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Long waits and long odds for those who need Social  Security disability

Long waits and long odds for those who need Social Security disability

In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

Many people with disabilities can live independently because of supportive services that are covered under Medicaid, the government health insurance for people with disabilities and the poor. These services would likely disappear under the GOP Medicaid cuts.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who else benefits from Dutch cycle lanes?

Who else benefits from Dutch cycle lanes?

There is a large group of people in the Netherlands who also benefit from well-designed cycling infrastructure, the disabled.

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline A Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday could make it easier for disabled students and their parents to sue schools under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, involving a Michigan girl and her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, is one of several the court is considering during its current term […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too narrow to get through. Hallways don’t […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dementia has been slowly stealing Ruth Perez’s memory and thinking ability for 20 years. Her daughter, Angela Bobo, recalled when it was clear that her mother was never going to be the same. “She would put food together that didn’t belong together — hamburger and fish in a pot. […]

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

On Dec. 11 at the TCAT Hack for Access: Holiday Toy event, community volunteers will disassemble and rewire toys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. The event is an opportunity for community members to learn about the adaptive needs of people with […]

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Special education court case could prove costly for schools

Special education court case could prove costly for schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline The Supreme Court review of a battle between the parents of an autistic child and his Colorado school district could help raise the standards of education for some of the more than 6 million disabled schoolchildren across the United States. But it could also prove expensive for already cash-strapped school districts. Federal […]

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Denise Sleeper has sold her home, spent most of her retirement savings and quit her job to care for her husband since his Alzheimer’s disease struck two years ago. “It’s been like a tsunami in my life,” said Sleeper, of Gilford, N.H. She’s drained $168,000 from the couple’s retirement […]

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

From the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner OLYMPIA, Wash. – Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts this Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. The Washington state insurance commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is geared up to provide help in your […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More