When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile paving slab (or “tenji block” in Japan) with his own money. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the introduction of the block 52 years ago.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, dozens of adults allegedly paid bribes to people who would help their children get into elite colleges and universities. But if seeming proof of what we’ve all suspected for decades — that money and status can literally buy you access to a certain level of society — weren’t sinister enough, there’s another alleged layer of what’s known as the college admissions scheme, one that could have lasting impact for a certain set of students.
When Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act last year, they included a rule that requires airlines to report the total number of wheelchairs carried and mishandled each month. The first set of data, collected between December 4, 2018 and December 31, 2018, was released by the Department of Transportation in the February 2019 Air Travel Consumer Report. Over that time, a total of 701 wheelchairs and scooters were mishandled or damaged by the 12 largest U.S. airlines.
Trying to change a loved one’s comfort zone can be difficult yet may be possible. Let’s begin by talking about older adults and their use of technology. We know that historically older adults are considered late adapters to new technology compared to those younger. This generational difference is often referred to as the digital divide. According to the Pew Research Center, there are differences not only between generations but also within the older population. Two groups emerge. The first group is younger, affluent and highly educated. They are tech savvy and see the positive value of online platforms. The second group is older, less affluent and often confronted with physical conditions and disabilities. They are somewhat disconnected from using digital tools both physically and psychologically.
March is National Nutrition Month. In this video the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine discuss some of the physical, social, financial, and cultural factors that affect the nutritional status of older Americans.
Pat Schiro used to walk all the time, even from her urban Dover home to the center of Durham and back as she prepared to walk the full length of the first Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in 1998 that she completed in her late 60s. But now nearing 88, Pat Schiro, walks with a cane and has trouble seeing. She has a macular degeneration and gave up driving a couple of years ago after a cataract surgery seemed to make her eyesight worse. While her friends can sometimes help, “You can only ask so many people to give you a ride,” said the retired Dover school teacher.
Trump Administration Wants to Monitor Disability Recipients’ Social Media | U.S. News & World Report
THE TRUMP administration is working on a proposal that would allow it to monitor the social media accounts of disability benefit recipients in an effort to crack down on fraudulent disability claims. In its budget request last year, Social Security said it would investigate whether monitoring social media accounts could “increase program integrity and expedite the identification of fraud,” according to The New York Times, which first reported on the proposal. Since then, the White House has been working with officials to further outline the proposed program, sources told the Times.
The story of disability inclusion is incomplete. The existing narrative about disability and business has been focused on the need for hiring, retention and career development. While these tactics are incredibly important, and in fact vital for the growth and evolution for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce, it is now time for C-level executives and management to take more of an active role and cultivate a new narrative to both augment and redefine disability in the larger context of business strategy.
Medicare for All is not just a catchy title. Over the last few years, the idea of expanding the popular program, which currently provides health care for almost 60 million Americans, has shifted from a fringe progressive dream to what feels like a path to real universal coverage in America. But until now, the proposals advanced in the senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (and co-sponsored by all his Democratic rivals for president) and in the House of Representatives by Representative Pramila Jayapal left out one big piece of the puzzle: long-term supports and services (LTSS) for disabled Americans
President Trump’s latest proposal would allow health insurance plans to limit the HIV/AIDs medications they cover through Medicare Part D. Patients relying on Medicare Part D, would be one of six “protected classes” now denied access to their needed medicines. The proposal is shortsighted, as it surely will not save the costs projected in the proposed budget. This is because of the rise in health costs, hospitalization and far more expensive acute treatment and strains on health systems, including in the mental health arena.
Activists from the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless march outside the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services community service center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave., on March 12, 2019, as part of an event announcing a lawsuit against the city regarding accommodations for people with disabilities at city homeless shelters. (Anna Kim/Chicago Tribune)
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