New Docuseries “Born For Business” Shines the Spotlight on Disabled Entrepreneurs

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Docuseries from the Emmy Award-winning creators of “Born This Way,” Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Shopify Studios, begins streaming on Peacock and CRAVE on August 23.

A powerful docuseries that spotlights the untold stories of four entrepreneurs with disabilities, Born For Business gives viewers an insider’s look at what it takes to launch and run a thriving small business. Just as each entrepreneur is on the brink of success, they must navigate the complications that the COVID-19 pandemic presents.

Chris Triebes of The Congregation Presents is a single father with spinal muscular atrophy (type III) who is making waves in the music industry with his concert production company, two venues, and music festival ticket service. He said he was interested in appearing on Born For Business due to the lack of representation of people with disabilities “who have a disproportionately low voice” in media, especially when it comes to portraying stories of proactive business owners making their own opportunities and succeeding. He laments the often-repeated tropes of pitied people with disabilities who are painted as helpless or unresourceful. “I want to help normalize disability,” he said in a conversation with the disability advocacy nonprofit RespectAbility. “I think I can be someone who’s good for that.”

The show also features: Qiana Allen of Culture’s Closet, a fashionista with lupus who opened a plus-sized boutique, which quickly became one of America’s top plus-size clothing stores; Collette Divitto of Collettey’s Cookies, a baker with Down syndrome who owns a successful cookie brand that employs people with disabilities; and Lexi Zanghi of Always Reason, a millennial entrepreneur with anxiety who runs a three-year-old fashion brand that will soon expand to its first physical location.

“For too long, people with disabilities have been shut out of the workplace,” said Jonathan Murray, Bunim/Murray Productions. “With Born For Business, we are showing how people with disabilities have long been using entrepreneurship to create an economic livelihood for themselves.”

How Michigan Benefits: Better Care-Better Jobs Act

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IN MICHIGAN TODAY: There are over 1.4 million people with disabilities1 There are almost 1.8 million people ages 65 and older.

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The ‘Joker’ Virus Has Returned to Android: It Can Empty Your Bank Accounts Without You Noticing It and It Is Hidden in These Apps in the Google Play Store

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The ‘Joker’ virus hides in several apps on the Google Play Store and the user does not realize it until their bank accounts are emptied. See how this malware operates and what are the dangerous applications.

The Belgian Police warned about the return of the ‘Joker’ virus , which attacks Android devices and hides itself in various applications on the Google Play Store . This malware is capable of subscribing the user to payment services without their authorization and emptying their bank accounts without them noticing.

“This malicious program has been detected in eight Play Store applications that Google has suppressed,” say the Belgian authorities in a statement published this Friday on their website.

The ‘Joker’ malware became famous in 2017 for infecting and robbing its victims by hiding in different applications. Since then, the Google Play Store defense systems have removed around 1,700 apps with the ‘Joker’ malware before they were downloaded by users.

In September 2020, the ‘Joker’ virus was found in 24 Android applications that registered more than 500 thousand downloads before being removed. It is estimated that that time it affected more than 30 countries including the United States, Brazil and Spain. Through unauthorized subscriptions, hackers could steal up to $ 7 (about 140 Mexican pesos) per subscription weekly, a figure that has most likely increased in recent months.

Information / Action Alert: Budget Reconciliation and HCBS

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On Tuesday, August 10, the Senate passed their approximately $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act (H.R. 3684) in a 69-30 vote. This bill includes $550 billion in new federal spending, and on top of the traditional funding for roads, bridges, and public transit, the bill includes several new investments, including funding for improving broadband access, addressing racial inequities in infrastructure, and it includes pieces of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act to improve accessibility of rail systems.

The next day, August 11, the Senate passed their $3.5 trillion budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 14) in a 50-49 vote. The budget resolution sets the stage for the budget reconciliation package, including the major investments in home and community based services (HCBS) and the direct support workforce that we have been fighting for. It also sets the stage for other crucial investments, including (but not limited to): filling the Medicaid gap; Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion; expanding Medicare by lowering the eligibility age and by covering vision, dental & hearing; paid family and medical leave; child nutrition; critical tax credit extensions; providing immigrants a path to citizenship; child care and universal Pre-K; tuition-free community college; Native health, education, and housing programs; housing affordability and equity; and environmental justice.

More information is included in the committee print to accompany the FY 22 budget resolution and the summary on the reconciling instructions.

Universal Housing Vouchers: A Promise or a Pipe Dream?

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President Biden promised to expand the Housing Choice Voucher program so that everyone who qualifies for a voucher gets one. What exactly would that change entail, and how long could it be before we see it happen?

Once again, the clock is ticking as states scramble to distribute billions in federal emergency rent relief to stress-weary, increasingly panicked tenants and landlords before the national eviction moratorium expires. If the money doesn’t get out in time, a rush of evictions and foreclosures could be in store this fall.

Would the nation be in such a precarious predicament if everyone who qualified for a housing voucher got one?

Over the last year and a half, tenants who receive income-dependent rental assistance—like housing vouchers—had their rent responsibility reduced when their incomes fell, and their landlords were still paid. But housing vouchers’ eviction-preventing effects were limited to households lucky enough to get a voucher, since the underfunded Housing Choice Voucher program reaches just one in five households that qualify.

There are more than 8 million families that qualify for a voucher but can’t get one.

Heavy Drinking May Impair Men’s Ability to Recognize Facial Emotions

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Summary: Men who are intoxicated with alcohol have impairments when it comes to correctly assessing emotional facial cues in others. Researchers speculate the findings may explain why alcohol use is often associated with harmful interpersonal and social interactions, such as aggression and domestic violence.

Source: Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol intoxication is linked to impairments in the ability to interpret other people’s facial expressions, especially in men, according to a new study.

The findings may help explain why alcohol use is often associated with harmful interpersonal and social consequences, such as physical aggression, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or being victimized.

Heavy drinking is known to have the potential to disrupt the recognition of facial expressions, leading to misinterpretation. This may in turn contribute to inappropriate behaviors.

Identifying the social processing mechanisms influenced by alcohol may inform interventions designed to reduce these negative outcomes.

Participants who were more intoxicated were less accurate at identifying facial emotions. Increased intoxication was associated with lower accuracy among men; the decline in accuracy among women was insignificant.

The most accurately identified facial emotion was happiness; the least accurately identified emotion was sadness.

Overall, higher BrAC was linked to worse emotion recognition for the images showing sadness, disgust, and neutrality.

Among men, higher BrAC correlated with worse emotion recognition for sadness, anger, and neutrality.

Our 10 Favorite Paralympic Sports and How to Watch Them

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The Paralympic Games start on Tuesday and we can’t wait to watch the world’s best athletes compete. NBC has significantly expanded its television and streaming coverage of the Paralympics — in all, it will be offering 1,200 hours of coverage, including 200 hours of television coverage, much of it live.

On Aug. 24 and you can watch the Opening Ceremonies live from 7-10 a.m. (ET) on the NBCSN television channel. If you miss them live, they will be rebroadcast from 7-10 p.m. (ET), also on NBCSN.

Here’s our list of our top 10 Paralympic sports featuring wheelchair users, and when, where and why you should watch them. For detailed TV and streaming schedules, visit the NBC Olympics website. To find more information on each sport and all the other competitions at the Tokyo games, including video explainers and a detailed competition schedule, visit the Tokyo 2020 website.

What Is Ableism? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Form of Discrimination

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Ableism starts with the attitude that people with disabilities are less than.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a landmark civil rights law from 1990 that prohibits discrimination against people based on disability. But discrimination against people with disabilities continues, and that discrimination is often referred to as ableism. Here’s what you should know about ableism, including why it exists, how it affects health and society, and how to help end it.

What is ableism?

Merriam-Webster defines ableism as “discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities.” This discrimination—which can be based on physical or mental abilities—happens in digital and in-person spaces and can occur on an individual or a systematic level. Designing a building or website without accessibility in mind, making fun of people with disabilities, not making reasonable accommodations so disabled people can access public spaces, and assuming that people with disabilities want or need to be “fixed” are a few examples of ableism.


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Just a few days ago, Google released the Android 12 beta and with that, the beta version of Android Accessibility Suite app version 12.0.0. One really cool feature that they slid into this version is controlling the phone with facial features!

In the Accessibility Services Suite, there is now a new option to use “Camera Switches” – using several facial gestures to perform various actions without touching the screen. In the beta version, Camera Switches support a few gestures though this list may expand in the future. Facial gestures currently supported are: Open mouth, smile, raise eyebrows, look left, look right, and look up.  These gestures can be associated with several actions like pause camera switch, toggle auto-scan, reverse auto-scan, select, next, previous, touch & hold, scroll forward, scroll backward, home, back, notifications, quick settings, and overview.

Book Re-release- Mass Murderers in White Coats by Lenny Lapon

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This books covers a range of psychiatric abuses but is of particular interest for current service users in helping us know the history of how Nazis treated psychiatric patients and our survivor history of resistance and organising against psychiatric abuses.

Lapon was a militant activist beginning in 1978 with Mental Patients Liberation Front in Boston (MPLF) and the Alliance for the Liberation of Mental Patients in Philadelphia (ALMP), participating in organizing, demonstrations, civil disobedience, advocacy and writing. He was arrested on several occasions and completed a 60-day fast against psychiatric oppression.

Review by Sharon Jean Cretsinger, Tijuana, July tenth, twenty-twenty-one

I am happy to see that Mass Murderers in White Coats (1986) by Lenny Lapon is now in a digital edition.