Among African-Americans, Sanders and Warren trail Biden, who is pushing a more moderate expansion of health insurance
There are more than one billion disabled people worldwide. That’s about one in seven people — and these numbers are only growing. People acquire disabilities through natural disasters, conflict, military service, age, climate change and disease (including diseases that we, as Americans, rarely see).
There are 466 million people in the world who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and products like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier help them communicate and interact with others. If people with disabilities need specialized technical support for Google’s products and services, they can go to Google Disability Support, and starting today, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) specialists to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through video chat, with help from Connect Direct through TELUS international.
The popular visual-effects technique has implications that could pave the way for a new era in moviemaking—for better or worse.
Drinking and going out for coffee shouldn’t be political but it is. With the bans on plastic straws, a new initiative toward sustainability has once again excluded disabled people–the elimination of to-go paper cups by a cafe in Oakland. Below is a sample of the conversation on ableism, classism, environmentalism & more.
New this season at the Milwaukee Bucks’ postgame news conferences: a sign language interpreter.
Flying can be stressful, painful, or simply impossible for wheelchair users. Critics say it doesn’t have to be that way.
When my husband decided he no longer wanted a wife with a disability, I was thrown into a struggle to rebuild my life.
Five people moved in tandem down a trail, connected by a wheelchair unlike any other. This hiking trail, popular with Bend, Ore., families, is a testing ground for inventor Geoff Babb. One miscalculation about how to navigate a tight squeeze of boulders, and he could topple over the edge toward an ice-cold river below. But that’s not what worried Babb, who hasn’t walked since a stroke 14 years ago.
The Trump administration’s rule change would limit states’ abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.
Many older Americans take a variety of prescription drugs, yet new research suggests that combining various medications is not always wise.
The Power Of Purpose: How Saqib Shaikh And Microsoft Are Turning Disability Into An Engine For Innovation (Part 2) | Forbes
In developing the ground-breaking Seeing AI app, Saqib Shaikh and the team at Microsoft were driven by this simple but powerful re-framing he articulated, “What if we could look at disability as an engine of innovation?” “There’s so many examples where the technologies we rely on today where inspired or influenced by disability, from speech recognition and text to speech to the touch screen itself. There’s this terminology of inclusive design where if you focus in on one person’s needs, then actually doing that can help you create solutions which benefit a broader population. With seeing AI, we focus in on the needs of people who are blind or low vision, but in doing that I believe it also helps us make better products for all customers,” said Shaikh.
Esther Courtney and Ruth Dunlap were strangers a little over a year ago, but today, they’re the “Golden Pioneers,” part of a big co-living experiment to tackle a growing crisis with aging in America — loneliness and access to affordable senior housing.
The muscles of those who worked out looked like those of 25-year-olds and showed less of the inflammation that is tied to health problems as we age.
Double Jeopardy: How Poverty Targeting Mechanisms Unfairly Impact on Families with a Disabled Member | Development Pathways
In social protection policy, there is probably no better example of the unintentional consequences of well-intentioned policies than poverty targeting and, most especially, how it is carried out through the common use of Proxy Means Tests (PMTs) in particular when households include a disabled member. The goal of PMTs is to target only the ‘poorest of the poor’ with the aim of having the greatest impact on those in the lowest financial strata. While the goal is admirable, in reality such targeting fails to deliver, with generally high exclusion errors (rates of 50 per cent or more are common). In this respect, it is worthwhile considering that social insurance systems often use, as the measure of their efficacy, three recognised benchmarks: (1) quality; (2) effectiveness; and (3) efficiency. Based on those measures, poverty targeting programmes – in particular those using PMTs – are failures.
Over the last decade progress on gender and sexual orientation in the Western world has been palpable, yet not on disability. In Ireland, gay marriage has been sanctioned by a popular vote, something unimaginable even ten years prior. In the UK, gender pay gap reporting is now mandatory for all large companies. Yet when it comes to disability, we have not seen comparable progress. Why?
31% of Older Americans Expect This to Be Their Largest Expense in Retirement. And They’re Probably Right | The Motley Fool
Though retirement is an exciting milestone to look forward to, it’s also a scary one, at least from a financial perspective. Not having an incoming paycheck means having to rely on a combination of savings and Social Security to cover the bills, some of which have the potential to drop in retirement, and some of which have the potential to rise. The latter tendency applies to healthcare in particular. In fact, in a recent Nationwide survey, 31% of Americans ages 50 and over anticipate healthcare being their single greatest expense in retirement. And data from HealthView Services, a cost-projection software provider, supports this sentiment, as it estimates that the average healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year will spend an astounding $387,644 on healthcare during their golden years.
70% of local organizations ramp up response to opioid-related issues among older adults A new survey by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) reveals an untold story about the nation’s opioid epidemic—how the crisis is eroding the quality of life of older adults and the ability of local organizations to serve them.
“Don’t trust anyone over 30.” It’s a line made famous by ’60s activist Jack Weinberg when a San Francisco Chronicle reporter interviewed him about the ongoing Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley.
How about aging senior citizens in our mid- to late-60s and beyond trying to take care of parents living to their 90s and 100s? It’s taking a toll on us seniors physically, mentally and financially to deal with these parents while we have age and health issues ourselves.
The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections. But rising rents, health care and other living costs mean that for many entering their retirement years, balancing the household budget can be a struggle. To get a better understanding of how much of a struggle, a team at the University of Massachusetts Boston established a benchmark against which to measure the financial security of Americans aged 65 and over. Jan Mutchler is Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging in the Gerontology Institute at UMass.
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