‘A Dangerous Son’ Trailer: Liz Garbus Chronicles Children Struggling With Mental Illness in a Chaotic World | Indie Wire
Prolific documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus is currently preparing to debut her new series “The Fourth Estate” at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, but she’s already got another brand-new feature ready to go. Her latest film, “A Dangerous Son,” will premiere on HBO early next month, chronicling the stories of three young children with mental illness, and the struggles their families endure to get them help, even when resources are limited and support is in short supply.
Nearly one in five people have a disability, but just 2% of publicly available imagery depicts their lives. The photo company, alongside Oath and the National Disability Leadership Alliance, is working to change that.
Everyone is having fewer babies in the U.S.—except women in their 40s.
Women in the United States are having children at record low rates, according to the latest statistical release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, births were down 2 percent from 2016 and were at their lowest in 30 years. In fact, the only American women who are consistently having more babies than before are those over 40. Births among Hispanic and white women declined slightly, according to the CDC, but among black women, they remained steady. Fertility has generally been declining among women in their 20s and rising among women in their 30s and 40s for several years. The fertility rate was around replacement level—the rate at which a generation can replicate itself—until 2008, and it’s been declining since.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller shows that game companies can do a lot more to accommodate players with motor disabilities. | Motherboard
Today Microsoft is revealing the Xbox Adaptive controller to meet the needs of the disabled gaming community. It looks nothing like the ergonomic game console controllers we’ve come to recognize over the years, but it could make gaming more accessible than ever. It has a large, flat frame that can fit snugly on a player’s lap, or sit on a surface using its four domed rubber feet to grip. The idea is to give players as many adaptive options as possible, to meet the mobility needs of as many gamers as possible. The buttons allow for less force, lower accuracy while pressing, and a larger surface to work with.
Disability rates among working-age adults are shaped by race, place, and education | Brookings Institute
A smaller share of people in their prime working years (25-54) are employed now than in decades past, and some have wondered whether disabilities and health problems have played a role in that decline. People with disabilities have much lower employment rates than people without disabilities, and disabilities are one of the most commonly cited reasons for not working. Moreover, a recent Brookings report identified particular subgroups among the out-of-work as having disproportionately high rates of disability.
Shortage of home health workers forcing young Minnesotans with disabilities into institutions | Minneapolis Star Tribune
Every so often, Korrie Johnson closes her eyes and tries to forget that she is a healthy 25-year-old living in a nursing home surrounded by older people with dementia and other debilitating conditions. Time and again, reality intrudes. In the past year, more than a dozen of her new friends at the GracePointe Crossing nursing home in Cambridge, Minn., have died of various health problems. Staff wearing hospice badges pass through the hospital-like corridors outside her room. Propped on her pillow is a stuffed animal given to her by a resident just days before his death. “This is no place for someone my age,” said Johnson, who has cerebral palsy and limited mobility of her limbs. “I love these people, but I feel like I’m missing out on life every day that I’m stuck here.”
Right now in the U.S., people with disabilities can be stripped of their right to vote in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It happens like this: In families that include an adult with a developmental disability or mental illness, a guardian may be chosen to assist with management of their loved one’s finances and health care decisions. Judges are also empowered to make decisions regarding voter participation competency during these guardianship proceedings. What does that mean, exactly? It means judges can simply check a box that terminates a basic civil right ― potentially permanently ― often with no warning to the voter or the family.
In a 2017 study, AARP found that 95 percent of people ages 65 and older preferred to stay in their own homes as they aged. It’s a process known as aging in place – in which older homeowners retrofit their homes to accommodate growing older. It’s a popular alternative to relocation, whether it’s to a nursing home or retirement facility. Staying in your own home as you grow older offers many benefits. Homeowners can enjoy a stronger sense of safety, comfort, independence, and privacy. Though the renovation cost may be high, it can still be cheaper to age in place than it would be to move to an assisted-living facility.
Gen Z or iGen, the youngest generation of adults, report feeling more lonely than previous generations. Here’s how parents can help the next one. Who here likes to feel lonely? Likely no one. Yet after some 20,000 people participated in a new nationwide survey published by Cigna, a global health service company, Americans are lonelier than ever, with almost 50 percent of those surveyed feeling left out or lonely.
Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the tech giant discusses its work helping people with disabilities. Austin Pruitt, a two-time US Paralympian, walked me over to a racing wheelchair that he set up for a stationary workout routine. Pruitt has cerebral palsy from the knees down, which forces him to walk slowly, but he’s able to compete on the world stage by racing in a wheelchair. He said he used to set up a bunch of trackers on his chair to log his workouts, but now uses just an Apple Watch instead.
I want to tell you a little something about my parents. I grew up just outside of Barcelona, a child of two highly successful professionals. My father was a nurse and my mother was a doctor. Naturally, I took to studying science — and after high school I even did one year of med school, before eventually devoting my time fully to basketball. I sometimes think about what would have happened if I had stuck with medicine and followed in my parents’ footsteps.
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