Did you enjoy watching the Oscars last night? If you want more, catch up on some of the disability response to Hollywood’s Annual Awards event by checking out the #DistheOscars thread
The 90th annual Academy Awards are nearly here, and one of this year’s front-runners for best picture is Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” Sally Hawkins, as the mute Elisa who falls in love with a sea creature, has scored a best actress nomination for the role.Critics have been quick to declare the film a positive representation of disability — Elisa is employed, independent and a sexual being, a rarity for a group of people often portrayed in movies and books as childlike and asexual. Then again, the only one who finds her sexually desirable is a semi-human sea creature. Also problematic is Hawkins’ American Sign Language, her only mode of communication in the film, which is abysmal — halting, stilted and not at all like someone who’d been signing since she was a child.
Diversity and inclusion are two important cultural topics gaining attention and focus by employers nationwide, including Hollywood. And yet, disability is almost always overlooked in this conversation. This award season, in looking across the many films and television shows honored, why are there so few that represent our country’s most diverse population — the disability community?
It seemed wrong to be fancied because I’m an amputee. But it started the most rewarding sensual and intellectual journey of my life
Evin Ollinger went home for Christmas two years ago to visit his aging 84-year-old father. While there, he learned his dad hadn’t paid the mortgage for three months. His father told his son he didn’t keep up with financial details anymore. “I realized I needed to take charge of his financial life,” says Ollinger
AI Scientists Via Their ‘Aging Clock’ May Have Discovered How To Rewind Our Biological Clocks | Forbes
“I never went through a biological clock experience. I never even heard it ticking.”~Jane Lynch
Well laughing it off may have worked for Comedian Jane Lynch, but for most of us, our biological clocks are not just ticking. They’re pounding. Every single one of us is on the clock. And we are comprised of the many clocks ticking at different rates at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, system, body, physiology and social levels. But one company is hoping its new technology will encourage health-conscious people all over the world to find their weakest clock and repair or rewind it.
According to AARP, almost 90 percent of seniors would like to stay in their home as they age. This idea of aging in place — growing older where you already live, typically not in a health-care environment — continues to be a popular choice among seniors able to live without a lot of assistance.However, as this population ages in homes that haven’t been designed for their lifestyles, there are considerable risks to elderly people’s health and safety. Many seniors aging in place may not have access to caretakers or health-care professionals on a day-to-day basis. Accidents and falls are a major concern for people living alone.
Providers Use Therap’s Electronic Health Record Software to Track Health Outcomes | Cision/PR Newswire
Therap’s documentation system for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) providers offers nurses and health professionals tools for recording critical and ongoing health data of the individuals they support including vitals, lab results, medication administration, seizures, infections, immunizations, and wound care. Nurses and health professionals use health tracking data to follow up on medical issues and create detailed reports, incorporating individual medical details like allergies, dietary guidelines and diagnoses. Therap’s health tracking tools include medication histories with pharmacy-interface and integrated drug database, and appointment entry to track medical visits and follow-up, including consultation forms and contact information of physicians, specialists and hospitals. Immunization records track ongoing vaccinations, and health histories offer a view of the individual’s hospitalizations, prior diagnoses, family medical issues and annotations of health issues.
Imagine a 65-year-old woman who sees her physician frequently for a variety of aches and pains. She might complain of back pain on one visit, headaches another time, and feeling weak on the next. Each time, her physician does a physical exam and runs the appropriate tests, without finding anything to account for her symptoms. Each time, she leaves the office feeling frustrated that “nothing can be done” for what ails her. However, if we looked more closely, we’d find out that this patient lost her husband five years earlier and has been living alone since. Her three children all live in other states. Although she dotes on her grandchildren, she sees them only about once a year. She has a few friends that she only sees occasionally. If asked, she would probably tell you that, yes, she is lonely.
‘Disability is a state of mind’ says paralyzed Lebanese man about to walk 100km across North Pole | Arab News
When he was just six-years-old, Michael Haddad, from Lebanon, lost the use of 75 percent of his body in an accident, now, 30 years later, he plans to walk 100 km across the North Pole to raise awareness of climate change. Despite being paralyzed from the chest down in a jet-ski accident, Haddad has refused to allow his disability to stand in the way of him achieving what most would consider unachievable for a man with the use of just 25 percent of his body.
The popular Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet was created to lower blood pressure, but new research says it can also reduce the risk of depression later in life. A study, to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in April, shows that the popular diet — rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and very few foods that are high in saturated fats and sugar — does more than what has been shown in multiple studies: Lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL) and body weight.
Imagine spending 20 percent of every paycheck on health care. That’s basically what the U.S. as a whole will be doing in 2026, according to a new federal government report published in the journal Health Affairs on Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to delay by two years a rule that would require states to use a standard method in monitoring how school districts identify and serve minority students with disabilities. The department first indicated in October that it was contemplating putting on hold the rule, which was finalized in December 2016, in the waning days of the Obama administration. On Friday, the department released a draft notice making that delay proposal official. The notice is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Feb. 27. Because the rule is already final, the department has to seek public comment before making changes to it. Commenters will have 75 days to respond to the notice once it is published.
‘Our Lives Are at Stake.’ How Donald Trump Inadvertently Sparked a New Disability Rights Movement | Time
One day last March, Kings Floyd’s boss came into work and asked if she’d like to get arrested. At first Floyd, 23, did a double take. Floyd has muscular dystrophy and worked at an organization that advocates for people with disabilities, but had never been very political. But when she learned about the Republican health care bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and make cuts to Medicaid, she decided to join more than 50 disability-rights activists in a protest in the Capitol Rotunda. Brand new to activism at the time, Floyd proudly recalls that she was one of the last people left chanting as police took protesters out of the rotunda one by one.
I am a student at an Ivy League university, where I plan to major in mathematics with a possible double major in government. I earned an A+ for my first college math class, Theoretical Calculus II, and have advocated in front of three New York State senators, the lieutenant governor and the state comptroller. I have actively participated in the sport of fencing for more than five years, and hope to one day become a certified referee. I have a rare congenital disorder called Larsen’s Syndrome which affects my muscular-skeletal system and has left me unable to walk. I require 24/7 nursing care, and assistance with many activities such as showering, preparing meals and transferring onto the toilet. I was baptized the day I was born for fear that I would not survive the night. I am one of the lucky ones.
Ripple effects of the #MeToo movement addressing sexual assault and harassment continue to cascade, from Hollywood to academia, sports to politics. For people like Pamela Stafford who are closest to those at particular risk of assault and harassment, such public conversations feel painfully overdue. “I don’t think there’s been as much of a ripple effect as we would like to see,” she said during an interview last week.
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