ICYMI there was a nice segment on PBS NewsHour on employment and disability. The study they cited suggested that employment discrimination remains, and there is much work to be done. We hope segments like this will help change attitudes, and we think they can.
Orleans’ newest festival, the Disability Pride Festival, grew from an offhand comment on the internet. New Orleans’ newest festival, the Disability Pride Festival , grew from a comment on the internet suggesting that it’s easy to get spur-of-the-moment festivals going but hard to get people to the capital to advocate for disabled people.
Powwow matches culture with disability awareness |Houma Today
Dancers dressed in colorful regalia moved to the beat of a drum, and the smells of fry bread and Indian tacos filled the air today at the United Houma Nation’s ninth annual Celebrating Abilities Disability Awareness Powwow.
Opportunities to Improve Nutrition for Older Adults and Reduce Risk of Poor Health Outcomes | The Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living released a new Issue Brief that addresses opportunities to improve nutrition for older adults and also reduce the risk of poor health outcomes. Appetite and the body’s ability to process food may decrease with age, while health conditions and use of medications that can affect nutrition status may increase.
In 2013, Dorothy Spourdalakis stabbed her 14-year-old son, Alex, to death. At first, Dorothy and Alex’s godmother, Agatha Skrodzka, tried to poison the boy with sleeping pills, but when that didn’t work, they plunged a knife repeatedly into his chest. According to media coverage, Dorothy claimed that she killed her autistic child because she struggled to take care of him. The two women spent three years in jail; the judge sentenced them to time served.
DWP ‘tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions’ | UK independent
It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help. The Department for Work and Pensions has told its disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions compared to those with physical problems. New guidelines from the department to assessors for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit appears to explicitly single out those with mental health conditions who suffer identical impacts as those with physical conditions.
very few weeks, or at least with mind-boggling rapidity, a publication decides it has hit upon a great new idea to solve housing support issues for disabled adults, including those with mental health disabilities. They run a piece about nature-based farmstead “communities” of disabled people and staff who support them, and the “therapeutic” values of said farmsteads. They describe them often as a positive alternative to institutions, but these settings fail to qualify as alternatives to institutions. They are institutions.
The good news is that researchers say they have found a way that may reverse aging for older people. The bad news is you are going to have to hit the gym for some high-intensity aerobic training to do it. For the study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic compared three types of exercise: high-intensity interval training, resistance training and a combination of the two. They found that only high-intensity interval training and combined training “improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle,” with mitochondrial function being a common problem for older adults
By 2050, the number of people over 65 will more than double. Cities, communities, companies–and our entire culture–have some adjusting to do. If we can, the benefits will be enormous.
The Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange, in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative, seeks applicants for its Community Youth Fellowships. The fellowships come with an award of up to $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects (prorated for part-time or 12-month projects). The Community Youth Fellowships will support dynamic activists aged 18-25 who want to implement a project of their own design that advances human rights anywhere in the United States. This opportunity is specifically for young persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
At about the halfway point of “Perfectly Normal,” the artful short documentary about a man with Asperger’s syndrome, there is a rare filmic experience of the sensory overload of autism.
Glenn Close does not read her reviews. So the jumbo excerpt on the marquee where she is reprising her Tony Award-winning role in “Sunset Boulevard” (“One of the great stage performances of this century”), surrounded by flashing lights, may be a spoiler. That group ethos is also the essence of addiction recovery, according to Patrick Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in Congress for eight terms before retiring from office in 2011. He subsequently founded the Kennedy Forum for equality in the treatment and insurance coverage of mental illness and addiction.
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