"There aren’t many accessible homes for people with disabilities. And when they are accessible, they’re usually too expensive or segregated,” says 24-year-old wheelchair user, Jensen Caraballo.

It’s been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act established a mandate that five percent of all federally-assisted housing developments must be accessible for persons with mobility disabilities.

Reporting in upstate New York from Innovation Trail reporters indicates that many New Yorkers living with disabilities still face challenges accessing services and difficult choices balancing quality of life and affordability.

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Tenants rally for stronger rent laws

Mar 3, 2015
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Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

A small but passionate contingent of New York City’s tenants’ rights organizations gathered in the Capitol Tuesday to ask lawmakers to renew and strengthen the state’s rent laws.

“What’s happening in communities of color, particularly in the Bronx, Brooklyn and in places like Washington Heights is devastating.”

Michelle Faust/WXXI

The majority of homeless mothers in Upstate New York have experienced trauma in their lives—about half of these show symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A 12 month study of nearly 300 homeless families Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester released Wednesday by The Wilson Foundation shows 93% of the mothers in the study experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetimes.

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In one of the year's worst kept secrets, Apple and Google have been formally revealed as the bidders behind the half billion dollar bid for the 1,100 Kodak imaging patents on the auction block. (Businessweek)

The Washington Post has more.

Hiring delays driven by the prospect of the "fiscal cliff" have helped drive down employment in the construction industry according to figures from the Associated General Contractors of America

More news updates after the jump.

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