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.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about twice that of other adults.
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.
NPR has embarked on a project to compile a database that doesn't exist yet - a list of all of the accessible playgrounds in the United States. And they're looking for your help.
Playing on a playground seems like a common childhood activity where physical activity meets social interaction. But, for some children with disabilities, playing along with other kids on those playgrounds isn't easy, or even possible.
Buying fuel can be a challenge for people with disabilities. Legislation awaiting action by the governor aims to make it easier. Illinois is making an effort to comply with federal disability law.
Illinois law says service stations are required to pump gas for people with disabilities. But in order to get that help, drivers have to honk or find some other way to get the attention of an attendant.
Ann Ford, with the Centers for Independent Living, says that can lead to frustration.
The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.
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.
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.
About 20 percent of seniors and people with disabilities will lose prescription drug coverage because of cuts in the Illinois state budget.
State officials are sending letters to 43,000 participants saying they won't qualify for "Illinois Cares Rx" as of Sept. 1. Those who are still enrolled will pay more out of pocket for their prescriptions.