Lifestyle

National Family Caregivers Month

by Jessica Fisher • November 12, 2020

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which recognizes the dedication of those who provide around-the-clock care to loved ones.  There are over 53 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers to family, friends, and neighbors. Twenty-seven percent, or nearly a third of adult caregivers, are helping someone with a mental illness. Over half of family caregivers […]


National Disability Employment Awareness Month: 75th Anniversary of Employing People of All Abilities

by Jessica Fisher • October 16, 2020

“Inclusion drives innovation” is the theme for this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates the public about the value of a workforce inclusive of their contributions, skills and talents. This year marks the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM as well […]


Your Vote Counts!

by Jessica Fisher • October 2, 2020

November 3 is Election Day and every vote counts! Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it is not always accessible for persons with disabilities. According to projections from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, in 2020, more than 38 million eligible voters have disabilities. That is more than 16 percent […]


Special Education Amid Covid-19

by Jessica Fisher • October 1, 2020

With the onset of Covid-19, educators have found themselves in uncharted territory.  In the spring, when schools closed their doors, they were forced to shift from in-school instruction to online instruction.  For the roughly 7 million American students with special needs, the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant school closures have presented unique challenges.  At school, […]


Fighting For Your Child’s Rights

by Jessica Fisher • August 24, 2020

The beginning of school across America has many parents remaining concerned about the success of the year ahead. It’s been widely acknowledged that the level of education being provided to students in 2020 is not likely meeting typical academic standards. And it may take years before we see the costs to this generation’s learning and […]


Back to School

by Jessica Fisher • August 17, 2020

With summer waning and temperatures beginning to cool, many American families are preparing for the start of a new school year. Typically, a new school year brings a certain amount of excitement and anticipation. Shopping for supplies and new clothes; meeting new classmates, making new friends, and meeting new teachers are all among the rituals […]


30 Years of the ADA

by Jessica Fisher • August 12, 2020

Anyone who has ever used a ramp at an airport to roll luggage, or at a mall to push a stroller, has benefited from the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). But as helpful and necessary as those ramps may seem for all, they wouldn’t exist had they not been installed specifically to accommodate those using […]


July is Herbal & Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

by Jessica Fisher • July 28, 2020

For many people prescription medications are a fundamental necessity to maintaining good health. While some may need it for physical health, others may need it for stabilizing their emotional health. But in either case prescription medications perform a number of important functions; balancing body or brain chemistry, interacting with cells or targeting specific receptors, medication […]


DOE Offers Guidance on Handling Disputes During Pandemic

by Jessica Fisher • July 3, 2020

Ask any teacher, parent, or student right now and they’ll likely tell you that at-home education during COVID-19 has been a significant challenge. Remote learning is simply not a substitute for learning in the classroom; there are too many things that just can’t be accomplished on a Zoom call. For children with disabilities and their […]


Pride Month 2020

by Jessica Fisher • June 12, 2020

It’s June and for members of the LGBTQ community, their families, friends, and allies, it’s a time of remembrance, commemoration, and celebration. It’s a time of year when we recognize the sweeping impact the LGBTQ community has had on history in the U.S. and around the globe. June is Pride Month! Some of the most […]