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Good News” articles to provide you with inspiration and hope that there is still good in the world. People from all walks of life are making an impact by doing good, and so can you!

Kindergarten Teacher Makes Mental Health Education a Priority

Tina DeBrock cares about her students mental health even though they are only in kindergarten. She wrote a social media post that went viral, requesting materials for her classroom, citing school budget constraints and the lack of state funding. “DuBrock and her team created a “wish list” of mental wellness books to be purchased on and shipped to their school.” The titles include, “The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia,” “My Friend Has ADHD (Friends with Disabilities),” and “What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD.” The response from the social media post was a generous amount of over 200 books donated. Read the full story here.

Cancer Survivor Helping Create Facilities For Teens Fighting The Disease

Approximately 70,000 teens and young people are diagnosed with cancer, and they often feel out of place in hospitals units with very young children or older adults. A cancer survivor and a group called Teen Cancer America are fighting to change that by creating hospital facilities only for teens battling cancer. There are 13 hospitals so far that are developing these special units for kids and the results are powerful. Watch the video here.

More Businesses are Tailoring Employment For Adults with ASD

The number of adults with special need in the workforce is growing, “but the population still suffers high rates of unemployment and underemployment.” By 2028 “an estimated 500,000 teens nationwide who have been diagnosed with some form of autism will age out of their schools, and lose access to the support services they provide.” Some states and policy makers are responding like Maryland, which is not allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage by 2020. Businesses like Sam’s Canterbury Cafe in Baltimore are leading that charge, by offering whatever accommodations are necessary for employees with special needs like breaks and soothing colors painted on the wall. Read the whole article here.

This Oscars Performance Highlights 10 Activist Heroes

Common and Andra Day perform “Stand For Something” while these 10 activists were spotlighted behind them. Bana al-Abed (8-year-old author and Syrian refugee); José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup); Tarana Burke (Me Too founder); Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter co-founder); Nicole Hockley (founder and managing director Sandy Hook Promise); Dolores Huerta (Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America); Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs); Alice Brown Otter (Standing Rock Youth Council); Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood Action Fund); and Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative). Watch the video here.

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