COVID-19 effect: How Mable pivoted to support vulnerable Australians

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Mable is an online platform which connects people with disability and older Australians with independent care and support workers, nurses and allied health professionals in their community. It differs from other provider models, as it gives more choice to both users and the independent support workers, so they feel they’re in control – something that can often feel ‘taken away’ in these groups.

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How Deafness shapes our world

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MASS Design Group architect Jeffrey Mansfield recently won a $50,000 Disability Futures Fellowship to develop an archive of Deaf spaces. Here’s why that’s important for both the Deaf community and the built environment more broadly. As an architect who was born Deaf, Jeffrey Mansfield has long been interested in the relationship between Deafness and physical spaces. He has noticed how spaces designed with Deafness in mind, like the school for the Deaf he attended growing up, are different from other kinds of architecture, and how some spaces can limit or extend a Deaf person’s sensory awareness. Read Full Story

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It’s time to end the law that lets businesses pay less to people with disabilities

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In 2020, businesses can still legally pay their employees with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage—we need to put an end to this. The continued struggles of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities to achieve equality in the workplace are partly the result of societal and cultural forces, but they differ in at least one key respect: The law explicitly enables employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. In other words, under the law, individuals with disabilities may earn less than their colleagues who are not disabled due to a trait they cannot change. Read Full Story

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30 years after the ADA, disabled workers continue to fight for employment equality

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The passing of the civil rights law ushered in a new beginning for workers with disabilities. Unfortunately, an unintended consequence of the bill is companies’ hesitance to hire more of these workers and offer accommodations. Street curbs must be wheelchair accessible. Discriminating against disabled job candidates is illegal. Businesses must remove any architectural barriers when updating existing facilities. Read Full Story

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Fashion makes people with disabilities feel invisible. This designer wants them to stand out

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People at the intersection of disability and queerness struggle to find clothes that reflect who they are. Enter Sky Cubacub. For people with disabilities, it can be hard enough to find garments that fit comfortably. Finding fashionable outfits that allow them to express themselves can be close to impossible. This is a particularly painful reality for those who are gender nonconforming, since clothes are a crucial way to convey one’s identity to the world. Read Full Story

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