Barbara “B.” Smith dead at 70 | CBS News
It shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s helpful to remember that disabled people don’t always agree or get along with each other, even about disability itself and how to deal with its problems. Here is a fairly typical exchange between two disabled people …
Disability Mentoring Day teaches students with disabilities and special needs about employment opportunities in Lubbock | KCBD
A university denied Lex Frieden admission because he was disabled. Then he fought back. | Houston Chronicle
Lex Frieden vividly remembers when businesses, universities and politicians vigorously defended their right to deny services and employment to people with disabilities. For Frieden, it was Oral Roberts University denying him admission because he required a wheelchair. He still chokes up over the despair he felt for his future more than 52 years ago.
Eating a Mediterranean diet could have a positive effect within just one year for older adults, increasing “good” bacteria in their guts and decreasing the “bad” ones, new research suggests. A study of 612 people aged 65 to 79 in five European countries showed that by adhering to a Mediterranean diet for a year showed a wide range of positive effects on gut bacteria that indicate “healthy aging.”
News Analysis: More older Americans are on the job. And more are dying there, too | Los Angeles Times
U.S. workplaces have gotten a lot safer over the past century. In 1913, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 23,000 “industrial deaths,” or 61 for every 100,000 workers. In 2018, the number of what are now called “occupational fatalities” was 5,250, according to a BLS survey much more exhaustive than its 1913 precursor, or 3.5 for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.
Utah ranks as one of the best states in the country to live in for older Americans, according to the financial website 24/7wallst.com. The survey created an index of measures related to income, health, education, and environment in order to identify the best and worst states for older Americans.
Oklahoma ranks near the bottom for states for older Americans. According to 247WallSt.com, Oklahoma ranks 43 for states for older Americans. They compiled their report based on income, health, education, and the environment. According to the site, Oklahoma has the least healthy retirement-age population in the country.
Whatever else we may feel about the benefits and drawbacks of social media, it has produced at least one clear positive. Disability Culture is thriving online. Whether you are disabled yourself, have disabled people in your family, or are just interested, it is now easier than ever to explore and participate in Disability Culture. Here are some samples to get you started.
John High has diabetes, which led to his leg being amputated below the knee two years ago. He’s been using a wheelchair since then, and hasn’t gotten used to having to work out solutions to everyday problems — such as getting in and out of the shower in the small rental house he shares with his son in Norman, Okla. But when he hears a tornado siren blaring out its high-pitched warning he feels a spasm of fear and dread. In this situation, he’s on his own.
People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial that starts Tuesday in federal court in Orlando, Fla.
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