The world’s third largest manufacture of toys, Lego, has recently unveiled a figurine in a wheelchair. The newest minifigure is a part of a new Lego CITY set that will be available at stores around the world by June 2016. Toy makers around the globe have been feeling mounting pressure from thousands to create toys that reflect people of all abilities, skin color and shapes and sizes.
Finding Innovative Solutions for Accessible Transportation
Many individuals with disabilities face mobility challenges that prevent them from holding employment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) recently invited the public to join in on a nation-wide discussion. The purpose of the event was to gather innovative ideas to address transportation challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Mary Ellen Smith, announced last Friday its plan to launch a pilot program to hire individuals with autism. Microsoft has been known to be on the cutting edge creating opportunity and products for individuals with disabilities.
Today, VR Horizons announced plans to host a recurring blog series examining the impact and evolving requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The VR Horizons WIOA Series is designed to provide VR professionals with the latest news and information regarding WIOA implementation, interpretations and best practices.
The Campaign for Disability Employment's (CDE) feature PSA "What Can You Do" tells the stories of nine individuals, all who are working in jobs they love and also happen to have disabilities. The campaign is a real winner in our books, causing listeners to stop and actually think about what defines each of the featured individuals.
Starting with items like their height, eye color and job title, viewers wouldn't give a second thought to define them by a disability. The efforts at the CDE promote employers and individuals to find out what they really can do regardless of disabilities.