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Jamie Brewer of “American Horror Story” Teams up With Mediaplanet to Empower People With Disabilities


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As many as 1 in 4 Americans have a disability.

Mediaplanet announces the launch of its cross-platform campaign “Disability Empowerment.” This campaign discusses the social stigmas people with disabilities face, celebrates and empowers groups with special needs, and highlights the importance of having diverse communities and work cultures today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As many as 1 in 4 Americans have a disability. These people not only face ongoing challenges in their day-to-day lives, but are met with many social stigmas that make it difficult to succeed in education, employment, and everyday life. With the growing changes COVID-19 presents our society, the need for communities to be more adaptable, accepting, and inviting has never been greater.

The print component of “Disability Empowerment” is distributed within today’s edition of USA Today in the New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, North/Central Florida, South Florida, Cincinnati, Atlanta, North/South Carolina, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Washington D.C. markets, with a circulation of approximately 200,000 copies and an estimated readership of 600,000. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, visit FutureofPersonalHealth.com/campaign/Disability-Empowerment.

Disability advocate and actor Jamie Brewer graces the cover of the print publication. In an exclusive interview, Brewer, who plays Adelaide “Addie” Langdon in FX’s “American Horror Story,” encourages people with disabilities to never give up, pursue their dreams and, “Don’t let your disability be your disadvantage.” In addition to acting, Brewer has worked to eliminate demeaning terms in state laws, and continues to be a source of inspiration to people with and without disabilities for her advocacy and acting roles.

This campaign was made possible with the support of Disability:IN, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Abator Information Services, Accessibility Professionals, Rangam Consultants, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Hollister Incorporated, ABLEnow, Booster Fuels, Jamie Brewer, Tatyana McFadden, The Arc, HireHeroes USA, American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS), American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), The Autism Society, Guide Dogs of America, The Spina Bifida Association (SBA), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Aaron Fotheringham, Wesley Hamilton, Tiffany Yu, Rebekah Taussing, and Ali Stroker.

About Mediaplanet

Mediaplanet specializes in the creation of content marketing campaigns covering a variety of industries. We tell meaningful stories that educate our audience and position our clients as solution providers. Our unique ability to pair the right leaders with the right readers, through the right platforms, has made Mediaplanet a global content marketing powerhouse. Our award-winning stories have won the hearts of countless readers while serving as a valuable platform for brands and their missions. Just call us storytellers with a purpose. Please visit http://www.mediaplanet.com for more on who we are and what we do.

Press Contact:

Brianna Roberts

Brianna.roberts@mediaplanet.com

646-922-1410

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KBJW Expands into Two New Markets


“As we celebrate our 30th year in business, KBJW is blessed to announce the opening of branch offices in Charleston & Hampton Roads. With highly qualified and experienced engineers heading each location, we are excited to see the great things we can achieve together,” – Greg Koontz, KBJW President

Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams (KBJW) announced the opening of two new office locations. The two new offices will be in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Charleston, West Virginia. KBJW has brought on two exceptional leaders to head up these offices.

Keith Koontz, PE has joined KBJW as Director of Operations for the new Hampton Roads office. Keith has a MEng in Manufacturing Systems, MBA, and 30+ years’ experience in Industrial Engineering, Compliance Auditing, Facility Conditions Assessments and Management Consulting.

Bruce King, BSME, joins KBJW to develop KBJW’s presence in West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. He has 25+ years’ experience in oil and gas, greenfield development in infrastructure and production operations and is known for innovating best in class facilities, technologies and practices.

Each office will bring new and exciting opportunities for the Virginia based firm. KBJW will also be expanding existing engineering services to include Industrial Planning, Asset Management, Compliance, and Due Diligence.

KBJW is a collective of professional engineers, surveyors, planners, scientists and project managers who share a passion for developing solutions and providing excellence in site development, design and analysis. KBJW has engineers licensed in all 50 states and 7 Provinces in Canada. For more information visit http://www.KBJWgroup.com.

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The Rocky Mountain ADA Center Appoints Emily Shuman as Director


The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC), a member of the National Network of ADA Centers, is pleased to announce it has promoted Emily Shuman to Director.

Working for the organization since 2018, Shuman began as RMADAC’s media coordinator and was quickly promoted to deputy director in 2019.

As deputy director, Shuman created and implemented the nation’s first accessible social media program, conducted several in-person training(s) on the ADA across RMADAC’s region, and produced the organization’s podcast which featured many nationally recognized guests including Senator Tammy Duckworth. Emily also served (and will continue to) as spokesperson for RMADAC within local, regional, and national media. An accomplished writer, Shuman also will continue to write op ed pieces and informational articles for the organization.

As director, Shuman will lead the RMADAC staff and the organization’s daily operations including technical assistance calls, regional training coordination, information dissemination and more. In addition, Shuman will work closely with center directors from the additional nine regions to improve upon operational practices and program(s) expansion.

“I am humbled, grateful and energized by this appointment,” said Emily Shuman. “We have an incredible team that works tirelessly to ensure people living across the Rocky Mountain Region have the tools and information they need to best understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is my true honor to lead our group of experts and collectively we look forward to expanding upon our current programs and offerings to best serve our region for years to come.”

A highly regarded Young Professional, Emily Shuman is one of the youngest directors in the 30-year history of the ADA National Network. The Colorado Springs native enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her son, and inspiring parents across the region as a contributor to the Colorado Springs Mom Collective.

About the Rocky Mountain ADA Center: The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals and organizations throughout Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a member of the National Network of ADA Centers and is funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0094-01-00). Our center is powered by and is a project of Meeting the Challenge, Inc., a CP&Y company located in Colorado Springs, CO. The center’s staff members represent a diverse and dynamic group of individuals who are dedicated to the driving spirit of the ADA as well as the complex standards behind the law. To connect with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center on social media, click here. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is available to assist with any of the following areas: Material Dissemination, Technical Assistance on the ADA, Training, Referrals and Research.

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GreyLine Vanpool Awarded SDVOSB Certification


GreyLine was formed by a trio of West Point and Columbia University alumni in 2018. The mission was to create transportation opportunities for soldiers and Department of Defense (“DOD”) civilians that live near military installations, utilizing specialized vanpool services. Since its inception, GreyLine has provided superior transportation services for soldiers and DOD civilians that live near Fort Hood, TX, Fort Stewart, GA, and Fort Campbell, KY. Although the main mission has not changed; GreyLine has increased its mass transportation services offered. These new services include vanpool, vehicle leasing, charter bus routes, in addition to logistical and maintenance operations. GreyLine prides itself on delivering high-end, dependable service, while maintaining the integrity expected from West Point graduates. The core values of duty, honor, country have never faltered and will continue as the company continually creates new transportation opportunities that serve our Country.

“We pride ourselves on utilizing military experience and business acumen to create cost reductions across the transportation sector. Providing reliable transportation was just the start of our mission, it has evolved rapidly to keep pace with the emerging mass transportations trends. We chose to work with FedBiz because of their actionable insight, it helped us tailor our federal registration and certification process,” said Angel Santiago, President of GreyLine.

The federal government’s goal is to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars each year to business that are SDVOSB Certified. In FY2019, the federal government contracted with SDVOSB Certified businesses for 484,575 awards for a total of $21.8 Billion in federal procurements.

About GreyLine Vanpool

GreyLine offers high-quality vanpool services, and its management brings their prior military experience in transportation, maintenance, and logistics to provide best-in-class service. These services include ground passenger transportation services such as charter bus, shuttle bus, transportation management, motor coach bus, paratransit service, executive van service, tour operations and other logistical services. GreyLine has a proven track record for transportation cost reduction and has a fleet of over 70 vehicles.

https://GreyLineVanpool.com

About FedBiz Access

FedBiz is a federal contracting business development firm and a leading provider of Business-to-Government consulting services. For over two decades FedBiz served thousands of organizations throughout the U.S. and worldwide, and its clients have won billions in federal procurement awards. FedBiz team of professionals provides clients with actionable insight and the tools to identify and win government contracts.

https://FedBizAccess.com

FedBiz directory of government contractors at FedBizConnect.com is a searchable database for government contracting officials and prime contractors to find actionable information to fulfill awards. FedBiz Verified Members are independently verified, and their profiles are optimized for accuracy and completeness. GreyLine’s business profile can be found at https://FedBizConnect.com/Business/Index/112748620.

For more information on GreyLine Vanpool, please contact:

GreyLine Vanpool:

Angel Santiago

Tel: (912) 755-4071

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Autistic Children Can Travel Country, Thanks to RV Sales of Broward and YouTube Sensations RV Odd Couple


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“Many people think that children with autism need the exact same routine every single day, but the reality is that preparing our child for real life means that she needs to be able to handle change and RVing offers the familiarity of home with the therapy of travel.”

Gigi Stetler, CEO of RV Sales of Broward and founder of the non-profit RV Advisor Consumer Association (RVACA), donated an RV to YouTube stars and full-time RVers the RV Odd Couple as part of RVACA’s new initiative RVs for Autism.

After the success of RVACA’s coronavirus assistance funds in helping frontline workers, the new RVs for Autism fund will provide families with autistic children free RVs so they can travel safely in a familiar environment while introducing their children to different parts of the country.

This is an important cause to the RV Odd Couple, John and Mercedes Condon, as their daughter, 4-year-old Sage, was recently diagnosed with autism.

“We feel like we have a responsibility to foster awareness of how therapeutic RVing is for autistic children and their families,” said John and Mercedes Condon. “Many people think that children with autism need the exact same routine every single day, but the reality is that preparing our child for real life means that she needs to be able to handle change and RVing offers the familiarity of home with the therapy of travel.”

When Stetler heard about their daughter’s diagnosis and how RV travel could be an effective form of therapy, Stetler knew she had the perfect way to help.

“We were initially talking about how we could partner to protect RV consumers’ rights through RV Advisor, but when they told me about their daughter’s diagnosis and that they were looking to get an RV, I immediately said ‘I have an RV for you,’” said Stetler.

Without delay, Stetler began preparing a Class C RV for donation with bunkbeds for Sage and a master bedroom for John and Mercedes. Yesterday, September 3rd, the RV Odd Couple picked up their RV and filmed a reveal video for their nearly 100,000 subscribers.

“I’m excited for them to be able to share these camping experiences with their daughter knowing that she’ll always have a familiar place to call home,” said Stetler.

To donate to the RVs for Autism Fund or to apply for an RV, please visit here.

About Gigi Stetler

A fearless entrepreneur, Gigi Stetler created and leads the first female-owned RV company in the United States, RV Sales of Broward. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, she is one of a handful of top RV experts in the country. Stetler also launched and runs The RV Advisor– an online platform to effectively connect millions of RV owners, dealers, and service centers that is considered the “Angie’s List” of the RV industry. Stetler is also the founder of the non-profit RV Advisor Consumer Association (RVACA), which provides RVs to healthcare workers who need a safe space to quarantine and isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Modest Gains Encouraging for Americans with Disabilities


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“We see modest improvements in the employment-to-population ratio for people with and without disabilities, reflecting a recovery of economic activity,” said John O’Neill, PhD, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation.

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire nTIDE Report—featuring The Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) Project, an evidence-based, comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers in Illinois

August job numbers show improvement for Americans with disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Experts express caution due to the many factors that could affect economic recovery.

nTIDE COVID Update (month-to-month comparison)

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report released Friday, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 28.1 percent in July to 28.8 percent in August 2020 (up 2.5 percent or 0.7 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also increased from 68.4 percent in July to 69.7 percent in August 2020 (up 1.9 percent or 1.3 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

Comparing month-to-month numbers (July 2020 to August 2020), “We see modest improvements in the employment-to-population ratio for people with and without disabilities, reflecting a recovery of economic activity,” said John O’Neill, PhD, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation. “This is particularly encouraging for people with disabilities, who experienced a slight downturn last month,” he added.

The labor force participation rate for working-age people with disabilities increased from 33 percent in July to 33.6 percent in August 2020 (up 1.8 percent or 0.6 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate also decreased from 76.4 percent in July to 76.1 percent in August 2020 (down 0.4 percent or 0.3 percentage points). The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working, not working and on temporary layoff, or not working and actively looking for work.

“The modest increase in the labor force participation rate is also a good sign, compared to the decrease we saw last month,” said economist Andrew Houtenville, PhD, professor of economics and research director of the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. “It suggests that workers are staying engaged in the labor force, meaning they are employed, on temporary layoff, or actively looking for work. While the numbers are positive, caution is warranted,” he added. “There are many factors that could affect recovery over the next few months, including the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19.”

nTIDE August COVID Update – Friday, September 18 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Stay tuned for more about the employment of people with disabilities as we follow the impact of COVID-19 and look at the numbers in more detail.

Traditional nTIDE Numbers (comparison to the same time last year)

The employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 32 percent in August 2019 to 28.8 percent in August 2020 (down 10 percent or 3.2 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also decreased from 74.6 percent in August 2019 to 69.7 percent in August 2020 (down 6.6 percent or 4.9 percentage points).

The labor force participation rate for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 34.7 percent in August 2019 to 33.6 percent in August 2020 (down 3.2 percent or 1.1 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate also decreased from 77.4 percent in August 2019 to 76.1 percent in August 2020 (down 1.7 percent or 1.3 percentage points).

For reference, in August 2020, among workers ages 16-64, the 4,178,000 workers with disabilities represented 3 percent of the total 137,553,000 workers in the U.S.

Beyond the Numbers

As the nation continues to grapple with the effects of the ongoing pandemic, intense pressures are transforming every aspect of society, including education, government, health care, business, and employment. For all Americans, the world of work is changing rapidly, requiring workers to consider all the options for staying in the labor force. Starting one’s own business is an option that gains traction during periods of recession, according to Kate Caldwell, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Disability & Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Innovation is a necessity for people with disabilities, who are accustomed to finding ways to overcome challenges in daily life. Self-employment and entrepreneurship offer a pathway for individuals to apply their ingenuity in the workforce and strive for financial self-sufficiency on their own terms. The impact of self-employment and entrepreneurship extend beyond the direct economic benefits for individuals with disabilities. Creating new businesses often means providing new products and services and developing solutions to challenges faced by people with and without disabilities.

Policies and programs that support disability-owned businesses are critical to maximizing the potential for job growth in this area. When entrepreneurs with disabilities succeed, they create jobs for people with disabilities. Dr. Caldwell serves on the project team for The Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) Project, which offers an evidence-based, comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers working in disability community agencies and small business development centers in Illinois. Using a person-centered approach, the program targets the specific needs and barriers experienced by people with disabilities looking to start or grow a business.

The CEED Project projects the potential for entrepreneurship to create U.S. jobs. Based on data showing 10% self-employment among workers with disabilities, there are an estimated 850,000 entrepreneurs. If 65% of their businesses survived, and they were able to hire one person, more than 550,000 jobs would be created for people with disabilities. Sustainable businesses would continue to add workers each year, and build capacity to fuel community development and support social missions, helping address the poverty that underlies social inequities.

Given the evolving economic conditions, programs such as The CEED Project are critical to keeping options open for workers with disabilities. “There are many uncertainties about the future of work,” notes Dr. Caldwell, “Acquiring the skills to start and grow a business is an important way for people with disabilities to prepare for that future.”

Ask Questions about Disability and Employment

Join our nTIDE Lunch & Learn series today, September 4, at 12:00 pm Eastern. This live broadcast, hosted via Zoom Webinar, offers attendees Q&A on the latest nTIDE findings, provides news and updates from the field, as well as invited panelists to discuss current disability-related findings and events. For this episode, Kate Caldwell, PhD, Department of Disability & Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago joins Dr. Houtenville, Dr. O’Neill, and Denise Rozell, Policy Strategist at AUCD. Join live or watch the recordings at: ResearchonDisability.org/nTIDE.

NOTE: The statistics in the nTIDE are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers but are not identical. They are customized by UNH to combine the statistics for men and women of working age (16 to 64). nTIDE is funded, in part, by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (90RT5037) and Kessler Foundation.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes — including employment — for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

About the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. For information on the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, visit ResearchonDisability.org.

For more information, or to interview an expert, contact:

Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org.

Chil Wellness Announces Year-long Relationship With Arthritis Foundation


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According to the Arthritis Foundation, two in three people diagnosed with arthritis are younger than 65. In fact, 300,000 children are living with the disease, including Chil Wellness’ founder’s daughter Aspen.

Chil Wellness, a new-generation wellness company that formulates high-quality CBD products to assist others with a more healthy, active lifestyle, today announced a year-long partnership with the Arthritis Foundation as a proud sponsor. The partnership will support scientific research and advocacy for people living with arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, two in three people diagnosed with arthritis are younger than 65. In fact, 300,000 children are living with the disease, including Chil Wellness’ founder’s daughter Aspen.

When the founder Kevin DeMeritt learned his daughter, Aspen had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at 18-months-old, he teamed up with farmers and scientists who helped him find natural, safe solutions to help with Aspen’s flare ups. At the same time, the DeMeritt family became very involved with the Arthritis Foundation early on to help raise money for the awareness of arthritis. Eventually, Kevin learned about CBD and its potential for relief. When he added CBD into the formulas he already had for Aspen, it worked even better for her. 12-years later, Chil Wellness launched with its first CBD salve to restore the health and joy of consumers.

“After years of research and development, we are joining forces with the Arthritis Foundation to help people living with arthritis or pain find relief and elevate their quality of life,” said Kevin DeMeritt, founder of Chil Wellness. “We are on a mission to help people find relief, joy and movement again. The journey to helping my daughter has become a journey to help others. It is truly a blessing to have this opportunity.”

In 2019, the Arthritis Foundation released its first CBD guidance for adults living with arthritis to address top questions. The medical experts that put together the clinical guidelines did state that CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, which is exactly why Chil Wellness was founded – to help individuals (with arthritis) live a healthier, happier lifestyle.

“The Arthritis Foundation represents the voice and needs of people with arthritis. We welcome new treatment options because no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone,” said Ann McNamara, Arthritis Foundation senior vice president Development and Community Giving. “Managing pain affects every aspect of an individual’s life. That’s why we appreciate the innovative way that Chil Wellness is helping people living with pain to live their best life.”

For every purchase of a topical product by August 31, 2021, Chil Wellness will donate a portion of the sales towards the Arthritis Foundation, with a minimum contribution of $100,000. So far, the wellness company has donated over 40 thousand dollars to the Foundation. Consumers can track the donation progress on https://chilwellness.com.

For more information on the relationship, please visit https://www.arthritis.org/letsgriparthritis/lgga-partners. To learn more about Chil Wellness and its products, visit https://chilwellness.com.

About Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. We lead the fight for the arthritis community and help conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life — and making each day another stride towards a cure.

About Chil Wellness

On a mission to help his daughter restore her active lifestyle, Kevin DeMeritt founded Chil Wellness to provide alternative ways to address the aches and discomfort from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis that were robbing his daughter of joy with friends and family. Today, the CBD formulas and products that Chil Wellness has developed are the radiant outcome of love, and they have not stopped since. The company pledges to be transparent with its commitment to using only all-natural ingredients, CBD grown from socially responsible sources and 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. To learn more about Chil Wellness and its products, visit https://chilwellness.com.

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IFB Solutions Selects Sunrise Technologies and Microsoft for Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Implementation


“We are proud to be helping IFB Solutions grow their core mission,” said John Pence, President and founder of Sunrise. “With Dynamics 365 and Sunrise, IFB Solutions now has a complete, scalable platform to sustain them for many years to come.”

Sunrise Technologies, a global provider of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Applications and Cloud Services, announced today that IFB Solutions has selected Microsoft Dynamics 365 as its ERP solution and Sunrise as its implementation partner.

IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation that provides employment, training, and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, IFB Solutions operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville, NC, and Little Rock, AR. IFB Solutions manufactures mattresses, office supplies, apparel, and prescription glasses for consumers, the U.S. military, and the U.S. government.

IFB Solutions will implement Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain as its core business application, along with the Sunrise 365 Supply Chain Solution. As a non-profit that provides jobs and opportunities to the blind and visually impaired, a key requirement for IFB Solutions was the ability to integrate accessibility tools with their choice of ERP system. The ease of integration to Dynamics 365, as part of Microsoft’s commitment to accessible and inclusive products, made the solution a perfect fit.

“Dynamics 365 and Sunrise were great choices for us,” said Rob Burgess, Chief Financial Officer at IFB Solutions. “With Sunrise, we found a partner who understood our business and could provide the solutions we needed for future growth.”

“We are proud to be helping IFB Solutions grow their core mission,” said John Pence, President and founder of Sunrise. “With Dynamics 365 and Sunrise, IFB Solutions now has a complete, scalable platform to sustain them for many years to come.”

About Sunrise Technologies

Sunrise Technologies is a premier global provider for Microsoft cloud-based solutions, backed by extensive industry expertise in Dynamics 365, Power BI, Fraud Protection and Azure for retail, apparel, fashion, consumer products, furniture and manufacturing companies. Sunrise delivers global, Tier 1, supply chain solutions and support that enhance Microsoft business applications for a lifetime. Plus, customers can hit the ground running with industry best practices, pre-built configurations and a proven methodology.

For additional information please contact:

Sunrise Technologies | sunrise.co

Susan Thompson

336.722.6741

info@sunrise.co

About IFB Solutions:

IFB Solutions is the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States. In addition to manufacturing, it operates nearly 20 office supply stores across the country and produces mattresses. IFB produces eyewear under its Twenty200 brand at its Winston-Salem lab and operates a retail location in Winston-Salem. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through grants and private donations, making possible summer camps, afterschool programs and activities for children who are blind, and Community Low Vision services through its low-vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Ark. ifbsolutions.org

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FSHD Society is funding the expansion of the FSHD Clinical Trial Research Network


Map of FSHD Clinical Trial Research Network sites

Map of FSHD Clinical Trial Research Network sites

“With the prospect of a growing number of FSHD clinical trials on the horizon, it will be critical for the CTRN to have the capacity and bandwidth to not only carry out the existing research studies but also successfully recruit and participate in clinical trials.” – Jamshid Arjomand, PhD

The FSHD Society announced today that it has awarded $300,000 a year to expand the Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial Research Network (FSHD CTRN), with consideration of follow-on funding of $300,000 a year in 2021 and 2022. The network is a consortium of academic research centers in the United States and Europe with expertise in FSHD clinical research or in neuromuscular clinical trials. Jeffrey Statland, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Rabi Tawil, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, serve as co-directors of the network. The FSHD CTRN helps close gaps in trial readiness and also provides a network of sites with a centralized streamlined regulatory process, specific, common expertise in FSHD, and an engaged patient population ready to conduct efficient, high quality clinical trials.

Because of its prominent role in clinical trial readiness for FSHD, the CTRN is receiving FSHD Society funding to expand the existing consortium in the United States by four additional sites. The new sites are at the University Florida in Gainesville, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, University of Colorado in Denver, and the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. “This funding aims to ensure better coverage and access to patients,” said Jamshid Arjomand, PhD, chief science officer of the Society. “It also provides resources for the effective management and coordination across the entire network.”

The CTRN was formed to create an infrastructure of clinics with the expertise to accelerate therapeutic development for FSHD: by ensuring site training of key personnel; streamlining regulatory oversight and data capture; validating novel clinical outcome measures; and refining clinical trial strategies. Currently the network is running an NIH-funded study named Clinical Trial Readiness to Solve Barriers to Drug Development in FSHD (ReSolve), an 18- to 24-month observational study following 220 individuals with FSHD. The network was initially financed with seed funding from the FSHD Society, as well as other non-profits, and has since been awarded millions in additional funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and biotechnology companies that are pursuing therapies for FSHD.

The current CTRN encompasses a total of 15 centers, with 12 sites in the United States and 3 collaborating sites in Europe. The central coordinating center is housed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the data and statistical coordinating center is at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “With the prospect of a growing number of FSHD clinical trials on the horizon, it will be critical for the CTRN to have the capacity and bandwidth to not only carry out the existing research studies but also successfully recruit and participate in clinical trials,” said Arjomand.

“We are grateful to the FSHD Society and like-minded organizations that have made it possible for the network to form and carry out studies to help bridge the gaps in clinical trial readiness,” said Jeffrey Statland, MD, associate professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and co-director of the CTRN. “The additional sites will ensure that the CTRN will be able to meet the goal of trial preparedness and ensure well-trained FSHD clinical centers.”

About the CTRN

The Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial Research Network (FSHD CTRN) is a consortium of fifteen academic research centers (12 in the United States, and 3 in Europe) with expertise in FSHD clinical research or in conducting neuromuscular clinical trials. These centers leverage existing clinical trials infrastructure: including clinical investigators, research coordinators, study evaluators, and institutional resources like Clinical and Translational Science Research Awards (CTSAs) and local Research Institutes for clinical trial budget and contracting, and Clinical Research Centers, which provide subsidized clinical research space and facilities.

About the FSHD Society

The FSHD Society is the world’s largest research-focused patient organization for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy. The Society has catalyzed major advancements and is accelerating the development of treatments and a cure to end the pain, disability, and suffering endured by one million people worldwide who live with FSHD. The FSHD Society has transformed the landscape for FSHD research and is committed to making sure that no one faces this disease alone. The Society offers a community of support, news, and information through its website at https://www.fshsociety.org.

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Spaulding Youth Center Receives Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Support of Equine Therapy and Horsemanship Programs


Spaulding Youth Center students in Northfield, New Hampshire participate in equine therapy programs.

Spaulding Youth Center students participate in equine therapy programs.

“Spaulding is honored to receive this grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “These programs give our students the chance to participate in a fun activity while creating positive therapeutic outcomes.”

Spaulding Youth Center is excited to announce it has received a $15,000.00 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. This grant was funded by gifts from the Charitable Foundation’s Daisy Hale Fund. The grant will directly support Spaulding’s equine therapy programs.

Horseback riding and horsemanship serve as a unique and effective form of therapy for Spaulding children and youth facing behavioral, emotional and physical challenges. Children create an emotional bond with the horses and participating in this activity encourages them to build social skills and confidence in a positive atmosphere. Spalding’s board-certified behavioral analysts (BCBAs) use Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to develop and monitor plans for each student to build structure, set goals and promote skill acquisition based on their individual needs and abilities. The grant funding will cover the costs associated with transportation, instruction and materials. Historically, Spaulding students have received programming from both Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center (BITS ETC) and Lakes Region Riding Academy, and Spaulding intends to continue both collaborations.

Located in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, BITS ETC is a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities for people living with disabilities in central New Hampshire. BITS ETC was the first facility in the Northeast to be licensed by SpiritHorse International to offer its award-winning curriculum of special use for riders on the autism spectrum.

Lakes Region Riding Academy, located in Gilford, New Hampshire, is home to Spaulding’s Healing with Horses program. The program provides residential students the opportunity to experience horseback riding in an intimate, calming setting. Students receive personal lessons from founder Julie Lawrence once a week for a four-week session and learn about the care and maintenance of horses.

“Spaulding is honored to receive this grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “The funds directly support our participation in equine therapy programs in partnership with BITS ETC and Lakes Region Riding Academy. These programs give our students the chance to participate in a fun activity while creating positive therapeutic outcomes. We thank the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for continuing to support our mission.”

Visit https://www.nhcf.org/ to learn more about the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

ABOUT SPAULDING YOUTH CENTER

Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who have experienced significant trauma, abuse or neglect. Services include academic, residential, clinical, community based, foster care, and family support. Established in 1871 and known as Spaulding Youth Center since 1958, our scenic hilltop campus is located on nearly 500 acres in Northfield, NH and welcomes boys and girls from ages 4 to 21 from around the state of New Hampshire and beyond. Spaulding Youth Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For information about Spaulding Youth Center, visit http://www.SpauldingYouthCenter.org.

ABOUT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of nearly 2,000 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and more than $6 million in scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.

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