AUSTIN — A broken elevator almost canceled part of the first photo-op of 2015 for new Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the first U.S. governor in nearly 30 years to use a wheelchair.Without the elevator, Abbott and a teenager with cerebral palsy would have been unable to get to the third floor of an Austin high… Read More Disability advocates keep close watch on new Texas governor
I’ve spent 40 years trying to make sense of disability.I’ve done this work because I have a genetic disease called muscular dystrophy. I don’t walk; I rely on an electric wheelchair for mobility. I can’t feed myself, nor can I dress myself or comb my own hair. I depend on the assistance of others to… Read More Disability 101 (part 3): Disability Pride?
G. is waiting for a new leg brace. The 19-year-old national service volunteer from central Israel, who was struck with polio at age 3, needs the brace so she can walk without falling.About a month ago, her brace broke. Her mother called one of the hospitals in the center of the country for an appointment… Read More Disabled bemoan foot-dragging in wait for prosthetics
The man on trial in the kidnapping and murder of Etan Patz has never said in court that he should be acquitted because of mental illness. Yet questions about his sanity have run through nearly all of the testimony so far.Prosecutors have asked every witness who knows the accused man, Pedro Hernandez, a stock series… Read More Two Portrayals of Patz Suspect: Manipulative, or Mentally Ill
For centuries, art has been described as the window into a person’s soul and for Hendersonville resident Tammy Vice and her daughter, Morgan, that couldn’t be more fitting.Morgan, 21, was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and as a child had very little functional language, Tammy Vice said. In the time since, however, Morgan has… Read More VSA’s art project paints a different picture of disabilities
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — By putting trust in others and having confidence in themselves, people can push beyond their limits.Dr. Jacqui Lowman knows that firsthand.The founder and president of Beyond Limits, a local nonprofit organization that seeks to help people overcome challenges, recently went skiing for the first time at the Nordic Heritage Center.“I never… Read More Group expands winter recreation opportunities for disabled in Aroostook
In Honduras, disability associations are demanding more funding for public projects as well as the passing of laws which have been blocked in the national congress. The country’s disabled people are trying to get by with almost zero support from the government, with the state spending 40 cents per year on each person with a disability.There are more than… Read More In Honduras the Disabled Demand Support from Government