Tag: Disabilities

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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The Completely Reasonable Reason People Are Flying With Mini Horses

Last week, after months of deliberation, the Department of Transportation released formal guidance regarding animals on planes. The 28-page document makes it clear that three types of service animals should be prioritized for travel: cats, dogs and miniature horses. Yes, miniature horses. The document repeatedly includes mini horses in a trio of “the most commonly […]

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He Was Shot and Paralyzed 37 Years Ago. That’s Not How the Story Ends.

The paper buried the story. Two teenagers in the Bronx horsing around with a gun. A 15-year-old shot a 13-year-old. Nobody died. No celebrities or politicians or prominent sports figures were involved. Both teenagers were black. So, in the mind-set that was prevalent in tabloid newsrooms in the early 1980s, in a city grappling with […]

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Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash.

The boom began about five years ago, said Kathy Pelzer, a longtime high school counselor in an affluent part of Southern California. More students than ever were securing disability diagnoses, many seeking additional time on class work and tests. A junior taking three or four Advanced Placement classes, who was stressed out and sleepless. A […]

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She’s 14, Disabled From a Bomb Blast and One of Iraq’s Top Table Tennis Players

BAQUBA, Iraq — The Iraqi teenager does not look like a traditional athlete: Her right leg is amputated at the thigh, her left at the knee, and her right arm ends at the biceps. But when Najla Imad Lafta, 14, plays table tennis, her torso turns as smoothly as a dancer’s to meet the ball […]

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Discrimination Is Hard to Prove, Even Harder to Fix

When it comes to lawsuits alleging discrimination, the wheels of justice sometimes turn even more slowly than usual. “It’s a difficult process, more difficult than it needs to be,” said Jeff Vardaro, a civil rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio. These cases can become complex and expensive, and defendants and their attorneys have incentives to drag […]

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Pride of a Different Sort: Disabled Italians Parade in Rome

ROME — Italians from around the country paraded through Rome’s ruins and its most prominent shopping street on Sunday in a loud and lively celebration of people with disabilities, a group that remains largely unseen in the country. “An inclusive world is a better world,” Carmelo Comisi, the founder of the event, said. “Italian culture […]

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Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk

A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that highlighted the potential dangers of metal straws. Such straws have surged in popularity as cities, states and even countries have banned single-use plastic straws. The woman, Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, who had a […]

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How to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should)

The invisible nature of my chronic illness protects me from a whole universe of discrimination and microaggressions, but it also insulates me from potential support. Of course, I acknowledge that my position is a privileged one. Some disabilities announce themselves as soon as a job candidate enters an interview room, along with all of the […]

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Writing With Your Eyes Closed

Joel Burcat’s debut novel, “Drink to Every Beast,” isn’t climbing best-seller lists or getting attention from prominent critics. But it’s remarkable for a different reason. He finished it after he became legally blind. An environmental lawyer in Harrisburg, Pa., Burcat, 64, had been writing in his spare time for many years and had cranked out […]

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Saving for a Future Complicated by the Loss of Sight and Sound

Albert Rizzi gave up on trying to manage his nest egg because as a blind person, he encountered digital barriers constantly. Many of the websites, mobile apps, PDFs and software programs he needed were not accessible. Sometimes, they just didn’t work. So Mr. Rizzi, 55, the founder of My Blind Spot, an accessibility advocacy group […]

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U.K. Appeals Court Overturns Order for Mentally Disabled Woman to Have Abortion

Three days after a British court ordered a developmentally disabled woman to have an abortion against her and her mother’s wishes, an appeals court overturned that decision, the mother’s lawyer said Monday. Last week, a judge had ruled that an abortion was in the best interests of the unidentified woman, who is in her 20s, […]

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A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet

ALPINE, Calif. — Charley Royer, 17 months old, has such a swift, strong kick that putting a pair of pants on him can turn into a wrestling match. His mother doesn’t mind. Far from it. “Things that might annoy other parents, I’m so thankful for,” Lexi Royer said. This child, who crawls around the house […]

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Ali Stroker on Winning the Tony: ‘I Was Meant to Be in This Seat’

High on a shelf in Ali Stroker’s Broadway dressing room sits a Barbie in a box. But it’s not just any Barbie — it’s a doctored doll, refashioned as a farmgirl in a wheelchair. “My dresser made it for me,” said Ms. Stroker, who is starring as the lusty Ado Annie in the Tony-winning revival […]

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