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People with autism, intellectual disabilities fight bias in transplants


Paul Corby needs a new heart. On that there is no dispute. The same rare disease that killed his father at 27 is destroying his left ventricle. While there is no cure or surgery that might repair the damage, a heart..

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This foster father takes in only terminally ill children


The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County’s sprawling foster care ..

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The Benefits and Challenges of Parenting with a Disability


Having a disability does not prevent anyone from being a capable and loving parent. Yet, it does present a set of unique challenges – challenges that Nicole Schultz-Kass, a 37-year-old blind mother from Woodbury, Min..

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We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare.


The Affordable Care Act brought the rate of uninsured Americans to a record low 9 percent in 2015. It's the major achievement of the controversial health care law and one the Obama administration likes to tout whenev..

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The Friendship Bench Can Help Chase The Blues Away


Things were already going pretty badly for Florence Manyande. Then one day last spring, while walking down the street, she was hit by a car. "This woman saw, and she pulled me out of the road." recalls Manyande,..

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One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die


First, the back story, because, B.J. Miller has found, the back story is unavoidable when you are missing three limbs. Miller was a sophomore at Princeton when, one Monday night in November 1990, he and two frie..

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Dating With a Disability


Women with disabilities often begin to date much later in life, and they struggle in a dating culture that places a premium on physical appearance. Sometimes when Tabitha Estrellado meets a man, he will extend a hand..

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U.S. Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Special Education Case


The U.S. Supreme Court has set Jan. 11 as the date that it will hear a case revolving around the level of benefit that special education is supposed to provide to students with disabilities. Special education obs..

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A Girl And Her Service Dog Head To The Supreme Court


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday takes up the case of a girl, her service dog and a school that barred the dog from its premises. Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that significantly limited he..

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Teen Bullies And Their Victims Both Face A Higher Risk Of Suicide


Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk. That's according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatrician..

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When I Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder, People Thought I Was Cursed


When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2008, at the age of 24, all I wanted to know was whether I would be all right. It was the first time I had ever heard about the condition, and many peo..

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Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'


In his recent book, The Finest Traditions of My Calling, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, 41, makes the case that doctors and patients alike are being shortchanged by current medical practices that emphasize population-based st..

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Long Island Cafe Offers Job Opportunities for Disabled Adults


FORT SALONGA, N.Y. — Cody Stillwagon dreamed of cooking, but he was stuck washing dishes. Last month, however, Mr. Stillwagon, 19, of East Northport, N.Y., was slicing vegetables and fruits in a professional kitc..

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An Online Program May Help Prevent Depression In Some People


Working through a self-help program online can prevent or delay major depression disorder in people who are vulnerable, a study finds. Similar programs have been used to treat depression, but this may be the first on..

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'Helping Children Succeed' Starts At Birth


"I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them." In one of the many experiments cited in Paul Tough's new book, Helping Children Succeed, a group of middle..

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Asking Mom: 'Did You Know I Was Depressed In High School?


Asking Mom: 'Did You Know I Was Depressed In High School? Rose has dealt with depression since high school. She'd put her head down, focus on school and get through. But during her senior year of college, Rose ..

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Aircraft Access Petition Campaign


"THANK YOU” to the junior and senior class of the Good Hope Country Day School for their help in gathering signatures for our Aircraft Access Campaign. DRCVI hosted a celebratory ice cream gathering for the volunteer..

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The #CripTheVote Is Bringing Disability Rights To Election


People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority. People living with disabilities are typically left out of the political conversation during elections, but one social campaign is hoping to get candidates ta..

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Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder


Was Andy Warhol a collector of beautiful and mundane things, or was he a full-blown hoarder? Did Abraham Lincoln suffer from melancholia, or was he clinically depressed? Did Albert Einstein have autism? These are the..

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The 2016 conversation has ignored disabled people.


It’s a safe bet that certain hot-button issues will be addressed in the next round of Democratic and Republican presidential debates this week: unemployment, health care, gun control, the economy. But will the ca..

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Who Knows Best


The state said a 19-year-old with an intellectual disability wasn’t equipped to look after her baby and whisked the newborn off to another family just after birth—a decision the mother was ready to fight. But h..

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Deaf-blind Harvard-trained lawyer who made waves now rides them


Eritrean American Haben Girma is used to pushing boundaries. She made waves as the first-ever deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, and quickly joined Disability Rights Advocates after her graduation in 2013 to ..

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A Training Ground for Untrained Artists


The artists arrived at the Creative Growth Art Center shortly after 9 a.m. Most come on East Bay Paratransit buses, which bring them from Alameda, Castro Valley and San Francisco, but a few travel independently. Will..

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How A Simple Bump Can Cause An Insidious Brain Injury


It's not just football players or troops who fought in the wars who suffer from brain injuries. Researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of ordinary people in the U.S. get potentially serious brain injuries ev..

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How Mental Illness is Misrepresented in the Media


How Mental Illness is Misrepresented in the Media by Kirstin Fawcett Unless you majored in psychology or attended medical school, chances are the bulk of your knowledge about mental illness comes from the..

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Lawmakers Seek 'Oversight' Of Workers' Comp


Ten ranking Democrats on key Senate and House committees are urging the Labor Department to respond to a "pattern of detrimental changes in state workers' compensation laws" that have reduced protections and benefits..

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The Right Medicare Drug Plan Can Help Control Price Shocks


When Mildred Fine received the annual notice informing her about changes to her Medicare prescription drug plan for 2016, she was shocked. If she stayed with the same plan, her monthly premium would more tha..

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New Approach Advised to Treat Schizophrenia


More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and..

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What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?


NPR BY SUSAN BRINK March 26, 2015 A decade ago in Nigeria, rumors spread that polio vaccines were surreptitious sterilization efforts. That led to a boycott of the vaccine in 2003 and a resurgence in the p..

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Undercurrents: Better Mental Health – So Near, Yet So Far


A regular Source feature, Undercurrents explores issues, ideas and events as they develop beneath the surface in the Virgin Islands community. After years of grappling over the issue, the private-public sector Menta..

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Why Kids Leave The E.R. With Concussions


NPR - March 10. 2014 MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Brain injuries like concussions have got a lot of attention in professional sports lately. But there's also a n..

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