News & Views: August 31, 2012


  • According to a July 31 policy memo titled “Hiring of persons with targeted disabilities,” otherwise problematic mental deficiencies are no barrier to jump-starting a career at Justice. The memo lists a number of “targeted disabilities” that trigger special hiring privileges in compliance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13548. Among them are people with “severe intellectual disability,” “psychiatric disability” or other undefined “current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions.”
  • Autism Self-Advocacy Network in response to the Washington TimesAccording to The Washington Times, disabled people are hopelessly damaged goods: we are automatically unqualified or poorly qualified for positions within the Justice Department, and inherently incapable of providing taxpayers with a “superior level of public service.”  The author ignores the long-standing and deeply entrenched ableism that pervades hiring processes in the public and private sectors.


  • Take the transportation survey! Have you ever wanted to tell state officials how you’d like your transportation dollars spent? Access Ohio is looking ahead to 2040, and has released a survey to measure public opinion regarding the direction of Ohio’s transportation strategies in the upcoming years. Take the survey here.



  • As a species we’re addicted to stories – but why? Johnathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, is interviewed in Daniel Pink’s blog about the power of the story: For humans, story is like gravity—it’s this powerful and all-encompassing force that we hardly even notice because we are so used to it. But gravity is influencing us all the time, and story is too.”
  • ArtsWave believes in enhancing the Cincinnati community with arts and cultural experiences that create vibrancy and connect people. Keep up to date in local arts with their blog, including a recent post by community partner, and Cincinnati’s “unofficial #1 fan,” Jai All Day.

Annette Januzzi Wick

  • FREE Wednesday Afternoon Writing in Community Class, Facilitated by Annette Januzzi Wick. September 5 through October 17, 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Grab your pen and journal and join our Wednesday afternoon class.  Write in community with other writers to explore poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Class time allows for fast-writes, and sharing in group and one-on-one formats.  This class is free thanks to a generous donor.  Only four openings available.  Contact for more information or to register.

About leahincincy

Leah is a lover of all things social, and focuses her energy on building relationships and community. She tries her best to knit, read novels, cook occasionally, and watch Breaking Bad. She's not from Cincinnati, but really enjoys the culture, vibes, and people of the Queen City.
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