disability http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-nonprofit-highlights-new-disability-employment-rule <p>Disability rights advocates in St. Louis are highlighting new federal rules that aim to open more job opportunities to people with disabilities. Starting Monday, federal contractors are required to work toward a goal of 7 percent disabled employees in their workforce.</p><p>The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about twice that of other adults.</p><p>David Newburger, co-founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, says many employers are still hesitant to hire people with disabilities because of some common misconceptions.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:11:40 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 34657 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-supreme-court-opens-door-divorce-mentally-disabled <p>The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.</p><p>For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. Experts say that included people with severe brain damage but also people who could make their wishes known despite Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.</p><p>In a ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said an outright ban is no longer appropriate. It said case-by-case hearings should determine what is in the disabled person's best interests.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:52:07 +0000 The Associated Press 5034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled Sheriffs want limit on jail wait for mentally ill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sheriffs-want-limit-jail-wait-mentally-ill <p>A law enforcement group is supporting <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1905&amp;GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=59099&amp;SessionID=84">legislation</a> to address a backlog of jail inmates waiting to be transferred to crowded state psychiatric facilities.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:22:08 +0000 The Associated Press 868 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sheriffs want limit on jail wait for mentally ill