Watch Actress Ali Stroker’s Historic Tony Award Win
Ali Stroker uses her Tony Award Win to support and recognize talented individuals with disabilities. Though her win is heralded as a success by the disability community, many advocates noted the lack of accessibility at the Tonys – even on stage which also kept Ali from participating in the win for Oklahoma with her cast.
Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?
A team of researchers inside Pfizer made a startling find in 2015: The company’s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis therapy Enbrel, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, appeared to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 64 percent. The results were from an analysis of hundreds of thousands of insurance claims. Verifying that the drug would actually have that effect in people would require a costly clinical trial — and after several years of internal discussion, Pfizer opted against further investigation and chose not to make the data public, the company confirmed.
Researchers in the company’s division of inflammation and immunology urged Pfizer to conduct a clinical trial on thousands of patients, which they estimated would cost $80 million, to see if the signal contained in the data was real, according to an internal company document obtained by The Washington Post.
Do We Have to Call in the National Guard to Protect the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities? |Education Post
The question must be asked: What do we have to do to get school districts to follow the law and give students who are disabled the services they are legally entitled to receive? I’ll give you an example. Chicago Public Schools was illegally limiting access to special education services in an effort to keep costs down. It was bad enough that the state had to appoint a monitor to ensure the district complied with the law and delivered services to the students who needed them. After nearly a year of state monitoring, you would think we would see progress, right?
19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago today | CBS News
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, celebrates a big birthday on Tuesday, as it was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution.
Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them. | The New York Times
The rate of deaths after falls is rising for people over 75, a new study shows. But falls are avoidable for most seniors. We have some tips. As the population ages, the number of older Americans who die following a fall is rising. A study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA found that for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016.
The Latest: Disability rights group blasts treatment pilot | The Washington Post
The Latest on a San Francisco proposal to force some people with drug addictions and mental illness into treatment. Disability Rights California is criticizing San Francisco supervisors for approving a program that would force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment.
CDC changes to pneumonia vaccine could hurt older Americans | the Hill
When I learned about a pending decision to potentially eliminate a vaccination that is critical in keeping older adults healthy, I knew I had to speak up. I’m especially committed to this cause because I, myself recently lived through a bout of pneumococcal disease, which made me so sick, there were some moments that I thought I would die.
Health Care Ranks At The Top Of Americans’ Financial Woes | Kaiser Health News
The Gallup poll found that older Americans especially ranked health care as their top issue. High costs are likely to come into play in the 2020 election.
Diagnosed with ALS at 14, she’s now a disability lifestyle influencer | CNN Health
Lauren “Lolo” Spencer was that rambunctious girl you’d see on the playground: She loved running, street hockey and dancing. But when she turned 14, she started feeling fatigued and became concerned after noticing that her muscles had begun to weaken. “One night, I reached up to grab a plate out of the cupboard, and my hand dropped to the counter. My arm just completely dropped.”
Florida Plan for a Huge Database to Stop School Shootings Hits Delays, Legal Questions | Education Week
It was supposed to be operational six months ago, part of Florida’s wide-ranging effort to prevent the next school shooting: a sprawling new database that would merge people’s social media posts with millions of records on individuals who have been bullied, placed in foster care, committed a crime, or even been mentioned in unverified tips made to law enforcement. The plan, however, has sputtered, an Education Week investigation found.
Why People Hide Their Disabilities at Work | Harvard Business Review
Work is stressful. If you’re hiding a disability, the daily grind of early mornings, deadlines, and office politics is compounded into a far heavier burden. You live in fear of being discovered. You work overtime to mask your authentic self. But you aren’t alone.
The Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue | IdeaScale
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy(ODEP), through its ePolicyWorks initiative, is hosting this national online dialogue to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Please share your ideas, individual stories, and personal experiences illustrating the impact of Section 14(c) on the employment of people with disabilities. The goal of this online dialogue is to capture perspectives about Section 14(c) based on individual input from those “on the ground.” Information gleaned from the comments will then be summarized to provide an overview of Section 14(c) at the state and national levels to ODEP.
I’m a Disabled Teenager, and Social Media Is My Lifeline | The New York Times
I’m keenly attuned to the unwritten rules of social interaction. I can identify the subtle variations in people’s facial expressions, and I’m quick to read between the lines. And my discernment is not just on an intellectual level, but also at an intuitive level: I’m intimately familiar with the dance of social interaction.
Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Bill Dead at 52 | Rolling Stone
Bushwick Bill, a member of the Houston rap trio Geto Boys, has died at the age of 52. The rapper born Richard Shaw recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family,” the rapper’s publicist Dawn P. tells Rolling Stone. “There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.”
TWL: Andy Arias on Diversity in the Disability Movement | Tuesday’s with Liz
Disabled, Out and Proud. | Ability Tools
Champion Athlete Angela Madsen shares her perspective. It’s nearly impossible to encapsulate who Angela Madsen is in just a few words: She’s a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, an athlete who has earned multiple medals in multiple national and international sports, a Guinness World Record holder, the founder and director of a California adaptive rowing organization, a devoted spouse to her wife, and so much more.
If Your LGBTQIA+ Pride Event Isn’t Accessible to Disabled People, You’re Missing Out. | Rooted in Rights
Like many other disabled people, one of the first questions I ask when I’m making plans is, “Will this be accessible?” And as much as I love going to celebrate at Pride events, the answer is often, “No, or pretty much no.” Recently, the Stonewall Inn refused entry to a blind person and their service dog. The news didn’t surprise many LGBTQIA+ disabled people, as disheartening as that sounds, because we’re used to being left out of LGBTQIA+ spaces because of our disabilities. This happens when a queer bar is located up a narrow flight of stairs with no ramp or elevator. It happens when there’s an LGBTQIA+ slam poetry reading without an American Sign Language interpreter. It happens when there’s a march for our rights that doesn’t have another option to participate for people who can’t physically march or who need to sit and rest.
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