We Connect Now In The News

We Connect Now and its creator, Gabriela McCall Delgado, were featured in the most recent blog of

ALS Therapy Alliance (ATA) recently profiled We Connect Now on their Breakthrough ALS Blog. The blog can be found at

We Connect Now was recently featured in a blog post on the Beyond the Tenure Track blog, “Is the Post-Ac Job Search Different for Disabled PhDs?” You can view it at

In celebration of We Connect Now’s Sixth Anniversary Gabriela McCall Delgado was interviewed and participated in a panel at SEDUE Radio at The UMET-Universidad Metropolitana en Bayamón. This interview is the first Spanish language interview given by Gabriela and was transmitted live from the UMET campus. You can listen to it at

Gabriela McCall Delgado, We Connect Now Director, was interviewed in Special Parents Confidential. Listen to Gabriela’s answers during the interview in which Gabriela helps prospective and current college students connect their present to their future.

The Summer issue of the LSU Alumni Association Magazine features Gabriela McCall Delgado, class of 2011 and Director of We Connect Now, on page 66 in the online version of the magazine at .

We Connect Now Director Gabriela McCall Delgado is featured in the current issue of inRegister magazine where she shares a spot with Garrison Keillor (among others) on a list of the 5 people the Editor would most like to have lunch with.

Cover of the May 2013 issue of inRegister magazine Page 10

We Connect Now recently celebrated its Fifth Anniversary by having its Director Gabriela McCall Delgado sit down for an interview with Sherman Wildman on WOSO Radio station, 1030 on the A.M. dial in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You can hear the interview by clicking on the link below.

The LSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies recently highlighted We Connect Now (WCN) and its Founder/Director Gabriela McCall Delgado on its website for WCN’s Fifth Anniversary.

The Healthy Wealthy & Smart radio show recently interviewed We Connect Now Director Gabriela McCall Delgado. If you missed the interview live, you can still listen to it on the Healthy Wealthy Smart Podcast on ITunes at   and once there just click on We Connect Now.

“Website offers students with disabilities resources” by David Morrison, September 27, 2011, StarNews Online, Wilmington, NC.

In June, Uromed featured We Connect Now’s Director Gabriela McCall Delgado in their Hometown Heroes series.

“Site offers community for students with disabilities” by Ed Cullen, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA.

“LSU Student has Informative Website”, by Daniel Vance, July 10, 2011, Atlantic Highlights Herald, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

 “LSU Student Creates Online Community for Students with Disabilities”, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Arlington, VA.

Selected News

Check here for the latest news affecting people with disabilities and other articles of interest. Read or heard an important news item not featured here? Please contact us and let us know. We will feature you as our news source of the week. Contact us at : quiere leer esta página en español oprima aqui.

These are a selection of news dealing with issues that affect people with disabilities.

News from Sacramento, California re The Chicago School

We were asked to share the following with the We Connect Now community.

PLEASE HELP AND SHARE THIS WIDELY (you may copy and paste all of this text)! Click on the link to read the letter or download the attached copy. Support Dave Gaines! Contact The Chicago School (TCS) and tell them they are wrong! Share this with the media and tell them to cover it. Contact the US Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and support them to take action against TCS! Let’s get this viral! Support people with disabilities in their efforts to educate themselves and get good jobs!
Dave Gaines



Sponsorships to Attend Leadership Trainings for Young Adults with Disabilities (Posted November 12, 2011)

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is looking to conduct outreach to young adults with disabilities (age 18-28) with demonstrated leadership potential. NYSILC will support young leaders by providing sponsorships for young adults with disabilities to attend and participate in independent living related conferences and/or national disability and leadership trainings during each year of their State Plan. It is expected that sponsorships of up to $250 each will be awarded to young adults with disabilities based on cost and need. Recipients will be asked to provide documentation via a NYSILC reimbursement form and complete a follow up questionnaire to summarize their experience.

Decisions will be made based on the availability of applications received on a first come first served basis and on need, while attempting to maximize resources and representing as many young leaders throughout the State as possible. Interested applicants should refer to the following link for an application form in order to be able to apply. . During the process, applicants and recipients will be invited to participate on NYSILC’s Youth Leadership Subcommittee, and whether interested in being recommended for potential appointment to the full council.

Any young adult with a disability interested in applying for a sponsorship should complete the entire application and email it back to Electronic format is preferable and allows equal access for NYSILC members to easily review the information. For any questions related to the application, contact Brad Williams at the NYSILC office at (518) 427-1060 (Voice/TTY), 1 (877) 397-4126 (Toll Free NYS Only), (518) 427-1139 Fax, or

Asperger’s Syndrome

“Spending a Day with Temple Grandin” by Sheri Quinn (November 7, 2011).

United States 


Students with disabilities studying at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College shared their experiences as part of a panel discussion for UTB[TSC’s Accessibility Awareness Week.


Video by ADHD Aware. The video “I have ADHD and I AM…”, explores the rich diversity of talents of people with ADHD.

Disability Laws

“Taco Bell Violated Disability Laws, California Court Rules”, The Huffington Post, by Paul Elias, (October 7, 2011)



“Giving Young Learning Disabled People a Break”, The Guardian, by Rachel Williams (October 25, 2011)


“Study: Income No Predictor of Autism, Intellectual Disability”, Disability Scoop, by Shaun Heasley (September 19, 2011).

September 11th

“For 9/11 first responders, inadequate medical assistance an insult to heroism”, The Star-Ledger, by Bob Considine (September 5, 2011).




“Disability no Barrier to Livelihood”, The Hindu, by Vasudha Venugopal (September 20, 2011).

United Kingdom


“2012 Paralympic Stars: Paralympics One Year to Go – London 2012 Paralympic Games”, BBC,

United States 

Autism / Comic Books

“Maywood writer introduces autism to comics”, The Record,, by Chuck O’Donnell (August 19, 2011)


“Disability Dream Day Baseball Camp in Corning”, Your News Now YNN, by Bill Mich (August 27, 2011)



Disability Insurance

“$15 Tax Levy to fund disability insurance”, The Sydney Morning Herald, by Adele Horin (August 29, 2011)


United States – Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz school district entered into a contract with a consulting firm to inspect the school facilities in the district to determine accessibility compliance with state and federal laws.


The City Council of  Denedin will take measures to make the Forsyth Barr  Stadium accessible to people with disabilities. The  Forsyth Barr  Stadium in New Zealand will be the site of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.



An article about a movie that tells the stories of a group of women with intellectual disabilities.

Spanish Banking Institution gives award to a company that created a self-sustainable economic activity in which all the people working at the enterprise are people with disabilities.

Group of parents of children and young adults with disability open a residential program to teach their children independent living skills.

Judge approves plan to permit community living to adults living in large state funded care facilities in Illinois

Controversy over definition as to what should qualify as “community-based” housing for people with disabilities under Medicaid community based services waiver.


In UK, movement to help people with disabilities get involved into politics.

The city of Santander is offering a seminar to its municipal employees to create conscience as to the respectful and adequate  treatment to citizens with disabilities that come to request or receive services at City Hall.


“Joint Center’s Institute to Aid ASEAN Region”, American Today, April 6, 2011


“After three-year legal fight, 10-year-old Hillsboro boy gets his autism service dog in class” The Oregonian, April 25, 2011, by Wendy Owen.

“Workers with Intellectual Disabilities Abused by Texas-Based Company for Years, EEOC Charges” EEOC 4-6-2011 Press Release

“Legislator Who Suggested Siberia For ‘Retarded’ Resigns”, By Shaun Heasley, disability scoop, March 14, 2011

“A School Topples Hurdles to Learning”, New York Times, February 21, 2011, by Sarah Maslin Nir.

“College Assesses Accessibility, Encourages Awareness”, The Point News, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD, February 15, 2011, by Peter Sparklin, Asst. Editor in Chief

Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt, By Sasha Chavkin, Cezary Podkul, Jeannette Neumann, and Ben Protess Feb. 13, 2011, 9:36 p.m. This article is a collaboration among ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, at Columbia University.

“Father Climbs Mountain For Autism”, Aspie Web, February 6, 2011.

Disabled workers benefit as company produces towels for Steelers, Packers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 25, 2011, by Rick Romell

“Mencap Liverpool One outdoor exhibition shines light on learning disabilities,” Liverpool Daily Post, January 6, 2011 by Laura Davis

“Campaigners hail ‘landmark’ convention on disability rights: Disability campaigners have welcomed the EU’s ratification of the UN convention on rights for people with disabilities,” The, January 5, 2011 by Martha Moss.                                                                            

“Court OKs blind student’s software for bar exam,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 5, 2011 by Bob Egelko,                    

“State Makes Cut to Disability Lifeline”, January 5, 2011, by Sharon Salyer, The Herald, Everett, Washington, Herald Net.

“School will give boy’s dog a tryout,” Washington Post, January 5, 2011 by Bill Turque                                                                  

“The iPad, the Innovation of the Year for Kids with Disabilities,”, January 1, 2011 by Kristina Chew

“Specially abled persons protest against delay of new Disability Law,” Top News Law, by Saurav Shukla, New Delhi, India, January 1, 2011

“Acclaimed children’s books have few characters with disabilities,” Deseret News, December 30, 2010 by Sara Israelsen-Hartley

“How learning disabled can make college a reality,” Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2010 by Kim Clark from U.S. News & World Report,0,5456666.story

“Difference Is the Norm on These Dating Sites,” New York Times, December 27, 2010 by Karen Barrow

“Best and Worst College Web Sites for Blind Students,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2010               

“Job market challenge for disabled,” BBC News, UK, November 29, 2010 by Gary O’Donoghue                                                              

“Paralyzed accident victim fights for right to die: Man, 27, battles Froedtert Hospital to remove ventilator,” JSOnline, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, November 28, 2010 by Tia Ghose                                                                                                                             

“, Nation’s Largest Disability Employment Portal, Announces New Employer Members: 25 Additional National Employers Join’s National Consortium to Promote Hiring of People with Disabilities”, PR Newswire, November 23, 2010.

“Veteran journalist reflects on disability law in local speech,” Scranton Times Tribune, October 7, 2010 by Jeremy G. Burton.

“Obama signs ‘Rosa’s Law;’ ‘mental retardation” out, “intellectual disability” in”, Chicago Sun-Times, October 5, 2010, By Lynn Sweet.

“Disabled Children at Mass. school are tortured, not treated” , Washington Post, October 2, 2010 at p. A13, by Laurie Ahern.

“Foundation to hold parley to tackle disability issues”, The Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2010 by Ruth Eglash

“Family speaks about raising loved one with autism”, ABC-7 News, WLS-TV, Chicago, IL, September 25, 2010 by Karen Meyer

“House OKs ‘Rosa’s Law’ … Would eliminate term ‘mentally retarded’ from federal law” September 23, 2010, Patricia E. Bauer, News & Commentary on Disability Issues,

“Congress changes intellectual disability wording”, Bradenton Herald,, September 23, 2010 by Jim Abrams

The Quarter, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 1, August 2010

“Government Websites to get disability access revamp” People with learning disabilities face ‘NHS discrimination’”, by Nonee Walsh

ABC News, July 1, 2010

“People with learning disabilities face ‘NHS discrimination’”, The Independent, June 21, 2010 by Jane Kirby

Roads Less Traveled – Scouts with disabilities can earn the Eagle Scout rank.

Scouting Magazine, May – June 2010


Promise Seen in Drug for Retardation Syndrome by Gardiner Harris, New York Times, April 30, 2010 at p. A1

Unified Sports brings students with and without disabilities together” by Stan Goldberg,, April 30, 2010

Smoothing the Way – New Rules Aim to Make Travel Easier for the Disabled by Tanya Mohn, New York Times, April, 26, 2010

“Factsheet on persons with disabilities” by Chinedu Ozordi, Next, April 26, 2010

“Learning to live with high-functioning autism”, by Nicholas Courgi, April 25, 2010, The Post Standard


Experts gather to tackle disability hate crime” by Jon Land,, April 28, 2010


Hartford Advocate article from March 10, 2010 by Betsy Yagla

“Art And Autism – The Spray-Painted Visions of Vito Bonnano”

“Making Broadway Accessible for the Disabled” by Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, March 2, 2010


New York Times Article from February 26, 2010 by Walecia Konrad

“Nudging Schools to Help Students With Learning Disabilities”

Voice of America Our World – 27 February 2010

VOA’s weekly science and technology radio magazine

“Low-Tech Test Identifies Most Concussion Victims”—27-February-2010-85473242.html


“UAE: Plane unfair for blind flier”, Zawya, by Nichola Jones,  October 6, 2010.

“Haitians Cope with Disabilities, Before and After Quake”, USAID, Frontlines – September 2010 by Sue Eitel

Paralysed sailor’s solo challenge  – published in the Gulf Daily News on February 22, 2010 by Rebecca Torr


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