Tag Archives: DIG

My Experience as a Summer Intern

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Royal Newman, III Working with Disability Independence Group Inc. (DIG) this summer exposed me to entirely new communities. Not only was I given the chance to see and participate in the internal workings of a law firm as they prepared for court, I was also able to interact with clients and partake in… Read More »

Kids Crusaders Corner

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Welcome to this month’s edition of Kids Crusaders. It is so hard to believe that August is coming to a close. I’d like to open this month’s article by saying that in the beginning of 2014 when I was asked to write for the monthly newsletter for DIG, I was honored. This would be… Read More »

My experience interning at DIG

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Marlon Velez My experience interning at DIG is probably one of the more interesting experiences anyone from my law school class had this summer. From cases involving a sheep as an emotional support animal to cases involving young runaways trapped in the system, the ordinary daily routine at the DIG office is anything… Read More »

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Law Day – May 1, 2015 Picture by: THEO KARANTSALIS   Over 100 students from Miami Central and Hialeah High Schools met with U.S. District Court Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, and several attorneys, at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building for a five-hour Law Day program that included watching court in session. Students… Read More »

Disney World*****My Holiday vacation

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Sharon Langer Now that I am an active member of the DIG legal team, I view the world through a different lens. I find that I cannot visit a restaurant, a hotel or even Disney World without looking around to see if those places are universally accessible to all. My trip over the… Read More »

Disability History and Awareness Weeks

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Disability History and Awareness Weeks By: Rachel Goldstein On June 13, 2008, in large part due to the advocacy efforts of Florida Youth Council, Governor Crist signed into law Senate Bill 856, creating section 1003.4205 of the Florida Statutes, entitled “Disability History and Awareness Instruction”. This law requires school districts to designate the first… Read More »

Shark Tank Update…

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Debbie Dietz We have finished filming the video and we are now in the editing stage.  The video looks amazing!  We want to thank all of our actors.  They did an amazing job. Coming soon: our wallet card commercial. You can order your own wallet card for free on our website at: /wallet-cards/…. Read More »

VISITABILITY

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Sharon Langer I LOVE THIS WORD, “VISITABILITY,” and I am hoping that it will become the next buzz word for the idea that universal design of buildings is not just good, but great. There is a growing (slowly growing but still growing) trend in this country to change construction practices so that virtually… Read More »

GIVE MIAMI DAY 2014

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

DIG is excited to announce that we will be participating in TheMiami Foundation’s Give Miami Day 2014! Give Miami Day is an online giving event that encourages people to donate to nonprofits in Miami. This is our first year participating, and we couldn’t be more excited. The competition will take place from midnight on… Read More »

My Summer at DIG

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: MacKenzie Ruroede     As a legal intern for Disability Independence Group (DIG), I was introduced to many legal issues that are incurred by individuals with hearing impairments, significant illnesses, and service and emotional support animals. I also worked on cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. Many of the issues faced… Read More »

Shark Tank Update

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Debbie Dietz We are finalizing the details of our first video.  Stay tuned for more details next month. You can order your own wallet card for free on our website at: /wallet-cards/.   Just fill out the online form and we will have them mailed to you within a week.  If you want to… Read More »

A Service Animal…What Does Florida Say?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Sharon Langer   Florida actually has a little known statute that defines a service animal differently than the Federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) does. While the ADA limits service animals to dogs and, in a special separate provision, miniature horses, the Florida law seems to be broader using the words “SERVICE ANIMALS”…not… Read More »

My Summer at DIG

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Kristin Westerhorstmann Much like racism or sexism, discrimination based on a disability often falls within the common, yet mistaken, school of thought that these issues simply do not exist anymore, or at the very least, happen rarely. I am a law student getting ready to enter my second year at the University of… Read More »

Animal Partners– A need not a want

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

  Disability Independence Group hosted a wonderful committee of animal advocates for a brainstorming session on how to work together with the GOAL of creating programs, support systems and strategies that will allow the elderly, disabled and those in nursing homes or ALF’s to keep their pets or have the comfort of a pet…. Read More »

Ms. Wheelchair FL Update

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

On April 4th and 5th I had the pleasure of participating in the Ms. Wheelchair Florida competition. Ms. Wheelchair Florida, Inc. advocates for all people with disabilities and strives to bring awareness to all people with disabilities and the importance of inclusion in communities, employment, education, and housing. I decided to compete because I felt… Read More »

DIG Internship Progam

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

DIG has established a successful internship program for both undergraduate students and law students at our local universities. This past semester we hosted two interns. Tiffany Blackmon, from FIU College of Law, assisted with federal litigation, helped us establish our ADA Mediation Project. We file complaints on behalf of persons with disabilities who have… Read More »

The Miami Heat Game

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

DIG staff attorneys, Rachel Goldstein and Stephanie Woodward, along with local attorneys, Skyler Hill and Angelica Gentile, attended the Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers game and had the opportunity to meet Syracuse Alumni and player for the 76ers, Michael Carter Williams, after the game.

Ben & Jerry’s Visit

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

On April 16th, we had a surprise visit from the Ben and Jerry’s Truck.  

The View from a DIG Intern

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

As a law student interning with DIG, I spoke with a client recently and I was frustrated to learn that there are attorneys who disregard their duty to communicate with clients who are deaf. When someone is already in a difficult situation, it’s hard to believe that a lawyer would make the situation even… Read More »

CONGRATULATIONS SHARON

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

On March 2, 2014, Sharon Langer was one of eight recipients to receive the 2014 Women of Impact Award. This award is presented by the Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County.  Sharon was given a beautiful sculpture in the image of Julia Tuttle, the founder of the City of Miami.  For more information on this organization, please… Read More »