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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waving

Good-by Gabbie...

A Year After Attack, Giffords Says She'll Resign--In a video released on YouTube, the Democratic congresswoman said she would resign because she had more work to do on her recovery. "I'm getting better every day," said Ms. Giffords, speaking audibly but slowly. "My spirit is high."Click here for article and video

Texas photo voter id card

Voting Rights: Section 5 and the Right to Vote

Is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act still necessary? That provision requires nine states and some counties and towns with histories of severe racial discrimination to get approval from the Justice Department or a court before changing their voting procedures. The question hovers over three consolidated cases the Supreme Court heard last week on redistricting for legislative and Congressional seats in Texas, a state governed by Section 5. Click here for opinion

Zach Anner

Zach Anner: From Viral Video Star to Host of His ‘OWN’ Show

In February, Oprah gave him a chance to host his own TV show. Since then, he's been traveling across America filming it. Anner talked with NewsFeed about his biggest obstacles, and gave us an exclusive clip from Rollin' With Zach. Click here for article.

Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State

Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3, 2011
--On the eve of December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is worth noting that 2011 also marks the 30th anniversary of the International Year of Persons with Disabilities. Much has happened to advance the rights, equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities since the International Year was adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1981. Click here for blog

Special Advisor Judy Heumann and a team from the U.S. met with staff from the Desta Mender Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Click on picture to enlarge

Special Advisor Judy Heumann and a team from the U.S. met with staff from the Desta Mender Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.

International Disability Rights In 1981, the United Nations named today the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.--The world community stands to gain a great deal through the full participation of persons with disabilities in the political, social, economic and cultural lives of their communities. Click here for editorial

Members from the Capital District delegation  get in the picture.

My Medicaid Matters

My Medicaid Matters…whose Medicaid?--Gerontology is my field. I've always felt passionate about helping elderly people in distress. So when my field instructor at the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley asked me if I wanted to go to a rally in Washington to fight cuts in Medicaid, I said, "Count me in!" Click here for more.

Kessler Foundation receives grants to study health disparities in people with disabilities

West Orange, NJ. November 23, 2011. Kessler Foundation received two government grants to study the impact of culture, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status on the rehabilitation and reintegration of people with spinal cord injury. The grants totalling $296,261 were awarded to Denise Fyffe, PhD, a research scientist in the Spinal Cord Injury/Outcomes & Assessment Laboratories. Dr. Fyffe, a clinical psychologist, is an expert in health disparities in underserved populations including the elderly and the disabled. Click here for release.

Put the brakes on "Taxi of Tomorrow" until the fleet is wheelchair-accessible Advocates for handicapped challenging Taxi Commission

Put the brakes on "Taxi of Tomorrow" until the fleet is wheelchair-accessible Advocates for handicapped challenging Taxi Commission --The Nissan NV200 has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition, but its ramps are not accessible to wheelchairs.(Photo by City of New York via Getty Images) I don't take cabs. Not very often, anyway. Compared to the subway, they're too slow. Too expensive. And the artificial air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror makes me want to gag Click here for more.

Susan M. Daniels, Ph. D. dead at 62Susan M. Daniels

NASI Mourns the Loss of Board Member Susan M. Daniels--WASHINGTON, D.C.—NASI Board member Susan M. Daniels, 62, died Thursday, October 20 in Washington, DC. She chaired NASI’s membership committee and was a life-long champion of efforts to improve the lives of all Americans, particularly those with disabilities. Click here for article.

Susan M. Daniels, Ph. D. dead at 62-- . Oct. 20. Three days short of sixty-three years, the Warrior Princess as she was called, died from complications from sepsis; the origin was unknown. Her family --sister, brothers and husband and close friends who could reach the hospital were at her side. Click here for more

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave, Elders of Color Enter

Blacks elders in nursing homes

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave, Elders of Color Enter--A new study by researchers at Brown University found that more Latino, black and Asian seniors are moving into nursing homes, while white seniors are choosing other options.

The nationwide trend is said to be driven by changing demographics, but it’s also because many elders of color can’t afford alternatives.Click here for article.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz is CEO of Starbucks,

Starbucks CEO: "Crisis of leadership" in DC
(CBS News) EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - Howard Schultz is CEO of Starbucks, a Fortune 500 company with 200,000
employees worldwide. More than half of them are in this country.
Thirty-six thousand were hired this year alone.Click here for article and video.

Fred Fay's face on a mirror

Frederick A. Fay dies at 66; advocate for rights of the disabled--Because of an inoperable spinal cyst diagnosed 30 years that inhibited breathing and swallowing if he sat up, Frederick A. Fay was prostrate 24 hours a day. Strategically placed mirrors were among the devices that aided him. (Eric Neudel / Storyline Motion Pictures / September 4, 2011)

A quadriplegic since age 16, Frederick A. Fay co-founded a support network for disabled people and played a major role in winning backing for the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. Click here for obit.

Mark Perriello, AAPD CEO

Gay Man To Lead National Disability Group

For many, coming out as LGBT after growing up Catholic would be challenging enough. Yet for former Obama administration aide Mark Perriello, 36, who grew up in Chelmsford, Mass., outside Boston, that was only one of the challenges that he had to face. Visually impaired since he was a child, he had to come out not only as gay but as a person with a disability. Click here for article.

Cancer breakthrough: Drugs target specific genes

(CBS News) It's big news in the fight against cancer: Two new studies report dramatic progress in treating advanced melanoma and lung cancer. Click here for story.

Cancer Breakthrough: Drugs Target Specific GenesClick here for story


A CONVERSATION WITH | STEPHEN HAWKING Life and the Cosmos, Word by Painstaking Word

At the age of 21, the British physicist Stephen Hawking was found to have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease. While A.L.S. is usually fatal within five years, Dr. Hawking lived on and flourished, producing some of the most important cosmological research of his time. Click here for article.

Aimee Mullins

The New Global Ambassador of L’Oreal Paris: Aimee Mullins, an Athlete with Prosthetics

She’s extraordinary and stunning, Aimee Mullins is a woman with confidence—an athlete, actress and with unique achievements. Her charisma and beauty has made her the new Global Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Click here for more.

By Diane Coleman, Director of Advocacy

The time for delays and exemptions from voting access is over!--Assembly bill A3093B (S3216) “…allows villages which administer their own elections independent of their local boards of election to use lever voting machines in the administration of said elections until December 31, 2012.” The stated “justification” is as follows: Click here for blog

Sixty Minute's  Clock

The Gift of Endless Memory

(CBS) It is often said that we are our memories - that web of experiences, relationships, thoughts, and feelings that make us who we are. We don't remember it all of course. That would be impossible. Or would it? There has been a discovery in the field of memory recently, so new you won't find it in any textbook. It's so hard to fathom, there are some who remain unconvinced. Click here for story. Or view videow.

Neurologist Reveals Struggle With "Face Blindness"

Now, a neurologist is coming forward to talk about his own struggle with the condition known as "face blindness," or prosopagnosia, which is characterized by an impairment in the ability to recognize faces. Dr. Oliver Sacks, who has written 10 best-selling books, including "Awakenings," said he thought going public with his plight might help others who have the same syndrome Click here for story.

The Good and Bad of Gratitude

Laura and  Robin

Welcome to the memorial page for Laura Hershey.

I'm grateful for my partner, Robin Stephens. We totally stress each other out at times. Have you ever been in a 20-year relationship? It's not easy. But when it's good, it's really amazing. When I was young and single, my favorite song was Cat Stevens' "Hard-Headed Woman." The music was melodic, the lyrics were beautiful and something told me they were true. Click here for more

Disability In the Realm of Human Rights in Current Society

The 1975 UN Declaration on the Rights of Disabled person the World Program of Action Concerning Disabled Persons (1982) and the UN Standard Rules on the Equitation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1999) are the major legal materials available on this area. Disability is also mentioned in the International Covenant on the Economic and Cultures Rights, 1994 Click here for article.

Paul S. Miller, Advocate for Paul S. MillerDisabled, Dies at 49

.Paul S. Miller, Advocate for Disabled, Dies at 49--Paul Miller, a lawyer who was born with achondroplasia — dwarfism — overcame discrimination because of his disability and became a leader in the disability rights movement, died Tuesday at his home on Mercer Island, Wash. He was 49. Click here for article.

Bob and Sharon Kolls, from Illinois, try to figure out which way to go Thursday while approaching a security checkpoint at Southwest Florida International Airport. Wheelchair users will be allowed to bypass the serpentine lines, and will be directed to a mBob and Sharon Kolls, from Illinois, try to figure out which way to go Thursday while approaching a security checkpoint at Southwest Florida International Airport. Wheelchair users will be allowed to bypass the serpentine lines, and will be directed to a more accessible area.

Wheelchair users get assist at Southwest Florida International Airport

The airport recently created a special assistance lane for wheelchair users at its concourses. The change was prompted after a complaint was lodged with the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Board of Southwest Florida. Click here for article.

Denise Figueroa, the new chairwoman of the CDTA board, has helped raise CDTA's awareness of issues faced by bus patrons with special needs. She appears in Troy with a CDTA bus. ( Philip Kamrass / Times Union ) Denise A. Figueroa

A life of advocacy for CDTA panel leader

A life of advocacy for CDTA panel leader--ALBANY -- For Denise Figueroa, leading the Capital District Transportation Authority board of directors is a way for her to continue assisting the disabled. Figueroa is the founder of the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, which she has led for more than 20 years. Click here for article

Jane Lang and her Seeing Eye dog Clipper are escorted to Yankee Stadium by the Yankees themselves. Chad Gaudin is second from left and Joba Chamberlain is at right. Jane's husband Pete is at far left. The group heads to the D train from Penn Station. (Staf

Jane Lang and her Seeing Eye dog Clipper are escorted to Yankee Stadium by the Yankees themselves. Chad Gaudin is second from left and Joba Chamberlain is at right. Jane's husband Pete is at far left. The group heads to the D train from Penn Station. (Staff photo/ Karen Mancinelli)

New York Yankees surprise blind Morris Plains, NJ's Jane Lang during HOPE week

Bronx, NY – The New York Yankees continued HOPE week today with Jane Lang who is a blind woman who gets to Yankee games all by herself with the help of clipper her seeing eye dog by using Mass Transit.--Jane Lang, with her Seeing Eye dog Clipper leading the way, walked to the Morris Plains train station Tuesday to travel to the Bronx for a Yankees game. Click here for article.

President Oboma speaking during ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the ADA

Obama orders agencies to hire more people with disabilities

President Obama yesterday ordered federal agencies to hire 100,000 more employees with disabilities over the next five years. Obama signed an executive order that called for the Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, Labor Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to design recruitment and hiring strategies that agencies can use as a model for hiring more people with disabilities within 60 days. Click here for article.

Lez Frieden

Q&A: Disability Act, decades later Houston man is one of chief architects of law for accessibility .

The United States celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act on Monday, and few people will be prouder than Lex Frieden, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science at Houston who was one of the law's chief architects. Frieden, who suffered a broken neck and injured spinal cord as a passenger in a car wreck during his freshman year at college, is in Washington for the festivities and to announce the results of a survey into the law's impact. He spoke with Chronicle medical reporter Todd Ackerman . Click here for article.

State passes public apology to people with disabilities

During the final days of the 2010 session, legislation publicly apologizing for the state’s past treatment of people with disabilities was adopted. House File 1680/Senate File 1135 passed both the House and Senate without opposition and today was signed into law by the governor. Click here for release. Or here for video

Laura Margaret

Double Transplant Operation Saves Teen's Life --Duke University Medical Center Transplants Lungs and Bone Marrow into Sick Teenager

When doctors at Duke University Medical Center saw Laura Margaret last summer, she was frail and weighed just 55 lbs. Her life expectancy was a few months. Click here for story.

The late Harry Weider

Remembering the Little Man Who Was a Big Voice for Causes

Being a gay, Jewish, nearly deaf and otherwise disabled dwarf from Queens has its advantages, and Harry Wieder used every one of them. Arm crutches, which he needed to walk, served double duty as clubs when he felt he wasn’t being heard. “If he wanted your attention, he would hit you in the shin with his crutch,” said Marvin Wasserman, a longtime ally and occasional victim. “Sometimes he’d aim a little higher.” Click here for article.

Community Activist Harry Wieder Killed By Taxi Click here for article.

Features A ‘Sex Volunteer’ for the disabled in director’s debut

While director Cho Kyeong-duk was studying in Japan in 2004, he came across a nonfiction book with a provocative title: “Sex Volunteer,” by Kaori Kawai. It was based on two years of interviews with physically disabled people in countries from Japan to the Netherlands, about their sex lives and the group of people who, as the title implies, volunteer to sleep with them. Click here for article.

21st Century Snake Oil-"60 Minutes" Cameras Expose Medical Con Men Who Prey on Dying Victims

But, today, quack medicine has never been bigger. In the 21st century, snake oil has been replaced by bogus therapies using stem cells. Stem cells may offer cures one day, but medical charlatans on the Internet are making outrageous claims that they can reverse the incurable, from autism to multiple sclerosis to every kind of cancer. Click here for article and video

  Dennis Walters, golfer with a disability

Golfer Dennis Walters' New Bagful of Tricks

CBS) Dennis Walters is at the top of his game - just not the game most golf fans are used to: the clubs bend, the golf balls catch fire, and the caddy tees up the ball with his mouth. Click here for article.

Distinguished Scholar to get Chance to Put Theory into Practice as Medicare Chief

WASHINGTON -- Donald Berwick, President Obama's likely pick to run the Medicare and Medicaid at a time when government's biggest medical insurance programs are central to the newly enacted healthcare overhaul, has been a sometimes-provocative advocate for more efficient delivery of patient care Click here for article.

With Healthcare Reform in Question, People With Disabilities Shouldn't Delay Steps to Manage Rising Costs

Nearly 8 million former workers have disabilities so severe that they rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and an estimated 3.3 million more will apply for disability benefits this year. For these people and others suffering from serious conditions and disabilities, taking the right steps quickly to manage costs is essential for their financial and health well-being, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services. Clickhere for more.

Paralympic skier Woolstencroft

Paralympic skier Woolstencroft has a passion that won't quit

She'd been on the Canadian para-Alpine ski team for eight years and won a slew of national and international races. She went to a pair of Winter Games – Salt Lake City in 2002 and Turin four years later – capturing Click here for article.

BBC Host Admits Killing Ailing Partner

LONDON — The revelation seemed to slip out, almost as an aside. In the midst of narrating a television program about end-of-life decisions, the documentary maker Ray Gosling departed from the prepared script and declared, his voice shaking with emotion, “I killed someone once.” Click here for article.

DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM: ADAPT's Call to Action for Home and Community in America.

We The People hold our government accountable for enforcing our rights. As the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act draws near, the disability community is not busy celebrating because we are literally in a fight for our lives and our most basic freedoms. Click here for more.

Kim Peek, shown July 23 at the Salt Lake City library, died on Saturday. (Barton Glasser/Desert News/Associated Press)

Kim Peek

Savant who inspired Rain Man dies

The disabled savant who inspired the title character in the film Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman, has died. Kim Peek, known for his remarkable memory, died of a heart attack Saturday morning in Salt Lake City, according to his father, Fran Peek. He was 58. Click here for article.

The choreographer Tamar Rogoff doing “body work” with Gregg Mozgala, who has cerebral palsy and for whom she has created a dance piece. The choreographer Tamar Rogoff doing “body work” with Gregg Mozgala, who has cerebral palsy and for whom she has created a dance piece.

Learning His Body, Learning to Dance

Gregg Mozgala, a 31-year-old actor with cerebral palsy, had 12 years of physical therapy while he was growing up. But in the last eight months, a determined choreographer with an unconventional résumé has done what all those therapists could not: She has dramatically changed the way Mr. Mozgala walks. Click here for article.

The actors who play the marooned contestants in Cast Offs: Tim Gebbels, left, Sophie Woolley, Victoria Wright, Mat Fraser, Kiruna Stamell and Peter Mitchell

Cast Offs puts disabled people in a new light .Click here for article.

With Cast Offs Channel 4 has turned disability into a comedy drama--he caption at the start seems to promise the most exploitative reality television show yet made: “Eighteen months ago Channel 4 marooned six disabled people on a remote island . . .” Two months after the station finally killed off Big Brother, has it really come to this? Click here for article

Healthcare Reform, Coverage Changes Highlight Key Questions for Medicare Annual Enrollment Season, Allsup Says

- More than 600,000 seniors and people with disabilities will be required to choose new healthcare coverage during the upcoming Medicare annual enrollment because their current plan is being eliminated. However, millions more could benefit by changing to a plan that better fits their needs, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services. Click here for more.

Disability no road block for NASCAR engineer

There’s some complex term for Richie Parker’s medical condition. He can’t remember it offhand and as far as he’s concerned, it doesn’t matter anyway. Parker was born without arms and stands about 5 feet tall. Click here for article.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities International Conference

This conference was organized to provide information regarding the CRPD's history, context, content and status, as well as explore aspects of the CRPD's successful implementation in countries seeking to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of life.Click here for more.

EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER Rosemary lived many years on the campus of St. Coletta in Jefferson.

Her inspiration for this strong love of helping the developmentally disabled came from her first-hand experiences of life with her sister, Rosemary Kennedy, who was mentally retarded. Rosemary lived many years on the campus of St. Coletta in Jefferson. Click here for article.

ADAPT's COMMENTS CMS's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making

ADAPT applauds CMS for issuing this ANPRM, which continues the transition to services based on functional need rather than disability/aging label. By giving states maximum flexibility to combine various populations and develop waivers based on actual need, not arbitrary disability or age labels, they will be able to better use scarce resources to serve more people with disabilities and older Americans. Click here for more.

Eunice Kennedy-Shriver

Funeral Plans Made for Eunice Kennedy Shriver.--

A funeral mass entitled "Celebrating The Transformative Eunice Kennedy Shriver," will follow on Friday at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis, Mass., but will be only open to family and invited guests. Click here for article

Access Is Everything

A few years ago, a French energy company developed a TV spot that made the rounds of disabled advocates’ blogs as a quicktime movie. It shows a city scene packed with people. One man stands out: he walks slowly, carefully observing those around him. As the camera pulls back, we see he’s surrounded by pedestrians using wheelchairs, some walking with canes and guide dogs, some using sign language to converse with friends Click here for article.

The importance of being disabled-An able-bodied actor can imitate an impairment but cannot capture the essence and character of a disabled protagonist.

Jamie Beddard (second left) in the West End production of Carrie's War. Photograph: Keith PattisonJamie Beddard (second left) in the West End production of Carrie's War. Photograph: Keith Pattison

I desperately make my career in the business sound far more prolific, interesting and glamorous than it in fact is. All of which makes my present role as Mr Johnny in Carrie's War all the more bizarre and satisfying. For once, I don't need to be economical with the truth – my name is up there in bright lights ... well, smallish letters. Click here for artricle.

Disabled vet takes multisport talents, champion attitude to 'wheelchair games'

He isn't built like the Incredible Hulk, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nor is he a former champion bodybuilder like Lee Haney. Click here for article.

Harold W. SniderHarold W. Snider, 61 diesHarold W. Snider held local and federal government positions and aided in the creation of an audible newspaper service for the blind

Harold W. Snider, 61, a prominent advocate for the blind who helped craft legislation that expanded the civil rights of Americans with disabilities and aided in the launching of an audible newspaper service, died June 26. Click here for article.

Supreme Court victory for parents of disabled students

Justices rule that parents who remove a disabled child from public school can be reimbursed for private instruction. The court says a 'free, appropriate' education is a public duty. Click here for article.

What 'access' really means

PUBLIC HEALTH officials have long recognized - and tried to eliminate - the sharp disparities in health among racial and ethnic minorities. But there is another group as well that ranks well below average on many measures of health: people with disabilities. Click here for article.

Disabled sailor in solo attempt

A quadriplegic yachtswoman has set off from Plymouth in her attempt to sail solo around Britain. Click here for article and video

Financial Impact on Disabled Individuals Can Be Staggering, Says New Study

Examining four representative scenarios of newly disabled individuals, the study found, for example, that the financial impact of a disability -- equal to lost income plus expenses -- to be as high as nearly $1 million for a 40-year-old, single male earning $50,000 per year who suffers a long-term. disability lasting until age 65 -- nearly 20 times his pre-disability earnings. Click here for press release.


On behalf of AARP’s more than 40 million members, we commend you for your bipartisan leadership and commitment to enacting comprehensive health care reform this year. Click here for pdf file.

Disabled crews take to the high seas with a Tenacious tall ship.

Among the medley of yachts and motorboats that dwell in the many bays and marinas of the Caribbean Islands, the Red Ensign hangs particularly proud at the stern of a majestic tall ship that never fails to steal the show. Click here for article.

Susan Boyle

Talent trumps all for YouTube sensation Susan Boyle

It may all add up to only a momentary big deal, but the case of this previously unknown amateur singer is a compelling study in how viral video can lather its subject into frothy international stardom within hours. Click here for article.

Click here for video

Performers in 'GIMP' invite audience to stare

Disabled and non-disabled dancers push each other to unexpected places of beauty Click here for article.


Is it a rickshaw or a car? GM sees PUMA in the future

GM and Segway unveiled the Project PUMA, a two-seat rickshaw minus a rick that uses the Segway’s electric systems to glide around on two wheels. Capable of carrying 700 pounds in a frame about half the size of a Smart car, the PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) can spin on a pin and “bows” to let passengers in and out. Click here for article.

The Most Pervasive Combat Injury Among U.S. Soldiers is Invisible -- and the Pentagon Has Tried to Keep it That Way

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and to observe it, the Pentagon did something special: it told the truth. Click here for more.

Lucy Baxter is doing all she can to find a girlfriend for her son Otto, 21, so he can lose his virginity

'Will anyone sleep with my Down's syndrome son?' Mother makes appeal for a lover for 21-year-old Otto

Like most mothers Lucy Baxter wants her child to live a fully rounded life - including the experience of a physical relationship and even finding love. Click here for more.

MTV ‘News’ cast shows true ability

While juggling 16 phone lines at a state government agency, receptionist Susan Harrington doesn’t share her strong views on who’s sexier, Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But chances are that some callers already know the latest rankings. Click here for article.

City taking on disabled-access projects.

$10 million a year going toward backlog of compliance orders. Click here for article.

Iowa had known of plant's use of mentally disabled

Iowa Iowa's social-services agency acknowledged Tuesday that it looked into a company's treatment of its mentally disabled meatpacking workers as early as the 1970s, but decided it lacked the jurisdiction or enough evidence to act. Click here for article.

Disability and the Financial Crisis in Latin America: An Interview With Eduardo Joly

Eduardo Joly is a sociologist, wheelchair user, and President of Fundación Rumbos, a nongovernmental organization in Argentina that focuses on accessibility from a human-rights perspective. He is a founding member of the Disability Rights Network in Argentina and Visiting Professor and Researcher, Postgraduate Program on Disability, at the University of Buenos Aires Law School. Click here for article.

DREDF has put the 18 minute documentary "The Power of 504," about the 1977 28-day 504 S.S. sit-in on YouTube.

Click here for the link to the YouTube Web Site


The first webcast, "Are New Entrants Really Ready to Work?" will take place Wednesday, February 18 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (EST). For more information, go to: http://www.conference-board.org/webcasts/upcomingWebcast.cfm?id=1894

Susan Krause, 57 in her apartment.Though Susan Krause, 57, has cerebral palsy, she strives to live as normal and independent a life as possible.

Though Susan Krause, 57, has cerebral palsy, she strives to live as normal and independent a life as possible. With financial assistance from The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, she was able to stave off eviction from her apartment in Stuyvesant Town, the only home she has ever known. Click here for article.

Cerebral Palsy Can’t Restrain a Fiercely Independent Spirit . Click here for more.

Disabled learning dance in Hong KongDisabled learning dance in Hong Kong

Disabled Dance, Paint and Sing Their Way into Hong Kong's Mainstream.

It is called "inclusion" and it is a worldwide effort to bring disabled people into the mainstream. Click here for story

United States: Protection Under Title III Continues To Expand Beyond Brick-And-Mortar Accommodation To The World Wide Web: “National Federation Of The Blind v. Target Corp.”—

One of the "hot topics" today regarding Title III is whether it applies to more than just brick-and-mortar stores or physical places of public accommodation. In today's cyber age, it is of no surprise that many places of public accommodation operate their own Web sites offering services to their patrons and the public, including hours of operation, locations, products to purchase, online job applications, and customer service or Human Resources contact information. Click here for article.

Language and Disabilities

We should take extra care in references to people with disabilities. Here’s The Times’s stylebook entry: Click here for more.

EXCLUSIVE: Yassky introduces legislation to provide incentives for green or accessible taxis

New York City Council Member David Yassky (D - Brooklyn), the Council's biggest advocate for fuel efficient taxicab has introduced legislation that would create a significant incentive for new taxicabs to be either "green" or wheelchair accessible, The Examiner has learned. Click here for more.

The Neediest Cases Cerebral Palsy Can't Restrain a Fiercely Independent Spirit

Precisely and laboriously, hunting and pecking at a diminutive keyboard that emitted a disembodied electronic voice, Susan Krause was explaining how much her home has meant to her for 57 years, and how glad she is to have escaped eviction. Click here for more.

Gypsy kids herded into Czech schools for disabled

Roma children face severe discrimination in the Czech Republic and are still being segregated into schools for those with mental disabilities, a rights group said Thursday. Click here for more.

The Daily Californian Online Berkeley and City CarShare Recognized for Wheelchair-Accessible Transportation

The city of Berkeley and a Bay Area car-sharing company will receive an award on Wednesday for providing disabled communities with the nation's first wheelchair-accessible car-share service. Click here for more.

Alexandra Blair

Alexandra Blair

Bringing up a severely disabled child--As a mother is sentenced to prison for murdering her daughter, we look at the difficulties faced by parents when bringing up a severely disabled child. Click here for article.

Shannon Eberwein, a mental health specialist, plays with Valentine at a similar program at Seabrook House in Deerfield.

Shannon Eberwein, a mental health specialist, plays with Valentine at a similar program at Seabrook House in Deerfield.

Horses give disabled leg up--After its request for proposal was approved last month by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, In the Company of Horses LLC is bringing the new therapeutic riding program to DREAM Park beginning July 21. Click here for article.

Refugee child separating straw

Jean Kennedy Smith the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

"OUT OF sight, out of mind. There is no better way to characterize the plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees worldwide - most of them women, children, and the elderly - whose suffering is compounded by physical, sensory, or mental disabilities. There are few groups more neglected and marginalized. Click here for article.

Gov. David Paterson: of New York

Gov. David Paterson: New York's 55th governor

David Paterson has a reputation for reaching across party lines and bringing people together. He also has a history of firsts, including becoming the youngest state senator (at age 31), the first non-white legislative leader and the highest-ranking African American elected official in the state's history. Paterson is legally blind and recognized as a leading advocate for the visually and physically impaired. A Brooklyn native and Columbia graduate, he holds a JD from Hofstra Law School. Link to more info: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200806/20080612.html#

Direct link to watch clip: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/video/472.html Clip description: Democratic Gov. David Paterson tells Tavis about his recent discussions with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer

Isaac Lidsky of Jones Day is the first blind person to become a law clerk at the Supreme Court.Isaac Lidsky of Jones Day is the first blind person to become a law clerk at the Supreme Court.

Isaac Lidsky to Become First Blind Supreme Court Clerk --Actor-turned-lawyer Isaac Lidsky will be the first blind clerk at the Supreme Court. Lidsky, who is best known for playing the nerdy Weasel in the TV show ‘Saved By The Bell: The New Class,’ is set to begin his job as a clerk for retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor this July. Click here for release.

Daryl Felkins gives her service dog, Huey, a little attention Wednesday at her home in Carl Junction. Huey, she said, was specially trained to assist her with her needs. Daryl Felkins gives her service dog, Huey, a little attention Wednesday at her home in Carl Junction. Huey, she said, was specially trained to assist her with her needs.

Confusion about role of service animals for disabled cited w/ service animal information--A disagreement Wednesday morning between a woman with multiple sclerosis who uses a service dog and workers at a Joplin business appears to highlight confusion about the role of service animals in society. Click here for article.

Disabled Sports USA Executive Director Kirk Bauer does sit ups, Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in Washington, during the launch by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports new national adult fitness test in Washington. (AP Photo/Brendan Hoffman)

Harlan Hahn, pioneer in disability rights movement

Harlan Hahn, a longtime University of Southern California professor of political science and champion of disability rights who successfully sued the university to improve access for disabled people campuswide, died April 23 at his Santa Monica home. He was 68. Click here for article.

Novick no stranger to beating long odds The political insider, a onetime Justice Department star, transforms himself into a credible U.S. Senate candidate

As his family explains it, Novick found out that he would have to defend a giant pharmaceutical firm that had sold an allegedly dangerous drug and he just couldn't do that. Click here for more.

NOT AGAIN! War veteran James Raymond is furious that he's being shipped off to Iraq - four years after honorably serving in Afghanistan and losing partial hearing.


A New York soldier thought he had done his duty battling America's enemies overseas after losing the hearing in his left ear and injuring a knee. But Uncle Sam isn't finished with James Raymond, yet. Now he's headed to Iraq. Click here for article.


BELLEVUE EYED AS LUXE HOTELOriginally, officials considered turning the 1931 Italian Renaissance-style building on First Avenue between 29th and 30th streets into condos, but oddly, the layout of a mental institution is better suited to a hotel, Melissa Konur, vice president of the city's Economic Development Commission, told The Post. Click here for more

Cops Dump Over Guy in Wheelchair

Second Wheelchair Dumping Case Probed In Florida

Deputies dump paralyzed man from wheelchair --In Hillsborough County, Florida, police were caught, by their own surveillance cameras, dumping a quadriplegic man from his wheelchair and onto the ground. Apparently they were trying to determine whether or not he actually needed the chair. Click here for CBS video.

Play Video Related Links Deputy Dumps Man From Wheelchair TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Another inmate who uses a wheelchair is complaining of abuse by Hillsborough County jail detention deputies. Click here for article and video.

Former Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, who has been paralysed since her fall competing at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York and now a TV host, makes an appearance at the 3rd Beijing International Sports Film Festival, in July 2007. China has 60 million disable

Former Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, who has been paralysed since her fall competing at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York and now a TV host, makes an appearance at the 3rd Beijing International Sports Film Festival, in July 2007. China has 60 million disabled people and basketball is hugely popular in a country where homegrown NBA stars like Yao Ming are idolised. (AFP/File) Photo Tools

Better Transit for City’s Disabled Is Urged

In addition to problems that have long plagued the public transit system, like the dearth of subway stations with elevators and a shortage of taxicabs that are wheelchair-accessible, the report also cited problems — including rude paratransit drivers, insensitive subway employees and poorly maintained equipment — that council members believe can be quickly and inexpensively corrected.Click here for article.

Is Your Web Site Accessible to the Handicapped?

While the Internet has opened up tremendous possibilities for communication and convenience for those with sight, hearing or mobility impairments, it can also be very frustrating for them if Web sites are not accessible, says Cynthia Waddell of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet. Click here for article.

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Disabled are only Discounted in Hollywood: Time for Change

“It’s sad. I go into businesses and companies and I’m fully accepted in the corporate world, but not when it comes to a TV show or film project,” actress Teal Sherer explained. Click here for article.

Blind Students Navigate Harvard Bureaucracy

Sitting in her seventh-grade classroom nearly a decade ago, Emily K. Crockett '08-'10 blinked, just as she did thousands of times a day. Click here for article.

Awful Marketing TGI Fridays tosses out disabled customer

 Now this isn’t any way to win customer loyalty - a Wheeling Illinois TGI Friday’s restaurant asked a disabled customer and her companion guide dog to leave the restaurant a few days ago because they claimed guide dogs weren’t allowed, and didn’t have to be, no matter what the federal law stated. Click here for article.

BEAUTIFUL BALLET VIDEO (She without hand, he without leg - ballet - Hand in Hand)

Two dancers with disabilities performing a ballet: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLVRQCjh8c

Abilities United Productions provides representation in today's media for people with a disability.

We are the motion picture and television production company dedicated to bringing together those of all Abilities United in "Breaking the Hollywood Stereotypes of Characters and People with a Disability."Click here for more.

Inflation Beats Social Security Increase 3:1

The Consumer Price Index since year 2000 has grown from 169 base points to 208.5 base points in September 2007, for an actual increase of 39.5 percent during the period. Payments have increased by about 12 percent. Inflation so far for January through September 2007 is running at 6.1 percent, or the highest rate since 1982. Click here for article.

First generation of intellectually disabled to outlive parents raises concern

They have spent years crying for their children, fighting for their rights and pleading for help and understanding from often indifferent bureaucracies. Now, as they head into their golden years, the parents of intellectually disabled children are confronted with a new and frightening question - what will happen to their sons and daughters when they are gone? Click here for article.

Songs speak to those with disabilities

It's a romantic snapshot. She dances. He watches. And when the music's over, they put their arms around each other and go home. The songwriter was Doc Pomus, a blues singer who had polio and used crutches and a wheelchair. His wife was a Broadway actress who liked going out on the town. Click here for more.

Person in wheelchair entering restaurant from the rear.

The Rear way?

When Accessibility Isn’t Hospitality IN my first few visits to Buddakan, one of the flashiest restaurants in Manhattan, I thought I’d taken in every twist and turn of the kaleidoscopic labyrinth it inhabits, every little detail. Click here for article.

The United Nations humanitarian Coordinator for Somali Erick Laroche chats with disabled girl.

The United Nations humanitarian Coordinator for Somali Erick Laroche chats with disabled girl in an internally displaced camp situated on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu, Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Ben Carpenter got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.

No charges for trucker in wheelchair incident Driver unknowingly pushed disabled man for miles at speeds up to 50 mph.. Click here fo article.

Wheelchair user taken on wild 50-mph ride. Ben Carpenter got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph. Click here for article.

Willowbrook Expose' 35 Years Later

January 2007 marked the 35th anniversary of Geraldo Rivera’s historic expose' on the conditions at Willowbrook State School for the Mentally Retarded located on Staten Island. Click here for more.

Disability in the News: "Life on wheels an ongoing battle" (Bronx Beat)

The MTA has installed elevators in five Bronx subway stations and 25 Manhattan stations. Click here for more.

Lack of Jobs, Accessible Homes Another Disability to Overcome

BERKELEY, D.C. - In the 35 years since the disability rights movement took root in Berkeley, changes have swept the nation without achieving the goal of full equality. Click here for more.

CDC: Among disabled, Southerners less healthy

ATLANTA Southerners with disabilities are in worse health than people with disabilities in other parts of the country, according to a federal report released today. Click here for article.

Disability rights and the civil rights revolution

Those of us who come from the first wave of disability rights advocates began our struggle within the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We learned an important lesson from that movement as to how a minority of citizens could change the way a society views the rights of all the people. Click here for article.

This is the third in a series of Oregonian Articles on Shelter Workshops.Out of the mainstream Workers with disabilities remain in insulated eddies despite a consensus

Out of the mainstream. Click here for First article.

Subminimum wages, shorted pay widespread. Click here for Second article.

Out of the mainstream. Click here for Third article.

Center for Discovery on the cutting edge of disability care

That is why U.S. Senator Charles Schumer chose the Center to announce a new $860 million federal initiative, the Combating Autism Act, during a scheduled mid-day appearance Friday. Click here for article.

People with disabilities demonstrate for ADA compliance.

Supes. to Disabled: Wait for Access, Disabled to Supes.: Wait for lawsuits.

The Supes. still act as if SF is in a separate island universe, at least as far as compliance with the American with Disabilities Act is concerned. Awareness of the law of the land somehow hasn't reached into the hearts and minds of the Supes. Click here for article.

Korean Man on lift of bus

Marking the 26th national Day of the Sick, the Korean bishops wrote: “It is not physical disabilities but social indifference and prejudice, that pose 'obstacles' for sick people.”

Korean bishops: "Live together with disabled people in God-given love". Click here for more.

This is to inform you all that http://www.beyondlimits.tv is now live in its pilot form.

Like any pilot, there may be lots which needs to be changed. Yet to make it better, we will need your help. ALSO... Please note that there is a link which says "support us". Click here for more.

Karen Saba, at right, leads Mercy Corps' push to include people with disabilities in all of its Middle East programs. Photo: Courtesy of Karen Saba/Mercy CorpsKaren Saba, at right, leads Mercy Corps' push to include people with disabilities in all of its Middle East programs. Photo: Courtesy of Karen Saba/Mercy Corps

Access Middle East

Karen Saba's assignment for Mercy Corps is daunting in both its aim and its breadth. Click here for more.

How to Protect Disabled Loved Ones in Long Term: John Wasik

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Like many parents, Nadine Vogel learned about planning for her two daughters with special needs out of necessity. Click here for article.

Adapting Your Home To Maximize Mobility

Stephen Bennett doesn't need a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. But the president and chief executive of United Cerebral Palsy has lots of friends and professional acquaintances who do and says "when I have friends over, I want them to be able to go to the bathroom in my house." Click here for article.

Lack of HAVA Compliance in New York State By BRAD WILLIAMS

At issue is HAVA's mandatory requirement to remove barriers and increase access so that citizens can vote "privately and independently," Click here for more.

AP Photo: Bill Lasher Jr. who started Lasher Sports LLC in March, holds one of his custom...

Customized Wheelchairs Offer Stylish Ride . Click here for article.

Singapore Man seated on a bench

SINGAPORE : A man with a walking disability was fined $400 in court on Wednesday for parking in a lot meant for the handicapped.

Man with disability fined $400 for parking car in disabled lot. Click here for article.

Communication Device May Have Saved Lives In Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Mishap

By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express

ALBANY, NEW YORK--For years, many people who do not talk have considered text-to-speech communicators to be their lifesavers. Click here for more.

From http://www.InclusionDaily.com

Muhammad Ali receives the U.S. Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush recently

The Greatest!U.S. President George W. Bush (R) awards boxing legend Muhammad Ali (C) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as Ali's wife Lonnie watches, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Ali's Legacy to Endure in His Hometown

Muhammad Ali draws huge crowd to event opening.
President Clinton on hand to honor boxing legend at Muhammad Ali Center.
Click here for article.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Angelo Dundee was back in Muhammad Ali's corner. The famed trainer visited Ali's hometown on Friday for a firsthand look at a six-story center built to promote Ali's humanitarian work and relive his boxing triumphs. Click here for article.

The Vibrato is still in development

Different instruments, rhythms and notes can be felt through five finger pads attached to the "Vibrato" speaker.

Speaker allows deaf to feel music A new device is helping deaf people to "hear" music through vibrations, 200 years after the technique was used by Beethoven as he lost his hearing. . Click here for article.

CBS) Kevin Hall has already beaten some tough odds, thanks to a caring family and a lot of hard work.

CBS) Kevin Hall has already beaten some tough odds, thanks to a caring family and a lot of hard work.

Deaf Golfer Beats The Odds A good golf game is often like a good life: It's about turning weaknesses into strengths. Professional golfer Kevin Hall learned that lesson. Click here for article and video clip.

Disability Meets The Boom, by Frank Bowe from Ragged Edge Online

These are hard times for disability advocates. The nation, and most states, have other priorities. Hurricanes Rita and Katrina have dominated the news and our attention in recent weeks. Click here for article.

Mothers Were Asked How They Found Out Their Babies Had Down Syndrome

Mr. Skotko, whose sister has Down syndrome, saw his project swept up in a complicated debate over the termination of fetuses diagnosed with disabilities. It raised a provocative question: Can what a doctor says influence how a woman chooses? Click here for article.

British artist Alison Lapper, who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a congenital disorder, accompanied by her five-year-old son Parys poses for photographers, backdropped by the white, 13 ton sculpture inspired by her by artist Mark Quinn, after it was unveiled in central London's Trafalgar Square, Thursday Sept. 15, 2005. Lapper posed naked for Quinn when she was eight months pregnant, in what the artist says was a tribute to motherhood and people with disabilities. The sculpture will remain in place for 18 months. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


How did brave Alison Lapper manage to cope? Click here for article.

Toshihiko Noguchi, secretary-general of the Tokyo Council Independent Living Centers, smiles during an interview at the Olympic Parktel in southern Seoul, Wednesday. /Korea Times Photo by Shim Hyun-chul

Disability Rights Movement Gains Momentum

The public's perception of the disabled is improving in Korea as the disability rights movement proceeds, but the disabled are still playing a very minor role in the movement itself. Click here for article.

The Medicaid Kill-Off by Marta Russell

President George W. Bush and Congress slashed $10 billion from the Medicaid budget for this coming year. Medicaid is the primary public health care program for impoverished persons that serves over 53 million people. The cut is clearly an attack on poor people, and it may wind up killing disabled and chronically ill persons before all is done. It is also a strike from those segments in our society who wish to dismantle the entire Medicaid system. Worse, it will force a rollback of disabled people's civil rights. For full story, go to: Click here for more.

Robby Schwartzman, 12, is a Bayside child with autism. His parents have become experts at navigating New York City’s special education system. (photo byMartin Schwartzman)

Making Special Education Work For Your Child In Queens. Click here for article.

Understanding the relationship between pain, impairment and physical disability

The association between pain, impairment and disability is frequently observed in clinical practice but the relationship is not as straight-forward as just one to one; for example some patients may have severe pain but little impairment. Click here for article.

ADA and the New Eugenics By Andrew J. Imparato and Anne C. Sommers

The ADA stands in marked contrast to some deeply troubling U.S. history that some in today's biotechnology industry and many bioethicists have not completely abandoned. Click here for article.

Obesity has effect on disability, not life expectancy, for adults 70+, Study

New research shows that obese adults who reach the age of 70 are at no greater risk of dying than their non-obese counterparts, but they do have a much greater probability of spending their remaining years disabled. Click here for article.

Access for disabled to the House to be examined.

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who uses a wheelchair, will testify on the first of three panels and said he will address both what has already been done and what still needs to be done immediately. Click here for more.

Study: U.S. Leads In Mental Illness, Lags in Treatment

One-quarter of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, and fully a quarter of those had a "serious" disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function day to day, according to the largest and most detailed survey of the nation's mental health, published yesterday. Click here for more.

A disabled man with a child in Japan

A handicapped man with a child in Japan. The number of people in Japan who live at home with physical disabilities has surged to 3.33 million, up from 1.41 million in 1970 and 3.02 million in 1996(AFP/File/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Kelly Buckland, head of the State Independent Living Council, introduces a bill to the House State Affairs Committee during the past legislative session. Buckland is well-known around the Statehouse for his advocacy on behalf of disability rights. Tuesday, he received the 2005 Hewlett-Packard Co. Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights.

HP honors disability rights advocate Kelly Buckland's efforts have earned national recognition;

Kelly Buckland, a nationally known advocate for disabled people, was honored Tuesday with the 2005 Hewlett-Packard Co. Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights. Click here for article.

Britay Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton.in 2003

Then & Now: Bethany Hamilton. Click here for article.New

The Surfer Girl's Faith

Thirteen-year-old Bethany Hamilton, a top-ranked amateur surfer, was catching waves off the coast of Kilauea, Hawaii, one morning last October when the attack happened. As she took a breather, dangling her arm in the Pacific waters, a "gray blur" suddenly appeared...Click here for article.

Interview: Judy Heumann, World Bank Advisor on Disability & Development

Interviewed by Ilene Zeitzer Q. What do you feel is the impact you have had as a person with a disability on the governance process, using your experience at the Department of Education and now at the World Bank? Click here for more.

Scale of Justice

Supreme Court ruled on ...

Court Broadens Scope of Age-Discrimination Protections. Click here for article.

Disability group embraces taxi service review

A disability lobby group has welcomed an ACT Government review of wheelchair accessible taxi services. Click here for article.

Judge's ruling grants disabled gay veteran tax break. He's 100 percent exempt from tax

NEWARK — A gay, disabled veteran who owns a home with his partner should receive the same tax break that a married veteran would receive, a judge has ruled. Click here for article.

Human eye, green pupil

Gene blamed for eyesight threat

Half of all cases of an eye disease which is a leading cause of blindness are caused by a faulty gene, US scientists suggest. Click here for article.

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"Disability Organizations Respond to SABE's Letter" (Reply to letter below)Click here for more.

"Self-Advocates Challenge Disability Organizations" Click here for more.

IL History at Berkeley

History of disability inclusion at UC Berkeley. Click here for more.

Disabled student pursues dream of becoming journalist

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Student Allen Hines types six words a minute and has difficulty with pronunciation because of spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. But Hines hasn't let his disability get in the way of his goal of being a journalist. Click here for article.

Riding a New York City lift equipped busBy SIMI LINTON

THESE days I find myself, regularly and happily, in the midst of the clutter of New Yorkers you find on the bus. I particularly savor the times when all of us, riders and driver, seem of one purpose: A woman in a tailored suit and a man in slouchy pants stand together, commiserating about the traffic. Click here for article.

Don't call me handicapped!

The sensitivity of words describing black and gay people is well known, but how should disabled people be referred to? Is handicapped an offensive description? Click here for article.

Motorized wheelchair

CMS and industry find common ground on power wheelchairs. Click here for article.


"Change in Medicare's Power Chair Coverage" Click here for more.

DALLAS - Federal authorities on Thursday arrested 11 people, including a doctor, alleging that they bilked Medicare out of $15 million in fraudulent power-wheelchair claims. Click here for article.

From: SteveGoldADA@cs.com

Federal HOME MODIFICATION Funds for Accessibility. Click here for more.

From Forbes; Peace of Mind

The numbers are staggering. One child in nine has a disability, either physical or mental. Yet government support can't cover everything. What's needed is some s mart financial planning. Click here for article.


From the NY Times

Stuck in a Walk-Up, Only Steps Away From Life. Click for article.

From The Vatican:

Quality of Society's Life Gauged by Care of Disabled, Says Pope "Rights Cannot Be Only the Prerogative of the Healthy" Click here for more.

From: The Weekly Standard

Beyond Terri's Law What we can learn from the Schiavo case. Click here for article.*

Joel Henandez

Joel Hernandez is shown in his home in Tucson, Ariz.,

"Supreme Court Rules on ADA Employment Case" Click here for article.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hernandez v. Raytheon (No. 01-15512) (December 2, 2003) is a partial victory for people with disabilities because it left intact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement that employers may not discriminate against applicants who have been rehabilitated and do not currently use drugs illegally..Click here for message

From; JFA andhttp://www.stevegoldada.com

"Getting People out of Nursing Homes" Click here for message.

From: Columbus Business First

Ohio Supreme Court rules for teacher fired while on disability. Click here for article.

Ibot Wheelchair claimjing stairsiBot WheelchairClick here for large version

iBot Wheelchair


Aug. 13, 2003 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the sale of the MEMS-enabled iBOT wheelchair. Click here for article.

From: The Boston Globe


RECENT RULINGS by the US Supreme Court have recognized the constitutional rights of gay Americans and upheld the use of affirmative action to open doors of opportunity for minorities. Earlier this year, the court also rejected the mantra of "states' rights" and instead reinforced the rights that working parents enjoy under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Sadly, however, for people with disabilities, the nation's courts have offered a much chillier reception. Click here for Op-Ed.

From: NY Times.Com

Lawyers for more than 1,000 current and former deaf employees at United Parcel Service yesterday announced the settlement of a discrimination lawsuit in which the company agreed to pay $10 million and to take steps to accommodate deaf workers. Click here for article*

Jim Mullen TV Reporter with a disability

CHICAGO (CBS 2) Former Chicago police officer Jim Mullen will join CBS 2 as a Reporter, it was announced today by Joe Ahern, President and General Manager of the station. Mullen, a nationally recognized champion for the rights and professional advancement of people with disabilities...Click here for article.

From: The New Yorker magazine


Mariah Carey

Mariah "Charms" Fans

Billy spoke to Michelle's father Bill Katz by phone to get details on the story. "What was your reaction to receiving this e-mail?" asked Billy. "I couldn't believe it," said Bill. "When it first hit me, I got mad. After a while I thought about it and I said, 'There's no way she wrote this.'" Click here for article.


White House may put less value on seniors, disabled. Click here for article.

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"A Cause for Alarm" by Frank Bowe

I am writing this because I worry that many advocates have not yet recognized just how dire are the current prospects for disability rights and services in
Washington. Click here for more.

From NYS:Olmstead Implement in New York

Olmstead Implement in New York


Prepared by The Coalition to Implement Olmstead in New York (CTIONY). Click here for paper.

Sign on to CTIONY Policy Paper

FROM NHOYO: POINT OF VIEW by NLIHC President Sheila Crowley


One of the several taxes that the President wants to cut is the one on stock dividends. The dividend tax cut proposal has created considerable and justifiable consternation among low income housing advocates and everyone else who has an interest in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. If the dividend tax cut is enacted, investment in tax credits is predicted to plummet, as corporations will no longer be motivated to seek the reduction in taxes that the LIHTC affords. Click here for article.

A sign language classClick on small picture for larger version

Sign language is popular with hearing students. Click here for article.

From: California

The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for disabled workers to sue their employers for discrimination in a decision that will affect hundreds of pending lawsuits in California. Click here for article.

Nick Dupree

Nick Dupree, who has muscular dystrophy, is fighting to reform Alabama Medicaid laws governing in-home nursing care.

Nick wins his crusade. Click here for article

As NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports: Fighting the Medicaid System ,Ala. Youth Crusades to Extend Nursing Care for Disabled. Click here for article and audio.

Winning Half the Battle: "The federal home and community based waiver program, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was developed to help those individuals who would otherwise require care in a nursing facility to avoid institutional or other high-cost, out-of-home placement by providing services that are not offered under the Medicaid state plan." Click here for press release.

Alabama the Hell Hole of a State for People with Disabilities

Nick Dupree is a quadriplegic who depends on a ventilator for life and Medicaid regulations for his future care. He's approaching a medical crisis. Click here for article.

Dear Mr. President: On January 21st, a letter was submitted to your office requesting your immediate assistance in preventing the State of Alabama from unjustifiably institutionalizing and segregating Nick Dupree and others like him in nursing homes. Click here for the letter.

One of many individuals with disabilities that are sueing for freedom"Nursing Home Inmate"

"Analysis of President Bush's Medicaid Proposals" Click here for more.

The US Congress: The Capitol

The bill would extend protection from hate crimes to victims targeted because of their gender, disability and sexual orientation. The law already makes it a crime to intimidate or harass someone based on race, religion, color, creed or national origin. Click here for article.


The U.S. unemployment rate would be substantially bigger if not for a 60 percent surge in the number of Americans drawing disability benefits since 1984, according to recent research by economists at MIT and the University of Chicago. Click here for article.

From: Atlanta Journal Constitution

User-friendly houses not for disabled only Younger buyers want more ease as they get older. Click here for more.

Judy Heumann at World Bank ConferenceJudy Heumann at conference Judy and Senator Ted Kennedy

World Bank Conference marks the International Day of Disabled

Disability in Developing Countries World Bank Conference marks the International Day of Disabled. Click here for article.

From: Justice for All

"Abort Disabled, Says One Geneticist"Click here for message.

From: Cambridge Newspapers Ltd

Hawking tops poll as greatest disabled Briton. Click here for article.

Picture of the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case that could block the millions of disabled Americans who use state accommodations from suing over such complaints as inaccessible polling places or hard-to-use public transportation. Click here for more.

CBS News

The 60 Minutes Report: Did Insurer Cheat Disabled Clients? Click here.

The New York Times

Not a Place to Leave a Relative. Click here for article.

From:Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund


From: Law.com
Suit Over Airlines' Web Sites Tests Bounds of ADA

So Gumson and a Miami Beach, Fla.-based disability rights group, Access Now, filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Miami in June and July against Dallas-based Southwest and Dallas-based American Airlines under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Click here for article.

The Associated Press

Helen Keller beat out a moon rocket, a Cherokee chief and other symbols for a spot on Alabama's state quarter, which will be the first U.S. coin in circulation to include Braille. Click here for article.

From: NCD

The National Council on Disability (NCD) today released the inaugural paper in a series of policy documents addressing specific topics raised by detrimental rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Click here for press release.

As we commemorate the horrific occurrences of September 11, 2001, and as we plan for how our nation will respond to contingencies that we all hope will never occur again, the presence among us of 54 million Americans with disabilities must not be overlooked or forgotten. Click here for report.

A Book About growing up with a sibbling with a disability. Which one is the "Normal One?"

A Book Review: 'The Normal One': The Siblings of 'Damaged' Children. Click here for article.

From: The BBC News

Experimental spine surgery has enabled a paraplegic woman to walk again, a doctor has claimed. Click here for article.

The Disabled, After 9/11

While it is gratifying to see planning under way to improve high-rise emergency and evacuation procedures, people with disabilities are too frequently overlooked in this process. Click here for article.

Yes, It's 'Accessible.' You Just Can't Get There.

When people speak of having a bad subway day, it is generally understood that the day in question took place in the subway. Click here for article.

From: The BBC: Gene found for mental retardation

Scientists say they may have found a specific gene responsible for developmental problems in children. Click here for article.

Mother and daughter

From: The BBC

BBC Story: Mother's campaign for disabled children

Revolutionizing a device that transmits in Braille


As each letter was transmitted by FM radio signal to the black box, six buttons on the top of the box moved up and down, spelling out her message for Stoffel to feel in the Braille alphabet. Click here for article.

Disability Group Sues Airport


Groups representing disabled passengers are suing San Francisco International Airport, accusing it of failing to provide adequate access to deaf and hard-of-hearing travelers. Click here for article.

Washington Post Online

Disabled in Fairfax Given Priority for Accessible Housing. Click here for article.

The college un-experience


Deaf at NU are frustrated with policy on interpreters. Click here for article.

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Optobionics Inc., one of three U.S.-based developers of retinal replacement technology, appears to be gaining ground in the race to produce the first microscopic system to help the blind see. Click here for article.

Housing bias continues nationwide

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the nation's leading civil rights organization focused on the elimination of housing discrimination, released its annual "Trends Report" which documents reported acts of illegal discrimination nationwide. The report reveals that the level of housing discrimination complaints filed by African Americans and people with disabilities in 2001 remained high throughout the United States. Click here for article
BBC News 

Researchers have identified structural differences in the brain of people with autism that may explain why they have problems communicating and socialising. Click here for article.

Commentary by Ed Heaton:



State's broader disability law likely to offset federal ruling . Click here for more.

From St. Louis:


This week Max Starkloff steps down, Bob Funk takes over as chief executive and executive director of Paraquad. Click here for article.

BBC News 

Technology developed in space is being used to create implants which might one day be able to restore some sight to some blind patients. Click here for article.


From France without Love.


French lawmakers adopted a bill today that would effectively strike down a court ruling that ordered financial compensation for a severely disabled boy because medical errors had allowed him to be born. Click here for more.


The Court and the ADA.


The Americans With Disabilities Act defines disability as an impairment that "substantially limits" someone from engaging in one or more "major life activities," phrases that the courts have struggled to understand and apply since the law took effect 11 years ago.Click here for the article.


Post Garrett Case

A District Court upholds Title II damages in a post-Garrett Decision. The case is MICHAEL BOWERS, ...Click here for message.

Accessible Web Sites Still Three To Six Times More Difficult


From: The National Center on Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities

The National Center on Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities provides resources to assist local emergency planning organizations in the planning for individuals who need specialized communications, transportation, and medical supports. Click here for full text.

Housing: Low and Very Low Income Rental Properties

"These rental properties MUST comply with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires a minimum of 5% of the units be fully accessible." Click here for more.

XXStatue of Liberty in wheelchair link to Justice For All
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ADA WATCH.org, an Internet destination to respond to threats to the civil rights of people with disabilities, is being launched by disability rights advocates. Click here for press release.

"New Freedoms, Old Barriers, and New Threats" By Andrew J. Imparato. Click here for more.

Court on Pulling the Plug.

On Robert Wendland, Court :A family can't let an incapacitated but conscious person die without clear and convincing evidence that's what he or she wants and needs, the California Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Thursday. Click here for article.

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NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver'sGrants Action NewsFunding Opportunities for all not-for-profits.is now online. It contains monthly notices of funding availability both on the state (NYS) and federal level. Now with an archive feature.To see Month's issue click here.

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"Transportation Department's Inspector General Seeks Public Comments On Quality of Airline Accommodations for Disabled and Special Need Passengers.." For more on USDOT click here.

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For the latest news around the world, archives of recent news, and more news go to Ability Info, a disability news international ticker. Click here for Ability Info

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