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Emotional support animals come under scrutiny

Emotional support animals come under scrutiny

| March 17, 2017

As the New York Times recently reported, the use of emotional support animals, such as dogs, cats, and even miniature horses, on airplanes is drawing complaints from passengers, airline staff, and others. Emotional support animals differ from service animals, such as seeing eye dogs who assist the visually impaired; emotional service animals aren’t required to […]

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Workplace bullying: a new toolkit helps workers identify and cope

Workplace bullying: a new toolkit helps workers identify and cope

| March 17, 2017

A new resource out of British Columbia provides employees with regulations on workplace bullying, a handy reference for workers everywhere on how to identify and cope with bullying among coworkers, bosses, and colleagues. Replete with fact sheets, checklists, a handbook, posters, and sample presentations, the bullying and harassment prevention toolkit was prepared by British Columbia’s […]

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DIY movement supplies accessibility ramps to Toronto businesses

DIY movement supplies accessibility ramps to Toronto businesses

| March 16, 2017

A Toronto nonprofit is pioneering a do-it-yourself movement to make stepped entrances accessible throughout the city. So far, volunteers have constructed more than 400 brightly colored ramps in Toronto and other Canadian cities using donated materials and following guidelines offered by the nonprofit StopGap, reports CityLab. Luke Anderson, StopGap’s co-founder, told CityLab that the project […]

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New bathroom finder app locates transgender-friendly facilities

New bathroom finder app locates transgender-friendly facilities

| March 16, 2017

A recently-released online directory will inform transgender people of transgender-friendly bathrooms, reports The Advocate. Known as Refuge Restrooms, the bathroom finder was created by Teagan Widmer, and it draws on an open-source database of more than 4,000 restrooms known to be safe for transgender people. Widmer explained to The Advocate, it’s simply “a web application […]

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Fake service dogs infringe on rights of abled and disabled alike

Fake service dogs infringe on rights of abled and disabled alike

| March 15, 2017

A disturbing trend has been observed in New York and California: pet owners attempting to pass off their dogs as service dogs. From public transportation to posh restaurants, certain dog owners are either simply calling their dogs service animals, or going as far as to dress their fake service dogs in fake service vests. The […]

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The gateway smoke: e-cigarette usage is up among youth

The gateway smoke: e-cigarette usage is up among youth

| March 15, 2017

Tempting flavors, a celebrity fan base, and a reputation for being a healthy alternative have likely contributed to electronic cigarettes’ popularity among adults and, as a recent study suggests, children and teens. E-cigarette use is on the rise among American teens, according to a recently released CDC report, National Youth Tobacco Survey. The specifics? One in […]

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New sensory walking trail gives access to the visually impaired

New sensory walking trail gives access to the visually impaired

| March 15, 2017

The recently dedicated Wildlands Conservancy Pool Wildlife Sanctuary’s new sensory walking trail for the blind and visually impaired offers visitors of all abilities a multidimensional nature experience. Located in Emmaus, PA, the half-mile-long trail offers a thick rope for visitors to hold as they walk along the path, which is marked by kiosks presenting wildlife […]

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Should your workplace have a private lactation room?

Should your workplace have a private lactation room?

| March 13, 2017

Although it’s been a requirement under the Affordable Care Act since 2010, some employers remain in the dark as to their responsibility for providing private lactation rooms for employees. What’s a lactation room, exactly? According to the ACA, it is “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion […]

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All-gender bathrooms now mandatory in West Hollywood

All-gender bathrooms now mandatory in West Hollywood

| March 13, 2017

All single-stall restrooms in West Hollywood, California, will soon be open to anyone, regardless of whether they identify as men, women, or as transgender. Businesses and public spaces must change all signage to all-gender signage on existing single-stall restrooms within the next two months, according to a new ordinance, reports List. While West Hollywood is the […]

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Majority of U.S. airports lack adequate breastfeeding facilities

Majority of U.S. airports lack adequate breastfeeding facilities

| March 12, 2017

Travel can be stressful as it is, but imagine trying to find your gate with a wailing newborn and no lactation room in sight? Forget about flight delays! New moms have to cope with a number of hurdles while traveling. Breastfeeding-friendly airports offer significant benefits to breastfeeding mothers on the go; unfortunately, a recent study […]

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