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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 This is an opportunity for  that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.




United Airlines is back in the news for violating rules which helps ensures passengers with disabilities. This isn’t the first time United Airlines in the news in relation to issues with disabilities. 

United has been fined 2.75 million which was agreed upon by the Department of Transportation.

The fine includes a $2 million penalty for violating rules intended to protect passengers with disabilities. This fine happens to be the largest fines ever levied by the government which is due a non-safety-related matter at an airline. United will pay the Treasury Department $700,000 within 30 days and will receive credit for money it spends to help address the issue.  

Over the past few years other airlines were also fined in relation to how the companies have treated disabled passengers. 

We here at AMCPress&Co hopes that United Airlines makes the proper improvements to help fix the issue at hand. Flying can be challenging no matter if you have a disability or not. In my own opinion it was about time for United to make the proper changes to provide everyone who flies with their company the best flight they can have. What’s your opinion on this issue facing United?

PBS is planning on airing a documentary about Autism. The documentary will focus on love and manage romantic relationships.

The documentary is called “Autism Love” will air on PBS which will be apart of the PBS’ “Independent Lens” series which will be airing in January.

This film debuted early this year at TriBeCa Film Festival. The film follows four people on the spectrum as they seek out and maintain relationships.

One of the couple that’s featured in the film both have high functioning autism and are considering marriage after 8 years together.
Another person who is featured in the film lives with his mom in Los Angeles and struggles to meet girls and date.

The last person who is apart of the documentary has autism symptoms and more apparent than the others who are featured. He is coping with his wife’s battles of ovarian cancer.

Lois Vossen the executive producer of Independent Lens said this film allows us to get to know four remarkable people who have opened up their lives in such an intimate and deeply personal way in front of the camera.

Vossen also stated that their courage to reveal the struggles and challenges they face allows us to understand and empathize with them.

“Autism in Love” is set to air on PBS on January 11th at 10 p.m. ET.We here at AMCPress&Co are looking forward to seeing this documentary. This documentary will be away for people to learn more about the struggles with Autism and relationship. As a person who has a disability myself this is a great thing and there should be more films that inform people more about different disabilities and how the struggles effect those in their lives. Tonight we will be discussing this tonight which will also include our opinions about this documentary at

Recently a report came out that the jobless rate for people with disabilities has showed little change for October.  The stats show that the jobless rate for October is slightly higher than September. The report showed that October’s jobless rate is at 10.5% verses September’s jobless rate was at 10.4%.

The economy as a whole has seen a robust growth with 271,000 jobs during the month of October, the Labor Department’s month report indicated however the same agency has also stated the unemployment rate for the general population has dipped to 5 percent.

The feds began tracking the employment among people with disabilities in October of 2008. There isn’t enough data complied to establish seasonal trends among this population, the stats for this group are not seasonally adjusted.

The data on people with disabilities covers the ages of 16 years who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February in 2009. The reports are released on monthly basis.