Inspiration Village providing nearly 30 people with developmental disabilities with chance to learn
Serving six counties in rural Texas is Inspiration Village. It is a non-profit organization that provides close to 30 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities a place to learn life skills during the day.
Texans with disabilities fear voting will get harder for them as special session on GOP restrictions nears
The extent to which Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions might affect voters of color has received much attention, but Texans with disabilities also face the prospect of new barriers to the ballot box.
Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Disability Discrimination Suit Against City of Chicago Regarding Pedestrians with Visual Disabilities
The Justice Department today moved to intervene in a disability discrimination lawsuit that private plaintiffs with visual disabilities brought against the City of Chicago under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). Pedestrian signal information, such as a flashing “Walk/Don’t Walk” signal, indicates when it is safe to cross the street. Since at least 2006, Chicago has recognized the need to install APSs for pedestrians with visual disabilities. Yet, while Chicago currently provides sighted pedestrians visual crossing signals at nearly 2,700 intersections, it has installed APSs at only 15 of those intersections. Members of the public may report possible civil rights violations at https://civilrights.justice.gov/report.justice.gov
People with developmental disabilities overlooked in COVID pandemic, researchers say
People with developmental disabilities overlooked in COVID pandemic, researchers say A year into the coronavirus pandemic, researchers fear that the risk to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may have been overlooked.cbsnews.com
Houston Newsmakers: New leadership for Houston NAACP
Dixon II, President-Elect, NAACP (KPRC)Dr. James W.E. Dixon II is poised to be sworn in as the new President of the Houston Branch of the NAACP. “My vision is to make this organization more relevant, more resourceful and more relatable,” he said in his appearance on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. See much more on this week’s Houston Newsmakers EXTRA when he says :“The authentic message of the Gospel is a social justice message”“We need more than a poetic message that inspires. Dixon II, President-Elect Houston Branch, NAACP· Website: https://naacphouston.org/· Twitter: @NAACPHOUDee Dee Dochen, Producer ReelAbilities Virtual Concert· Website: https://www.reelabilitieshouston.org/· Website: http://www.dddmc.com/· Twitter: @ReelAbilityHouRhonda Abbott, Sr. VP & CEO TIRR Memorial Hermann· Website: https://www.reelabilitieshouston.org/· Website: https://memorialhermann.org/services/specialties/tirrAd· Twitter: @ReelAbilityHouVernita Harris, Co-Author Pinch-Dash-Done· Website: https://pinch-dash-done.com/· Facebook & Instagram: Pinch-Dash-DoneBeatrice Moore, Co-Author Pinch-Dash-Done· Website: https://pinch-dash-done.com/· Facebook & Instagram: Pinch-Dash-Done
Local rapper Toni Hickman gets chance of a lifetime thanks to Netflix’s ‘Rising Phoenix’
Her name is Toni Hickman and she explained the personal reason why she is using her voice to inspire others. This multitalented singer/songwriter mixes singing, poetry, and rap in the song “Rising Phoenix,” written and performed by herself and fellow disabled artists GeorgeTragic and Keith Jones. Toni Hickman performing at ReelAbilities Houston (ReelAbilities Houston)“I’ve always had this attitude of being stubborn. “Rising Phoenix” is ReelAbilities 2021 Opening Night Film on Feb.16 and Toni Hickman will be performing at ReelMusic, their music event happening on Feb. 24th at 7 PM. All ReelAbilities music, art, and film events are completely free and open to the public, you just have to sign up at ReelAbilitiesHouston.org.
Im so much more than just a chair High School para-athlete finds strength in track and field
HOUSTON Sports can have positive lifelong effects on a young person's life that go far beyond health or fitness. Thats the case for Skylar Herrera, a soon-to be sophomore whos part of the track and field team at George Ranch High School in Richmond. The 15-year-old has found confidence, a new outlook on life and platform to advocate for people with different abilities. Being in track is really fun. When Im on the track its really freeing to be going that fast.
Year-round camp breaks down barriers for children with special needs
HOUSTON – A year-round camp in Washington County is changing the way people with special needs experience camp. Camp For All is a 206-acre campus in Burton that specializes in activities for disabled children and adults without any barriers, said President and CEO Pat Sorrells. Sorrells said the camp splits the $1,000 per person cost in half with its 65 community partners. “Campers come here and discover what they can do as opposed to out in the real world what they can’t do. For more information on Camp For All on how to sign up or how to donate, click here.