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Remembering Marca Bristo (1953-2019)
The National Organization on Disability joins the disability community in mourning the loss of Marca Bristo, a pioneer and passionate advocate for disability rights, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer. She was 66. Ms. Bristo is survived by her husband, Robert Kettlewell, their two children, and a grandchild. Few individuals leave […]
Texas A&M Launches State’s First Inclusive 4-Year College Program for Students with Disabilities
by Char Adams (via People Magazine) Texas A&M University is opening the door to higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities — making history as the first program of its kind in the state. The school has vowed to help students with disabilities realize their dreams of becoming Aggies with a four-year post-secondary […]
NOD Meets with Six U.S. Senators to Focus Attention on Increasing Employment Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities
“Increasing the employment of people with disabilities is a bipartisan issue and I greatly appreciate Gov. Ridge’s efforts to secure support for my Transformation to Competitive Employment Act,” Senator Casey stated. “Increasing the number of people with disabilities in competitive integrated employment will not only increase their economic self-sufficiency, it will also make our labor force stronger.”
NOD Statement on the 29th Anniversary of the ADA
When he signed the ADA into law, President George H.W. Bush delivered a purposeful message to corporate America saying, “You have in your hands the key to the success of this Act, for you can unlock a splendid resource of untapped human potential that, when freed, will enrich us all.”
George H.W. Bush wanted more for people with disabilities
OPINION BY GOV. TOM RIDGE, NOD CHAIRMAN | When commemorative events are held this week to recognize the anniversary of the ADA — the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act — it will be the first such anniversary without the man arguably most responsible for its existence. The nation lost President George H.W. Bush last November. As vice president under Ronald Reagan, and later as president, he personally championed and eventually signed the ADA into law in July 1990. Later in life, when President Bush used a wheelchair himself, he considered the civil rights legislation among his greatest accomplishments.
Apple announces ‘disability-themed emojis’ to arrive in the fall
“These new emojis will enable one billion people with disabilities around the world to more fully and authentically express themselves,” NOD’s director of external affairs, Priyanka Ghosh, said in a statement to NBC News. “Perhaps corporate America can also seize upon these new icons to embed disability seamlessly into their everyday lexicons, enabling employees to better communicate with each other and build more disability-inclusive cultures.”
Apple’s Voice Control Is Important for Accessibility, and You
Whether you have motor impairments or simply have your hands full, accessibility features like voice commands have for a long time made life easier for all device users,” said Priyanka Ghosh, Director of External Affairs at the National Organization on Disability. “It’s terrific to see Apple stepping up in this area, and as technology continues to remove barriers to social connection and productivity, it should also remove barriers to employment.”
THE NOD CORPORATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CONVENES TO TALK ABOUT TRUST AT THE EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON
NOD today hosted an executive luncheon for its Corporate Leadership Council members at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. The event, which drew nearly 100 professionals, centered on the topic of trust as integral to building an inclusive, engaged workforce, with a particular focus on self-identification (self-ID) rates – or the percentage of employees who voluntarily inform their employers that they have a disability – as a core measure of organizational trust.
NOD and DiversityInc Recognize Mental Health Awareness Month
By Jayme S. Ganey, Senior Writer, DiversityInc, and Carol Glazer, President of National Organization on Disability The United States is One of the Most Stressed Countries in the World: Do you know if your colleague’s mental health is okay? A recent Gallop poll reported that the US is one of the most stressed nations in […]
New Employer Survey Reveals Corporate America Still Struggling to Hire People with Disabilities
Despite Huge Demand for Talent and 20 Million Americans with Disabilities Eager to Work, Job Connections Still Falling Short NEW YORK (May 29, 2019) – Despite record low unemployment and reports by hiring managers of an enormous demand for talent, a new survey of nearly 200 companies that collectively employ more than 9.5 million people […]