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Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 1

Posted by Scott Flexer

When it comes to movies, people with disabilities are rarely seen. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 40 million Americans have a disability, representing almost 13% of the population. So when disabled individuals make up just 2.5% of characters in 2017’s top 100 films, there seems to be a big disparity. However, when Hollywood does decide to make a film featuring someone with a disability, they often put their heart into it and create an amazing film. Here are five of our favorites.

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Topics: disablity, disability advocate, inspiring stories, inspiring movies

Difficulties the Hearing Impaired Face Every Day

Posted by Scott Flexer

People who are hearing impaired face considerable challenges. They experience and navigate the world much differently than those with perfect hearing. To gain an understanding of the difficulties they may face, here are ten situations you may have never thought of that make life more challenging when little to nothing is audible.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability experts, Florida Disability Benefits, disability benefits for children, adults with disabilities, disability laws, disability blogs, deaf

Top Trending Disability Topics Right Now

Posted by Scott Flexer

What's the talk around town? What's trending on Twitter? Let's face it, news about the rights of the disabled is usually not making front page news. It's unfortunate, but it's reality. So, in an effort to keep people informed and to help them make a difference, we're rounding up today’s current hot topics into one convenient post.

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Topics: disability abuse, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida, special needs children, disability statistics, Emotional Support Animals, inspiring stories, disability laws, ADA laws, disability blogs

Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

Everyday life for those with a disability can pose a myriad of challenges. For those with wanderlust, it may present another whole new set of them. While some destinations are not going to be as accommodating as others, don’t let disability rule out your desire to see the world. Here are some tips to make your dreams of travel a reality.

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Topics: inspiring stories, disability laws, ADA laws, traveling with disability, disability blogs

How a Ban on Plastic Straws Hurts the Disabled

Posted by Scott Flexer

Earlier this month, Starbucks and American Airlines became the first two major companies to announce that they were phasing out plastic straws, and Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban them from food service establishments. While there’s no doubt that eliminating the use of plastic straws does offer environmental and health benefits, it also poses new challenges to people with disabilities, some of whom require a straw just to take a drink.

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Topics: disability FL, disability, disability experts, Florida Disability Benefits, disablity, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability rights florida, Disability benefits in Florida, disability laws, ADA laws, disability blogs

5 Disability Blogs to Lift You Up—and 1 to Make You Laugh

Posted by DEF

Living with a disability can at times be challenging and exhausting. Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, it can help to know there are other people out there in the same or at least a similar boat. We scoured the internet to find the best blogs regarding disability, and have come up with five inspirational ones—and an extra one perfect for those with a wry sense of humor.

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Topics: special needs children, inspiring stories, traveling with disability, disability blogs

What Are My Rights as a Disabled Employee?

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

The federal American With Disability Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, making it illegal for employers, including private, state and local government, and labor organizations, to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. This doesn’t just apply to hiring practices—it also includes recruitment, promotions, training, type of work, and firing on the basis of disability.

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Topics: Florida Social Security Advocates, disability advocate, working with disability benefits, disability statistics, short term disability, disability laws, ADA laws

H.R. 620: Are the Rights of the Disabled Under Attack?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Fighting for the rights of the disabled has been an uphill battle, but over the years significant strides have been made. A turning point came in 1990, when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA made discrimination based upon disability illegal, and specified five key factors:

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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, disability benefits FL, disablity, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability rights florida, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida, disability statistics, Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, disability laws

Can I Get Short-Term Disability for Maternity Leave?

Posted by DEF


Unlike most other developed countries, the United States does not have a mandatory maternity law on a national level (a handful of states do, but Florida is not one of them). While many companies have taken it upon themselves to offer some form of paid maternity leave, many others have not. So what is a new mom to do?

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Topics: short term disability, pregnancy, Family and Medical Leave Act, Disability for Expectant Mothers, Maternity Leave

Five Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 1

Posted by DEF

Overcoming adversity is a cornerstone of the human experience. For many people, they are able to rise above a challenge and move on from it. However, those with disabilities may face challenges daily. So when a disabled person is able to not just overcome adversity but achieve unparalleled levels of success, it is truly inspiring!

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Topics: disablity, disability advocate, disability statistics, inspiring stories

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