WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 26 – August 1, 2010)

DISABILITIES

Looking Back On 20 Years Of Disability Rights.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 26, 2010. On July 26, 1990, the ADA became law. It didn’t guarantee the disabled jobs, but it addressed the differences between essential and nonessential job tasks. It identified a “reasonable accommodation” from an “undue hardship” — a critical distinction for employers and public places alike. It recognized the injustices millions of us were confronting, it provided not just legal recourse, but validation and hope. Now, the ADA’s impact is everywhere: wheelchair lifts on city buses, signs in Braille, sign-language interpreters. Many young disabled people are growing up with a marvelous sense of belonging, entitlement and pride that earlier generations never had.
Related stories:
Americans with Disabilities Act turns 20.USA Today. July 26, 2010.
Americans with Disabilities Did the Impossible.The Nation. July 27, 2010.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-veteran-entrepreneurs-20100726,0,1497118.story

“Disabled veterans can follow their dream of entrepreneurship; Six universities nationwide, including UCLA, offer all-expenses-paid boot camps for former soldiers hoping to adapt their military skills into running businesses.” By Alexandra Zavis. Los Angles Times. July 26, 2010. With jobs hard to find, starting a business can be an attractive option for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating injuries. Hundreds apply every year for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which is offered at six universities nationwide. The all-expenses-paid program, funded by contributions from the business community, was founded by J. Michael Haynie, who served 14 years in the Air Force before joining the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. “If we know anything from history, for veterans with disabilities the path to traditional employment is a challenge,” Haynie said. Program participants say becoming entrepreneurs allows them to craft careers suited to their skills and limitations. Besides dealing with physical issues, many disabled veterans require care that can be difficult to fit into a traditional workweek. Haynie said the military cultivates many attributes of successful entrepreneurs, including the ability to assess risk, overcome obstacles, build teams and manage significant resources.

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