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This Week's Facts:

  1. Minimum Wage Increase Info Available Online

  2. Recognize ADA Birthday by Understanding Disability Laws

  3. Saturday is Nat'l Minority Donor Awareness Day

  4. Make Your Community a CLEAN Community

Resources Raise Awareness & Inform About Juvenile Arthritis

If you or your patrons don’t know about juvenile arthritis, or JA, take some time to learn more. Juvenile Arthritis is arthritis that appears in children who are less than 18 years old. According to the Medline Plus entry for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, it can cause joint swelling, stiffness, and reduced motion; and it can affect any joint and sometimes internal organs. One early sign of JRA may be limping in the morning. For more Fast Facts about JA, visit the Juvenile Arthritis page of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The Arthritis Foundation celebrated July as JA Awareness month. Visit their page for more information about the latest research, raising a child with arthritis, camps for kids, the Juvenile Arthritis Alliance, and your local chapter of the organization.

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Minimum Wage Increase Info Available Online

Indiana Department of LaborAs of July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage is now $7.25/hour.  This is the final portion of a three-year program designed to raise minimum wage around the country – it has increased incrementally each year.  While some states may have state-mandated minimum wages that are higher than the federal, Indiana is not one of them.  Employers looking for the new minimum wage poster can visit the Indiana Department of Labor website or access it directly here.  Workers who regularly receive $30 or more in tips per month are considered “tipped employees.”  Employers are not required to pay them minimum wage; instead, they must pay a base of $2.13.  If tips earned do not add up to be at least $7.25/hour, the employer is required to make up the difference.  Please see the Indiana Department of Labor FAQ page for more information.  For information about the minimum wage increase on a national level, visit the Federal Department of Labor.

Recognize ADA's 19th Birthday by Understanding Disability Laws

American Disability ActThe Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Last week, the White House issued a presidential proclamation recognizing the 19th anniversary of this legislation designed to guarantee equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled a list of facts you can use to help remind patrons that individuals with disabilities make up a significant portion of our population. According to the 2007 American Community Survey, 15% of females and 14% of males in the U.S. have a disability.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains an ADA homepage which provides access to disability rights laws, ADA standards for accessible design, and many more ADA checklists and guides. The DOJ also offers assistance through a toll-free hotline: 800-514-0301 (TTY: 800-514-0383). Specialists are available to answer questions about general or specific ADA requirements Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET, and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) has a list of resources helpful to disabled individuals and their families, and those who provide services.

Saturday is National Minority Donor Awareness Day

National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education ProgramAugust 1, 2009 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day.  The purpose of the day is threefold: to encourage minorities to have frank discussions with their families regarding organ donation, to promote healthy living and disease prevention, and to increase awareness of the behavior that can lead to the need for organ transplants.  Approximately 2.3 million African-Americans and 1.2 million Mexican-Americans have diabetes.  Nearly 12.2% of Native Americans over the age of 19 have Type 2 diabetes.  Complications of diabetes include amputation, heart attack and kidney failure.  By practicing healthy eating and proper exercise, many people can work to prevent diabetes – and the complications and possible organ transplants that may accompany the disease.  The National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program is a good site to visit to find statistics and information about how you can help.  For those who are interested by may have concerns about organ donation, is a good source to visit.  The site also maintains a list of organ donation events going on around the country.

Make Your Community a CLEAN Community?

Indiana Clean Community ChallengeIs your Community a CLEAN Community?   The Indiana Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Community Challenge is a voluntary program that recognizes local Indiana government.  CLEAN helps communities take steps to plan, develop, and implement a better quality of life for citizens of Indiana. The Challenge is open to all local governments in the State of Indiana, including any city or town within the State. To get recognized as an Indiana CLEAN Community, municipalities must have a positive environmental, health, and safety record. There are guidelines and compliance standards to be followed when participating in the program. An applicant can be denied or revoked for criminal activities or civil activities.  What’s in it for you?  Participants of this program may see a variety of benefits, such as:  Increased efficiency, reduced costs, and greater operational consistency; better communication about environmental issues throughout the community; better relationships with regulators; and some monetary rewards and credits. Activity Suggestions are available to help you get started on becoming a CLEAN Community.   You’re not in this alone - there is technical and financial assistance available. For more information, visit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s website.