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Grief And Disability:

CW: Death Yesterday, I watched Jane and Joe Grillo’s weekly episode of Transition Tuesday. They discussed an important topic. They discussed grief, loss, and how it impacts disabled people. I have experienced much grief in my life. It never gets any easier. Cerebral Palsy does affect how I grieve. I’ve lost a few of my… Continue reading Grief And Disability:

After School: The Aging Out Crisis

CW: Psychiatric Disabilities & Depression: For parents like Anne Kaufman, the moments their children reach certain milestones are memorable. Maya Kaufman, her 22-year-old daughter, performed on stage in front of dozens of people just a few months ago. Maya has schizoaffective disorder. Schizoaffective disorder (SAD) is a persistent, debilitating disorder. SAD is frequently used as… Continue reading After School: The Aging Out Crisis

An Unimaginable Act: Parental Abuse Of Disabled People

CW: Abuse & Neglect: A 45-year-old man with an intellectual disability was neglected to the point that he weighed 70 pounds and had many physical injuries, including flesh rot and mutilation. When authorities were called to the Highland Bayou RV Park on Highway 6 last Wednesday night, he was also missing teeth and a portion… Continue reading An Unimaginable Act: Parental Abuse Of Disabled People

Decades After Willowbrook, Abuse In Residential Settings Continues

CW: Institutionalization, Abuse, Neglect, & Death: Institutions such as the Willowbrook State School are no longer run. The number of Americans residing in such institutions has declined by more than 90% since the late 1960s. Seventeen states have closed all of their large public institutes for people with disabilities. Only five states haven’t closed any,… Continue reading Decades After Willowbrook, Abuse In Residential Settings Continues

Mental Health And People With Disabilities:

CW: Depression, Death, Rape, & Suicide: Two Yale University students and Elis for Rachel, a university advocacy and support group, filed a complaint against the school on Wednesday, saying that the school discriminates against students with mental health issues by failing to provide required accommodations and pressing them to withdraw. The lawsuit, which asks the… Continue reading Mental Health And People With Disabilities:

Why Are Residents Of Long Term Care Facilities Often Forgotten?

CW: Assisted Suicide & Neglect: After learning of “deplorable” living conditions at a long-term care facility, an NDP MPP has asked the provincial government to intervene at a Niagara Falls retirement home. Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates made the announcement after receiving a series of “disturbing” images of a room at Greycliff Manor on Lundy’s… Continue reading Why Are Residents Of Long Term Care Facilities Often Forgotten?

Where We Belong: Community Living And People With Disabilities

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is appealing a court ruling that would bring the state agency into line with state law and provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with choices in their care. According to a court order issued earlier this month, DHHS has been “over-reliant” on institutionalizing people… Continue reading Where We Belong: Community Living And People With Disabilities

The Unfriendly Skies:

CW: Death After a family vacation, Shannon O’Brien’s flight arrived at O’Hare International Airport. However, her power wheelchair was not on board. Therefore, she couldn’t drive her vehicle, go to work or leave her bed. O’Brien is a full-time wheelchair user due to a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy. The wheelchair allows O’Brien to… Continue reading The Unfriendly Skies:

Accessibility In The Age Of Online Learning:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, many educational institutions around the world have become accustomed to remote learning. However, for students with disabilities, this has proved difficult. Rose Hayes attends school and works with a team of teachers and therapists. They have been trained to help her with her genetic disorder. The staff establishes… Continue reading Accessibility In The Age Of Online Learning:

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