disability

Disability
8:11 am
Sun March 23, 2014

St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule

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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.

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Kids & Diversity
9:16 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis

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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. 

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Illinois
9:13 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Ill. Legislation Could Make Buying Gas Easier For Disabled

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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.

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Illinois Supreme Court
1:52 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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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.

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Illinois / Health Care
11:24 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities

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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.

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Disaibility rights
12:27 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Nixon signs disability rights legislation

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon presents Shawn D'Abreu, a lobbyist for Paraquad, with copies of disability rights legislation that Nixon signed at Paraquad on Tuesday.
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A package of bills that Gov. Jay Nixon says is about "dignity and practicality" for the 100,000 Missouri individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability is now law.

Gov. Nixon signed the legislation today at Paraquad, one of the largest centers in the country dedicated to helping disabled individuals live independently. Its founder, Max Starkloff, died Dec. 27.

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Illinois
12:22 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Sheriffs want limit on jail wait for mentally ill

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A law enforcement group is supporting legislation to address a backlog of jail inmates waiting to be transferred to crowded state psychiatric facilities.

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Missouri Rx
3:14 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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MO Statehouse
9:39 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break

A commission appointed by Nixon recently recommended that Missouri no longer grant state income tax credits to seniors and disabled people living in rented homes.
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Gov. Jay Nixon is opposing efforts to end a Missouri tax break for some low-income seniors and disabled residents.

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