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There is an amazing film festival in New York City which is called ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival and the festival will be held March 10th to 16th. ReelAbilities is the largest festival in the country which is dedicated to awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.  If you are planning on being in New York City during this time; please check out their website for more details at www.ReelAbilities.org. This is an opportunity for  that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

 

 

 

A recent report came out that relates to the U.S Supreme Court is asking President Obama’s Adminstration to weigh in as it considers whether to take a case which was brought by a family of a girl with cerebral palsy who sought to bring her service dog to school.

The family of the girl petitioned the Supreme Court to take their case last fall.  This week the solicitor general has to provide the federal government’s viewpoint before the Supreme Court has to decide whether to hear this case.

It’s unknown if the family exhausted their options under the Individuals with Disability Education Act in special education disputes with schools before pursuing legal options under the ADA aka Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lower courts have issued conflicting opinions when it comes to this case. The distinction is significant since the ADA does allow the individuals to seek damages however the IDEA doesn’t. The family sued the Napoleon School and the Jackson Countuy Intermediate School District which is in Jackson County, Mich. in 2012. The family is alleging violations of the ADA. It was also noted in the report that the school declined to comment on this matter.

The girl’s dog is a Goldendoofle which the family acquired in 2009 which was specially trained to help the girl who was then 5 years old with balance, opening and closing doors, turning on lights, retrieving dropped items, along with other tasks.

The lower court dismissed the family’s case because the family didn’t pursue an Adminstrative hearing under the IDEA, which has prompted the family to petition the Supreme Court.

We at AMCPress&Co hope the Supreme Court takes the case and allows this case to be heard especially when this girl needs her service dog. Tonight we are discussing this topic. Listen in at http://tobtr.com/s/8151755.

Autism Speaks just announced that they finally have a new president. I am not sure what to think about this announcement since Autism Speaks has marketed Autism when it really shouldn’t been marketed along with Autism Speaks wanting to find a cure for something when it isn’t even possible. I think they should focus on helping those who have it no matter what age you because disabilities do not discriminate when it comes to those who have a disability in general.

We here at AMCPress&Co can only hope they do what is best for everyone who has Autism no matter what age they are. I can only say that we here at AMCPress&Co support those who have disabilities no matter what age unlike Autism Speaks. We don’t approve of what they have done with not including all people who have Autism.. It is hard to see a group not include a group of people that also need help. We hope that things change when it comes to their organization.

  
David Bowie has passed away last night at the age of 69 due to cancer. There was a statement on his Facebook page in relation to his passing.  He’ll always be remembered for his music and the projects he was involved in. He has influenced so many people. He’ll live on through all the music and the projects he was involved in. 

I remember him in the Labyrinth which I loved him in it. I can only say that he’ll live on through every project he was involved in. He will never be forgotten. 

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the Labyrinth. Check it out! 

David Bowie also had so many amazing quotes through the years. This is one of my favorite quotes from David Bowie. 

 

We here at AMCPress&Co would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Bowie’s family and friends.