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Benefits and Caregivers during a Pandemic

With unemployment at levels not seen since the Great Depression, the need for government benefits has grown from a stream into a flood. We are treated to daily pictures of food banks overwhelmed and unemployment offices incapable of keeping up. All this has made things even more difficult for those who are seeking federal, state …

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What Exactly is Ableism?

Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities and/or people who are perceived to be disabled. Ableism characterizes persons who are defined by their disabilities as inferior to the non-disabled. Ableism refers to “discrimination in favor of able-bodied people,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. But the reality of ableism extends beyond literal discriminatory acts …

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Black History Month 2021 Being Worthy of Dr. Woodson’s Relentless Spirit

While I am the new President and CEO of United Spinal Association, neither I nor United Spinal are new to a commitment to racial equity and diversity inclusion. For years the focus of my work with my past employer, The Coca-Cola Company, was inclusiveness and intersectionality with disabilities and a wide spectrum of diversity. United …

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United Spinal Association has a new CEO

 United Spinal Association today announced Vincenzo (Enzo) Piscopo, an experienced professional in diversity, inclusion and social causes, has been appointed president and CEO by the organization’s board of directors. Piscopo will begin his tenure as United Spinal’s president and CEO on November 16, 2020 replacing James Weisman, who is retiring after 40 years of service to the disability community as …

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26th, 2020, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the …

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