Proposed Changes To Social Security Disability Insurance Could Undermine Your Retirement Security, Even If You’re Not Currently Disabled | Forbes
In November 2019, the Social Security Administration released proposed changes to two programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI and SSI are both rooted in a very simple idea: people who can’t work due to an illness, injury, or other form of disability deserve to live, and nobody can live without money for housing, food, and other basic needs.
Free app helps manage caring for aging loved ones | WCVB
Taking care of an aging parent can be challenging. Keeping track of medications, appointments and then sharing all that with other family members. Now, there’s a new app designed to make it easier– even in an emergency situation.
A Woman With A Rare Disability Said She Was Nervous To Post Sexy Photos Because Of Comments. Then She Began Reading The Comments. | BuzzFeed
A 21-year-old woman with a rare physical condition is receiving floods of comments from strangers hyping her up after she nervously posted ~sexier~ photos online. “I usually don’t post pictures of myself when I have a nice dress on or when I go out…because I get nervous about comments since I’m not society’s view of disability,” Nila Morton told BuzzFeed News. “I decided that I should just post it because I felt beautiful and sexy.”
More Trainings Are Not the Answer to Police Violence Against Disabled People | Truthout
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) recently announced it would be hiring an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance officer. The ADA compliance officer will be brought on to monitor CPD’s accordance with federally mandated ADA regulations, implement new policies for CPD and provide disability-related training. While the compliance officer may not have “police power,” they would be closely working with law enforcement officers.
Most Americans think novel coronavirus is a real threat, poll say | PBS NewsHour
Most Americans think novel coronavirus poses a real threat to public health with worry more widespread among older Americans, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
10 Short, But Important Reads for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month | New York Jewish Week
February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) — the Jewish community’s unified national initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. Throughout the year on The New Normal: Blogging Disability, we are proud to focus on the voices of people with disabilities as well as their family members, educators, advocates and community members speaking about disability and Jewish life. Still, we appreciate how JDAIM shines an extra light on the importance of disability inclusion throughout the month and hope that you’ll read these 10 short essays from New Normal contributors.
Challenges persist 30 years after Americans with Disability Act | Sa Francisco Chronicle
At first glance, recent official employment rates from the Department of Labor appear strong, with monthly rates in 2019 averaging just 3.7%, the lowest annual average figure since 1969.
It must be noted, however, that the monthly rates which generated this figure are more than misleading since they don’t account for real unemployment — those 5.4 million workers who’ve become discouraged and stopped looking for work or who are “part time of necessity.” The current “real” unemployment figure is, in contrast, 6.7%.
Disability Etiquette Lessons From A Campaign Encounter Gone Wrong | Forbes
On Thursday, January 31, a video appeared on Twitter showing a young man in a wheelchair and talking with an electronic speech device, meeting former Vice President and current Presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in New Hampshire. The video quickly circulated within the online disability community, garnering a lot of negative reactions. While the policy, political, and electoral implications of this encounter and video may not be clear, the incident does offer valuable real-life lessons for politicians and other professionals on how to behave when meeting people with disabilities. While in some ways the encounter and responses to it demonstrate the progress disabled people are making in the world of politics, it also reminds us how not to behave with disabled people if our intent is to show true appreciation and respect.
Congressman looks to re-establish Aging Committee in House | McKnight’s Senior Living
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced a resolution to re-establish a Permanent Select Committee on Aging in the U.S. House of Representatives more than 25 years after the committee disbanded amid budgetary woes. Under H. Res. 821, introduced Jan. 30, the committee would not have legislative jurisdiction but would:
LeadingAge Expert Robyn Stone: ‘Career Lattices,’ Healthy Relationships Key to Keeping In-Home Care Staff | Home Health Care News
Home health and personal care aides are often referred to as “the eyes and ears” of the U.S. health care system. Still, they’re infrequently used in care teams and often undervalued by the providers they work for. Changing the recognition of in-home care professionals is going to take hard work, innovative approaches and dedicated advocacy, according to Dr. Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge and director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston.
I Performed at the Super Bowl. You Might Have Missed Me.| The New York Times
It was an act of both patriotism and protest. And it brought both joy and frustration. As a child of immigrants, a grandchild of refugees, a Deaf woman of color, an artist and a mother, I was proud to perform the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language at the opening of the Super Bowl on Sunday. I accepted the invitation to represent the National Association of the Deaf in partnership with the National Football League because I wanted to express my patriotism and honor the country that I am proud to be from — a country that, at its core, believes in equal rights for all citizens, including those with disabilities. So while Yolanda Adams and Demi Lovato sang on the 50-yard line at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, I signed along on the 40.
World Cancer Day | February 4, 2020
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