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Students Gain Valuable Insight on Living With Disabilities

According to the Stillwater NewsPress, several high school and college students participated in a summer camp that put them in the position of being disabled, giving them the opportunity to use assistive devices like wheelchairs and walkers. As part of Oklahoma State University’s Summer Design Day Camp, students used assistive devices to go through the week. “We are raising awareness of people with physical challenges and raising awareness of their needs and helping to solve, in a small way, some of their challenges,” Mihyun Kang, an advisor told the NewsPress. Students were also asked to help design devices that could assist the disabled. Some of the designs included:  a vibrating bed motor for people with hearing disabilities who have trouble with alarms and gloves with built-in lights to help the visually impaired. “I’ve actually learned quite a few things the first day of camp,” Yale High School freshman Kara Dodson…
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Some Non-Profits Take Advantage of Loophole, Pay Disabled Workers Less Than Minimum Wage

According to an NBC News story, Goodwill Industries, a multibillion-dollar charity organization, is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour. NBC News said that Goodwill is taking advantage of a 75-year-old legal loophole that allows nonprofit-groups to pay disabled workers less than minimum wage. The law, Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, passed in 1938. The media outlet was able to get documents from the Labor Department showing that some Goodwill workers in Pennsylvania made wages “as low as 22, 38 and 41 cents per hour in 2011.” “If they really do pay the CEO of Goodwill three-quarters of a million dollars, they certainly can pay me more than they’re paying,” Harold Leigland, a legally blind employee at Goodwill in Montana told NBC News. The news outlet said that Section 14 (c) allows “employers to obtain special minimum wage certificates from the Department of…
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Harvard Study Links Autism to Air Pollution

A Harvard University study recently linked exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy to autism, according to DisabilityScoop. The website reports that the Harvard study is the first nation study linking autism to air pollution levels. The study found that women living in places with higher levels of pollution are twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism, compared to locations with lower levels. According to DisabilityScoop, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health “looked at data from a long-term study of more than 116,000 nurses dating back to 1989 and focused on 325 women who had a child with autism and 22,000 who had a child without the developmental disorder.” The researchers used data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to estimate the women’s exposure to pollution. “Ultimately, the researchers found that the children of moms living in the 20 percent of locations…
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Study Reveals SSDI Numbers and Unemployment Not Linked

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that most Americans who run out of unemployment benefits do not start collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, dispelling the notion that SSDI rolls have increased as a result of economic conditions. According to the WSJ, research done by the University of California- Berkeley shows that since the offset of the current recession, people who have used up the standard 26 weeks of unemployment provided by state governments have not moved on to collecting SSDI benefits. “When the unemployment rate started rising in 2008 and 2009, the government extended unemployment benefits, leading to a drop in the number of people exhausting their payments. Yet the number of people filing for disability kept on rising,” the WSJ reported. “In more recent years, the government has cut back unemployment benefits, leading to an increase in expirations, but the number of disability applications has remained…
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