TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – January 26, 2017) – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that the 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship campaign will launch Monday, February 6.
Entering its sixth year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. The scholarship was renamed in 2016 in memory of AMI’s former Accessibility Officer, Robert Pearson, who passed away suddenly in December 2015.
In 2017, AMI will once again collaborate with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program and engage students with disabilities from across the country. Two $5,000 bursaries will be awarded to two deserving students with a permanent disability; one from the English community and one from the French.
AMI Announces Scholarship Program for 2017 full article
Jan 23, 2017
By Sarah Lack
As part of its ongoing work to guide accessibility and inclusion efforts at Ohio University, the Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Implementation Team will launch a departmental self-assessment tool on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to help University departments reflect on their efforts to incorporate accessibility planning into their day-to-day activities and identify resources needed to further those efforts.
The Departmental Self-Assessment for Inclusion and Accessibility will help individual departments at OHIO determine their readiness in shifting towards a culture of inclusion and accessibility. Once the data is collected and analyzed, PACDAP will release results of the self-assessments including areas of strength and identified areas for improvement.
New Self-Assessment Launching Will Help Departments Evaluate Accessibility Efforts full article
A career in counseling is one of the most rewarding career options you can explore today. Not only will you receive a healthy financial reward for your services, you will also have countless priceless moments seeing those you have helped succeed in life.
The career options in this field are also very interesting to look into, ranging from positions as a counselor at school to a career as a marriage counselor.
To make it even better, getting the qualifications and qualities required to start a career in this field is easier than ever.
Universities such as Wake Forest University are making their online counseling degrees and programs more available to students. There is no age requirement or limitations either, allowing anyone to embark on a rewarding career helping others.
Pursuing a Career in Counseling full article
by Maggie Hammond
Completing an MBA is a huge achievement for any student. It’s an even bigger accomplishment if you have a disability and you now have a wide range of online MBA options to choose from, that make the whole process of getting an MBA much easier. Below are five of the main reasons why you should consider starting an online MBA.
1. It Costs Less to Study for an Online MBA
If you’re wondering “why should I do my MBA online”, money is often the first reason that springs to mind. Traditionally, studying for an MBA meant that you had to spend money on expensive tuition fees, travel and a wide range of other living expenses. Thanks to the latest online MBA programs, this is no longer the case. You can study at home and avoid these unnecessary expenses, and still manage to obtain a high-quality, recognized qualification.
5 Reasons Why a Person with a Disability Should Consider an Online MBA full article
Across the board, 11% more positions are expected to open up in industries throughout the United States in the next five years.
However, if you take a look at the nursing profession, you will find that 20% more positions will be available. If you are currently looking to take a degree, or are considering switching careers, looking into careers in nursing is sure to serve you well in the future.
Not only is nursing expected to grow at twice the rate of other industries, it also offers a much better work-life balance than other industries in healthcare.
Nursing Expected to Grow at Twice the Rate of Other Industries full article
by Maggie Hammond
Just about every person out there will see some sort of benefit when it comes to online MBA learning. However, arguably, those who benefit the most are those who are suffering from a disability. There are a number of reasons for this, a few of which will be covered on this page.
For many people with disabilities, it can be tough to get to and from places. This can make attending a traditional school a chore. Since you will be able to carry out online MBA learning wherever you have a computer, you will not need to travel anywhere. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home. This will make studying a whole lot more convenient for you.
4 Reasons Why Online Education is Perfect for Students with Disabilities full article
12-year-old girl faces Napoleon Community Schools in Supreme Court By Corrie Goldberg – Associate Producer
October 31, 2016.
WASHINGTON – Ehlena Fry has Cerebral Palsy and when she was 5-years-old, her doctors prescribed her service dog, Wonder to help her at school. But the Jackson County school district would not allow her to bring Wonder to class.
The Frys sued the Napoleon Community Schools and the Jackson County Intermediate School District for violations of federal disability laws, but have lost their battle in lower courts.
However, they’re getting a second chance now, as the supreme court is taking up the now 12-year-old Ehlena’s appeal.
Michigan Girl and Her Service Dog Head to Supreme Court full article
Under the consent decree, which is pending court approval, the university will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all its campuses are accessible to individuals with disabilities, the federal department said in a release.
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London: At least half of the worlds 65 million school-aged children with disabilities are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs, disability rights groups said in a report on Monday.
Light for the World, a charity which supported the research, said stigma and misinformation surrounding disability as well as a lack of data on the numbers of disabled children contributed to the problem.
People dont see them [children with disabilities] as a worthy investment, Nafisa Baboo, adviser for inclusive education at Light for the World, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Half of World’s Children With Disabilities Are Kept Out of School, Says Report full article
October 3, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education today announced more than $4.4 million in grants to improve literacy skills, outcomes and results for children with disabilities.
“When we improve literacy skills for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, we are not just teaching them how to read, we are opening doors to a lifetime of more positive opportunities, such as improved academic skills, reduction in behavioral incidences, increased school completion, and lifelong learning,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “These awards will continue to address inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children, including those with disabilities.”
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) awarded the following:
U.S. Education Department Awards $4.4 Million to Improve Literacy and Education Outcomes for Students with Disabilities full article
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By Andrew Tutty
Recently, one of my Facebook friends had a very upsetting incident in a B.C. restaurant.
She was refused service because she had her guide dog with her. The staff refused to recognize the official documents identifying her dog as a guide dog.
It is difficult to believe that in 2016 there are still people who do not know what a guide dog is and the rights of the blind under Canadian law.
Tutty: Teaching Children the History of Society’s Treatment on the Disabled full article
By Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first legally binding international law to discuss the right to quality inclusive education. Article 24 of the CRPD provides that all persons with disabilities have a right to education. In order to realize the right to education without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunities, States Parties have an obligation to ensure an inclusive education system at all levels.
This is significant since millions of persons with disabilities around the world are denied an education, and many others receive inferior education or segregated education in spaces where they are isolated from their peers.
UN Releases General Comment on the Right to Inclusive Education full article
The Education Department released a letter to states addressing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to protect kids with disabilities in virtual schools. By Darlene Aderoju
August 11, 2016 6:00 PM
Students with disabilities who attend virtual public schools should get the same quality education they would find in a traditional school, Education Department officials warned.
The agency’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on Thursday released a Dear Colleague
letter addressing the rights of students with disabilities who attend public virtual schools, which are exploding across the country. Many students with impairments choose to enroll because the virtual schools offer the flexibility of learning at home.
Virtual Schools Need to Serve Students With Disabilities – Education Officials full article
July 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
“On this 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am pleased to honor Congress’ promise with guidance clarifying the rights of students with ADHD in our nation’s schools,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. “The Department will continue to work with the education community to ensure that students with ADHD, and all students, are provided with equal access to education.”
U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD full article
Study finds students with means to pay for special accommodations perform better than those with fewer resources Date:May 17, 2016
Source:University of Iowa
Summary:Only one third of undergraduates from 11 universities who reported having a learning disability were receiving accommodations, a new study has discovered.
College students who receive special accommodations because of a learning disability say they have less difficulty completing assignments and more contact with faculty outside of class than peers who don’t receive extra help.
A new study by the University of Iowa, however, found that only one third of undergraduates from 11 universities who reported having a learning disability were receiving accommodations.
Financial Status Affects Success of Students With Learning Disabilities full article
CORVALLIS, Ore. Typical toddlers simultaneously spend about three hours a day in physical activity, play and engagement with objects such as toys, while their peers with mobility disabilities are less likely to engage in all of those behaviors at the same time, new research from Oregon State University shows.
The study shows the marked differences in play and activity among toddlers with and without disabilities. It also underscores the need for young children with disabilities to have opportunities to play and explore in the same manner as their peers, said the study’s lead author, Sam Logan.
Mobility Plays Important Role In Development for Toddlers With Disabilities full article
LAWRENCE Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas study has found the majority of online educational products are not designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners.
Sean J. Smith, professor of special education and a co-principal investigator with the center, has authored “Invited In: Measuring UDL in Online Learning.” The report analyzes how six popular vendors of online learning products meet the principles of Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, the concept that education should be designed to meet the needs of all students. It also provides a tool that K-12 school districts across the country can use to evaluate online education programs they are using or considering for their students.
Study: Most K-12 Online Learning Content Does Not Meet Needs of Students With Disabilities full article
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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon announced today that they will be working together to increase selection, enhance accessibility, and improve reading experiences for blind students, including those who have low vision or who are deaf-blind.
Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind will collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and applications, and will meet on an ongoing basis to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback. Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year and beyond.
National Federation of the Blind and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading Experiences for Blind and Low-Vision Students full article
Monday, January 4, 2016
The Justice Department announced today that Kent State University (KSU) has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the university had maintained a policy of not allowing students with psychological disabilities to keep emotional support animals in university-operated student housing.
Under the settlement agreement, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, KSU will:
Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Kent State University to Resolve Allegations of Discrimination in University-Operated Student Housing full article
- pay $100,000 to two former students who sought and were denied a reasonable accommodation to keep an emotional support dog in their university-operated apartment;
- pay $30,000 to a fair housing organization that advocated on behalf of the students;
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