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September 4, 2018
Solutions Suite for Health and Recovery

These new resource collections from the Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery include resources for self-directed recovery and integrated health and mental health care. The suite features guides, workbooks, factsheets, webinars, and podcasts which can be used by mental health centers, peer-run programs, and self-advocates to promote self-directed recovery programs and physical health and wellness among adults in mental health recovery.

September 4, 2018
“In Touch, Literally”

This article highlights the development of ProTactile American Sign Language (PTASL), used by some people who are deaf and blind.

September 4, 2018
EEOC and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. Enter into Agreement to Improve Disability Leave Practices

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., have entered into a settlement agreement to strengthen and improve the company's policies and practices for accommodation of employees with disa­bilities.

Maryland: EEOC Sues Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for Disability Discrimination

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. violated the ADA when it refused to hire a qualified deaf applicant for a dishwasher position because of his deafness, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced.

According to the EEOC, the Cracker Barrel store in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, refused to interview the applicant when he arrived for a scheduled appointment, and failed to hire him although three dishwashers were hired shortly afterwards.

September 4, 2018
“As the School Year Begins, Please Talk to Your Kids About Disabilities”

This writer, a special education teacher and a person with a disability, urges parents to help their children be comfortable around other children who have disabilities or are different.

“Online Education Is a Disability Rights Issue”

The writer of this opinion piece would like to see a shift in the perception of the value of online college degrees, since many people with disabilities, due to their physical limitations, are compelled to engage in online learning.

September 4, 2018
“DEAFinitely Dope: Handing Rap Music to the Deaf”

This article and video clip highlight the work of Matt Maxey, founder of DEAFinitely Dope, an organization that aims to bring the deaf and hearing communities together through music.

September 4, 2018
India: “She Took a Self-Defense Class for Blind Women; Now She's a Judo Champion”

This article reports on a program that teaches self-defense to women and girls with disabilities in India. According to the international organization Sightsavers, women and girls with disabilities in India face an increased risk of sexual violence.