There is a large group of people in the Netherlands who also benefit from well-designed cycling infrastructure, the disabled.
By Rebecca Beitsch
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 that school administrators worry could open schools to more litigation and prove costly for districts.
The suit was brought by the girl and her parents, the Frys, after her public school initially refused to let her bring her dog to school. The dog helps with opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, and other tasks. [Read more…] about Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools
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 allow enough room to turn around. Light switches are too high and electrical outlets too low to reach easily. Cabinets beneath a kitchen sink prevent someone from rolling up close and doing the dishes.
It’s an “aha moment” for most of his students, who’ve never actually experienced these kinds of limitations or realized so keenly how home design can interfere with — or promote — an individual’s functioning. [Read more…] about How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers
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. Mom never cooked like that,” she said.
The mother and daughter live together in Yeadon, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia.
Perez is literally in the center of the family. She spends much of her day tucked under a fleece blanket on a recliner in the middle of the living room. The 87-year-old doesn’t seem to notice as her daughter and grown grandchildren come and go, but they keep up a steady one-sided conversation with her anyway.
“If I kiss her, she might lean towards me, and sometimes she’ll nod,” said Bobo. “What she can do, at times, is smile at you and say a word like, ‘uh huh.’”
Perez can’t lift her arms or move her legs.
A rotating crew of family members takes turns caring for her. They are experienced and they have routines and schedules, but a few months ago, the pressure of lying in one place created a small blister on Perez’s hip. The blister burst and that became a bedsore and wouldn’t heal.
“I couldn’t get it to go away,” Bobo said. “When I say we were at our wits’ end to fix this, we were beyond there.”
About 44 million Americans are unpaid family caregivers like Bobo — sometimes for a child with special needs, more often for a frail older adult, according to a 2015 estimate from the National Alliance for Caregiving. [Read more…] about Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve
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 limited motor abilities or developmental disabilities, and to gain hands-on experience in toy adaptation.
Fifty toys will be adapted this year, chosen by parents, caregivers and providers for the intended recipients from a list of toys selected for adaptability, function, sensory stimulation and educational factors.
Photo: Taskar Center for Accessible Technology/ University of Washington
- To learn more go here.