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Share Your Thoughts about Proposed Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award – Comment by December 4!

Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a new plan to encourage inclusive hiring practices. The Department already requires most federal contractors to ensure that at least 7 percent of their employees are people with disabilities. This new plan would present federal contractors that cultivate job opportunities for people with disabilities with an “Excellence in Disability Inclusion” award, exempting them from two years worth of compliance evaluations.

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Indiana Disability Rights attorneys on call Election Day November 6

Information courtesy of Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

On Election Day, Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) attorneys will be available to answer questions and take complaints from persons with disabilities who have any issue casting their vote. The Hoosiers Vote Hotline will be open during poling hours, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm local time.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group automates captioning – Share your thoughts

Information courtesy of Kathy Cortopassi‎, the National Court Reporters Association, and IBM

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of television stations in the United States, has switched from human-written captions to automated captions. The new system uses automatic speech recognition (ASR) powered by IBM’s artificial intelligence platform Watson.  According to a statement released by IBM, Watson Captioning will make “live programming more accessible to local viewers, including the Deaf community, senior citizens, and anyone experiencing hearing loss.”

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey for Caregivers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Information courtesy of Arc of Indiana and Brandeis University

Brandeis University is researching sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If you are a family caregiver of a woman with IDD between 18 and 45, you can help by completing a survey. The survey asks questions about the sexual and reproductive health care your family member receives as well as your perspectives and experiences. Your responses will help the university understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with IDD.

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Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship – Apply by September 4

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

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