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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trump Signs 5-Month Extension Of Program Helping People Leave Institutions



For the fourth time in a year, lawmakers acted to keep alive a program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community, but its long-term fate remains in jeopardy.

Money Follows the Person will stay afloat until May 22 under a plan that was included within a larger federal appropriations package signed by President Donald Trump just before the close of 2019.

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Couples With Disabilities Navigate Red Tape On Way To Altar



Time to end the Marriage Penalty? What do you think, does this make sense?



LUCASVILLE, Ohio — As the wedding photographer snapped away, Sherri and Bill Adams leaned over their wheelchairs for a kiss. One felt good, so they enjoyed another. And another.

“That’s enough!” someone teased.

Sherri beamed. How long had she waited for this? Five years had passed since she and Bill became engaged. Nearly nine since they’d met. And decades had gone by since she first wondered whether a girl like her could even dream of love.

To read more on this story, click here: Couples With Disabilities Navigate Red Tape On Way To Altar



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Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride



Updated at 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 20

It costs just $16 to buy a one-way ticket on the Amtrak train from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill., unless you're the two people who use wheelchairs and tried to buy tickets recently. They were told their tickets will cost not $16 — but $25,000.

When Adam Ballard saw what Amtrak wanted to charge, he couldn't believe it.

"I thought it was a mistake. That's the price of a car," Ballard says. "How can that be possible? I was sure it was a mistake. But I've seen it in writing. So I know it's not."

Ballard works for a disability service and advocacy center in Chicago called Access Living. He is its housing and transportation policy analyst, and a group from his office is headed to Bloomington next Wednesday for a work retreat.

To read more on this story, click here: Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride



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How Two Young Men Broke The Mold By Using Art Therapy to Help Autistic Children



LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former basketball player and an artist have taken a new approach to treating mental illness and helping kids with autism. 

“Someone once told us, ‘you guys can’t change the world.’ We took that as a bet. So, bet’s on,” said Kenneth Harrison, the co-founder of Aurtism. 

Aurtism stands for art and autism. The facility, which is located at 4880 East Bonanza Road, serves the autistic community.

To read more on this story, click here: How Two Young Men Broke The Mold By Using Art Therapy to Help Autistic Children



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CBS News/DisBeat/LCA (Lights! Camera! Access!) Paid Internship For Journalism Students with Disabilities



Sharing from: The ADA Legacy Project

Start spreading the news - for Journalism students with disabilities.
Now accepting applications for CBS News/DisBeat/LCA (Lights! Camera! Access!) paid internship for Journalism students with disabilities. Must be a current college student for this Summer 2020 Internship in NYC or DC - application deadline is Tuesday, February 11th at 8 pm ET. Check it out --

For application, click here: CBS News Internship Program - Summer 2020




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Against All Odds, Couple With Down Syndrome Celebrates 24-Years Wedding Anniversary



We live in an area where people get married and divorce just for fun. It’s so sad, but that’s the reality we live in. It’s like we forgot how real love feels like. Both men and women cheat on their partners. Well, that’s not the case of Maryanne and Tommy Pilling.

Many thought that the romance of these two won’t survive because they both have Down’s Syndrome. Well, Maryanne found the perfect companion, and Tommy says she is his best friend. That’s what love is about, right?

To read more on this story, click here: Against All Odds, Couple With Down Syndrome Celebrates 24-Years Wedding Anniversary



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Monday, January 20, 2020

Free Tax Preparation Locations In The DMV!



It's tax season! Check out the below resources for free tax preparation in the DMV area for people with an income of less than 35k (56k for family filing).
   
For more information, click here: TAX SITE LOCATIONS – COMMUNITY TAX AID D.C.



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Adaptive Gear Allows Disabled Musicians To Keep Playing



Flutist Leslie Thompson was performing at a recent “Tea & Music” event at Columbus Public Library when, in the question period that followed, she was asked about the oddly shaped flute she was playing.

“I’m always asked that,” said Thompson, 27.

Turns out disabling injuries from a 2012 auto accident prevent Thompson from playing a conventionally shaped flute. A specialist in the Netherlands fashioned a $3,000 mouthpiece – called a “swan neck headjoint” – that enables Thompson to play.

To read more on this story, click here: Adaptive Gear Allows Disabled Musicians To Keep Playing

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