Michael was highlighted recently in an article in Campus Activities Magazine. Here is a link to the article, It is on page 25 and may be inaccessible for some of you.
Veteran information technology salesman Michael Hingson once had a job interview scheduled with a technology company that was abruptly canceled.
The headhunter who arranged the interview phoned Hingson a few days beforehand and asked: “I see you’ve worked with blindness-oriented organizations. Is someone in your family blind?”
“I’m blind,” Hingson said. His meeting was called off early the next morning.
Hingson, who holds a master’s degree in physics, was far from surprised. According to the Social Security Administration, 70 percent of employable blind workers are unemployed and that’s primarily because employers reject their capabilities, said Hingson, who uses a talking smartphone, talking email and other tools. Here’s a link to the whole article
I’m very pleased to announce that the February 2014 issue of our online book review magazine “California Bookwatch” features a review of “Running with Roselle”.
Here is the review: Continue reading
Under Obama Order, Workers With Disabilities To Get Pay Hike By Michelle Diament | February 12, 2014 From Disability Scoop
An executive order requiring federal contractors to be paid at least $10.10 per hour will apply to workers with disabilities too, White House officials say.
President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Wednesday raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers, including those with disabilities employed under service or concessions contracts with the government.
The move represents an about-face for the White House. When the plan to hike pay for government contractors was originally announced during Obama’s State of the Union address last month, it left out many workers with disabilities. Continue reading
February 3, 2014
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
In your January 28th State of the Union Address, and via a conference call with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Perez on January 29th, it was announced that all contractors would be required by executive order to pay their federally funded workers at least $10.10 an hour under any new contracts. The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, urges you to include workers with disabilities in this executive order, affirmatively and explicitly. We further urge you to announce that you will sign the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 831) if and when that legislation reaches your desk. With a Republican sponsor and substantial Democratic co-sponsorship, this nonpartisan piece of legislation will responsibly phase out the discriminatory practice of paying workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage. Continue reading
Here is the Facebook update from Michael about Karen’s current condition. You can make donations to help defray her medical expenses bo going to Michael’s Website here: www.michaelhingson.com or simply clicking on Karen’s picture here.
THANKS VERY MUCH for all of your thoughts and concerns about Karen and me. I appreciate them a great deal. Here is where we are at present.
Karen is improving, all be it at a slow rate. We are optimistic. As you know, Karen contracted pneumonia which advanced to include acute respiratory distress syndrome which means her lungs are very inflamed and thus breathing is extremely hard for her. Over the past week she has been heavily sedated and on an ventilator. They began reducing sedation levels last Thursday and took her off the sedative completely on Saturday. Continue reading
Excited to share details of the new Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship Fund targeting students with disabilities entering college in the fall. This is a new initiative from Microsoft and the DisAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG), built in partnership with Seattle Foundation. The scholarship website is open to applications until March 15th. Please, use your sharing/posting super powers to distribute details to your communities and anyone you feel may benefit. All the details are enclosed, and below.
Any questions, do let me know. Let’s change the number
Have a great weekend!
Chair DisAbility ERG,
Senior Director Accessibility Customer Experience, Privacy and Online Safety Support. Continue reading
GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Service-dog bill is gaining traction in Virginia
BY CHELYEN DAVIS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR
RICHMOND-With little discussion and no dissent, a Senate committee Friday advanced a bill to broaden Virginia’s service dogs laws to ensure that they include dogs used to help those suffering from PTSD.
The bill comes from Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania. Lori O’Bry, with the Stafford SPCA, came to Richmond to urge its passage. Continue reading
ARE YOU A LEGALLY BLIND COLLEGE STUDENT?
Go to: www.nfb.org/scholarships
30 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS SPECIFICALLY FOR
Blind High School Seniors through Grad School Students
The $12,000 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship
1 Scholarship for $10,000
2 Scholarships for $7,000 each
4 Scholarships for $5,000 each
22 Scholarships for $3,000 each
PLUS additional gifts to our 30 scholarship winners! Continue reading
New Milford, New Jersey (January 24, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), along with its affiliate organizations the NFB of New Jersey and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), and the parents of a blind high school student in New Milford (named in the suit as S.H.) have filed suit (case number: 14-392) in federal court against PARCC, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that was established in 2013 by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium currently made up of eighteen states, including New Jersey and the District of Columbia. This consortium received a $186 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Assessment Program competition, with which it has promised to develop “next-generation” academic assessments for use in measuring the academic progress and achievement of K-12 students. The suit has been filed because assessment tests created by PARCC, Inc. that will be field tested at S.H.’s high school and other locations this spring are not accessible to students who are blind. The field test assessments will not be offered in Braille, nor will they be available for use with text-to-speech screen reading technology that is commonly used by blind students. S.H. is a Braille reader. Another assessment consortium, known as Smarter Balanced, has announced that it will make its tests accessible in all phases of development, including field testing. The suit alleges that the failure to make the assessments accessible during field testing violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Continue reading