What’s Wrong Wednesday: Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Open Enrollment Dates Shortened

Although advertising and outreach were critical to maintaining and boosting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment, Navigators, who help people sign up for healthcare coverage under the ACA, has been cut by 41%, the advertising budget has been cut by $90 million, and the open enrollment dates have been shorted (see dates below). North Dakota…
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Motivational Monday: Openness

If talking openly means being willing to expose to others what is inside of us, then listening openly means being willing to expose ourselves to something new from others.  Social complexity requires us to talk not just with people who see things the same way we do, but especially with those who see things differently,…
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Freedom Friday: The Integration Mandate And Employment

In the employment services context, state and local employment service systems provide services and supports that allow people with disabilities to work. Providing those services in an integrated setting enables an individual with a disability to work in a typical job in the community like individuals without disabilities. Such settings are commonly referred to as…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Construction Company Blocks Accessible Parking Spaces

When construction interferes with an accessible pathway or parking, alternative pathways and/or accessible must be created. Existing Parking Lots: Choose spaces that are level, close to an accessible entrance and near existing curb ramps. Mark or block off an existing parking space with cones, barricades, or pavement marking tape to create a new access aisle…
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Motivational Monday: A Story Of Gratitude

Muniba Mazari Baloch is a Pakistani artist, model, activist, motivational speaker and television host. She uses a wheelchair due to injuries sustained in a car accident at the age of 21 which makes her Pakistan’s first model who uses a wheelchair. She is also the National Ambassador for UN Women Pakistan.  After the car accident, Muniba asked…
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