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A Grand Response from Social Work Is Needed in Ferguson

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/08/19

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order. Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and… Continue Reading »

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Tackling Discrimination At Work Comes At A Price

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/08/19

In July of last year, the British Government introduced Employment Tribunal Fees for any employees seeking to challenge discrimination at work. Employees who have been intimidated, harassed or fired as a result of their gender, race or disability now have to pay up to £1,200 for their claim to be heard at an employment tribunal…. Continue Reading »

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Attorney General Eric Holder Signs Proposal to Improve Movie Theater Experience for Disabled Americans

Vilissa Thompson 2014/08/19

On July 25th, 2014, the Justice Department released a statement announcing that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will affect Title III regulation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Title III of the ADA focuses on public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors’ offices, libraries, and… Continue Reading »

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Translating Neuroscience into Policy and Practice for At-Risk Children, with Dr. Jack Shonkoff

Mary-Lea Cox Awanohara 2014/08/15

Neuroscience has yielded new understandings of how the brain can affect mental illness, addiction, reaction to trauma, and other psychosocial conditions. Dr. Jack Shonkoff, who runs the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, is at the forefront of the movement to figure out what neurobiological findings could mean for the treatment of at-risk… Continue Reading »

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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: The Fear of Black Youth in America

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/08/14

Recently, two unarmed young black men were killed by police officers in a St. Louis suburb and in the city of Los Angeles while the circumstances surrounding the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson County remain disputed with only the eyewitness account of his friend on record thus far. Ferguson County police have yet… Continue Reading »

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Winning the Boss Lottery

Deona Hooper 2014/08/13

A couple of months ago, I attended the first ever White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC. While many of the President’s opponents saw the Summit as a publicity stunt or a way to cater to the democratic base, the Summit focused on several themes such as paid family medical leave, workplace flexibility,… Continue Reading »

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The Sport of Coming Out

Philip Patston 2014/08/12

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe is the latest in a long line of sports “stars” to come out as gay in an interview with celebrity interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson. It seems to be a sport in itself these days: to play professional sport and reveal that you’re gay. Perhaps a better sport might be to place… Continue Reading »

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Why Robin Williams Suspected Suicide Matters

Travis Lloyd 2014/08/12

Sadly, actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away. The Marin County Coroner’s Department lists the death Robin Williams suspected suicide due to “asphyxia”.  As a licensed Registered Nurse with emergency room trauma experience, every suicides listed as “asphyxia” that I have seen has been due to hanging.  Here is the exact wording: “The male subject, pronounced deceased at… Continue Reading »

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