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Hillsborough County celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act listen

07/26/12 Samuel Johnson
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Twenty-two years ago people with disabilities got a wide range of federal protections for the first time. At the County Center in downtown Tampa yesterday state and local representatives, county workers and volunteers celebrated the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed by then-President George H. W. Bush and established protection for a wide range of disabled individuals. Although the law has beco...

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Rugby isn't just for athletes who can run and walk listen

01/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A sporting tournament of a different kind kicked off Friday that gives people with disabilities a chance to show the world they can be athletes too. Wheelchair rugby brought teams from as far as Brazil and Canada to Tampa.

The sounds these hard hitting athletes make aren’t helmets smashing together or bodies thumping to the floor. They’re customized gladiator-style wheelchairs colliding at full force during a rugby match. Keith Marosek is the reg...

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MacDill AFB expo supports service-disabled veteran business-owners. listen

12/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today more than 600 veterans and small businesses met at Tampa’s Convention Center, looking for ways to connect veteran business owners who have been disabled in combat with military contracts. MacDill Air Force Base organized the expo.

The Association for Service Disabled Veterans estimates that out of more than 26 million veterans, 2 million are service disabled. Eugene Toni works o...

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Pinellas fair housing conference promotes equal rights for all listen

04/11/11 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Are you planning to rent an apartment but the landlord does not want you to live there with the kids? Were you ever denied the purchase of a house because your skin color did not fit in the neighborhood? The Fair Housing conference, organized by Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium and Pinellas County Office of Human Rights last Friday dealt with equal access to housing.

In April 1968, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Fair Housing Act was adopted at the federal ...

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ADA Awards Held at MOSI in Tampa listen

07/26/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act was celebrated in Tampa on Saturday. MOSI hosted the annual Disability Advocacy Awards honoring individuals who improve the lives of disabled people in the Hillsborough County area.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan attended the event and declared July 24th as official Disability Awareness Day.

“Therefore be it proclaimed that the board of county commissioners of Hillsborough County Florida have hereby set aside J...

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Disability complaint filed against Hillsborough schools listen

10/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County schools are violating federal requirements by not providing adequate services to students with disabilities, according to a coalition of advocacy groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities and the NAACP held a press conference in downtown Tampa this morning to announce they have filed a class-action administrative complaint against the Hillsborough County School system alleging systemic violations of a federal law.

The...

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United Way of Palm Beach protests budget cuts listen

09/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2007 the Legislature approved a plan that will limit the amount of state aid going to some people with disabilities when it goes into effect on Oct. 15. Now, a United Way chapter is asking its members to fight those changes.

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) serves the needs of state residents with developmental disabilities through waivers for services, including Medicaid waivers.

Melanie Etters is communications director for the AP...

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