Ball State exceeds ADA expectations

Recently, Ball State University’s Disabled Student Development department and Facilities Planning and Management were recognized for going above and beyond the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate the university’s disabled students.  The university, located in Muncie, Indiana, landed a spot in the top 75 universities to meet and exceed ADA expectations.

Director of Disabled Student Development Larry Markle stated, “Ball State has a long standing tradition and history of providing access for those with disabilities…There are roughly 600 students who receive some type of service for Disabled Student Development”.  In addition, Markel said that BSU was uncommon in that their retention rate for students with disabilities is the same as students without disabilities.

Some features of the university that are helpful to disabled students include modified restrooms, a lift equipped shuttle students can call to pick them up and take them directly to their destination, an adaptive technology computer lab and a power wheel chair soccer team.

If you or someone you know needs to file for long-term disability benefits, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


Veterans most compensated for diabetes

According to the Veterans Administration records, ahead of hearing loss, wounds, and post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes is the most compensated disability among veterans. Officials estimate that Vietnam veterans with diabetes receive around $850 million a year.

Disability benefits awarded for diabetes are a result of the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. In 1991, as a result of suspicions that Agent Orange could cause diabetes, Congress created a system to automatically reward benefits to Vietnam veterans who suffer any ailments associated with the agent. Other ailments include prostate cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“It is our solemn responsibility to help veterans with disabilities suffered in their service to our country…That responsibility also requires us to make sure limited resources are available for those who truly need and are entitled to them,” stated Senator Daniel Akaka in reference to the VA’s recent announcement about diabetes.

If you or someone you know are looking to obtain veterans’ benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


Coca-Cola sued for violating ERISA

An ERISA class action suit was filed against Coca-Cola last month for allegedly taking away its workers health and pension plans while on strike.  500 Coca-Cola employees went on strike after believing the company had violated their privacy by implementing employee surveillance.  In addition, they felt the company was guilty of intimidation and bad faith bargaining.  After the strike, Coca-Cola executives cancelled their health care plans in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

The main grievance held against the company in cancelling their heath care plan is that employees had already paid their premium.  One employee stated, “My wife had a kidney transplant two years ago.  When Coke cancelled our health care, they cut off her anti-rejection medicine.  This shows me that Coke doesn’t care about its employees”.

If you or someone you know feels their ERISA rights have been violated, contact the Indiana ERISA lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


AirTran Airways fined $500,00 for not accommodating disabled

Monday, the Transportation Department announced a $500,000 fine against the Florida-based airline, AirTrain Airways, for violating disability regulations.  Transportation Department authorities suggested that $60,000 of the fine be used to create a council that would help the airline understand and stay up to date with disability regulations, and $140,000 be used for an automated wheelchair tracking system at AirTran hubs.

Government officials say that the airline has failed to follow regulations concerning the boarding of disabled passengers, failed to properly categorize its disability complaints, and failed to respond to its passenger’s written complaints.

If you or someone you know is considering filing for long-term disability benefits, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


Indiana and VA to exchange medical records

Yesterday, the Veterans Affairs Department announced that it will launch an effort to share its medical records electronically with private healthcare providers across Indiana.  Members of the Indiana Health Information Exchange will soon be able to receive veterans’ health records from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.  The IHIE includes Regenstrief Institute, “five hospital networks, insurers, local and state health departments, and thousands of private physicians”.

The efforts by the VA are a part of the Obama administration’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, or VLER, program that would create a single electronic record to manage all military veterans’ medical histories.

If you or someone you know needs to file for veterans’ affairs disability benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


Disability activist and scholar dies at 64

The disability activist and scholar, Paul K. Longmore, who was unable to use his hands as a result of having polio as a child, passed away earlier this month on August 9th due to natural causes.

Longmore spent ten years writing a book by punching a keyboard with a pen he held in his mouth.  When “The Invention of George Washington” was finished in 1988, Longmore burnt a copy of it in front of a federal building in downtown L.A. to draw attention to “a campaign to reform Social Security policies that discourage disabled professionals from working”.

Longmore soon became a leading activist for people with disabilities and scholar in disability studies.  Longmore also taught for many years at San Fransisco State where he helped establish disability studies as an academic field of research and study.

If you or someone you know needs to file for long-term disability benefits, contact the Indiana long-term disability litigation attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


New vehicle built for people in wheelchairs

Vehicle Production Group, based in Miami, Florida, has built a vehicle from the ground up to make wheel chair access easier.  Production of the vehicle, called MV-1 standing for first mobility vehicle, will start in Mishawaka, Indiana later this year.

CEO of VPG Dave Schembri stated, “This is the first vehicle that’s been built from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility and the only vehicle that’s factory-produced that meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act”.

Approximately 54 million Americans have some form of disability, including 4 million who are wheelchair dependent.

Normally, wheelchair dependent people have to have a ramp attached to a vehicle in order to get into the car.

If you or someone you know needs to file for long-term disability benefits, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing lawyers of Hankey Law Office, P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


Richmond calls for nominees for exceptional people with disabilities

The Richmond Community Council on Disability Awareness is calling for nominees of exceptional people with disabilities or exceptional people helping people with disabilities for its annual awards ceremony.  The awards include categories of elementary student, junior/senior student , higher education student, educator, employee, employer, volunteer, and medical service provider of the year.  Nominees for the student awards and the employee award should only be for people with disabilities.

The council is also taking nominees for the Accessibility Awareness Award to recognize a business or community organization which has made significant improvements in their disability accessibility, the Delisa Kay Furgeson Service provider award, and the Tim Thistlethwaite Citizen of the year award.

Nominations are being taken until September 10th and the awards will be presented at the CCDA Annual Awards Banquet on October 14th.

If you or someone you know needs help in filing for long-term disability, contact the Indiana long-term disability appeals lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


ADA report card gives Indiana a 'C'

In the 2010 ADA in Your Community poll, 835 people ranked the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in communities across Indiana.  The survey participants included people with disabilities, their family members and advocates.

The ADA-Indiana, the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community worked together to conduct the survey, analyze the results, and prepare a report card.

The results of the survey showed that participants believe some of the biggest issues for ADA implementation in Indiana include making more employment opportunities available, providing accessible transportation, educating businesses and government officials about the ADA, and providing accommodations for employment.  Overall, Indiana received a grade of a ‘C’ for the report card.

If you or someone you love needs to file for long-term disability, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at 800-5203633 to learn more about your rights.


U.S. Department of Labor reviews disability benefits

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor launched an evaluation effort to review the Disability Program Navigator Initiative called “Use of One-Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiative”.

The evaluation is to determine if the public workforce system, specifically the One-Stop Career Center system, is helping people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income to find jobs.  The study is being held in Iowa, Maryland, Colorado, and Oregon using data from 2002 to 2007.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates stated, “The public workforce investment system’s role in serving people with disabilities, and reducing unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities, is critically important.  For the first time, we have data clearly documenting that thousands of Social Security disability beneficiaries are seeking and receiving services from One-Stop Career Centers in four states”.

If you or someone you know is experiencing trouble receiving long-term disability benefits, contact the Indiana long-term disability filing attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.


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