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In a study published in the TASH journal, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, supported employees returned an average monthly net benefit to taxpayers of $251 (or an annual net benefit of $3,016.08 per supported employee) and generated a benefit-cost ratio of $1.46 for every dollar spent. The comprehensive research looked at all 231,204 supported employees funded by vocational rehabilitation throughout the entire United States from 2002 to 2007. This remarkable finding extrapolates to over $1.5 billion dollars in cost benefits from supported employment if applied to the total number of US individuals with disabilities served in segregated day placements. However, the author notes that supported employment wages still lag, and that the service will need to secure positions in the community that "pay above minimum wage and allow supported employees to earn a livable wage." To read the 8-page study, go to COST EFFICIENCY.

Top Companies for People with Disabilities. DiversityInc has identified 10 top companies for people with disabilities. This was done by analyzing submissions for its Top 50 Companies for Diversity List using criteria such as recruiting programs for people with disabilities, work/life and other accommodation benefits, and diversity-awareness training that addresses people with disabilities. The Top 10 Companies for Diversity all have at least one resource group for employees with disabilities, all offer dependent-care benefits (including child care and elder care), and all feature images and/or video of people with disabilities on their corporate web sites. Additionally, the majority of the Top 10 Companies offer alternative career tracks for parents or others with long-term family care issues and have mandatory diversity training for all employees. The top 10 list is available at Top Ten.

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Monica and David: A Film on Newlyweds with Down syndrome - "Monica and David" won Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Film maker Alexandra Codina has produced an award-winning documentary about a married couple with Down syndrome, "Monica & David." Codina, Monica's cousin, offers an intimate glimpse into the first year of marriage for a charismatic young couple and reveals the joys and struggles that reflect that of any newlywed: a longing for independence, desire for children, and questions about future livelihood. The movie follows the humor, heartbreak, and victories in the lives of the loving couple and their extended family. To view the trailer, go to FILM or for more information go to MONICA & DAVID

iPhone App to Provide Captions - This iPhone application provides captions of telephone calls for individuals with hearing loss while they are on the go. It is available nationwide, and allows users to listen while reading captions of everything that is said during phone calls. To learn more go to CAPTIONS