Lawyers for a disability rights group are threatening to sue the state for failing to provide voter registration services to Texans with disabilities who obtain job training from state agencies, a violation of federal law, according to a letter sent Monday afternoon. The letter, from lawyers with the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and the Texas Civil Rights Project, states that under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, Texas is mandated to make it easier for disabled people to register to vote if they receive job training from state agencies.
I was born without my left forearm. All my life I’ve known that my body may be ‘missing’ a bit, but my soul is whole, all-powerful and limitless. I never considered myself disabled until I started modelling. In 2008, I beat seven other women with disabilities to win BBC Three’s Missing Top Model. I did not see anybody like me in fashion magazines, advertising campaigns or gracing the catwalk. I could’ve easily given up, but I don’t break that easily!
Most of us have had to try to confront some awkward issues with aging parents. It might be getting them to talk about the need for help at home. It could be about giving up those car keys. Hardest of all, perhaps, is the subject of end of life and advance healthcare planning. Estate planners have documents for that, but no one in healthcare is going to understand them unless families or loved ones are clear about the aging person’s wishes and can advocate for them.
TV reflects and shapes how we think about each other, including our family and neighbors with disabilities. Born This Way, The Good Doctor and Speechless offer role models with high expectations for inclusion and success.These positive TV depictions parallel a hopeful trend in our country — as new statistics show 343,483 more people with disabilities joined the American workforce in 2016. This was four times the rate of the previous year. It’s a combination of fighting stigmas, supporting strong public policies and using best practices to lift up the talents of people with disabilities.
The words in Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber’s playbook are sometimes jumbled, and they don’t make sense, so he has to read them over and over. He has to draw the plays up, too, and then he has to walk through them to fully understand. “Some people can get things with classroom only, but he’s certainly gotta be in it, see it and let it happen,” said Bucs running backs coach Tim Spencer, who has worked with Barber the past two seasons.
On a Sunday evening a few weeks back, Shobana Ram was loading the dishwasher in her kitchen in Queens when her 85-year-old father-in-law rose from the dinner table, carrying his cane in one hand and an empty plate in the other. “From the corner of my eye, I saw him stumble and lose his balance,” recalled Ms. Ram. “I saw the cane fly out of his hand. His head hit the corner of our granite countertop.”
The House on Thursday passed legislation that would amend the Americans With Disabilities Act over objections from disability rights advocates and Democratic leaders, who warned that the bill would remove incentives for businesses to comply with the law. The ADA Education and Reform Act passed on a 225-192 vote, with 12 Democrats joining all but 19 Republicans to approve a bill that proponents say is aimed at curbing unscrupulous lawyers who seek profit by threatening businesses with litigation without actually seeking to improve access for the disabled.
Xian Horn’s shoe rack in her Manhattan apartment is stacked with identical pairs of Mary Janes.
“I have a white pair. I have like a light green pair. I have a cherry oak pair,” she said.
Mary Janes aren’t exactly Horn’s shoe of choice. She’s a disability rights advocate and has cerebral palsy, which affects her muscle coordination. She uses poles to walk and said she’s hard on shoes. Sneakers hold up, but sometimes she wants to wear something nicer. The only shoes she deems fashionable and durable are these discontinued Mary Janes that she hunts for on eBay.
Researchers say food delivery programs play a crucial role in senior health
March is National Nutrition Month, but not everyone has access to healthy food. Older people are some of the hardest hit, with low-income seniors sometimes forced to choose between buying good food and paying for their medications or even their rent. Other seniors can suffer from malnutrition when they become isolated without family members to help out.
A promising basketball player who was paralysed in a crash has spoken of how he fought back with the help of his family. Ify Nwokoro, 28, suffered spinal injuries in the crash on the A19 at Dalton Park, County Durham, in 2010. Now he blogs, and volunteers at James Cook Hospital where he was treated, and while he misses some day-to-day things, he says the whole experience has made his family stronger.
When Dylan Alcott took out his fourth consecutive Australian Open tennis title in the quad wheelchair singles, those who knew him weren’t surprised. “From day one he was a fighter. You could tell he had that determination to make it, even as a tiny baby,” his father Martin Alcott told 7.30. He well remembers the day his second son Dylan was born. “He had a lump the size of my fist on his back and I remember the obstetrician saying, ‘Oh, look, that should be OK, it might just be a lump of fat or something like that’,” he said.”Obviously history has told us that wasn’t a lump of fat.” The lump was actually a tumour wrapped around the newborn’s spine.
Disability rights advocates were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a House Rules Committee hearing to prepare legislation that would create additional requirements for filing lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki confirmed that 10 individuals were arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating” in the Capitol and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding as outlined by the D.C. code.
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