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Mysterious Social Network 'Ello' Explodes In Popularity For People Fleeing …
Ello is an anachronistic social network designed by Paul Budnitz, designer toy maker, bike builder and author extraordinaire. It's a social network with a manifesto — a grandiose cry for social networking that empowers people, and against social … Read more on Betabeat
Can a Social Network Stay Ad-Free?
In a prominent sidebar on its site, the social network Ello describes itself as “Simple, beautiful & ad-free.” If you visit the Ello page of Sonos, a speaker company, you'll still see that message, right next to this one: “Sonos speakers bring all the … Read more on New York Times (blog)
Ello social site, the anti-Facebook, is buzzing
New social media site Ello has gotten a lot of buzz in the past week. Its big thing is that it is ad-free, so it's basically the anti-Facebook. Here is the site's manifesto: Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every … Read more on USA TODAY
SSDI Reform: A New Benefit Structure to Encourage Work by Individuals with…
With annual benefit payments projected to consistently exceed revenues, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will become insolvent in 2016. Apart from its financial problems, however, the program is structurally unsound: Its rules … Read more on Town Hall
Congress must do more for intellectually disabled: Guest opinion
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647/S.313) is currently before Congress and is a bipartisan piece of legislation that will vastly improve the lives of millions of people across the country living with disabilities. I cannot set … Read more on The Oregonian – OregonLive.com
Online social networks helping mainland students adapt to Hong Kong life
A new year is now just beginning on university campuses around the city and, as it does, a remarkable social phenomenon is taking place. Students are connecting and assimilating in a way that just a few years ago they could not – by using social … Read more on South China Morning Post (subscription)
What It Feels Like Not To Have A Facebook
“Rather than enhancing well-being, as frequent interactions with supportive 'offline' social networks powerfully do, the current findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may predict the opposite result for young adults,” wrote the … Read more on Medical Daily
The success of the Azerbaijani Service and Assessment Network (ASAN) aimed at reducing corruption and increasing efficiency was acknowledged in the UK Parliament during a roundtable on government technologies on 9 July. This event was organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) in association with Total Politics magazine and hosted by Bob Blackman MP. Altogether, ASAN offers 29 private and 150 public services, with a central principle of bringing representatives from various government departments under one roof.
Kamran Agasi, Director, Innovations Centre, Azerbaijani State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations, explained: The concept evolved from the top leadership in Azerbaijan. The first ASAN Centre was launched in January 2013, and the latest centre the sixth was launched in May 2014. Each centre provides services to at least 2000 people each day, and more than two million people have used the services so far.
We expect the entire country to be covered by the end of 2015. The ultimate goal is to provide satisfaction for Azerbaijani citizens by making services easy to access and ensuring efficiency. ASAN centres represent corruption-free zones and are designed to be completely transparent. Our software engineers have also developed their own queuing systems, whereby appointments may be booked online, users have an accurate indication of how long they must wait to be seen, and even receive an SMS notification when they are coming to the front of the queue. This saves wasted time and frustration. Citizens may also undertake several services during one visit.
All ASAN centres display fees on specially installed monitors and distribute leaflets that itemise all fees and the list of required documents in advance. Innovation is a cornerstone of the concept. Civil servants do not deal with payments, thereby eliminating any possibility of corruption. We also aim to constantly improve ASAN services. The staff in the centres who have an average age of 25 years are intensively trained on all systems. One of the main pillars of the system is accountability, and citizens are encouraged to give feedback on their performance using Skype kiosques, exit poll machines, Facebook and web pages, amongst others. ASAN employees must have the mindset to deliver, and are rewarded for good performance. ASAN Centres run Banks of Ideas where citizens can make suggestions on how systems can be improved, including their perspective on future development of the entire system. An example has been the inclusion of free cr
Partners for Work connects employers, people with disabilities
As someone who has Down syndrome himself, he has been to Olympia and Washington, D.C., advocating for people with disabilities, and has been a member of the Spokane Human Rights Commission. But he has had trouble finding steady employment. Read more on The Spokesman Review
Sidewalks in Bristol, Va. to become more accessible to people with disabilities
He told us curb cuts are another name for the accessibility ramps. Cross slopes, said Morrell, are where the sidewalk slopes downward at driveways. He told us he's seen how curbs have kept people with disabilities from enjoying the places where they live. Read more on WCYB
National Ability Center's Summit Challenge benefits people with disabilities
Paid registration for the Summit Challenge allows the National Ability Center to offer the Summit Challenge to cyclists with a disability at no cost to them. More than 30 Wounded Warriors and 100 cyclists with a disability will be participating in the … Read more on Good4Utah
RISE: There are opportunities for inclusion for those with disabilities
According to the DSPD (Division of Services for People with Disabilities) 2013 Annual Report, just over 5,000 individuals with disabilities are receiving financial assistance for services in Utah. However, in a 2012 Center for Disease Control and … Read more on Daily Herald
4 local nonprofits that help people with disabilities find jobs
Nonprofit agencies such as NCI help individuals with disabilities learn work skills, earn a paycheck and contribute to their communities. Traci Hollinger, NCI/Achievement House's director of Work Activity Programs, said without the nonprofit's services … Read more on The San Luis Obispo Tribune
LOCAL AGENCY EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Based on needs assessment findings, CSCAA seeks additional opportunities within the community, through partnerships and collaboration, to enhance services to persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Employment Initiative … Read more on Auburn Citizen