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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Clinton is 'mentally impaired'
Rep. Louie Gohmert called for prayers for Hillary Clinton on Friday  — but they weren’t for her to win.       
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Fashion for people with disabilities, made in Rio
Christiano Krosh makes fashionable clothes for people with physical disabilities.       
62 points by USA Today | Rio de Janeiro Wheelchair Disability Clothing
Phoenix settles complaints regarding fair housing
PHOENIX (AP) - Two fair housing organizations have settled a housing discrimination complaint against the city of Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that Phoenix's housing authority has revised how it administers the federally-funded Housing Choice Voucher program. The Southwest Fair Housing Council and the ...
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Teen wants to die. These groups are saying no.
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.         
6496 points by Arizona Republic | Disability Health care Medicine Spinal muscular atrophy Health care provider Muscle Self-advocacy Illness
After Mass Knife Attack in Japan, Disabled Victims Are Still in the Shadows
The police have withheld the names of the victims, citing relatives’ wishes, which critics say tacitly endorses a view of disabled people as lesser beings.
2437 points by The New York Times | Disability Developmental disability Down syndrome Self-advocacy Mental disorder Disability rights movement Social model of disability Disability studies
ATF set up dummy fronts near youth facilities
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' undercover sting operations were poorly supervised and run by agents with little experience, resulting in problems including the setup of a fake storefront that attracted gun-touting felons near a youth facility and a failure to develop broader intelligence on a gun-trafficking group, ...
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ATF agents broke law protecting people with disabilities, Justice Dept. says
Andrew V. PestanoWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Department of Justice report has found ATF agents broke federal laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities while undercover.
3 points by UPI | Disability Milwaukee Journal Sentinel United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Journal Communications Federal government of the United States Developmental disability United Press International
Paralympic Games poised to bring social change to Rio
The host city's disabled community is hoping being under the limelight will have a positive impact on their lives.
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Justice Department says ATF agents broke law on disabilities
The report was the result of a two-and-a-half year investigation.       
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Child neglect claimed in teen's plan to end her own life
Child protection authorities were first asked to investigate an Appleton teenager’s decision to die more than a month ago, according to referrals obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.         
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Teen's plan to die has disability groups seeking intervention
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.       
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Primary survey: Franklin Ward 3, Northfield sees three-way race for two House seats
Deborah H. Wheeler Party: Democrat Age: 72 Town of residence: Northfield Occupation: retired Incumbent? Yes. Three terms; running for my fourth.Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? Yes Providing more state money for higher education? Yes Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I wou...
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Child neglect claimed in teen planning to end life
Child protection authorities were first asked to investigate an Appleton teenager’s decision to die more than a month ago, according to referrals obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.         
198 points by Arizona Republic | Spinal muscular atrophy Health care Hospice Palliative care Muscle Disability Medicine Cicely Saunders
Did the Obamacare Medicaid expansion force people onto wait lists?
The data do not confirm their suggestion that Obamacare expanded Medicaid at the expense of people waiting for home- or community-based care.
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Metro board latches on to wheelchair securing issues
Concerns over properly securing wheelchairs and passengers leads Metro to prepare upcoming discussion of how to better train bus operators and eliminate growing concerns voiced by disabled riders
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My Hero: Nine years an orphan, the boy who kept smiling
JiaJia would watch as other children came and went from Alenah's Home in Beijing. The year was 2016, and at nine years old he was the oldest orphan at the small medical foster home, where he had lived most of his life.
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Akron's Peaceful Fruits flooded with $75,000+ in orders after appearing on 'Shark Tank' (video)
Akron's Peaceful Fruits has been flooded with orders ever since appearing on the business TV show 'Shark Tank.' AKRON, Ohio - When Evan Delahanty was invited to pitch his Peaceful Fruits acai-infused fruit strips to the self-made entrepreneurs on the TV show "Shark Tank," he thought he might get a bump of $15,000, maybe $20,000 in sales. Instead, by the end of this week, "we're going to sell $75,000 worth of fruit snacks," more than eclipsing his sales from 2016, he said. And orders are still streaming in. "From talking to some people who've appeared on Shark Tank, I know that's exceptional, especially for a food product," he said. "It's been crazy." Related Plain Dealer stories: Peaceful Fruits founder Evan Delahanty pitches to 'Shark Tank' on Feb. 10 Peaceful Fruits' Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 is now over $18,000 Evan Delahanty hopes his Peaceful Fruits acai snacks bring prosperity to his Peace Corps friends in Suriname Delahanty, a Peninsula native who volunteered with the Peace Corps in Pikin Slee, South America, northeast of Brazil, has been inundated with encouraging emails and voicemails since the episode aired on Feb. 10. He is a graduate of Old Trail School in Bath, Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, and Cornell University. Mark Cuban told him: "I'm a big believer in social enterprise. I think it's the future of capitalism ... but still, the product has to be compelling." Lori Greiner agreed, telling him: "Evan, you are a great entrepreneur. The only problem here is your competition in the arena is huge. There are a million fruit snacks out there: strips, rolls, bites ... I think you're fantastic and super-smart, and you're going to make it." Even though all five "sharks" passed on his offer of 20 percent of his business for $75,000, viewers were moved to hear that he buys his acai berries from the Saramaccan villagers he worked with during the Peace Corps, and that he employs Akron workers with developmental disabilities to make, package and ship his antioxidant-rich fruit strips.  Walking off the set, Delahanty looked into the camera and said: "I didn't get that deal, but I'm still working really hard to make this a success. I'm building Peaceful Fruits to make a difference for the people in Akron and the people in the Amazon, so it's disappointing to not get that immediate bump up today, but I know we're going to get there." @PeacefulFruits Don't be discouraged. You are on the #right track with a #social business model. -- MValleyPodcast (@MValleyPodcast) February 11, 2017 Peaceful Fruits fruit strips: Flavors: Wild Acai Apple or Pineapple  Each 0.25-ounce strip has 30 to 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (0 grams trans fat), 60 mg of potassium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of natural sugars. Ingredients (pineapple): Organic acai, organic pineapple, organic pear. Ingredients (apple): Organic acai, organic apple, organic pear, organic lemon juice. Price: $1.25 each, or $15 for a 12-pack. Website: Retailers: Hattie's Food Hub, 395 Douglas St.; Acme Fresh Market; Krieger's Market; Mustard Seed Market & Cafe; Nature's Bin, Vita Urbana Bistro & Urban Market. When the show aired in Akron, "We got something like 1,000 orders within the first 10 minutes after our segment went up," he said. "It was amazing. I had my phone in my back pocket, and whenever I got an order, an email popped up, and I got a little buzz." He got so many orders that his phone was pretty much buzzing all night, he said. His watch party at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe that night was standing-room only. "It was absolutely packed with some of our best customers, friends and admirers," he said. "People from Hattie's Food Hub, the Blick Center, the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen, and MAGNET. It was pretty cool." Even without the investments, "I still very much think the experience was a win, because you saw five of the most fiercely cut-throat business people in the world understanding that social enterprise is the future of business," he said. Even Mark Cuban told him he was right. The downside of getting so many orders at once is that it will take a while to get them out. "We've already added a second shift at Hattie's Food Hub, as well as doubled our staff at both Hattie's and the Blick Center." And he has hired a couple more part-timers to help him run the business. Delahanty has also pushed back on his plans to launch more flavors in addition to the current apple and pineapple, and to develop acai-infused chocolates. "We've definitely gotten a huge amount of interest from smaller stores," including Lucky's Market in Columbus. "A grocery store in Austin, Texas, ordered 4,000 snacks before the 'Shark Tank' episode went up, our biggest order to date. They had a watch party and sold out of all of them." "What you don't see from the show is how much goes into it," Delahanty said. "I've been on 19-hour days since [last] Thursday. You don't see what we've done for weeks and weeks just to get set up" for when the show aired. He is determined that whatever happens to Peaceful Fruits going forward, that it will remain a sustainable and socially responsible enterprise. "If a General Mills or a [J.M.] Smucker bought me out to make this a $100 million business instead of a $10 million business, they can't abandon the rainforest; they can't abandon the folks at Blick," he said. We didn't get the deal, but its only a matter of time before you see #peacefulfruits on shelves! Thanks for the opportunity @ABCSharkTank -- Peaceful Fruits (@PeacefulFruits) February 11, 2017 Until then, "I'm scrambling to put something together to tell folks: 'Give us your patience. We are a small artisan fruit snack company that employs people with disabilities. If we started mass-producing it, then it wouldn't be what you paid for.'" [Delahanty appears at about 21 minutes into the episode...] Follow @janetcho
1498 points by The Plain Dealer | Snack foods Fruit Disability Fruit snack Peace Corps Developmental disability Entrepreneurship
Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns
WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.
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Parents lobby for vision screening bill
Opthalmologists question science behind proposal
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Congress repeals rule to keep guns from mentally ill
The US Senate has voted to overturn an Obama-era law that would have denied an estimated 75,000 people with mental illness from purchasing firearms, arguing it stigmatized people with disabilities. Read Full Article at
1293 points by Russia Today | Firearm Crime Disability Mental disorder Gun politics Open carry United States Senate United States
Congress revokes rule aimed at keeping guns from the mentally ill
The regulation was crafted as part of President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The regulation was crafted as part of President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man with a variety of impairments, including Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, shot and killed his mother at their home, then went to school where he killed the students, adults and himself. The Obama administration rule required the Social Security Administration to send in the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also have a third party manage their benefits. But lawmakers, with the backing of the National Rifle Association and advocacy groups for the disabled, opposed the regulation and encouraged Congress to undertake a rarely successful process designed to void regulations that Congress takes issue with. The 57-43 vote to revoke the regulation sends the measure to Trump.With a Republican ally in the White House, the GOP has moved aggressively on several fronts to rescind some of the Obama administration's final regulations on the environment, financial reporting and now guns. Under an expedited process established through the Congressional Review Act, a regulation is made invalid when a simple majority of both chambers pass a joint resolution of disapproval and the president signs it. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, spearheaded the repeal effort and said the regulation unfairly stigmatizes the disabled and infringes on their constitutional right to bear arms. He said that the mental disorders covered through the regulation are filled with "vague characteristics that do not fit into the federal mentally defective standard" prohibiting someone from buying or owning a gun.Grassley cited eating and sleep disorders as examples of illnesses that could allow a beneficiary to be reported to the background check system if they also have a third party to manage their benefits. "If a specific individual is likely to be violent due to the nature of their mental illness, then the government should have to prove it," Grassley said. The rule isn't scheduled to go into effect until December. It only would apply to those receiving disability benefits. However, someone who is added to the background check system before retirement age would remain there after retirement age. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he didn't know how he could explain to his constituents that Congress was making it easier rather than harder for people with serious mental illness to have a gun. "If you can't manage your own financial affairs, how can we expect that you're going to be a responsible steward of a dangerous, lethal firearm," Murphy said. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., argued that anyone who thinks they're treated unfairly can appeal, and are likely to win if they're not a danger to themselves or others. But Grassley said federal law requires a formal hearing and judgment before depriving someone of owning a firearm due to mental illness. Gun rights groups weren't the only organizations upset about the Obama administration's regulation. The American Civil Liberties Union criticized it, too. The ACLU said the rule advanced a harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, "a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent." More than a dozen advocacy groups for the disabled also opposed the Obama administration's regulation. The NAACP, the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities supported the Social Security Administration's efforts. "This heartless resolution puts the most vulnerable Americans at risk," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Make no mistake, this vote was really about deepening the gun industry's customer pool, at the expense of those in danger of hurting themselves or others." Meanwhile, the GOP-led House will seek to rescind more Obama-era regulations later Wednesday, including a Labor Department rule that critics say unduly restricts efforts in some states to test unemployment insurance applicants for drug use.
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Senate clears roll back of background-check rule for president's signature
The measure overturns a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired.       
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Danielle M. Eriksen: Those who rely on service dogs are harmed by pet owners who break the law
There’s a disturbing trend among some dog owners lately: passing their dogs off as service dogs in order to take them into public places where dogs are not allowed. These people may think their actions are harmless. They’re wrong.Policies preventing dogs from entering public spaces are there for a...
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Are ADA lawsuits about compliance or making money? (2 letters)
Thank you for highlighting the epidemic of Americans with Disability Act lawsuits which is occurring in Colorado and across the nation.
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Dear Mr. President: Philly students write to Trump

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How technology could change Ohio, according to Gov. John Kasich
Transportation, health care and job training were among the topics Gov. John Kasich discussed Monday to discuss technology and the 2018-19 state budget. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich wants Ohio to move forward in technology and shake being part of the "Rust Belt," he said Monday at Case Western Reserve University. An event at Case's think(box), a collaboration and resource center for entrepreneurship and technology, was designed to show how the governor's budget proposal would help Ohio use innovation in everything from rush-hour traffic to health services. That includes lower speed limits at high-traffic times and centralizing non-emergency medical transport. "Who wants to live with rust?" Kasich said. "I want us to be viewed as being in the 'Knowledge Belt,' which is frankly where we are increasingly living."  Various officials, including the directors of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Department for Developmental Disabilities, talked about some of the initiatives. Take a look at what Kasich said about his ideas. To read more details on the budget, which has been introduced to the statehouse, click here.  Transportation Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said among proposals in the budget is the idea of allowing ODOT to raise or lower speed limits and part-time use of road shoulders as driving lanes. This would be based on different conditions -- think rush hour or a bad snowstorm.  If approved, variable speed limits would be first tested in Columbus.  Wray also talked about the "smart highway" effort, which would include adding technology to I-90 to make it a testing ground for automated transportation. Read more about that here.  In mass transit, the system must change to meet peoples' needs, Kasich said. When looking at buses, you almost always see empty spots.  "We need to think about ways to use data analytics, the patterns people follow, to make sure we get them to where they want to get to, not where it's not very relevant anymore," he said. Jobs Kasich led off his remarks by moving operations into Ohio, including Nestle, Amazon Cloud computing and IBM data analytics.  The state still values manufacturing, but the job training needs even in that field are changing, he said. This means making sure that people get the help they need to move into these careers. "We've not been aggressive enough in being able to retrain people; it's going to be completely essential here," Kasich said. He did not identify a proposal in the budget that would address this problem. Health care Greg Moody, director of the Office of Health Transformation, said the state wants to centralize non-emergency medical transportation for those on Medicaid.  Right now, programs are county-administered, which can lead to confusion and occasionally having to switch transportation, Moody said. The state would first standardize companies qualified to provide transportation, then name a state broker who would connect patients with providers, he said.  Ohio is seeking to expand access to technology that helps people with disabilities, said Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin. As an example, he talked about remote sensors that would allow people with disabilities to live independently while giving loved ones alerts of variations in routines or medical problems. The proposed budget would add $122 million over two years toward efforts to serve people with developmental disabilities.  Education Education systems have to adapt to new demands and new jobs that come along with technological advances, Kasich said.  "I'm so proud of what we've done in Cleveland, but our education is 100 years old," he said. "Many times in America today, education gets in the way of learning." This includes adding innovation in public education that gives students real-world skills and job training in the field, he said. He also said that if universities don't adjust to better serve students and make sure they're trained for jobs they love and can find, they'll end up being beaten out by alternative education.  One problem is rising college costs, he said. A proposal in the budget would freeze tuition at public two and four-year colleges for two more years. Take a look at other education measures in the budget here. 
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At Rodgers Forge Elementary, students learn lessons in 'differences'
Questions filled the halls of Rodgers Forge Elementary School Friday during the school's first-ever Appreciating Differences Day, in which parents and professionals spoke with students about a variety of disabilities and how people with disabilities live and thrive. The morning program brought...
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Greece evacuates over 70,000 residents for WW2 bomb disposal in Thessaloniki
Greek authorities have begun evacuating tens of thousands of people from the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, as a bomb disposal unit is preparing to defuse an unexploded World War II air bomb. Read Full Article at
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Sununu’s budget proposal includes funding boost for developmentally disabled 
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is the state’s largest department – and it faces some complex challenges.This department is tasked with health coverage, expanding the state’s drug and alcohol treatment capacity and helping fix a Division of Children, Youth and Families that...
74 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Disability Developmental disability Medicaid Health insurance Portsmouth New Hampshire John E. Sununu Lista de Espera
Woman who pushed girl in train's path tells why she did it
Autumn Matacchiera knew something was wrong before she found herself on a train platform in Burlington City, N.J.       
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The ban on mentally ill people buying guns helps no one — blame Democrats
Republicans are moving to eliminate a rule instituted by the Obama administration that prevented certain people with mental illnesses from buying guns.
4 points by The Denver Post | Mental disorder Firearm Suicide Psychiatry Disability Mental illness Human rights Schizophrenia
Main Line couple give millions to MIT for autism research

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Teachers, activists slam Nebraska student restraint bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would allow Nebraska teachers to physically restrain disruptive students ran into backlash Tuesday from educators, attorneys and disability rights advocates. Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Groene said the legislation "fills a gap" by allowing teachers and administrators to stop students from continuing to disrupt ...
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Ubiñas: It's Groundhog Day for SEPTA's paratransit services

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Civil rights attorney gets a call from Josh Mandel days after trashing him on Twitter
Coincidence or confrontation? A Josh Mandel spokesman says Aimee Gilman's tweets had nothing to do with the state treasurer's outreach. But Gilman is skeptical. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Aimee Gilman was at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. last month when she decided to send a message to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. The Lyndhurst civil rights attorney logged into her Twitter account, dormant since last summer, and unleashed a series of blasts. "Josh Mandel does NOT support rights for people with disabilities," read the first, accompanied by a #stopjoshmandel hashtag. "Think about that." #stopjoshmandel Josh Mandel does NOT support rights for people with disabilities. Think about that. -- Aimee Gilman (@AimeeGilman) January 22, 2017 That was Saturday. On Tuesday -- three days and a half-dozen anti-Mandel missives later -- Gilman picked up the phone at her law firm and was surprised to hear Mandel's voice on the other end. Mandel made no mention of Gilman's tweets. But he launched into a sales pitch for the STABLE investment program his office administers for disabled Ohioans and their families. "He calls me up, and he starts going on and on about how he's calling me so I can spread the word about STABLE accounts," Gilman told in a telephone interview. A Mandel spokesman said Gilman's tweets did not prompt the call, which he ascribed to routine business. Gilman has trouble believing it was a coincidence. She said she told Mandel that he would "have to allow me a healthy dose of skepticism about the real reason" for his outreach. "This would strain the bounds of credulity," she said. "This guy couldn't help himself." As of Monday morning, Gilman had 28 followers on Twitter. Mandel had more than 12,500 at his @JoshMandelOhio account, which Gilman has tagged frequently in tweets since the call. Mandel, a Republican, is running for Senate in 2018. Gilman's tweets establish her as critical of the GOP and supportive of Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, whom Mandel hopes to unseat. She is particularly piqued by Mandel's backing of Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions. Most of Gilman's tweets since Jan. 21 have targeted Mandel. Others have slammed President Donald Trump, whose anti-establishment message Mandel is attempting to channel. "Josh called me to try and change my mind," Gilman wrote on the day of the call. "Nice try." #stopjoshmandel Josh called me to try and change my mind. Nice try -- Aimee Gilman (@AimeeGilman) January 25, 2017 The STABLE program allows participants to set aside up to $14,000 a year to pay for college, housing and disability-related expenses. Mandel promoted the accounts in televised public service announcements that he appeared in alongside Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Mandel's office has spent about $1.8 million on the ad, which hasn't aired since early December. Gilman, who said she also reached out to Mandel's office via email and phone before his Jan. 24 call, has agreed to meet at her office with the STABLE director later this month. "Nearly every day Treasurer Mandel is having conversations about STABLE with people in the disabilities community and those who serve and fight for individuals with disabilities," Mandel spokesman Chris Berry wrote in an email. "Aimee must have been one of those people." Told Gilman was skeptical about Mandel's reason for calling, Berry replied: "He called Aimee because someone saw her firm website and she seemed to be someone who could help spread the word about STABLE to the disabilities community. It had nothing to do with her social media or her email. I asked Josh and he didn't even know what email you're talking about. "I have no idea who this Aimee is and I'm sorry she's skeptical," Berry continued in his emailed response. "All we're trying to do with STABLE is help people with disabilities but obviously this person has some black helicopter conspiracy theories flying around." reporter Andrew J. Tobias contributed to this story.
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Pensacola woman Stephanie Davis turns trauma into triumph
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Stephanie Davis lost her vision six years ago, but she found her voice, her confidence, and her self-worth. It took a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head for Davis to see her value as a person. A lifetime of self-hate from abuse built up in Davis, ...
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Baltimore County must pay former worker $780,000 for violating disability law, jury decides
Baltimore County must pay more than $780,000 to a former longtime county sanitarian who said she was forced into retirement when supervisors refused to accommodate her disability, a federal jury decided. Dianne Van Rossum sued the county for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities...
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IMDb Is Shutting Down Its Discussion Boards
Blame the trolls: IMDb, the Amazon-owned website that provides movie, TV and celebrity content, has decided to shut down its message boards because they’re “no longer providing a positive, useful experience” for the vast majority of its users. “As part of our ongoing effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb, we... Read more »
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House votes to strike rule banning guns for some deemed mentally impaired
The rule's repeal, sought by gun-rights advocates, now goes to the Senate.         
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Norristown State Hospital closure troubles families

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PHOTOS: Wheelchair hoops at NHTI
Members of the NHTI community faced off for a game of wheelchair basketball on Thursday to raise money to purchase assistive technology for students with disabilities through the Zech DeVits Memorial Equipment Fund. NHTI residence hall students pull up a fight in the first half, but failed to humble...
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House votes to end Obama rule banning gun buys for Social Security recipients presumed mentally ill
The Republican-controlled Congress has voted to roll back an administrative rule blocking Americans deemed mentally impaired from buying guns, an early target of a lengthy list of Obama era rules lawmakers plan to overturn. Read Full Article at
1851 points by Russia Today | National Rifle Association Disability United States House of Representatives Mental disorder Second Amendment to the United States Constitution Barack Obama National Instant Criminal Background Check System Social Security Administration
‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities
People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.” Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four... Read more »
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Woman found guilty in death of disabled man left in hot SUV
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas jury has found a caretaker guilty in the 2013 death of a mentally disabled man who was left for hours in a hot SUV. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports ( ) that 56-year-old Debra King was convicted Thursday of criminally negligent homicide ...
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In Illinois group homes, adults with disabilities suffer in secret
TRIBUNE WATCHDOG SUFFERING IN SECRET: Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities Barbara Chyette holds up a picture of her late brother, Loren Braun, a group home resident who choked to death during a supervised outing. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune) By Michael J. Berens and...
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Polaneczky: Disabled superhero opens doors for people like him
Michael Anderson has lots of unofficial titles: Sixers fan. Political junkie. Digital-media geek. Thanks to his successful lawsuit against the Franklin Institute and its unexpected aftermath, Anderson's newest honorific is an official one:
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Clinton pledges help for those with disabilities
Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Wednesday stressed her support for people with disabilities.
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Clinton Stresses Support for Disabled
Hillary Clinton called for more job opportunities for the disabled in a speech in Orlando, Fla., saying, “We’ve got to build an inclusive economy that welcomes people with disabilities.”
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Clinton makes an unusual push: To win over disabled people and their families
She is targeting various populations with specific policies — and a bit of compassion.
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Clinton changes tactics, ignores Trump
Hillary Clinton's aides wanted their candidate to start talking more about policy and less about Trump. On Wednesday, Clinton did just that.
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