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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.

Autistic boy bullied and abused by LAUSD aide at Valley View Elementary, attorney says

By | July 19th, 2013|Disability, Education|

A 10-year-old autistic child at a Los Angeles Unified School was bullied and physically abused by an instructional aide for six weeks, leaving him with post-traumatic stress disorder, an attorney told a jury today.

Read more in the Daily News of Los Angeles.

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In Settlement With Disabilities Group, Berkeley Will Improve Access to Course Materials

By | May 9th, 2013|Disability, Education|

The University of California at Berkeley has reached a settlement with Disability Rights Advocates in what the group is calling a “landmark agreement” to improve access to textbooks, course readers, and library materials for students with print-related disabilities.

Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Education Dept.’s Guidance on Disabled Athletes Could Lead to Changes in College Sports

By | January 28th, 2013|Disability, Education|

Last week the Education Department issued new guidelines for elementary and secondary schools related to their treatment of disabled athletes. The department advised schools to make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate certain students, as long as those changes don’t fundamentally alter the way sports are played.

Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Editorial: Treaty Rights for the Disabled

By | December 4th, 2012|Disability|

The United States is a global leader in defending the rights of people with disabilities, thanks largely to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, one of President George H.W. Bush’s crowning accomplishments. Now the Senate has a chance to extend the spirit of that law — and with it, real protections for the disabled

Don’t label people with Down syndrome

By | November 16th, 2012|Disability, Education|

“It breaks my heart to think how many people would not have chosen to keep that precious angel.” — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, speaking about abortion and Down syndrome at the 2012 National Convention.

“I highly approve of (Mitt) Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” — Ann Coulter, tweeting about the

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Once a hero to disabled advocates, Jerry Brown sparks controversy

By | September 13th, 2012|Disability, Health|

BERKELEY — Four decades ago, people with severe disabilities had little political voice. Then Ed Roberts came on the scene, building the Center for Independent Living here into a model emulated worldwide.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0913-disability-rights-20120913,0,2197160.story

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