporations and Jobseekers with Disabilities- (Bethel, CT) – September 17, 2018 – For more than three decades, Ability Beyond has forged new roads of opportunities for people with disabilities. Now, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the PwC Foundation, the nonprofit organization is striving to bridge the gap between jobseekers with disabilities and companies that are looking to hire. “In this era of record-low unemployment, nearly […]