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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.