Freedom Friday: The GOP Health Care Plan Could Force Americans With Disabilities Back Into Institutions

Adapted from an article written by by Ari Ne’eman  Mar 23, 2017. http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/3/22/15026856/ahca-plan-medicaid-cut-hurts-disabled-institutions and By Glenn Howatt and Chris Serres Star Tribune staff writers http://www.startribune.com/services-for-thousands-of-minnesotans-with-disabilities-are-at-stake-as-congress-votes-on-gop-health-bill/416876864/#1 For the past 50 years, the main goal of disability rights activists has been to help people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings and into their own homes and…
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Supreme Court Rules Schools Must Provide More Opportunities For Students With Disabilities

Summary from an article written by Lauren Appelbaum (see note below) The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in favor of higher educational standards for children with a disability in one of the most important education cases in decades. The case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, argued just how much educational benefit public schools must provide. While some…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Accessible Hotel Rooms

QUESTION For ADA hotel rooms, doesn’t the bed have to be low enough for a wheelchair user? ANSWER (provided by Access Advocates, http://accessadvocates.com/ask-hank-ada-hotel-rooms-doesnt-bed-low-enough-wheelchair-user/) Let’s start with the law: American with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 P.L. 110-325 Title 42 – The Public Health and Welfare, Chapter 126 – Equal Opportunity for individual with Disabilities Subchapter III –…
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Motivational Monday: Seeing Beyond “disabilities”

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who…
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Freedom Friday: Exercising For Persons With Disabilities

One in two individuals with disabilities get no aerobic activity. Individuals with disabilities who get no aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely to report at least one chronic disease, three times more like to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. Aerobics is defined as a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic…
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