Tag: disability

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AgrAbility Virginia helps farmers continue to do their jobs

After suffering a carotid aneurysm in 1999 that made it difficult for him to walk, Dinwiddie County farmer Alvin Blaha needed a solution.


Vector Industries opens new location: ‘Real milestone’ in nonprofit’s history

Months of work, and years of planning, came to fruition Monday at the new home for Vector Industries in Waynesboro. The unique nonprofit business had long since outgrown the 27,000 square feet of space that had housed its operations in a complex of buildings on Fairfax Avenue since 1969.


Vector Industries closes on Waynesboro property: Move to allow for significant expansion

Vector Industries has closed on the purchase of a property on Hopeman Parkway in Waynesboro that will triple the current physical plant for the unique non-profit that provides employment opportunities to people with diverse disabilities.


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Sen. Tim Kaine meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to discuss challenges facing Virginia veterans, including issues with disability benefits and health care wait times.


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ACLU urges governor to issue immediate conditional pardon to man with autism

Today, the ACLU of Virginia renewed its call that the Governor take executive action to ensure that Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man who has been in solitary confinement in state prison for more than a year, is moved as quickly as possible to a treatment facility in Florida.


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ACLU urges governor to help man with autism escape improper treatment in prison, jail

Today, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe asking him to review the case of Reginald “Neli” Latson, a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities who has been held in solitary confinement in a state correctional facility for almost a year.


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UVA economists shine new light on effectiveness of vocational rehab programs

A new $2.5 million federal grant will support two University of Virginia economists and a team of colleagues who are revolutionizing how to measure the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services.


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ACC Announces Autonomy Proposals

The ACC announced three legislative proposals that have been submitted to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league’s Council of Presidents.


business

State Corporation Commission warns Virginians of top investor threats

The advent of new products and technologies can sometimes spell risk for investors, the State Corporation Commission warned.


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Virginia employers honored for championing disability employment

Several Virginia employers were honored this month for outstanding commitment to hiring and supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.


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VCU receives $1.6 million grant to study pathways that lead to substance use disorders

Two VCU professors will work with researchers at the University of Oslo to study the factors in normal and abnormal personality that increase the risk of developing substance use disorders.


business

McAuliffe announces 150 new jobs in City of Virginia Beach

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that DOMA Technologies, LLC, a Virginia Beach-based company that specializes in cloud-based data and document management, plans to create 150 new jobs and lease an additional 15,000 square feet of office space.


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VCU School of Education celebrates 50 years

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is marking its 50th anniversary during the 2014-2015 academic year with special events, guest lectures and fundraising for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund.


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Researchers receive $1.6 million grant to improve programs for preschoolers with behavior problems

A $1.6 million grant awarded to two Virginia Commonwealth University professors will help improve services aimed at preschool children with problem behaviors in early childhood education and Head Start classrooms.


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Sen. Warner calls for nationwide expansion of veterans legal clinics

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) urged the new U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs to authorize the nationwide expansion of the College of William & Mary pro bono veterans legal clinic model to help more military veterans get their complex V-A disability claims submitted properly and processed more quickly.


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ABA urges law schools to create veterans legal clinics based on Virginia model

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates adopted a policy today urging all law schools to create legal clinics to help veterans access the benefits they have earned.


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ACLU supports President Obama’s non-discrimination executive order

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today expressed strong support for President Obama’s decision to amend existing federal Executive Orders to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and the federal government.


Miss State Fair Courtney Garrett is crowned Miss Virginia

The reigning Miss State Fair of Virginia, Courtney Garrett, was crowned Miss Virginia 2014 June 28 at the Roanoke Civic Center.


business

Look at insurance, benefits when making jobs choices

As the economy improves, many Americans are voluntarily changing jobs, often motivated by a desire to improve their financial situation.


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Three WWRC employees honored by State Rehabilitation Council

Ellen McIlhenny, chair of the State Rehabilitation Council, and Commissioner Jim Rothrock of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services have announced the council’s Employee Leadership Roy J. Ward Recognition Awards.


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Virginia State Police releases 2013 crime report

Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2013 is now available online at the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.virginia.gov, under “Forms & Publications.”


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Mark Warner: Statement on Veterans Affairs, Shinseki

Gen. Shinseki has served our country with distinction. I now believe he should step aside in order to allow our focus and our efforts to be on making the critically needed changes to fix the VA.


Supreme Court invalidates Virginia’s use of IQ test in administering death penalty

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hall v. Florida that states cannot rely on a rigid IQ score of 70 to determine whether an individual may be executed.


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Agency launches platform for management of care for disabilities

CoCENTRIX announced Monday that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (VA DBHDS) has launched the CoCENTRIX Coordinated Care Platform.


business

Resource for comparing workers’ compensation laws available

An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available.


healthcare

How to reduce risk of ACL tears in young athletes

Increasing numbers of young athletes, especially girls, are tearing their anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, which provides stability to the knee. The increase is particularly dramatic in girls, in sports including high school soccer, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.


Maryland Championship Wrestling aims to bodyslam autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the United States and tens of millions worldwide. Today, it is estimated that one in every 88 children and one in 54 boys are diagnosed with autism.


business

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann: Low minimum wage is bad for women, families and business

As a small business owner myself, I don’t see the logic in business people arguing against increasing the minimum wage. It’s just not logical to pay people a wage that doesn’t even cover basics like food, housing, utilities and transportation needed to get to work.


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Funding available for organizations serving summer meals to Virginia children

The Virginia Department of Health is looking for financially viable organizations that can serve meals to children during the summer months. Organizations that participate in the Summer Food Service Program will be reimbursed by VDH for the meals that are served.


Vector Industries benefits from McKee Foods shopping spree

Vector Industries operations and engineering director David Tanner grabbed 54 boxes of goodies at a recent McKee Foods bakery store shopping spree donated by a McKee employee and the United Way of Greater Augusta.


Waynesboro Moose Lodge provides Thanksgiving to Vector Industries

The Waynesboro Moose Lodge 1309 hosts a Thanksgiving meal for employees at Vector Industries in Waynesboro each year. The 2013 meal marked the 31st year that the Moose Lodge has done this for Vector employees. The occasion includes a turkey meal with all the fixings and a DJ playing music for employees to have some fun dancing to.


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Measuring the impact of multiple sclerosis in seconds

How fast multiple sclerosis (MS) patients complete a 25-foot walk can provide insight into the disease’s impact on their lives, according to a new study led by a University of Virginia School of Medicine neurologist.


Classic & Antique Car Show showcases disability driving program

The WWRC Foundation will host a free exhibit of classic and antique cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, on the grounds at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. The show will feature vehicles with assistive technology for drivers with disabilities as well as more than 35 vintage cars from five local clubs, including Corvair, Corvette, Model A, Mustang, and the Waynesboro-Staunton Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.


Happy 40th, Vector!

Vector Industries in Waynesboro marked its 40th anniversary on Thursday. The nonprofit employs more than 100 individuals with diverse disabilities from Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County. AFP editor Chris Graham talked with employees, staff and community leaders about what Vector Industries means to the Valley and filed this special report. AFP Video. Length: 5:21.