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Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.

Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.

San Francisco Firefighters Become Unintended Safety Net for the Homeless

By | August 27th, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing, Health|

SAN FRANCISCO — When the emergency bell sounds at Fire Station 1 here, firefighters pull on boots and backpacks, swing into Engine 1 and hurtle out the door in almost a single motion, a blast of red lights and caterwauling sirens. More often than not, there is no fire.

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Milestone for Disability Studies

By | July 24th, 2015|Disability|

The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

A generation or two ago, students interested in disabilities “had to invent our own programs,” finding faculty members in various disciplines who had an interest in the subject, said

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Parents of grown children with developmental disabilities worry about future

By | July 23rd, 2015|Disability|

The doctors told Elizabeth Criss that a child with her daughter’s disorder would only live until she was 8.

She would suffer from seizures, the doctors said. She would likely be unable to communicate and would have problems with her vision.

Almost all of that was true, except Emily Criss is now 29.

“We never expected she would

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L.A. loses discrimination appeal, white gardener may get $4 million

By | July 1st, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

The city of Los Angeles may have to pay a former park groundskeeper more than $4 million after a state appeal court last week affirmed a verdict for racial and disability discrimination.

James Duffy, a mentally disabled white gardener, sued after his Latino supervisor harassed him, assigned him to inferior jobs and told him, “I hate

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Court-appointed attorneys violated Disabilities Act, federal complaint says

By | June 29th, 2015|Disability|

disability-rights group has filed a federal complaint alleging that the Los Angeles County Superior Court has systemically violated the civil rights of intellectually disabled residents who are under limited conservatorships by failing to provide effective legal assistance through its court-appointed attorneys.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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Developmentally disabled to lose programs if California budget remains stagnant

By | June 10th, 2015|Disability|

The workshop where Destry Walker has been employed for 20 years swells with the sound of trainees who assemble boxes, operate blister machines that seal Res-Q-Me keychains in plastic and pack loose can dies into small bags.

For Walker, the workshop is where he has learned to become a leader and an advocate, where he earns

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Disabled L.A. man’s desire to vote leads to probe of alleged state violations

By | May 22nd, 2015|Disability|

Stephen Lopate was just a boy when he first mentioned he wanted to vote someday in a presidential election.

It was 2008, and he told his mother he liked Hillary Clinton because she was a smart woman.

Years later, when he turned 18, Lopate’s mother sought a court guardianship of her severely autistic son so that she

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