The Trump administration is considering a legal definition of gender as immutable and fixed at birth, the most drastic in a series of moves. The move would be the most significant of a series of maneuvers to exclude the population from civil rights protections. The Trump administration has sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military and has legally challenged civil rights protections for the group embedded in the nation’s health care law.
How much do you know about the history of disability? If the answer is “not a lot,” you’re not alone. The voices and experiences of disabled people are often nowhere to be found in history books and even museums. But at Buffalo’s Museum of disABILITY History, they take center stage. The museum’s mission is to advance the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. It does so by laying out a history of both pain and triumph.
There’s probably a lot you don’t know about D.C.’s Gallaudet University, the world’s only bilingual liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing. The school features U-shaped classroom setups to foster signing discussions and walls that contrast with skin tones so signers don’t blend into the background. In addition to creating a community of accessibility, Gallaudet’s also had a historic impact that reaches far beyond its campus.
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At a town hall for Democratic House candidate Antonio Delgado on Friday, a young man stirred up the crowd with a call for a government takeover of health care. “The answer is communism,” he shouted, sparking laughter and rebuttals from some of the dozens gathered in the lecture hall at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. The man added: “I’m serious.”
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time when advocates hope people recognize the issues people with disabilities face when seeking employment while also celebrating their various contributions to the workforce. According to the Department of Labor, in the United States, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 9.2 percent in 2017, that’s more than twice that of those with no disabilities. Jared Burns, 20, of Chesterfield, was part of that statistic until someone took a chance on him. Tammy Burns, Jared’s mom, said he was hired by Gold’s Gym at Westchester Commons in August of 2017. “We started interviewing everywhere, we put in applications and interviewed and interviewed and lots of lots of shut doors.” Tammy Burns said.
Indonesia’s capital hosted the third-ever Asian Para Games this month with the theme “The Inspiring Spirit and Energy of Asia,” aiming to promote awareness and empowerment for people with disabilities. But while recent years have seen some progress when it comes to disability rights, activists say the country still has a long way to go.
Rural Americans are preoccupied with the problems of opioid and drug addiction in their communities, citing it as a worry on par with concerns about local jobs and the economy, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “For many years, the opioid crisis was seen as affecting only a few states — West Virginia, Kentucky and New Hampshire among others. But it never was just about those states,” says poll co-director Robert J. Blendon, a professor of public health and health policy at Harvard. “It’s now at the same level of a very serious economic plight that people are really worried about. It affects elections, and it affects how people elected from rural areas view their priorities.”
People with disabilities, now the largest minority group in this country, are largely misunderstood by business leaders, managers, and well, a lot of people. And at the same time, C-suite executives are doing a lot to bridge the disability gap and ditch bias. But disability advocates say the research and statistics on people’s understanding of the disability community are still dismal. How do we meet in the middle? How do we have the tough conversations that will inspire both sides?
Stylist Stephanie Thomas helps her clients find smart, fashionable looks and wants to make adaptive clothing more readily available.
I’m a tenured, deeply qualified New York City teacher, but some only see my disability. At least my students know the impact I can make in the world. The morning of my job interview brought excitement and anxiety. At the same time, I felt prepared and confident. It was the beginning of 2017 and already I had gone through three rounds of phone interviews, all rigorous, yet fair. This final interview would be our first face-to-face meeting. After passing through such an extensive interview process, backed by my impeccable credentials, I felt this meeting would be a formality.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” is a gothic novel written by Oscar Wilde in 1890. It’s been adapted into film several times, and the lead character appears on the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful,” among many other Hollywood iterations. The story is about a man named Dorian Gray who has a portrait of himself that ages while he remains young and beautiful. This book is obviously a work of fiction, but if we flip the premise, Wilde’s story has a real-life counterpart. I’m talking about all the actors who are running around getting older while their headshots never age. This happens because they refuse to get new ones that reflect their mortality. And sometimes it happens because their image has been retouched the same way construction workers sandblast the exteriors of old buildings.
isability Rights Arkansas released a report today that says half of Arkansas polling places present obstacles to accessibility to the disabled. The group, which surveyed most polls in the state, urged the secretary of state and state Board of Election Commissioners to take immediate steps to move polling place to accessible locations or make current polls accessible. It urged state monitoring to be sure the work has done. Said a release: “Twenty-eight years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law,and sixteen years since the Help America Vote Act became law. It is inexcusable that roughly half of the polling places we surveyed have some physical barrier that could prevent a person with a disability from exercising their right to vote,” said Tom Masseau, Executive Director.
Everything can be more challenging when you have a disability, and being part of the workforce can add even more challenges. The month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website, this year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”
The nation’s top health official proposed on Monday that pharmaceutical companies be required to include the list price of medicines in television advertisements to consumers — the boldest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration to curb rampant drug spending. Under a major change laid out by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and drafted as a new federal rule, drug manufacturers would need to disclose in ads the list price of a 30-day supply of any drug that is covered through Medicare and Medicaid and costs more than $35 a month.
Find professionals who understand that your disability isn’t the first thing about you – that you’re a pregnant woman first and foremost. Chances are, you’ll be under a consultant’s care – their support is important. A pragmatic, helpful and sensitive midwife is also critical. Find out if the same midwife can be with you during the birth.
Go to the hospital to check access routes if you use a wheelchair. When the time comes, check you can stay on the labour suite, even if you’re not ready to give birth – endless logistical to-ing and fro-ing is energy-sapping. Find out if you can labour and deliver your baby in water; you may find it easier to get into positions for a calmer birth.
An injection to treat a persistent cough and high fever when she was five years old resulted in Jemimah Kutata having a physical disability. But this was also the beginning of a journey as a rights activist. A day after receiving the injection, Jemimah Kutata was unable to walk and her parents took her back to the hospital. Doctors advised them to make a parallel bar – a device designed to assist patients with walking following an injury or disability – to aid their child in walking exercises until her leg muscles gain strength. But this did not help her as expected.
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