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Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.

Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.

LA’s housing crunch leaves disabled with few options

By | September 13th, 2016|Disability, Employment & Housing|

Paralyzed from the waist down and requiring a wheelchair, Pacoima resident Martin Rosales struck out last week when he went apartment hunting.

At one Van Nuys building, his wheelchair was too big for the apartment’s front door. Another unit’s bathroom was too small.

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.

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San Bernardino County reaches resolution with federal government over disabled students

By | August 8th, 2016|Disability, Education|

San Bernardino County has reached an agreement with the

federal government after an investigation found that it violated

federal law by not having a system in place to identify students with disabilities in

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Florida police shoot autistic man’s caretaker as he lies in street, hands in the air

By | July 21st, 2016|Disability, Police & Community|

A Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man’s black caretaker, authorities said, in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot.

 

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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Study shows lack of opportunity for disabled actors

By | July 20th, 2016|Disability|

When Hollywood discusses diversity, one community is often left out of the conversation: people with disabilities. Even in its most recent iterations, prompted by #OscarsSoWhite, differently abled people in the industry seem unable to find a seat at the table.

A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation revealed that, despite those with disabilities representing nearly 20%

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Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds

By | July 13th, 2016|Disability|

More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That’s according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Read more at National Public

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Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says

By | March 17th, 2016|Disability, Education, Intergroup Relations|

Black students are four times as likely to be suspended from charter schoolsas white students, according to a new analysis of federal education data. And students with disabilities, the study found, are suspended two to three times the rate of nondisabled students in charter schools.

 

Read more in The

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Why Disability Rights California is suing Pasadena Unified School District

By | February 22nd, 2016|Disability, Education|

A disability rights group has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pasadena Unified School District alleging the school discriminates against students with behavioral issues by removing them from their local schools.

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled

By | November 2nd, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing|

Employers appear to discriminate against well-qualified job candidates who have a disability, researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse universities have concluded.

The researchers, who sent résumés and cover letters on behalf of fictitious candidates for thousands of accounting jobs, found

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San Francisco Firefighters Become Unintended Safety Net for the Homeless

By | August 27th, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing, Health|

SAN FRANCISCO — When the emergency bell sounds at Fire Station 1 here, firefighters pull on boots and backpacks, swing into Engine 1 and hurtle out the door in almost a single motion, a blast of red lights and caterwauling sirens. More often than not, there is no fire.

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