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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


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A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - IA: Disabilities

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as do adults without disabilities. (Adobe Stock)
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Advocates for Iowans with disabilities want state lawmakers to dedicate more funding in two key areas: mental-health treatment and community-based care. As the Legislature begins its new session, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council has said it's trying to get lawmakers to

A survey from the National Disability Institute showed more than half of respondents worried about social isolation and access to community support during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- People with disabilities have made strides to become self-advocates, but the pandemic has hindered their routine connections with support services they still need. An Iowa program aims to make sure these individuals don't feel lost in the time of COVID-19. Back in June, a feder

More than 80,000 Iowans living with disabilities are employed as part of the statewide workforce. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- For many, working from home has become the new norm during the pandemic. As companies continue to invest in this approach, people living with disabilities say it's time for businesses to consider them an equal part of the workforce. October is National Disability Employment Awa

Iowa's secretary of state has worked with advocates to reach out to people with disabilities, reminding them of the options they have in voting during a pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The calendar still says August, but given the many challenges 2020 has seen, those doing outreach efforts ahead of the fall election say time is not a luxury. That sentiment is being expressed by a key Iowa group that assists residents with disabilities. In Iowa, Oct. 24 is a k

The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by President George H. W.  Bush in 1990, is considered the benchmark law guaranteeing civil protections for those with disabilities. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Many people living with disabilities say becoming a self-advocate is one of the benefits afforded by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which took effect 30 years ago this month. The milestone anniversary officially occurs on July 26th, and it's being celebrated

Advocates for those with disabilities say while there's been no reported incidents in Iowa, they're monitoring to see if their clients are denied health care because of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - As the global pandemic unfolds, advocates for those with disabilities hope these individuals don't become ignored. An Iowa group says there are a number of ways that could happen. The new coronavirus has brought us many phrases such as "social distancing" to encourage people to t

In addition to a federal investigation, Iowa lawmakers might soon be looking into issues surrounding the Department of Human Services. In the meantime, the new DHS director is getting praise over her response. (Adobe Services)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers say they like the job the interim Department of Human Services director has been doing, and have confirmed her permanent appointment to the post. Advocates for people with disabilities are expressing optimism as well. Kelly Garcia was named interim director last f

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council hopes their causes will not be ignored during the current legislative session. (Iowaddcouncil.org.)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have been in session for nearly two weeks, and advocates for people with disabilities hope they don't overlook their concerns as the legislative calendar moves forward. Expanding community-based care supports is one of the top priorities for advocates. Brooke Love

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