As we look to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this month, it still amazes me at how many businesses are not compliant regarding the accessibility of their establishments. As a wheelchair user who frequents cafés on trips and in hotels, I find that there are accessibility stumbling blocks to ensure that my experience as a patron is enjoyable and will earn my repeated business. The disabled dollar should never be underestimated or underappreciated; we have the right to feel included and welcomed in your businesses not only by the staff, but by accessible design and navigation as well.
Daryl Howard turns 65 in October. He has a Glock .45-caliber handgun stored in his desk at home, but hopes never to use it. “It’s not something that’s taken lightly,” Howard says on a weekday afternoon, in his second-floor Dallas apartment. “For me, there was no second option. It was something I felt was really necessary for me to be safe.” Howard, who says he owns his gun for protection, is in good health. Getting a handgun license 15 years ago did not raise much of a fuss for his children, or son-in-law, Justin Allen.
Twelve thousand dollars a year. For many people with disabilities, living off this meager amount a year is customary. While poverty is on the rise in the U.S., the widening wealth gap between rich capitalists and the working class disproportionately impacts people with disabilities. The model for providing a route out of poverty for the disability community is broken, and a comprehensive overhaul is overdue.
I spent 10 years in the Army, first in the Reserves and then on active duty, but much of my experience is neatly encapsulated by one incident, early in my first overseas tour during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003, when I almost took an unauthorized shower.
More than 90% of medical students with disabilities have conditions that aren’t obvious: learning disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, and chronic health conditions. Here’s why we need to make curricula — and peers and instructors — much more welcoming to learners with hidden disabilities.
A head of this weekend’s G20 summit in Japan, an elderly idol group called Obachaaan released a music video welcoming the new visitors to their city, Osaka. The energetic seniors dance and rap through the port city in the slapstick rap-style video, called “Oba Funk Osaka” — which charmed at least one world leader. “Like Japan, Singapore too has an aging population,” Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote in a Facebook post in reference to the demographic issue being on the global agenda at the G20 for the first time this year.
More Seniors Are Embracing Technology. But Can They Use It? UCSD Researchers Suggest Asking Them. | Forbes
We’re told older adults are embracing technology more than ever. And there’s no doubt that inventors in the digital space are scrambling to find ways to market their platforms and tools to them. (Think high tech wearables that monitor everything from blood pressure to daily steps taken, screen magnification, talk-to-text and even assistive domotics and home robots.) Still we all know at least one older person who can barely text let alone maneuver mobile apps. So while they may be purchasing laptops, smart phones and tablets and all of the possibilities they intend, many older adults say they still don’t feel confident about using them.
Certified financial planner Sean Fletcher of San Francisco knew his dad had an estate plan, complete with a health care directive detailing what medical treatment should be given in an emergency. When the father had a massive heart attack, though, no one knew where he kept those documents.
More than 1 in 4 American women workers today will experience a serious disability before reaching normal retirement age.*
It’s an epidemic from which no one is immune. Yet while opioid addiction continues to make headlines every day in America, much of the news focuses on what’s happening with young adults. But the truth is, no demographic is insusceptible to the risks of dependence and addiction—including older Americans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Medicare beneficiaries are now the fastest growing population with diagnosed opioid use disorder.
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