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Thousands of disabled lose right to vote under ‘incompetence’ laws

Thousands of disabled lose right to vote under ‘incompetence’ laws

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.” Some of those states use archaic language like “idiots” or “insane persons” in their statutes.

March 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability are more likely to be unemployed or economically inactive. And even if they are employed, they are more likely to be underemployed and have poor quality jobs including lower perceived fairness of pay.

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals around the country are taking steps to help homeless people find housing. Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

“Today, any pet owner can go online and buy a vest for a dog to pass it off as a service animal to gain access to restaurants, hotels and places of business… Their animals aren’t trained and end up misbehaving in these public places, which gives real service dogs a bad name.”

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Wildfires continue to spread through Northern California counties, already taking the lives of at least 31 people. Hundreds more are missing. Local officials and advocates fear that many among them are seniors or disabled people unable to flee, as many residents have, on a moment’s notice.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

The mutations, which occurred in children but not their parents, were found in both protein-coding and regulatory portions of the genome, researchers report.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Long-term disability insurance gets little attention but can pay off big time

Long-term disability insurance gets little attention but can pay off big time

Benefits consultants agree that although long-term disability coverage lacks the novelty appeal of some other benefits that companies are offering these days — hello, pet insurance — it can prove much more valuable in the long run.

October 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are self-driving cars the future of mobility for disabled people?

Are self-driving cars the future of mobility for disabled people?

Self-driving cars could revolutionize how disabled people get around their communities and even travel far from home. People who can’t see well or with physical or mental difficulties that prevent them from driving safely often rely on others – or local government or nonprofit agencies – to help them get around.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More