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  • Olympic Coverage Will Include Video Description

    Olympic Coverage Will Include Video Description

    The 2018 PyongChang Olympics will be the most accessible Winter Games in history, according to NBC Olympics and Comcast. The media companies announced coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea will include video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities. NBC and Comcast will partner with Descriptive Video Works to provide […]Read More »
  • Lego Diversifies with Wheelchair Figurine

    Lego Diversifies with Wheelchair Figurine

    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 […]Read More »
  • Breaking Down Barriers

    Breaking Down Barriers

    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 […]Read More »
  • Microsoft Announces Plan to Hire Individuals with Disability

    Microsoft Announces Plan to Hire Individuals with Disability

    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. Smith spoke at an event hosted by the United Nations that was […]Read More »
  • VR Horizons Launches Feature Blog to Explore WIOA Requirements and the VR Scorecard Initiative

    VR Horizons Launches Feature Blog to Explore WIOA Requirements and the VR Scorecard Initiative

    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 series will be hosted by […]Read More »
  • What Can You Do?

    What Can You Do?

    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 […]Read More »
  • TransitionSpot Joins VR Horizons’ Expanding Resources

    TransitionSpot Joins VR Horizons’ Expanding Resources

    TransitionSpot is the newest resource to join VR Horizons expanding catalog of resources for the community. TransitionSpot serves individuals in the Oklahoma City community, helping individuals prepare for the workforce. Utilizing targeted career planning and life coaching, TransitionSpot helps individuals understand the ever changing landscape of job hunting. The services provided by TransitionSpot are invaluable […]Read More »
  • Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Released for 2014

    Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Released for 2014

    The Institute of Disability Statistics and Demographics at the University of New Hampshire’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center recently released the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium for 2014. The Compendium is a web-based tool that gathers all the statistics published by various federal agencies and assembles them together in one tool. The statistics work to highlight […]Read More »
  • Accessibility Device Gets a Chance with Venture Capital

    Accessibility Device Gets a Chance with Venture Capital

    In an exciting update from the VR Horizons Article posted in March of 2014, Braigo- LEGO-made Braille Printer by 12-year-old Inventor, innovative inventor and entrepreneur Shubham Banerjee has received confirmation that Intel Capital will be investing into his company and invention. The funding from Intel will allow the science fair turned family-run startup the ability […]Read More »
  • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitaiton (CSAVR) is Underway in Miami, Florida

    Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitaiton (CSAVR) is Underway in Miami, Florida

    The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Fall 2014 conference is underway in Miami, Florida. The council is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies that serve individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the United States. The conference takes place in the early week of November 10th and provides […]Read More »
  • CNN Hero Inspires and Impacts Individuals with Disabilities

    CNN Hero Inspires and Impacts Individuals with Disabilities

    Ned Norton was working as an Olympic athlete trainer when he was approached by a young man with a spinal cord injury. Ned had experience and a career in strengthening bodies of athletes, so he helped establish a workout plan with the young man. After a few months, the young man made huge strides and […]Read More »
  • VR Horizons Members Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    VR Horizons Members Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and all members of VR Horizons are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the […]Read More »
  • New Technology Allows Quadriplegic to Move Hand

    New Technology Allows Quadriplegic to Move Hand

    The Neurobridge is a collaborative project developed by Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center and applied science development non-profit organization Battelle. Through combined efforts, the organizations have been working on a tool that allows the brain signal to bypass the site of injury, and send it directly to the muscle. Ian Burkhart is a 23 […]Read More »
  • Rideshare Service, Uber Now Available to Wheelchair Users

    Rideshare Service, Uber Now Available to Wheelchair Users

    Within the last five years ridesharing companies like Lyft, Zipcar and Uber have exploded in popularity in cities across the country. The service is a great way to combat traffic, rising gas prices and navigating a busy city. However, until September 3rd, individuals in wheelchairs were not able to utilize the service. Unlike a taxi […]Read More »
  • New 3D Video Game Developed for Blind Players

    New 3D Video Game Developed for Blind Players

    Video games are for everyone now, the concept of accessible video game design is sweeping the industry. While it may seem strange to create and design a video game that is lead through audible noise rather than visually stimulating through videos, designers are taking the challenge to make the games more accessible. Binural technology is […]Read More »
  • Exclusive Disability Visibility Project Interview

    Exclusive Disability Visibility Project Interview

    It is not often that the disability world gets a chance to band together and make media history. Right now, across the United States, individuals of all abilities can record their story and experience with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) or an experience with disabilities. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA in […]Read More »
  • Overview of the Changes WIOA brings to the 1973 Rehab Act

    Overview of the Changes WIOA brings to the 1973 Rehab Act

    On July 22, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. The new law was a bipartisan and bicameral effort and shows the commitment to developing a workforce that can enter into competitive employment. The bill itself targets areas of previous acts by appealing some amendments and supersedes others […]Read More »
  • Canadian Restaurant Staffed with Deaf Waiters

    Canadian Restaurant Staffed with Deaf Waiters

    The new restaurant SIGNS is the first of its kind, a 150-seat upper casual dining and bar staffed with deaf servers. The restaurant brings a new level of opportunity to individuals who have hearing impairments or are Deaf. The vision of SIGNS encompass three ideas: To become one of the best restaurants in Canada, to […]Read More »
  • Nordstrom Shakes up the Face of Normal

    Nordstrom Shakes up the Face of Normal

    Fashion empire Nordstrom is taking steps into redefining normal among the fashion industry this summer. Among it’s 88-page catalog for the largest sale of the year, the retailer has featured a number of individuals with various disabilities. Nordstrom’s push for inclusion among individuals of all abilities is a breath of fresh air for the fashion […]Read More »
  • Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center

    Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center

    During mid June, the Department of Education proposed priority to establish a Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC). The center will provide training and technical assistance to improve outcomes at State VR agencies and ensure that individuals with disabilities learn the necessary skills and competencies to secure competitive employment. In early 2014 President Barack […]Read More »
  • New Pill is Found to Treat a Form of Childhood Blindness

    New Pill is Found to Treat a Form of Childhood Blindness

    Researchers and medical doctors at McGill University  Health Center in Montreal, Canada have reported a breakthrough in treating Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment that ranges from reduced vision depth to complete blindness. Until now, LCA has remained untreatable, but as reported in the scientific journal The Lancet, […]Read More »
  • On The Presidents Desk

    On The Presidents Desk

    Update July 22 4:00 p.m.: Today President Barack Obama Signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which will replace the outdated Workforce Investment act of 1998. The new act focuses on developing the skills and development for economical growth. Big news for Americans and individuals following the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the bill recently […]Read More »
  • Visually Impaired Lead The Way

    Visually Impaired Lead The Way

    Touch technology is used all over the world and even in space. The abilities of touch technology is just being discovered while engineers and scientists study and research the unlimited possibilities. One study conducted at the University of California Berkeley researched individuals ability to navigate tactile technology. Researchers discovered that individuals are better and more […]Read More »
  • Tim Howard: An American Hero Who Hasn’t Always Had it Easy

    Tim Howard: An American Hero Who Hasn’t Always Had it Easy

    On Tuesday, July 1st Tim Howard set a FIFA World Cup record: 16 saves in a single match as a goal keeper, the most of any goal keeper in the 84 World Cups to date. He floated, dove, flipped and kicked, making every save look like it was effortless. Howard showed the world that he […]Read More »
  • Disability Visibility Project Launches across U.S.

    Disability Visibility Project Launches across U.S.

    Collecting oral histories from Americans with disabilities SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2014—A community partnership with StoryCorps, the Disability Visibility Project is launching a year-long campaign to encourage Americans with disabilities to record their stories at three StoryCorps locations: SF Bay Area, Chicago and Atlanta (and their mobile tour) from July 2014-2015. The Disability Visibility Project […]Read More »
  • Organization Looks to Document Disability Stories

    Organization Looks to Document Disability Stories

    StoryCorps is heading a project in conjuction with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaching in 2015. The project known as the Disability Visability Project is starting on Monday, June 23rd as a community partnership with StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a one on one style interview non profit organization whose mission  is […]Read More »
  • Reaching New Extremes

    Reaching New Extremes

    Aaron Fotheringham was born with spina bifida, a spinal cord defect that left him unable to walk or use his legs. From that point on, Aaron never let his disability define him or slow him down. Fotheringham is known by thousands around the world as an extreme athlete, able to defy gravity in his wheelchair. […]Read More »
  • 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Kick-Off

    2014 Special Olympics USA Games Kick-Off

    Over 18,000 people crowded into the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Sunday, June 13th to watch the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Over 3,500 athletes from around the nation watched excitedly as the Flame of Hope was lit, officially starting the upcoming competitions. The opening ceremonies included special guest such […]Read More »
  • FCC Emergency Text-to-911 Program

    FCC Emergency Text-to-911 Program

    Assistive technology is reaching new levels as the disability community is being better represented in technology needs, legislature and business. Emergency communication can be difficult for those who are non-verbal, deaf or just have difficulty communicating in stressful situations. Stating in May, four wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have integrated the Text-911 program […]Read More »
  • The Forgotten Segment in America’s Workforce

    The Forgotten Segment in America’s Workforce

    Employees with disabilities are often a forgotten diversity segment in offices around America. A five year study conducted by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Sirota Consulting, examined the workplace satisfaction and engagement among those that had disabilities. This study can help shed light for employers and VR Counselors across the country when trying […]Read More »
  • 5 Tips for Getting Your Child With Special Needs Involved in the Kitchen

    5 Tips for Getting Your Child With Special Needs Involved in the Kitchen

    Getting your child involved in the kitchen for family meals can be rewarding for everyone. If your child has special needs, having an extra set of helping hands can be challenging. Here are five tips from Blogger Becca Eisenberg, on how to get your child involved in the kitchen this Summer. 1. Use Visuals Using […]Read More »
  • Just Released, Worlds First 3D Printed Braille Phone

    Just Released, Worlds First 3D Printed Braille Phone

    Utilizing new 3D printing technology, London-Based firm, OwnFone, has released the first ever pre-programmable Braille Phone to go on sale. The item itself is highly customizable since the technology of 3D printing is so adaptable. For those who can’t read Braille but are still visually impaired, OwnFone can print raised text onto the device. The […]Read More »
  • Caroline’s Cart: Simple Idea, Big Impact

    Caroline’s Cart: Simple Idea, Big Impact

    Drew Ann Long had a problem, she knew her young daughter would one day outgrow a typical shopping cart at grocery stores. This may seem like a menial issue, but for over 6 million families in the United States who have a family member with a disability, this is also a concern. Long’s daughter Caroline […]Read More »
  • Presidential Appointments on Key Administration Posts

    Presidential Appointments on Key Administration Posts

    On  May 9th President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts to the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The committee, which has been in place since President Lyndon Johnson established it in 1966, ensures that over 7 million Americans of all ages are properly represented when consulting the […]Read More »
  • Washington State Representative Pushes for More Disability Funding

    Washington State Representative Pushes for More Disability Funding

    Washington State Representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement on Wednesday April 30th, urging President Obama’s administration and the House appropriations committee leadership to support Easter Washington students with disabilities. In McMorris Rodgers request, federal funding for the IDEA Act (Individuals with Disabilities Education) would be made a top priority. Currently the assumption underlying the […]Read More »