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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.

New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice System

By | December 2nd, 2014|Disability, Health, Police & Community|

In an effort to reduce the growing number of inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems in New York City’s jails, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Monday to significantly expand public health services at almost every

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CSUN professor creates film for persons with disabilities on how to avoid getting shot by police

By | August 27th, 2014|Disability, Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

Stories of excessive force complaints, officer related shootings, and general police dickery are becoming more and more commonplace in the United States. The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, have cast new light on the disturbing trend of police officers responding to potential threats from citizens with deadly force. More

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LAPD chief faces tense crowd over shooting of mentally ill man

By | August 20th, 2014|Disability, Health, Police & Community|

The atmosphere in a South Los Angeles church was at times tense Tuesday night as residents and activists peppered Los Angeles police officials with questions about two officers’ fatal shooting of a mentally ill man.

http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-lapd-shooting-20140820-story.html

Los Angeles Times

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Shift in Law on Disability and Students Shows Lapses

By | June 25th, 2014|Disability|

Fewer than a third of states and territories now comply with federal disability law under a change announced Tuesday in the way the Department of Education evaluates how well public schools educate students with disabilities.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/us/shift-in-law-on-disability-and-students-shows-lapses.html?ref=education&_r=0

The New York Times

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Dropping the Ball on Disabilities

By | April 2nd, 2014|Disability|

INDIANAPOLIS — New college students with disabilities are often insecure. Navigating a complicated bureaucracy for the first time with far less institutional support than they had in high school, these students often must overcome stigma and ignorance surrounding their disabilities and advocate for themselves, which they’re often not used to doing. The alternative: risk not

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Disabled Athletes Eager for New Options After Federal Government Reminds Institutions of Their Obligations

By | March 18th, 2014|Disability, Education|

A little over a year ago, the U.S. Department of Education issued policy guidelines that sparked a renewed thrust to create and expand opportunities for disabled athletes.

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Swimmer Is Fighting a Ruling: She Is Not Disabled Enough

By | September 27th, 2013|Disability|

EXETER, N.H. — Racked by sudden spasms in her shoulders, back and hands — the things she most relies upon to offset her paralyzed legs — the American swimmer Victoria Arlen failed to qualify for the final in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Paralympics last summer. But she persevered in the freestyle, going on to

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Jury Finds in Favor of Deaf Medical Student but Awards No Damages

By | September 5th, 2013|Disability, Education|

A federal jury in Omaha, Neb., decided on Wednesday that Creighton University had discriminated against a deaf medical student and violated federal laws by not providing him with special equipment and interpreters, the Associated Press reported. The jurors did not, however, award any damages to the student, Michael S. Argenyi, because they determined that

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Jury clears LAUSD in bullying/abuse lawsuit filed by autistic boy

By | August 16th, 2013|Disability, Education|

A jury has rejected a lawsuit brought on behalf of an autistic child who claimed he was bullied and physically abused by a behavioral

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