Significant Drop Seen in Disability Unemployment Rate

The U.S. Department of Labor released figures proving the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities showed a steep decline. The jobless rate within the disabled community fell an astounding 8.7 percent. This is significantly lower than the previous month which was at 11.3 percent. The new figures reflect an increase of people with disabilities entering the workforce. The figures have boosted morale in the disabled community, while the general population showed an increase in the over...


Top 10 Best Disability Friendly Cities in the United States

It is gradually becoming easier for wheelchair users to travel and move to cities in the United States. Whether you are planning a vacation or a move, there are a few things to consider. The most common concerns are access to public buildings, transit options, weather conditions, sidewalk and ramp access. The following cities are known as the friendliest cities in the United States for wheelchair users. Berkeley, California     The disabled community has been strong in this city for ce...


Federal Officials Seek to End Segregated Schools for Disabled Students

School districts within the United States have been segregating children with disabilities for centuries. After careful investigation, the Justice Department has discovered the state of Georgia has illegally segregated students through their GNETS program. Federal officials revealed disabled students had no contact at all with typically-developing children. Sadly, it was further discovered that disabled students were exposed to decrepit buildings on a daily basis and did not have access to s...


U.S Dept of Education Funding States for Special Education Training

State education departments in Oregon, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Colorado are receiving grants ranging from $530,000 to $1.5 million. The United States Department of Education is planning to use the funding towards training administrators and teachers that serve children with disabilities. The U.S. department of education announced it will also send $7 million to several states in hopes to improve professional development. The main focus of training is ...


Toyota Technology Allows Brain Waves to Move Wheelchair

Toyota Motor Corp. announced they have developed a wheelchair that doesn’t require physical muscle movement or voice activation. The new innovative wheelchair is capable of detecting brain waves and following instruction. Japanese researchers and engineers collaborated with Toyota to analyze brain waves and design the new wheelchair. Similar systems have been created in the past. However, the previous systems took several seconds to receive the brain waves and take action. The new Toyota tec...


Russia Banned from Paralympic Games in Rio

Russia loses hope in competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Paralympic officials imposed a blanket ban against Russia. The country attempted to appeal the decision but it was rejected by officials. The International Paralympic Committee alleged Russia was involved in state-sponsored doping. The Court of the Arbitration of Sport ruled to agree with the committee’s decision to ban Russia. The CAS found that the International Paralympic Committee did not violate any laws when determining the...


10 Awesome Activities for Kids in Wheelchairs

  Children in wheelchairs have an adventurous playful spirit that needs to be fulfilled. Parents often find it difficult to find new activities that will keep their child’s interest and keep them entertained. Some of the most popular options are modified sports, games, and outings. The following is a list of 10 awesome activities for kids in wheelchairs. 1. Modified Sports                                        Popular modified sports for children in wheelchairs are basketball, softball, ten...


Rio 2016 Paralympics Schedule

Date: 07-09-2016 - 18-09-2016 Location: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Related to: General, Judo, Goalball, Football, Tandem Cycling, Swimming, Athletics The 2016 Summer Rio Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities which is governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016. Athletes and fans of the Paralympics are waiting in anticipation for the opening ceremony for the 2016 ...


Ms. Wheelchair Florida Inspires Others to Seek Opportunity

Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016, Heather Taylor, is visiting cities throughout Florida to share her message of “Be the Change, Be Empowered.” Taylor found herself confined to a wheelchair after surviving a horrible tragedy that caused her to lose both her parents. After the loss of her parents, she decided that instead of feeling sorry for herself she decided to make a change. Taylor’s mother had often told her throughout her life that there are a purpose and reason for everything. While Taylor ...


U.S. Department of Labor Offers Millions to Boost Disability Employment

The United States Department of Labor is set to provide grants aimed towards growing employment opportunities for people within the disabled community. The federal funding is focusing on providing up to $109 million dollars to 27 states that have about 43 state workforce agencies. The goal is to improve employment rates for the disabled community. People with disabilities seek work opportunities daily. The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to create training programs to prepare disabled w...


10 Self-Defense Techniques for Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users are often the target of criminals. Usually, this is due to the fact that wheelchair users are unable to escape a situation quickly. You don’t have to live in fear as a wheelchair user. Consider using the self-defense techniques below to defend and protect yourself from dangerous confrontations. 1. Use Your Wheelchair as a Weapon  Criminals are often misled by thinking wheelchair users are helpless when it comes to defending themselves. As a wheelchair user, you are actually...


10 Technology Breakthroughs that Empower People with Disabilities

Assistive technology is making a difference in the lives of disabled children, adults, and veterans worldwide. Researchers are using the application of science to create cutting edge gadgets and devices to help improve the quality of life for those with mobility issues. The following innovative technological breakthroughs are designed to empower people with disabilities. 1. Grid Pad Aid  This technology advanced communication aid provides a voice for those who are unable to communicate verb...