To Keep Their Son Alive, They Sleep in Shifts. And Hope a Nurse Shows Up | The New York Times
A nursing shortage — driven by the pandemic — has made life miserable for parents with profoundly disabled children. “What if I’m so exhausted that I make a mistake?”
FDA Approves Device To Help Detect Autism | Disability Scoop
Federal regulators authorized a first-of-its-kind device to help primary care doctors determine whether or not a child has autism, potentially allowing kids to be diagnosed far sooner by avoiding lengthy waits for specialists. The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to market the Cognoa ASD Diagnosis Aid this month, which will be branded Canvas Dx.The machine learning-based software uses an algorithm to analyze data submitted by parents and health care providers in order to return a “positive for ASD” or “negative for ASD” response for a child.
Aging services found some creative solutions during the pandemic, and some plan to keep them | Market Watch
The COVID-19 pandemic upended delivery of community-based services and supports from Massachusetts to Minnesota to Southern California. Senior centers, caregiver support groups, exercise and therapy classes were suspended. Many older adults became virtual shut-ins, fearful of or unable to get to the grocery store or pharmacy or to see friends.
Colorado Government Websites Still Aren’t Accessible To Many People With Disabilities. But New Funding Could Finally Change That | CPR
When COVID-19 first hit the state, like many Coloradans, Scott LaBarre, a 52-year-old attorney from Centennial, searched for as much information as he could find. He wanted to track the number of COVID-19 cases and the slew of sweeping executive orders that brought big changes to public life in Colorado. But he said he quickly realized he couldn’t access the state’s digital information.
Most Older Americans Won’t Postpone Retirement Despite the Pandemic | The Motley Fool
The coronavirus crisis shook up a lot of people’s finances, but most near-retirees are still aiming to leave the workforce on schedule, a recent report says.
Google Doodle celebrates gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny | CNet
Wednesday’s Google Doodle kicks off the start of Pride month by honoring gay rights activist Frank Kameny, considered one of the most significant figures of the LGBTQ movement in the US. Long before the Stonewall uprising, Kameny was at the forefront of a movement to change the public’s perception of gay people.
Physical limits no match for teen’s natural talent, curiosity for mathematics | San Diego Union-Tribune
For all of his 18 years, Ben Lou’s physical disabilities have made him dependent on others 24 hours a day. But the Poway teen’s mental abilities have no limitations. Lou is an exceptional mathematics whiz who was born with a genetic disease known as spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. His health care needs require hands-on assistance from others for about 60 percent of his waking hours. Since his early teens, Lou has faced off against much older students in mathematic competitions and math camps around the world.
Generations: Learn more about elder abuse | Washington Times-Herald
Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture; experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many of our communities lack the social supports that would make it easier for those who experience abuse to report it. Research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities. In addition to being a clear violation of the American commitment to justice for all, elder abuse is an issue with many consequences for our society. Its effects on our communities range from public health to economic issues. The good news is that we can prevent and address the issue of elder abuse. Throughout the month of June, we will be spotlighting the issue of elder abuse and prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Together, we can make a difference in our community!
Peace Corps Volunteers Idled by Pandemic Turn to Vaccinating Americans | AARP
When President John F. Kennedy started the Peace Corps in 1961 the idea was that young people right out of college would answer his call to: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Sixty years later, a small but dedicated cadre of older Americans have also become volunteers serving those in need around the world.
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