When Alice Wong was growing up in 1980s Indiana, she “always felt like the odd person out.” She was one of just a few Asian-Americans in her school and the only student with physical disabilities. “In many ways, not seeing myself represented or reflected in my social environment was the norm. I never thought it was odd,” Wong says. Wong, 44, has a form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy, characterized by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. As a young child, she could walk with the aid of a walker, but by the age of 7, that felt too exhausting, and she started using a wheelchair. In a time before the Americans with Disabilities Act was law, she remembers receiving physical therapy and riding to school in a wheelchair-accessible bus, but generally it was difficult for her to obtain services or accommodations for her disability.
For twenty years, Steve Heller has been the guru to amateur and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, PGA, LPGA, and MLB. They chose him based on his extensive knowledge of exercise physiology in relation to sports-specific training and post rehabilitation conditioning. He co-created Fore-Max Training at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Fore-Max was named one of the top four vacation workout programs in the world.
The Sunrise Senior Living community in Poland, Ohio, had a special sunrise last year. It was the morning that Sunrise employee Delonte Carter became a licensed nurse—an achievement made possible by the tutoring of one of the residents that Carter had cared for as an aide. After Carter, 25, failed his first attempt at the math entrance exam at a local nursing school, his manager suggested turning to resident Jean Williams, a veteran teacher with 47 years of experience. Williams was demanding. Two-hour sessions with no interruptions, outside of Carter’s regular work hours
If you are a disabled veteran, you might be eligible to receive Veterans Administration (VA) disability and Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) at the same time. VA disability benefits are available to military veterans who suffered a disability while on active duty. Social Security disability is available to disabled workers who have any kind of medical issue that prevents them from working. If you are approved for VA benefits and your condition is serious enough to keep you from working at all, you can apply for Social Security disability as well. You can receive both benefits monthly once you have been approved, and the two programs should not affect one another.
New Research Says Alzheimer’s And Other Dementias Will Hit Minorities Hardest In Coming Years | Forbes
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) will increase some 178% among all Americans aged 65 years and older by 2060, but Hispanic, African American and other racial and ethnic groups will see the fastest growing rates.
City settles disability discrimination case over lack of elevator at a satellite city hal | Hawaii News Now
The City and County of Honolulu along with the Civil Rights Commission has settled a disability discrimination case over accessibility issues at the Fort Street Mall Satellite City Hall.City officials say the case spawned from the lack of an elevator for individuals unable to use the stairs to enter the facility. The settlement was announced Wednesday, and calls for a review of the city’s non-discrimination policy, training for the staff at the location to ensure understanding of disability discrimination in public accommodations, and the maintenance of visible signs at the stairs and elevator. The complainant also received an undisclosed payout.
US Paralympians and Olympians will now earn equal payouts for medal performances as part of a continued effort to direct more resources to Paralympic sports, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) board of directors has decided.‘Operation Gold Awards’ for Paralympic athletes will be increased by as much as 400 percent. The U.S. Paralympic Team won 36 medals and topped the medals table at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, and the increased payments will be made retroactively for all medals won in 2018. This retroactive increase will place more than USD 1.2 million in the hands of 2018 Winter Paralympic medallists.
‘Good Doctor’ Writer David Renaud Aims at ‘Authentic’ Depictions of People With Disabilities | Variety
“The Good Doctor” is one of the few shows that puts an autistic character front and center. But the hit Sony TV-ABC series, which returns for its second season on Sept. 24, has another distinction. One of the writers, David Renaud, is a “good doctor” himself off-screen — and uses a wheelchair in daily life. Canadian-born Renaud, who goes by “Doc” in the writers room, went to medical school to find a cure for paralysis after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed at 19. “When I went to medical school, the campus was not even accessible. I can’t tell you how many times I had to go through kitchens or even be carried up stairs to go to class,” Renaud tells Variety.
It’s often said that natural disasters don’t discriminate—that no individual is more or less likely than another to fall victim to a large-scale natural disaster. But the truth is that people with disabilities—particularly those living in disaster-vulnerable, low-income communities1—endure disproportionate harm.2 For the purpose of this issue brief, the term “disability” includes those with physical and mobility disabilities; sensory disabilities such as Deafness or Blindness; and learning, mental health, neurodiverse, and intellectual or developmental disabilities. It also includes people with a chronic illness and/or in recovery for substance use disorders, as well as those with a history of these conditions. All these categories could include individuals aging into disability.
A prominent veteran in the Senate received a rude surprise last year when she came off a flight to have her wheelchair collapse underneath her. It was a window into a problem faced by many paralyzed and disabled veterans who are now suing the Department of Transportation, saying their wheelchairs have been lost or damaged by careless airlines. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, described her story in a 2017 letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
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