Judith Heumann – Defying Obstacles in “Being Human” and “Crip Camp” – Extended Version | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
“Being Heumann” author and activist Judith Heumann discusses her lifelong advocacy for the civil rights of disabled people, as featured in the Netflix documentary “Crip Camp.”
It’s hard enough getting old, what with all of the creeping ailments—diabetes, COPD, dementia, heart disease—that come along with age. Now add a novel coronavirus to the mix. There are more than 91,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,100 deaths as of writing, but the virus doesn’t hit all demographics equally hard—and seniors are the most vulnerable.
As the disease caused by the coronavirus has spread in a nursing home near Seattle, other facilities around the country are implementing plans to mitigate risk.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 11 people, after officials reported fatalities in California and Washington state on Wednesday. The most recent death is connected to a cruise ship that traveled from the U.S. to Mexico. Officials in Placer County, Calif., announced that an elderly resident has become the first person to die from the illness in California. The patient, who was not identified, had underlying health conditions, according to the county.
On Sunday March 8 we recognize International Women’s Day and the 2020 theme #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
Organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities have existed since at least the 1800s, but as the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, disability activists demanded equal treatment for their communities too.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, the law professor at Columbia and UCLA who coined the term intersectionality to describe the way people’s social identities can overlap, tells TIME about the politicization of her idea, its lasting relevance and why all inequality is not created equal.
“‘Hey, you’re definitely doing this one. It’s probably the coolest thing you’ve ever done.'”
That what Madison de Rozario’s manager said when he told her she was going to be Barbie’s 2020 “Shero” doll. “It’s surreal,” the Paralympian told Women’s Health. “It’s amazing. I think younger me would have never believed it. That I, personally, would be a doll. But that someone that looks like me, would be so visible. So, honestly, it really is an amazing, amazing experience. The whole thing.”
Federal officials on Wednesday banned electrical shock devices used to discourage aggressive, self-harming behavior in patients with mental disabilities. The announcement from the Food and Drug Administration follows years of pressure from patient groups and mental health experts who have called the treatment outdated, ineffective and unethical. The agency first announced its intent to ban the devices in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Education must act to help thousands of student loan borrowers who have severe disabilities; that’s the message of two letters sent Tuesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Because of their disabilities, these borrowers qualify to have their federal student loans erased. But one letter, signed by more than 30 advocacy groups, says the department has made the application process so burdensome that most borrowers never get the help they’re entitled to.
Modern senior-residential facilities are designed for varied activities, elegant accessibility and graceful aging — as well as care | Washington Post
We have all seen the movies; perhaps even been marred by our own experiences. Many baby boomers, and the generations that precede them, have a nightmarish image of nursing homes. And understandably so. Nursing homes were poorly designed reactions (note: reactions, not solutions) that somehow became a paradigm across our society for those who were not trusted, or able, in one capacity or another, to be independent. Whether or not they were, for decades they have represented a place for the invalid and unwanted, not a place of care or comfort.
Anthem has purchased Beacon Health Options, adding a national network of behavioral health services in the health insurer’s effort to manage care of the “whole person.” Beacon manages mental health, substance abuse and other behavioral health services for more than 36 million people across the U.S. Anthem, which owns Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, didn’t disclose a price it is paying Bain Capital Private Equity and Diamond Castle Holdings for Beacon Health, which is privately held.
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