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.

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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Charter Schools Still Enroll Fewer Disabled Students

By | June 25th, 2012|Disability, Education|

Charter schools in most states continue to enroll proportionately fewer students with disabilities than traditional public schools, a new government report shows.

Read more in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/education/in-charter-schools-fewer-with-disabilities.html?src=rechp

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New York State Faults Care for the Disabled

By | March 22nd, 2012|Disability|

ALBANY — Nearly 300,000 disabled and mentally ill New Yorkers face a “needless risk of harm” because of conflicting regulations, a lack of oversight and even disagreements over what constitutes abuse, according to a draft state report obtained by The New York Times.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/nyregion/new-york-state-draft-report-finds-needless-risk-in-care-for-the-disabled.html?_r=1&hp

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