Many people call themselves influencers, but Sinéad Burke is helping to redefine the term. At 27, Burke has become a vocal representative for the disabled, speaking out for a group whose needs have been ignored by fashion. At 3 feet 5 and a half inches tall, Burke is a little person, and though the community includes an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. and more than 600,000 in the world, it has never had such a visible fashion advocate. In the middle of a whirlwind 2018 that has seen her grace magazine covers shot by Tim Walker, meet with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and collaborate with powerhouse brands like Burberry, Burke has done plenty to push the needle forward—and she’s only getting warmed up. “Surreal is probably the best word to describe the last year,” she says on the phone from Dublin. “I have lived my whole existence as somebody who is very physically identifiable and often that brings harassment, but I am [now] coming into the stage where my presence on the Internet and visibility within fashion circles is growing.”
Like most high school students, we have spent years studying American history — from the cultures of the Native Americans to the Revolutionary War, right up to the 21st century. Yet when we look closely at the story of who we are as a nation, we find little, if anything, about the history of people with disabilities. This is not surprising. The extent of what most Americans know about disability is limited — we see bright blue logos plastered on parking spaces or hear accounts of friends with challenges. We may know people with autism or dyslexia. We may see loved ones with permanent injuries or physical ailments. But for many, the understanding ends there.
Tammy Duckworth: Brett Kavanaugh Would Put Businesses Ahead of Americans With Disabilities on the Supreme Court | Time
When I first woke up at Walter Reed in November 2004, I had no idea that I was disabled.
I had no idea that, in the blink of an eye, I had lost both my legs when a grenade tore through the helicopter I was piloting just north of Baghdad. It took me days to recognize the reality of my disability, months to learn how to walk again and years to get used to the constant, hammering pain that’s still there, even when I’m just sitting down.
With a master’s degree in computer science and 30 years of experience working for technology companies, Tom Middleton had little doubt he would soon find new employment after losing his job a decade ago as a software engineering manager at Kyocera in San Diego.
A recent poll suggests many doctors aren’t warning elderly patients of the risks when prescribing painkillers.
Do you ever feel that advertisers and marketers don’t understand, or really speak to, people over 50? That they’re missing what 21st century aging is all about? Then you’ll be interested to see what advertising executive Nadia Tuma-Weldon says. She’s the senior vice president and director of McCann Truth Central — a division of the advertising behemoth McCann Worldgroup — and author of its fascinating recent report, Truth About Age.
Rebecka Snell, 65, says she knew that if she and her husband Vic Labson were to continue living in their 1960s ranch home in Lakewood, Colo., improvements would have to be made to create a safer and more enjoyable space. Moving the washer and dryer from the walk-out basement to the main level was high on her wish list. “It was not just going up and down stairs; it was carrying laundry baskets up and down the stairs,” Snell said.
LONDON, says Tony Dennis, a 62-year-old security guard, is a city of “sociable loners”. Residents want to get to know each other but have few ways to do so. Tonight, however, is different. Mr Dennis and a few dozen other locals are jousting at a monthly quiz put on by the Cares Family, a charity dedicated to curbing loneliness.
The U.S. population is aging. By 2035, older people will outnumber people under 18 for the first time in American history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unity Biotechnology is a company designing drugs and treatments that can make a person functional and free of the diseases associated with aging for as long as possible.
The company — backed by Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel —went public in May and is listed on NASDAQ.
Offended by labels like ‘elderly’ and ‘old,’ older adults try on new generational descriptions; Perennial ‘sounds like a plant’
People living with disability are largely excluded from conversations about sexuality, and face overlapping barriers to sexual expression that are both social and physical. Media portrayals of sexuality often focus on a visual and verbal vocabulary that is young, white, cisgender, heterosexual and … not disabled. My research into inclusive design explores how design can – intentionally or unintentionally – exclude marginalised or vulnerable people, as well as how design can ensure that everyone is included. That might mean design of the built environment, everyday products, or even how information is presented.
Robert Rodriguez, who has been an amputee since he was 10 months old, uses his disability to connect with others who have recently suffered the loss of a limb.
It is time to destigmatize and expand online learning opportunities for college students with disabilities, Brittany Collins argue
As America’s population ages, experts are exploring how best to keep older people with multiple chronic illnesses healthy. A new study suggests that coordination between physicians may be key.
Aging for Amateurs: Alzheimer’s patients teach us the wisdom of retelling the same stories | The Post and Courier
“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” A mild protest that usually follows a tall tale! But some recent experience with old people with dementia has made me think about it in a different way. A few years back, my role as a hospice chaplain took me to the bedside of a 93-year-old man. Alzheimer’s had altered his brain function for the last six years of his life. Now he was dying of leukemia. His two daughters were there and they talked about their father while his wife sat in a wheelchair by his bed and held his hand. She also had Alzheimer’s and could no longer carry on a conversation. She just kept repeating, tears flowing, “We’ve been married for 73 years, you know.”
Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, by Ari Houser, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kathleen Ujvari, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, was released days ago. The jam-packed 84-page AARP reference report gives state and federal policymakers comparable state-level and national data culled from a large number of research studies and data sources, some of the data gleaned from original sources.
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“There’s a couple of reasons why we don’t traditionally include the disability community with the broader civil rights folks,” Rebecca tells Erica. “I think one of [them] is, traditionally we always just think about it as, frankly, white dudes in wheelchairs. We’re not talking about disabilities and diseases that are specific to communities, things like sickle cell anemia. We’re not talking often about people with postpartum depression. We don’t often talk about people with chronic illness, things like lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. We don’t often talk about mental illnesses. We don’t talk about eating disorders. We don’t talk about people who are cancer survivors often. And all of these communities are actually part of the 57 million people with disabilities.”
We are excited to release http://RestroomMap.com ! This site locates gender-neutral & single occupancy (family) restrooms throughout the US. Check it out & pin a restroom. Let’s make this go viral so those who need it can use it & restrooms can be pinned in every community.
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