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May 11, 2021
“Paramount Commits to Auditioning Actors with Disabilities”

Paramount Pictures has become the latest studio to adopt the Ruderman Family Foundation’s guidelines for auditioning actors with disabilities for studio productions.

May 11, 2021
Microsoft Announces Commitment to Bridge the “Disability Divide”

Microsoft announced its next steps to expand accessibility across products and bridge the “disability divide” by promoting inclusive approaches in education, employment, business operations, and community programs.

May 11, 2021
Virginia: “Improving Accessibility in Local Businesses”

A Charlottesville, Virginia start-up called VisitAble is training local businesses to improve disability etiquette and to find other ways of creating an accessible environment.

May 11, 2021
Virginia: “Skilled Nursing Facility Operators Agree to Settle ADA Allegations”

Brookside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (BRNC) has agreed to pay compensatory damages and a civil penalty, as well as enact remedial actions for residents with disabilities, to settle allegations that it violated the ADA by denying admission to an individual who is deaf because she would need sign language interpreting services. 

May 11, 2021
“People with Disabilities Faced Pandemic Triage Biases”

A new paper from the University of Georgia suggests that unconscious biases in the health care system may have influenced how individuals with intellectual disabilities were categorized in emergency triage protocols.

Partnering for Better Chronic Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use

A new knowledge hub, including evidence-informed resources and actionable tips and tools, is designed to help people with disabilities and their providers work together to manage chronic pain.

Pennsylvania: New Call Center to Help for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Get Vaccine

The state of Pennsylvania has created a new call center to help deliver COVID-19 vaccines to people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

May 11, 2021
“Accessibility and the Great Outdoors: In Congressional Hearings, Disability Advocates Call Attention to ‘Barriers’ in National Parks”

This article highlights disability advocates who are urging Congress to better address access to public lands, including national, state, and local parks.