This Week's Facts:
Energy Dept. Releases Alternative Fuel Locator
Those who are interested in alternative fuels but don’t know where to find them now have an app that can do just that! The Department of Energy has released an Alternative Fueling State Locator. You can search by fuel type – anything from biodiesel to hydrogen – and by location. You can download the app from USA.gov’s Mobile Apps page or simply go to the website itself.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
Monday, July 26th is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush and amended in 2008. The ADA ensures that Americans with disabilities are not discriminated against in the workplace and by potential employers; by public services; and by communication services. The text (five separate parts, or titles) of the ADA is located on the U.S. Access Board website. Facts about the ADA are available on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website. Check out the Census Bureau’s 20th Anniversary of the ADA feature webpage, which gives statistics about those needing assistance, specific disabilities, income, education, and more. The website Disa+bility.gov is a service of the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy and 21 other federal agencies. It provides customer-based information and allows advanced searching, information by topic and by state, and a helpful “I want to” section. The U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA homepage, ADA.gov, provides links to government actions related to disability, federal standards and publications, and resources on other federal agencies with ADA responsibilities. You can also find ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments there.
July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. More than 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis or rheumatologic conditions. Arthritis is a swelling of the joints. It can also cause stiffness and loss of motion. When the condition is rheumatic, muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments can also be affected. Rheumatoid arthritis can even impact various internal organs. Most cases of juvenile arthritis are the result of autoimmune disorders, although not all are. There are currently several different types of treatment, both with medicine and without it. Of course, treatment depends on the severity of the condition. The ultimate goal is to provide the best quality of life possible for the child in question. If you know a child with symptoms of juvenile arthritis – persistent joint swelling, limping or maybe even a fever or skin rash – they should see a doctor. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has a helpful factsheet about the most common types of juvenile arthritis and about the proper steps to take. You can also find out more information about the disorder from Medline Plus.
Say Cheese! The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a photo contest open to all photo enthusiasts and shutterbugs throughout the state. Winners will have their photographs framed and featured in the ISDA photo gallery exhibit at a location to be announced in the summer of 2010. Entrants have four categories: Conservation: landscape, water, and wildlife; Agritourism: destination agriculture, fruits, vegetables, and lower portraits; Faces of Agriculture: photos that include people; and On the Farm: buildings, animals and equipment. Entries must be received by August 31, 2010. Fill out the Photo contest entry form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the ISDA’s website for more details and contest guidelines. For ideas or inspiration, check out last year’s photo gallery. Summer in Indiana provides all kinds of beauty and inspiration, so grab your cameras and your creativity!
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