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Rewrite Would Remove Stigma Against Those With Disabilities, Advocates Say

27 May , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Growing up as a person who is gay and deaf, Joe Osborne-Payne knows how it feels to be stigmatized.

He doesn’t want the language of state laws to stigmatize him, too.

Osborne-Payne, the chief information officer for the Ohio Association of the Deaf, is among those advocating for legislators to rewrite certain sections of the Ohio Revised Code to take out antiquated, offensive language. More…


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Commissioners Promote Disability Awareness

4 Oct , 2016  

The Richland County Commissioners have proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “#InclusionWorks.”

In 2015, only 17.5 percent of people with disabilities were employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. “Some of our nation’s most successful companies make inclusion a core value; they profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” points out Amanda South, Richland Newhope’s Director of Adult Services. “Richland Newhope and Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. work with local school districts and businesses to support transitioning youth and adults to be prepared and successful in their job.” More…