In the summer of 2018, the Colin McEnroe Show and the entire talk show team at WNPR had the honor in selecting Jason Perez for an internship at Connecticut Public Radio. Perez worked with Colin McEnroe Show senior producer Betsy Kaplan to produce an episode, aired August 8, that focused on what the general public typically gets wrong about people who have a disability. Along with guests Lila Call and Maysoon Zayid, the three opened up and discussed their lives living with their respective disabilities and how they’re often mistreated.
Design and DIY Celebrity Mike Homes reminds us of the importance of making necessary adjustments so that older homeowners can remain in their own houses
I’ll give it to the New York Times: say what you will about the decline of the print media, the Gray Lady can still set the news agenda. On August 5th the Times published “Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans,” which claimed that bankruptcies among retirees have skyrocketed due to “vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, [and] inadequate savings.” In the days that followed, news outlets large and small produced copycat stories repeating the same findings, all of which were drawn from a single study.
They claim that the personal data sold could sway colleges’ admission and financial aid decisions.
Recently, we observed the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, known as the ADA, which helped recognize and protect the rights of our 56 million fellow citizens with disabilities. Since the passage of the ADA in 1990, we’ve seen enormous advances. Street corners are more accessible for those who use wheelchairs. Television is captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Many internet videos and photographs have verbal descriptions so those who are blind can know the visual content as well as the written content.
In my August 6 blog, I started a conversation about what Baby Boomers will need when they are very old. From the outset, I conceded that having children is not a guarantee that you will be well cared for in later life. Some adult children live several hundred (or thousand) miles from you; some might be estranged; some may have failed to adequately launch their own adult lives; and some may be disabled and unable to care for themselves, let alone a parent. Regardless of all those arguments about whether today’s still-young adult children will care for their Boomer parents when those boomers are very old, one has only to look around at what baby boomers today are doing for their own aging parents to have some faith in the future of families.
“Disability Rights are Civil Rights:” Inside the CAP’s New Disabiltiy Justice Initiative | Pacific Standard
Why aren’t more Americans mobilizing around disability? In the last presidential election, according to our best numbers, 46 percent of all disabled Americans and a slightly greater percentage of their families supported Donald Trump for president. This pattern held true even though Trump has espoused policies that have been harmful to people with disabilities. One possible explanation, according to many leaders in the disability rights world, is that, while the disability community has its own network of non-partisan non-profits and independent activists, the larger world of well-funded progressive think tanks has been slow to recognize that disability matters as a matter of policy and basic human rights. The Center for American Progress, one of the best-known liberal think tanks in Washington, D.C., aims to change that.
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