A non-profit from Bend is partnering with the Mt. Ashland Ski Area to offer a special program for people in the community that might not normally get the chance to ski. Founded 23 years ago, Oregon Adaptive Sports has always been focused on providing an opportunity for people with disabilities. The two partners have been working for the past several days building up to a launch that was held on Sunday to showcase the new program.
For those seeking justice in Staten Island’s cramped Family Court, the decade closed as it began: with unfulfilled promises of a new home that would be accessible to all. The nearly century-old, two-story courthouse on Richmond Terrace has no elevator, making it nearly impossible for anyone who can’t climb stairs to reach courtrooms on the upper floor.
As a neuroscientist, professor emeritus of psychology, musician and best-selling author, Daniel Levitin has extensively studied the brain and its impact on aging. His latest book, “Successful Aging,” explores the questions: what happens in the brain as we age and what are the keys to aging well? NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker recently spoke to Levitin to learn more
Disability rights to take center stage as Minnesota Legislature sets to convene | Minnesota Start Tribune
In a rare show of unity, state legislators and disability rights advocates are gearing up for a major push to reform Minnesota’s $3 billion assistance program for people with disabilities and break down decades-old barriers to inclusion and independence.
An article in today’s Wall Street Journal came to my attention: “The End of Retirement,” by John D. Stoll. The gist of the article is likely not new to readers who follow the subject closely: on the one hand, we’ll need to adjust our expectations on when to retire, but, on the other hand, we’ll be happy in those jobs so it’s a win, not a loss, to continue working.
Natural skepticism of politics, and past disappointments aside, it’s really starting to look like political candidates are taking disabled voters and disability policy seriously. On January 2, Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced a new policy platform titled: “Protecting the Rights and Equality of People with Disabilities.” It’s scope and level of detail is impressive by any measure, and compared with what disabled voters and activists have been used to over the last 20 years, it would have been genuinely exceptional all by itself.
Back in October, Book Riot reported on the $41 million newly opened Hunters Point Library in Queens, which has three floors that are only accessible by stairs. This construction project began in 2010 and was completed and opened on September 12th, 2019. It is astonishing to think that in the approximately nine years of this project, planners seemingly did not consult with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) experts, advocates for people with disabilities, or even librarians who work with a wide range of patrons each day—any of whom would likely flag the accessibility issues with the design. When this story originally broke, the Hunters Point Library first claimed their library did meet ADA legal requirements, because their plan was to have librarians retrieve books for patrons who could not access the top three floors of the library by walking. Of course, this is not a sustainable solution, nor does it take into account consideration for the accessibility needs of librarians working in that library.
Healthy aging stories always inspire me, especially about older athletes. This one was a jaw-dropper, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As reported by CNN and New York affiliate WHAM, a man broke into the house of 82 year old Willie Murphy, first trying to fool her that he was ill and needed an ambulance. She called the police, and when she wouldn’t let him in he angrily broke open the door. Undoubtedly, he never expected the 105 pound woman inside, alone in semi-darkness to take him on, but that’s exactly what she did. Grabbing the first thing she could—a table—she promptly smashed it over him, breaking it. She used the metal table legs to beat him to the floor.
Older adults tend to be more accepting of individual differences, can regulate their emotions better and focus on the good stuff. So, who doesn’t want to get old? Sadly, many people. Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: A neuroscientist sheds new light and insights into the notion of aging and what it can mean for the individual and society.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by former President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to outlaw discrimination based on disability.
Still, people with disabilities are far more likely than nondisabled people to be unemployed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey in 2017, people with disabilities were about 2.5 times as likely to be unemployed than people without disabilities.
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