Recognizing the Anniversary of Olmstead v L.C. and Juneteenth
Can it really have been 20 years ago that the Supreme Court made clear, in Olmstead v. L.C., that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits states and localities from unnecessarily segregating people with disabilities in order to provide them disability-related services?
Disabled People Have Had the Legal Right to Live in Their Communities for 20 Years. But That’s Still Not the Reality for Many.| Rewire
Despite the improvements following the Olmstead v. L.C. decision two decades ago, disabled people continue to be unjustifiably institutionalized.
Juneteenth | Wikipedia
As we recognize Juneteenth, let us turn our thoughts toward the importance of freedom and inclusion and how we shine that light among those who are still living in the dark.
Designing Universal Family Care: State-Based Social Insurance Programs for Early Child Care and Education, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Long-Term Services and Supports | NASI
In their latest report, Designing Universal Family Care: State-Based Social Insurance Programs for Early Child Care and Education, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Long-Term Services and Supports, National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) offers some great info-graphics on LTSS. See them all at https://www.nasi.org/research/2019/designing-universal-family-care-state-based-social-insurance
Scientists who want to understand why some of us live longer and healthier have traditionally focused on studying centenarians from the world’s “blue zones,” such as Okinawa, Japan, or Ikaria, Greece, where inhabitants routinely shatter longevity records.
Americans are getting older, and family size is getting smaller. That means the United States will have less working adults in the future. By 2030, twenty percent of U.S. residents will be 66 years of age or older. That compares to 13 percent in 2010, and just under 10 percent in 1970.
The aging population could be a concern if Americans expect to have an expanding population, says David Kelly. He is with the investment company J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
The city’s disability community was advocating for their rights at the 8th annual Disability Pride Philadelphia Parade & Celebration. This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision. For those who don’t know what that is, Thomas Earle with Liberty Resources for Independent Living explained.
Queer disability activist Andrew Gurza says a March of Dimes caregiver abused him in his own home | LGBTQ Nation
Andrew Gurza, a disabled queer activist who hosts the sex-focused Disability After Dark podcast and is a 2019 “Pride 50” honoree at our sister site Queerty, has alleged abuse by a caregiver assisting him in his Toronto apartment. Gurza has Cerebral Palsy. It limits the use of his limbs and requires him to use a wheelchair with assistance from a caregiver. As such, he lives in a March of Dimes building which is staffed by individuals who are paid by the Canadian government to help residents with tasks like showering, using the bathroom, eating and getting in and out of bed.
Most of us have created some form of retirement plan, often with the assistance of a financial advisor. We have determined our target retirement date, desired monthly income, and investment allocation to meet these goals. But few of us have created an aging plan, a plan to deal with the realities we will face as we move into the retirement years.
Bonnielin Swenor has devoted her life to studying visual impairment in older adults. But for a long time, she didn’t often discuss the motivation fueling her work — that she herself has low vision. Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, has myopic macular degeneration, a condition that leaves her with extremely limited vision. Basic tasks exhaust her visual processing power, so she has to manage her time with precision. This hasn’t stopped her from having a prolific career as a researcher and epidemiologist. But until recently, she rarely discussed her disability with her peers; she worried that they would judge or dismiss her.
Texting Moves to the Workplace, as Do the Awkward Misfires. ‘I’m Here. I Luv U.’| Wall Street Journal
In workplaces across America, the humble text message is making deep inroads. Once seen as too personal for work, the casual medium is now being embraced by companies for its speed and convenience. Cue a delicate social dance—and attendant social hiccups. Complaints range from oversharing colleagues to texts pinging at all hours of the day and night. While email helps silo work communications, the text inbox is a more blended affair, where notes from friends and family jostle with communiqués from bosses and co-workers.
Here’s the truth about incontinence. If you’re dealing with incontinence—the involuntary loss of urine—it might help to know that it’s actually very common. In fact, one in three adult women is affected by urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. It can happen for a variety of reasons and it affects women differently. Thankfully, understanding the types and causes of incontinence can help you manage your bladder leaks better.
Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95. She died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side. “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. “She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you: She was the youngest person they knew — the coolest and most modern.”
Deb was fearless and an inspiring role model for her family and friends. A fearless disability advocate, Deb was a tireless advocate and diligent civil servant providing services and supporting independence for individuals with disabilities, starting in the office of US Senator George J. Mitchell and then moving on after his retirement to the office of the Senate Historian, the National Archives, the National Council on Disability, and then to the nonprofit sector.
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