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Study Shows More Disability Stories Onscreen, but Few Disabled Actors

Let’s start with the good news: Significant depictions of disability on film and television shows have nearly tripled over the past decade compared with the previous 10 years.

Almost all of those titles, however, still don’t feature disabled actors.

The study published Wednesday also showed that television is far behind film when it comes to representation of characters with disabilities.

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Disability rights advocates are worried about discrimination in AI hiring tools

Some companies that create AI hiring games, like Pymetrics and Arctic Shores, claim that they limit bias in hiring. But these games can be especially difficult to navigate for job seekers with disabilities.

In the latest episode of MIT Technology Review’s podcast “In Machines We Trust,” we explore how AI-powered hiring games and other tools may exclude people with disabilities. And while many people in the US are looking to the federal commission responsible for employment discrimination to regulate these technologies, the agency has yet to act.

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Easterseals Releases Comprehensive Study on the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on People With Disabilities

Easterseals, a leading national nonprofit provider of outcomes-based services and a powerful advocacy for people with disabilities, has released its Easterseals Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on People With Disabilities. The organization will use the findings as a dynamic roadmap forward, launching a comprehensive, nationwide strategic effort to modify, expand and amplify its services to respond to the urgent and evolving needs of the 1.5 million children and adults it serves.

Read the key findings here.

Sexual Violence and the Disability Community

In 2018, with support from the Ford Foundation, the Disability Justice Initiative and the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress developed their “Courageous Conversations” work to bring together leaders across the disability rights and justice movement and the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Staff of the Disability Justice and Women’s Initiatives convened a series of conversations at conferences including Let’s Talk About SexThe Abortion Care Network, and the Association of Rural Independent Living, among others to talk about how to better collaborate across the two spaces. The authors created this column and the companion resource guide as tools that can be easily adopted or adapted by those wanting to bring these communities together for a nuanced discussion of sexual violence and disabled people.

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What Biden’s Pick for Ed. Secretary Discussed With Disability Rights Advocates

If confirmed by the Senate to the cabinet role, current Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona could play a significant role in special education at a time when advocates fear that many students with disabilities have been left behind during rolling school closures and remote instruction. Cardona met with advocates for students with disabilities who voiced concerns about issues ranging from school discipline to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education services.

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