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Uber is back in the news yet again which isn’t surprising to me at all especially when Uber has been known to discriminate against their passages especially those who have mobility issues. 

Uber allegedly had placed service animals within the trunks of their cars. Uber is known for their being a ride share program which is very different from Via which can be found in New York City. 

Uber is facing lawsuit along with many disability advocates speaking out against Uber and their alleged actions against their passengers 

Uber should be held to the same standards like cab companies and follow Americans with Disabilities Act. Something will need to change with Uber since what the company is doing is illegal and can’t go unspoken about. 

Finding Acceptance with Autism 

Posted: March 5, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Activism, advocacy
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Acceptance doesn’t come easy when you are different. I growing up struggled to find acceptance with myself since I felt that I was alone. As I grew up I knew I had a voice and I can do great things and help others.

As I started to see what I was experiencing I felt that I myself had to self- advocate at that time in my life I didn’t know what self advocating was and is.

My time in a public school was filled with challenges by students and some of staff. The special education teachers had limited resources in comparison with those teachers who didn’t teach special education.

As a child I always liked technology it was difficult for those who were in special education to get to use technology. As time went by in high school the special education teachers were allowed to use technology once or twice from what I would recall.

I started accepting that I am different as I was in my sophomore year where I knew that if I didn’t like what I was being faced with I would be able to help advocate for myself since I wanted to have the chance to be in inclusive classes and yes I know it’s a challenge for other teachers.

As much as I have Autism it doesn’t defy me as a person. I know my voice matters and I’ll keep advocating for myself and others since the need is greater than you would expect especially when you feel like you don’t have a voice. I’ve been able to continue to advocate for myself and over the years I’ve advocated for others as well.  

AMCPress&Co will be attending and sponsoring ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival which will be our first large event. The festival is from March 10th to the 16th. If you are in the New York area definitely check out the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. 

We’re wanting share light on how much this festival is making an impact. The festival is the largest in the country. 
We will be providing coverage from the festival of our experience at the festival. 

There’s an need for more of these kinds of film festivals to be out there so people can see the films that incorporate inclusion of people with disabilities no matter if it’s in film or just in everyday life. 

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.

 

 

 

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  http://tobtr.com/s/7955255.