Jess T. Dugan, a photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, a social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, discovered their work had more in common than they realized. Dugan’s work focused on identity, gender and sexuality, specifically within the transgender community; Fabbre had been researching aging.=
For the disabled, a doctor’s visit can be literally an obstacle course — and the laws can’t help | Washington Post
Laws meant to prohibit discrimination against the disabled fall short when it comes to visiting the doctor’s office, leaving patients with disabilities to navigate a tricky obstacle course that not only leaves them feeling awkward but also jeopardizes their care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2013 and 2016, 36% of adult Americans consumed fast food on any given day. That’s one of three Americans eating a meal at fast-food eateries such as McDonald’s, Burger King or KFC. In fact, according to the recently published report, Americans who were younger dined on fast food more than older folks: Nearly 45% of people aged 20-39 did, compared with only 24% of consumers 60 years and older. African-Americans chose fast food at higher percentages than whites and Latinos.
For 31 days every October, pink ribbons and #BCAM hashtags flood our social media timelines with information about breast cancer. That’s because key cancer and medical groups declared October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month over 30 years ago to raise awareness about the disease and to push for increased funding for research. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women (lung cancer is the first). According to the National Cancer Institute, about 3.4 million U.S. women were living with breast cancer in 2015.
In 2018 news coverage regarding disability remains misleading and exploitative. When Professor Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in March, many reports undermined his discoveries as an astrophysicist with some emotional wallowing that he was ‘free’ from ‘being confined to his wheelchair’ referencing his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. When I read some of the obituaries dedicated to Hawking, they disappointingly reaffirmed that the media voice for the disability community is non-existent. This is more evident by not assigning someone who is disabled to report these events of public importance.
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time when we talk about job discrimination, show employers how much people with disabilities can contribute to a company and promote self-employment and entrepreneurship in the disability community. There’s no reason you shouldn’t hire a person with a disability. We make great employees. Statistics show we’re dedicated and reliable. Many of us think outside the box because we live outside the box.
Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman to serve on Supreme Court, announces probable Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to have served on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she was diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia “some time ago,” and likely has Alzheimer’s disease. “As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life,” O’Connor, 88, wrote in a letter released through the Court, and addressed to “friends and fellow Americans.”O’Connor, who served as associate justice on the Supreme Court from 1981 to January 2006, said she wanted to use the letter to “while I am still able, share some personal thoughts.”
On 6th Street and H Street NE, across the street from Whole Foods, a new kind of Starbucks opened Tuesday where Deaf and hearing employees alike primarily communicate in American Sign Language. As Matthew Gilsbach, the store’s Deaf manager explains, “this signing Starbucks will become a third space on H Street NE for Deaf people, especially with the direct access to communication that we offer here.” This new Starbucks, which is reopening after a brief renovation to add accessibility features, is based in part on the first signing Starbucks in Malaysia, where Deaf employees communicate in Malaysian Sign Language. The one on H Street NE, which took more than a year of planning, includes a staff of 25 that communicates primarily in ASL. According to Gilsbach, nineteen members of the staff are Deaf, and the rest are hearing (some are children of deaf adults, known as CODAs, whose first language was ASL).
Since the dawn of man, we’ve been searching for ways to escape our mortality. The long-sought “fountain of youth” may not lie in divine water or a miracle pill, but rather, in something as simple as the foods we eat and the way we live.
Playing games on an iPad or console is sometimes painted as a waste of time, but according to research out of Simon Fraser University, digital games can bring big health benefits to seniors. David Kaufman, who led the SFU research team, found there are benefits across the board from promoting mental stimulation to helping senior make friends.
The landmark report issued last week by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the international body for assessing climate change, warns that our planet will reach catastrophic levels of global warming, capable of provoking extreme drought, wildfires and floods, as early as 2030 unless action is taken. In order to turn this ship around, we’ll need all hands on deck. Yet an important group is missing from these urgent conversations: older people.
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