On April 22, 1970, CBS News marked the first ever Earth Day with a special report anchored by Walter Cronkite. “The gravity of the message of Earth Day still came through: act or die,” Cronkite said at the time. CBS News correspondents reported on protests, clean-up efforts, and calls to action from all over the country. It was the start of the modern environmental movement. Now 49 years later, we are covering the environmental issues of the day — this time from every corner of the globe.
In honor of Autism Awareness Acceptance Month, the children’s show introduced Julia’s family, hoping to take away the isolation some families may feel.
Individuals, their families and friends, and even doctors, need to be proactive, rather than reactive, to a dementia diagnosis. John DenBoer, a clinical neuropsychologist and dementia researcher, was studying the brain and how it works when his grandmother began to develop dementia. She was one of the most important people in his life, and even though he was an expert on this disorder and others like it, he felt helpless.
It has become increasingly common for staff at the Disability Resource Center to find a sign on a colleague’s door warning them someone is taking a test inside. The Senate Committee on Student Affairs is authoring a letter requesting the University of Minnesota address a recurring and intensifying issue for campuses’ disability resource centers: lack of adequate testing space.
The number of students requesting testing accommodations has been steadily increasing across all five system campuses. But on some campuses, disability resource centers are struggling to keep up, especially during high-demand times like midterms and finals. Staff routinely give up their offices so students can test in private.
An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England.
Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the community, close to their families. NHS England committed to halving the numbers in hospitals, but achieved 19%. It said it was investing in community care to help hundreds more people.
Pennsylvania residents seeking disability benefits will have a new step to consider | Philadelphia Inquirer
Starting Saturday, anyone in Pennsylvania who is denied federal disability benefits and wants to appeal will go through a new step that the Social Security Administration says is meant to reduce a large case backlog — but that advocates fear will do the opposite. For the last 10 years, Pennsylvania and nine other states had a special exception to the rule that a person denied disability benefits after an initial application had to submit to a second examiner for “reconsideration” before appealing to an administrative law judge. Pennsylvanians could skip that extra step.
Facebook has said it will be providing extra training for its staff after a disability rights activist was told “disability was disturbing to some people” by a representative of the social media giant.
A new study finds that older Americans with risk factors for harming themselves or others don’t seem to be any less likely to have access to firearms than anyone else their age.
Since 2008, the share of the U.S. population age 65 and older has steadily increased –now reaching over 15% of the total population. This number is projected to continue to climb as more and more baby boomers cross the threshold into their golden years. The growing prevalence of seniors is changing the American economy, increasing the need for medical professionals who can help people stay healthy as they age. Americans who can afford to retire comfortably look for communities that can meet their changing lifestyles and needs, such as quality medical care. Seniors who can afford to move in retirement tend to cluster in certain parts of the country that have the best services for people in their age group.
News flash: Just because you (or your partner) cannot get pregnant does not mean you get a free pass to not practice safe sex. Unfortunately, this is a fact that many older Americans are realizing the hard way. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to show rising rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adults 65 and older.
Music and dance are such universal parts of the human experience. They are a fundamental to who we are. So, why is it that so many people assume the Deaf or hearing impaired community aren’t a part of these vibrant forms of expression? Let us introduce you to Shaheem Sanchez. He is a dancer on a mission to change the way the world understands the relationship between dance and the Deaf community. His work illustrates that it’s not hearing the music that is so inspiring—music and dance are so much more than just what we can hear.
Today, the U.S. population includes nearly 50 million adults over the age of 65. Members of this demographic control substantially greater assets and net worth than any younger generation.
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