Local Group Promotes Positive Disability Awareness | WDBJ7
A local support group teamed up with the Roanoke Stars for the first annual No Dunking Allowed basketball event. The goal is to raise awareness about wheel chair basketball and positive disability awareness. People from all over southwest Virginia came out watch and cheer on their favorite player on the court. Wheel Love, a Carilion based support group for people with disabilities partnered with the Roanoke Stars Wheelchair Basketball team for the event. The team even had extra chairs for those not in wheel chairs to participate.
Did you know in rural America, disability benefit rates are twice as high as in urban areas? | the Washington Post
Between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age Americans who subsist on federal disability benefits grew rapidly, becoming one of the country’s most hotly debated social benefits. The rise has become another indicator of the divide between urban and rural America, where disability benefit rates are nearly twice as high.
USC Doctor Researches Depression and Disability in Aging Latinos | NBC San Diego
University of Southern California associate professor Dr. Maria Aranda never left the east side of Los Angeles, a community where she was born and raised and where she’s now doing research aimed at helping an older generation of Latinos.
“I see the immense need in our community,” Aranda said.
Older Latinos suffer higher rates of severe depression and disability and are less likely to get quality treatment, she said.
New Atlanta, Fulton program aims to divert homeless people from jail | Atlanta Journal Consitution
Moki Macias is acutely aware of the Atlanta jail. She can see it from the window of her new office. Her goal is to keep people out of it. Macias is the leader of a two-year pilot program that seeks to offer alternatives for people who are arrested again and again and again for crimes of poverty, or those that stem from addiction or mental health issues. The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, sponsored by the city and Fulton County, with additional funding from outside groups, will not be able to serve every homeless person arrested for public urination, or every addict who engages in sex work to pay for the next hit.
Column: Family marshals of city’s Disability Pride Parade proud of differences | Chicago Tribune
Doominika Tamley and her parents are accustomed to the stares. In an airport not long ago, a passing traveler, dragging a wheeled suitcase, did what many people do, which was to gawk at them while walking by. The traveler stared first at Dominika, an 11-year- old who has grown up being asked what happened to her fingers and her face. The traveler then turned to inspect Dominika’s mother, who was using a wheelchair.
Amputee Model Breaking Barriers in Fashion While Shattering the Stigma of Disability | PRNewswire
Following in the footsteps of model Ashley Graham, amputee model Shaholly Ayers is breaking beauty barriers. The brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, a consulting company specializing in providing disability inclusion strategies and solutions to global companies, has graced the runways of New York Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week and is currently featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog.
Uber is being sued by NY disability advocates for not having accessible cars | Recode
Uber is coming under fire yet again for its lack of accessibility for people with disabilities. Nonprofit group Disability Rights Advocates is suing the company for discrimination against passengers with wheelchairs, alleging that 99.9 percent of its close to 60,000 cars in New York are not usable by people with wheelchairs. The new lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, is seeking class action status and is asking a court to mandate that Uber implement a plan that allows all passengers equal access to its services.
Guide dogs get to know a new voice: Alexa
Financial scams target millions of older Americans annually | Reuters
One in 18 older Americans falls victim to financial fraud or scams annually, and that figure excludes seniors who’ve been financially abused by friends and relatives, a new study finds.
“We’re talking about millions of older adults each year,” said lead author David Burnes, a gerontologist, social worker and professor at the University of Toronto in Canada. “What’s worse, it’s very likely an underestimate.” The report in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 5.4 percent of older adults experience some form of fraud or scam each year.
A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment |New York Times
Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day. Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health Richmond hospital. She vomited and made strange, high-pitched cries. The infant was going through opioid withdrawal. For more than a decade, her mother, Jamie Clay, 28, had been hooked on oxycodone. For six months now, she had been in a recovery program, taking another opioid that eased her addiction but put her baby at risk for withdrawal.
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