A federal disability rights trial against a Bozeman landlord expected to finish on Friday was extended to next week after the plaintiff’s case rested Friday afternoon. Bozeman landlord Jaclyn Katz is being sued by former tenant Kristen Newman for housing discrimination after she said Katz coerced her into a lease, forced her to pay an illegal pet deposit for an exempted service animal, and threatened to evict her when she brought up her civil rights.
Imagine feeling tired, achy and flu-like one day and facing near-complete organ failure the next, as your body’s immune system goes haywire and attacks your vital organs. That’s the way three women with Chicago ties describe their traumatic ordeals with lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America, based in Washington, D.C. The foundation has designated May as Lupus Awareness Month, and May 10 as World Lupus Day.
Shopping for and choosing clothes is challenging enough that an entire industry of stylists, magazine editors and fashion bloggers has been created to help. But imagine if your parameters included more than finding a sweater to complement your eye color, or a backpack to match your sneakers. Imagine if you were unable to use your arms to do anything (let alone get dressed), or used a wheelchair and needed to have easy access to a catheter, or had a spine with a significant convex curve that made pressing up against any flat surface painful, or had muscles that spasm.
It’s no secret that Americans are living longer and working longer or that both trends are likely to continue. People over 65 made up 13% of the U.S. population in 2000; they’re now 19% and are expected to be 32% by 2022. AARP estimates that Americans over 50 now spend $7.1 trillion annually and, as their numbers grow, that figure will more than double, to $15 trillion by 2020. So why aren’t American businesses preparing better for the future of aging, to serve their employees and their customers? And what should they be doing?
As a young woman, I had no particular desire to be a mother. I was neither for nor against having and raising a child, and as things were at the time, the opportunity had not presented itself. That changed when I was 29 and met Jim, the man who would become my husband. In 2002, not long after we married, I gave birth to my son.
Many seniors won’t fare well under the American Health Care Act, which passed the House last week. I’m not trying to scare you, but the GOP’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, may mean the amount you need to save for retirement just got higher. “Americans face two big problems as they get older: a shortage of retirement savings and the skyrocketing cost of health care,” wrote Ben Steverman for Bloomberg in “Washington is making it tougher to retire.”
In many ways, the life that Karen Kanter and Stan Tobin share in Philadelphia sounds entirely typical. Both 75, they happily see movies and plays together, visit children and grandchildren, try new restaurants (but avoid sushi). Mr. Tobin, an accountant who maintains a small tax practice, makes time for a monthly men’s group. A retired middle-school teacher, Ms. Kanter hustles between book and art appreciation groups while volunteering and writing a historical novel.
The first time I started to think about my privilege as a disabled person was about six years ago, when I got worried about whether or not my college’s disability services would provide me with housing accommodations. “Don’t smile too much. Act serious. Otherwise, they won’t believe that you’re sick,” my parents would say right before meetings with disability services. After spending years trying to understand what it means to be disabled, I’ve realized how deeply important it is for me to advocate for people with disabilities (PWD) and share my personal experiences of pain, confusion, and, ultimately, privilege.
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Campaigners call for more to be done to ensure those whose disability impacts them ‘socially or behaviorally’ get better support from police, prosecutors and wider community.
A woman who lost her job at a Belfast advice centre has been awarded £18,886 in damages, after being discriminated against. A tribunal found Maria McKeith’s dismissal from the Ardoyne Association was linked to her role as primary carer for her disabled daughter. This was contrary to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, it said. Ms McKeith worked part-time for the association from 2010 until she was dismissed in March 2015.
May is the annual celebration of Older Americans Month, marked each year with a Presidential proclamation and a range of activities at the national, state and local level to celebrate the success story associated with the aging of America. During this month, it is also good to review the real numbers that reveal how our society is truly aging.
Everyone ages differently, and Bethel Lutheran Church wants people to understand the changes they may face. The church will present the program “Changes, Challenges, Choices” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Highlands Campus. The event will feature author Connie Goldman and Aging and Disability Resource Center Administrator Brad Beckman. For Goldman, the title fits the topic perfectly. Aging is about realizing the changes, taking on its challenges and making choices that work best for the individual person.
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