A man in a wheelchair couldn’t get to a wedding in a public park. This is what accessibility looks like 30 years after the ADA passed. | Washington Post
Jonathan Gentry and Mark Rakes liked the idea of getting married in front of James Buchanan.
That’s how the couple ended up on the lower level of Meridian Hill Park on a recent Saturday, wearing suits. As about 40 of their guests looked on, the two men stood in front of a bronze statue of the country’s 15th president — and let’s be real, probably the first gay one — and said their vows.
“For me to walk down the centre of my village with a cane would be an Olympic event. But to do that with a dog is totally safe. The dog is trained.” For the past two years, Eddie Warke has been on the waiting list for a guide dog. Since his dog Creighton retired on medical grounds in March 2017, Mr Warke – a 52-year-old who lives in Dundonald – has had to go back to using a cane. Guide dog owners in the UK face an average wait of almost a year between their guide dog retiring and receiving a new dog.
On a below-zero January day in early 2018, Katie Shelley was working on the fourth floor of a building on her college campus in Northwest Ohio when the fire alarm went off. She proceeded to work through the conflict she has faced her whole life: How to get out of the building as a wheelchair user. No plans were in place for her evacuation. Growing up in the aftermath of events like the Columbine shooting and 9/11, she was used to having to worry about whether or not she’d be safe in a school emergency.
A disability rights nonprofit group in Oregon filed a letter of complaint Thursday with the city of Portland over new rules about an electric scooter pilot program. In its letter, Disability Rights Oregon said Portland’s decision to have residents file complaints about the ubiquitous e-scooters directly with the companies participating in the program instead of with the city reduces transparency and increases danger to the public.
Prevention is often called the best medicine — but research has shown that millions of Americans are not getting the preventive care they should to live long, healthy lives. Obstacles like inadequate access to care and financial barriers can keep people away from the doctor, but anxiety and feeling like care is unnecessary are also common deterrents.
Americans largely associate the month of May with Mother’s Day, but few are aware that May is also Older Americans Month. As May is approaching, I am reminded of not only the many older adults living with chronic mental illness or some type of dementia but also their family caregivers.
Gretchen Harris likes the small brick house she bought in Norman, Okla., 36 years ago. She’s fond of her neighbors and the magnolia tree she planted in the front yard. And having a single-story residence proved helpful after knee replacement surgery last summer. “It’s always been a good size for me,” she said. But Ms. Harris, 72, a retired attorney, has grappled with assorted health problems — heart disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis — and takes a long list of prescription drugs.
To hear Nathanial “Ned” David tell it, the osteoarthritis drug his Unity Biotechnology began testing in human subjects last fall is about far more than just helping aging weekend warriors regrow cartilage in their damaged knees. It’s the first step toward making us all feel young again. “Aging is not a rigid, inflexible phenomenon,” he told a conference room full of Wall Street analysts and financiers in Midtown Manhattan. “Nature has created control knobs that it uses and turns to change the life span of different organisms. Finally, as scientists, we are learning how to identify some of these knobs and actually turn them as a therapeutic strategy.”
Two disability discrimination complaints no longer listed on education department website \ The GW Hatchet
Two federal investigations into disability discrimination complaints were removed from the Department of Education website. Two disability complaints, filed by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, were first listed on the Department of Education website on Feb. 7 and were removed from the website in April. Officials said one complaint was withdrawn, and the University was not notified about the status of the other unlisted complaint.
Gaming has been a huge part of Erin Hawley’s life since she started playing Atari as a little girl. When the Keyport, New Jersey-based, 35-year-old digital content producer for the Easterseals charity gets off work, she gets right on her computer or Xbox and often keeps going until it’s time for bed. Hawley is a fan of shooter titles such as “Overwatch” and “Half-Life,” but she’ll play adventure games, puzzles, almost anything. She’s also a regular on the Amazon-owned Twitch live streaming platform. Gaming is how Hawley typically relaxes, interacts with friends and takes her mind off things.
It’s Autism Awareness Month, and to celebrate, Sesame Street and the Sesame Workshop are rolling out lots of new resources related to their character Julia, a four-year-old with autism, and her family. One of the best videos shows the girl and her big brother, Samuel, teaching others how you can “hug” someone with autism who may not like big, traditional hugs.
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