Tag: Disabilities

Marilyn Saviola, Disability Rights Advocate, Is Dead at 74

Marilyn E. Saviola, who after childhood polio left her a quadriplegic spent much of her adult life advocating for people with disabilities, pushing for the removal of both the physical barriers and the attitudes that hinder people like her from fully participating in society, died on Nov. 23 at her home in Brooklyn. She was […]

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Blind Student’s Violent Treatment at Oxford Debate Prompts Resignations

LONDON — The Oxford Union, a prestigious, nearly 200-year-old British debating society that counts several high-profile politicians among its alumni, has come under fire for the violent treatment of a blind student from Ghana who witnesses say was forcibly expelled from a packed event hall. The incident has ignited outrage around the country, provoking a […]

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Resignations Follow Blind Oxford Student’s Violent Treatment at Debate

LONDON — The Oxford Union, a prestigious, nearly 200-year-old British debating society that counts several high-profile politicians among its alumni, has come under fire for the violent treatment of a blind student from Ghana who witnesses say was forcibly expelled from a packed event hall. The incident has ignited outrage around the country, provoking a […]

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Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role?

Sebastian Ortiz, 7, a first grader now making his Broadway debut in “A Christmas Carol,” scrunched up his face as he paused to think about what it means to be playing Tiny Tim onstage. “Always be brave,” he said. “Always look on the bright side,” suggested Jai Ram Srinivasan, 8, a third grader sharing the […]

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When an Architectural Gem Is Not Accessible to All

Weather: Don’t be fooled by a partly sunny morning — it’ll probably be raining during your commute home. High in the upper 50s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Veterans Day). ImageCredit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times When the $41.5 million Hunters Point Library opened along the East River in Queens in September, it was praised […]

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New Library Is $41.5 Million Masterpiece. But About Those Stairs.

It has been heralded as an architectural triumph: A new $41.5 million public library in Long Island City that ascends over multiple landings and terraces, providing stunning Manhattan views to patrons as they browse books and explore. But several of the terraces at the Hunters Point Library are inaccessible to people who cannot climb to […]

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Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

A new drug, created to treat just one patient, has pushed the bounds of personalized medicine and has raised unexplored regulatory and ethical questions, scientists reported on Wednesday. The drug, described in the New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to be the first “custom” treatment for a genetic disease. It is called milasen, named […]

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Karen Pendleton, an Original Mouseketeer, Is Dead at 73

Karen Pendleton, who charmed young baby boomers in the 1950s as one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s television series “The Mickey Mouse Club,” died on Sunday in Fresno, Calif. She was 73. Her daughter, Staci Bletscher, said the cause was a heart attack. Ms. Pendleton was 9 when “The Mickey Mouse Club” made […]

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M.T.A. Pledges $5 Billion for Subway Elevators. Guess How Many.

Across large swaths of New York City, it is impossible to take the subway without using the stairs. People who rely on wheelchairs are simply out of luck. Some neighborhoods are worse than others. On the N train in Queens, there are seven stations in a row without a single elevator. The transit agency has […]

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Is This the World’s Most Accessible Museum?

LONDON — On a recent afternoon, Clare Barlow, a curator at the Wellcome Collection, a museum of science and medicine here, gave a tour of its new permanent exhibition, “Being Human.” The exhibits included a fecal transplant kit used to treat gut infections, a sculpture that gave off the smell of breast milk, and a […]

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Mississippi Mental Health System Violates Federal Law, Judge Says

A federal judge in Mississippi ruled Wednesday that the state had violated federal civil rights law by not providing mental health patients enough care in their communities, forcing them to essentially be segregated in state-run hospitals. In a 61-page opinion, Judge Carlton W. Reeves of United States District Court in Jackson, Miss., said that the […]

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Surfing With a Disability

Dylan Hronec has been in a wheelchair since he was 2 years old. Surfing is his favorite activity. “When you’re surfing you don’t really think about anything else — it’s the closest thing to an out of body experience,” said Mr. Hronec, 27, who has cerebral palsy and uses a special surf board retrofitted with […]

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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans

President Trump signed a measure on Wednesday that seeks to remove the bureaucratic barriers for permanently disabled veterans to qualify for student loan forgiveness, which he said would save 25,000 wounded warriors an average of $30,000. The rollout of the executive action came during the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., where Mr. Trump […]

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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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