The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility.
It is easy to feel alone when dealing with issues around reproductive health. As a society, we are taught to be uncomfortable with the topic. The silence around this topic starts at home, with parents being uncomfortable talking to their kids about their reproductive and sexual health and this reticence affects our classrooms, where teachers often skirt the topic with abstinence only education. This is dangerous to all, but even more so to individuals with disabilities. Society often views disabled women as asexual and incapable, and because of this, they are often not exposed to even the most basic discussions of sexuality and reproductive health. This can leave disabled people susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and sexual abuse.
Posting a selfie in a cute bikini on a beach in Hawaii to Instagram or sharing protest pics on Twitter shouldn’t be grounds for being denied disability benefits, but if an expansion of social media surveillance at the Social Security Administration goes through, that’s exactly what could happen. An Instagram story from a low-pain day or a Facebook post with an old photo might be used against an applicant for disability benefits, a change from the status quo where the agency only looks at social media in cases of suspected fraud. Thanks to a New York Times story suggesting a tiny line item in the agency’s 2019 fiscal year budget overview will turn into a real policy, the disability community is very worried.
Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide bills as dangerous, discriminatory | Catholic News Agency
As multiple states consider assisted suicide legislation, disability activists are speaking out, saying the bills are slippery slopes that put the lives of people with disabilities at risk. Connecticut lawmakers are now considering HB 5898, “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying For Terminally Ill Patients,” which would permit doctors to prescribe lethal medication to people with less than six months to live. The patient would be permitted to self-administer the medication when they wish to end their life.
The College Admissions Scandal and the Trouble with Strictly Timed Standardized Tests | Pacific Standard
Faster doesn’t mean smarter. When we prioritize speed on the SAT, we discriminate against poor or disabled students—while we discount the importance of slower, deeper thinking.
Much of the current disability narrative is emphasizing the need for full participation and gainful employment highlighting the social, economic and commercial advantages of disability inclusion across the corporate landscape. Over the past several years non profits and more recently for-profit companies such as Accenture with their report entitled Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage has been engaged in research to develop metrics and provide companies a scorecard through investigating disability practices and financial performances of the 140 companies that participate in the Disability Equality Index (DEI). The DEI is a joint initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability: IN, the leading national business-to-business network focused on advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Post-9/11 active-duty veterans have disability rates significantly higher than those of previous generations, according to a government report. About 41 percent of those who served after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in Afghanistan, Iraq and other war zones have disability ratings from the Department of Veterans Affairs, compared to 25 percent of veterans of other eras, according to the annual survey of veterans employment and status by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Following backlash from patients with chronic pain and people in the disability community, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday found herself backpedaling on her recently introduced legislation to put a time limit on opioid prescriptions. The 2020 presidential contender sought to help “end the opioid epidemic” with legislation she introduced with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days.
According to the 2018 Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights from the Field – Reframing Aging Report, Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. There are 24 million Hispanic millennials in the country, accounting for almost half of the total U.S. Hispanic population. The majority of U.S. Hispanic millennials (73%) serve as caregivers, in some capacity, to their aging parents, grandparents and other family members. In fact, millennial family caregivers on average provide more than 20 hours per week in care. Roughly three in four millennial family caregivers are employed.
Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.
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Arizona State Legislator Jennifer Longdon Increases Disability Representation, But Still A Long Road | Forbes
Jennifer Longdon was a successful businesswoman until 2004 when she became a victim of a random shooting. After coming out of a medically induced coma, she discovered that she was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the bullet penetrating through her spinal cord. During that time, she struggled to stay afloat, and the situation drastically worsened when she lost her health insurance and source of income.
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