Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. in the first week of the year had a significant impact on the Red Cross’s ability to collect blood. Nearly 320 blood drives were cancelled–the equivalent of about 9,300 blood and platelet donations. So it’s incumbent upon us who live in warmer areas to help out now. Donors of all blood types are needed, but there is …Read More »
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In older age, health issues can become overwhelming. Sometimes decisions need to be made in crisis situations, decisions that can define a person’s quality of life. Sifting through information to sort truth from propaganda is especially important at these times. Eileen Gambrill, UC Berkeley professor and author of Propaganda In The Helping Professions, will be discussing “How Not to be Bamboozled in Making …Read More »
(Sigh.) Here we are 27 years since the Air Carrier Access Act was passed in 1986, and they’re still doing stuff like this. How an airline can smash up a $26,000 wheelchair, return it to the owner in pieces, claim they’re not responsible and then leave the person sitting there with their broken wheelchair is beyond me. But that’s precisely what …Read More »
New York City is highly respected around the country for the quality of it’s emergency planning, but a federal judge recently ruled that it’s planning violates the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), citing insufficient evacuation plans for people with disabilities and inaccessible emergency shelters. This will likely prompt other emergency planners around the country to take another look at their own …Read More »
In 2002 the Help America Vote Act was passed. Designed to help people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote more easily, it also, for the first time, granted individuals with disabilities the right to vote “independently and privately”. Yet here we are, more than a decade later, finding that barriers are still widespread–legal, physical and attitudinal. A new report …Read More »