September is National Preparedness Month If, like most of us, thankfully, you’ve never been forced from your home by fire or flood, it’s easy to become complacent in the belief that nothing like this will ever happen to you. But as Superstorm Sandy showed us, the past is not a reliable predictor of the future […]

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On August 14, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into local law a measure to bring the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE, pronounced “dree”) in line with a change in the upper limit on the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, pronounced “scree”). Both DRIE and SCRIE are designed to protect some low-income […]

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In July the President signed a rare piece of bipartisan legislation intended to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Then, over two weeks this month the U.S. Department of Labor held an online dialog with state government officials to discuss how to improve employment services for this population because, as Kathy Martinez, U.S. Assistant […]

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Fashion Opens its Folds to Consumer with Disabilities This is shaping up as a watershed moment for inclusion of people with disabilities in the fashion and glamour industries – a moment being shaped by the self-advocacy of wheelchair users, amputees and people with a wide range of disabilities – and the creative talent of a […]

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“Superstorm Sandy was not a catastrophic event,” James Flemming, the regional disability integration specialist for FEMA Region II, asserted at a panel discussion on emergency management for people with disabilities during a preparedness workshop at the Ted Weiss Federal Building in lower Manhattan on August 12. Before Sandy hit the New Jersey coastline on October, […]

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The warm weather is well and truly upon us and it’s the perfect time to get outside to enjoy New York’s summer and fall events! Whether you’re seeking a break from the heat or you’re ready for fun in the sun, we’ve got some great suggestions for accessible activities all around the city! Getting around […]

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Using internet provides many benefits Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project studies how Americans use the internet and how this affects our lives. This spring the project released Older Adults and Technology Use, a report based on research among people 65 and older, which found: Six of 10 seniors are online, less than […]

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When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was first debated, opponents warned that it would open a whole new avenue to lawsuits, ultimately benefiting lawyers more than people with disabilities. Small businesses, opponents argued, were especially vulnerable. Now, in the twenty-fourth summer since the ADA was signed into law, central California is experiencing […]

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The 92-year-old woman received a call about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from a man who said she had won $3 million from Publishers Clearing House, along with a BMW. The man on the phone said to claim her prize she would need to pay taxes totaling $4,998. The woman wrote out a check and placed it […]

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Over the Independence Day weekend that just passed, home care worker Conrad Gozon rescued a 92 year old man and his wife from their home as it went up in flames. Thankfully, while the Fire Department called the house a “total loss,” no one was seriously injured in the blaze, which inspectors believe was caused […]

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