Tag: Disabilities

Jillian Mercado on ‘Generation Q’ and the Importance of Joyful Stories

This interview contains minor spoilers for Episode 9 of Season 2 of “The L Word: Generation Q.” In its five years on air, “The L Word” brought lesbian romances, drama and many, many sex scenes to the small screen. (One hundred eleven, to be exact, but who’s counting?) But Jillian Mercado — the 34-year-old actress […]

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The Broad Uses of Disability Rights Protections

Disability legal protections are similarly flexible. When the Supreme Court issued a series of opinions restricting the definition of disability, leaving many people with less obvious impairments out of the scope of nondiscrimination law, advocates convinced Congress to pass the A.D.A. Amendments Act of 2008. The law ensured the A.D…’s definition of disability was interpreted […]

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Marilyn Golden, Effective Voice for the Disabled, Dies at 67

Marilyn Golden was a college student on a summer backpacking trip in Switzerland when she fell from a tree after a rotting limb snapped. Her back was broken. She spent two years of rehabilitation at Houston Medical Center and had used a wheelchair ever since. “I got radicalized, in a general sense, after I got […]

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New bionics center established at MIT with $24 million gift

A deepening understanding of the brain has created unprecedented opportunities to alleviate the challenges posed by disability. Scientists and engineers are taking design cues from biology itself to create revolutionary technologies that restore the function of bodies affected by injury, aging, or disease — from prosthetic limbs that effortlessly navigate tricky terrain to digital nervous […]

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Why I Gave My Mosaic Embryo a Chance

Five months later, I got a call from a physician who was filling in for my doctor; she canceled my appointment, claiming she was uncomfortable transferring a mosaic embryo. I was livid and overcome with grief. “The larger question that emerges with embryo testing is who gets to take on the risk of possibly bringing […]

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