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- The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Films (TCM.com)
"TCM's exploration of disability in cinema includes many Oscar-winning and nominated films, such as An Affair to Remember (1957), in which Deborah Kerr's romantic rendezvous with Cary Grant is nearly derailed by a paralyzing accident; A Patch of Blue (1965), with Elizabeth Hartman as a blind white girl who falls in love with a black man, played by Sidney Poitier; Butterflies Are Free (1972), starring Edward Albert as a blind man attempting to break free from his over-protective mother; and Gaby: A True Story (1987), the powerful tale of a girl with cerebral palsy trying to gain independence as an artist; Johnny Belinda (1948), starring Jane Wyman as a "deaf-mute" forced to defy expectations; The Miracle Worker (1962), starring Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), with Jack Nicholson as a patient in a mental institution and Louise Fletcher as the infamous Nurse Ratched; The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), the post-War drama starring Fredric March, Myrna Loy and real-life disabled veteran Harold Russell; and Charly (1968), with Cliff Robertson as an intellectually disabled man who questions the limits of science after being turned into a genius." 10-12
- Disability Diagnoses (Family Village)
Provides a comprehensive listing of diagnoses.
- Disability Resources (New York Insititute for Special Education)
Provides over 100 resources related to disabilities, in alphabetical order by organization.
- Legal Issues for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD.org)
Describes relevant legal cases.
- Diagnosis - How a Student Gains a Diagnosis of Having a Disability (LDOnline.org - U.S. Dept. of Education)
"A school professional may ask that a child be evaluated to see if he or she has a disability. Parents may also contact the childís teacher or other school professional to ask that their child be evaluated. This request may be verbal or in writing. Parental consent is needed before the child may be evaluated. Evaluation needs to be completed within a reasonable time after the parent gives consent." 07-07
- Ways of Supporting Children With an Emotional Disability (Education.com)
"From the get go, make it clear that your classroom is a safe place where everyone is accepted. If a student with an emotional disability is behaving inappropriately in a way that is not harmful, guide your other students to ignore the behavior. Encourage your student by giving her responsibilities, such as passing out papers." 08-13
- Pat Bradley (HW Wilson Company)
Provides statistics on her achievements, as well as discussing the disability that she has had to overcome to return as a champion.
- O'Connor, Sandra Day - Justice in the Balance (CBS News)
"CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen said O'Connor's departure is 'far more significant' than the conservative Rehnquist's would have been."
" 'She was the pivotal "swing" vote on many of the most contentious issues of the day, from affirmative action to abortion rights, from campaign-finance reform to federal disability access law, from gay rights to the death penalty,' said Cohen." 7-05
- Stem Cells - Questions and Answers (BBC News)
"Stem cells are thought to hold huge potential for treating a wide range of disease and disability."
"They are still at an early stage of development, and retain the potential to turn into many different types of cell." 7-05
- -01-06-06 Economist: Cost of War Over $1 Trillion (Guardian Unlimited)
"The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert."
"The study, which expanded on traditional estimates by including such costs as lifetime disability and healthcare for troops injured in the conflict as well as the impact on the American economy, concluded that the US government is continuing to underestimate the cost of the war." 01-06
- American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACSLAW.org)
"The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law."
"ACS is committed to fostering a progressive vision of the law on issues such as access to the courts; anti-discrimination and affirmative action; civil liberties; consumer rights; criminal justice; disability rights; freedom of speech; gay rights; international human rights; immigration; labor law; open government; privacy; protection of health, safety and the environment; and women's rights and reproductive choice." 01-06
- Robotics in Homes (Quality of Life Technology Center)
"The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) whose mission is to transform the lives of people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability." 04-08
- -09-03-08 Medication Repairs Brain Tissue After Stroke (U.S. News)
"A little-used cancer drug called bryostatin can repair brain tissue if it's administered within 24 hours after a stroke, according to U.S. researchers."
"More than 780,000 strokes occur each year in the United States. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability in the developing world. Almost 75 percent of all strokes occur in people older than 65, and the risk of suffering a stroke more than doubles each decade after age 55, according to background information in the news release." 09-08
- Report: Use of Restraints in Public Schools (ABC News)
" 'Recent news reports document appalling stories of teachers tying children to chairs, taping their mouths shut, using handcuffs, denying them food, fracturing bones, locking them in small dark spaces, and sitting on them until they turn blue,' [Congressman] Miller said."
" 'This behavior that does, in some instances, look like torture of young children certainly is so inconsistent with our beliefs about our public institution that it's hard for people to come to grasps with,' said Miller."
"Today's hearing was spurred by a report published in January by the National Disability Rights Network, which canvassed 56 states and territories in the United States and found many examples of hard-to-manage students who've been injured or killed at school." 05-09
- Why Republican Leader Opposes Hate Crime Protections for Gays (CBS News)
"In an email, Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said Boehner 'supports existing federal protections (based on race, religion, gender, etc) based on immutable characteristics.' "
"It should be noted that the current law does not include gender, though the expanded legislation would cover gender as well as sexual orientation, gender identity and disability."
"Boehner's position, then, appears to be grounded in the notion that immutable characteristics should be protected under hate crimes laws. And while religion is an immutable characteristic, his office suggests, sexual orientation is not."
- Rape Victims Say Military Labels Them With a Personality Disorder (CNN News)
No records are available for the number of women reporting sexual assault who were then discharged from the military for a personality disorder. However, "Military records show the personality disorder diagnosis is being used disproportionately on women, according to military records obtained by Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic under a Freedom of Information Act request."
"A personality diagnosis discharge can carry a heavy financial burden."
"In the military's eyes, a personality disorder diagnosis is a pre-existing condition and does not constitute a service-related disability. That means sexual assault victims with personality disorder discharges don't receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help with their trauma. They can still apply for benefits, but it's considered an uphill battle." 04-12
- -08-29-14 Hate Crime Laws and Amish Beards (Time.com)
"In the fall of 2011, 16 members (10 men and six women) of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio executed five beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in other communities at night and by ambush over an eight-week period. The 16 defendants were convicted of federal hate crimes as well as lying to the FBI and obstructing justice."
"This week the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati overturned the hate crime convictions in a 2-1 sharply divided decision. The court upended the hate crime convictions for what it considered an error in the district courtís instructions to the jury."
"While this all might seem like splitting legal hairs over Amish beards, the decision is very important not only for the Amish, or for religious hate crimes, but for all hate crimes that are directed toward victims because of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, or religion. The legal decisions ensuing from this reversal will establish a judicial standard for how the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act is interpreted in the future." 08-14
- -02-03-16 Effects of the Zika Virus (PBS.org)
"Youíve heard about how this mosquito-borne virus is barreling through the southern Americas, namely Brazil, and how itís potentially linked to microcephaly, a condition wherein newborns are born with shrunken heads and severe disability."
"Thatís scary, and many parents in the U.S. are worried about the disease gaining a foothold on these shores. The World Health Organization said Thursday the virus could infect up to 4 million people this year. Since the Zika outbreak first sprouted in Brazil in May 2015, the country has notched around 4,000 cases of microcephaly. Before 2015, the country had fewer than 200 cases per year." 02-16
Provides information on the genetic disability that causes tumors on the peripheral nervous system. NF-1 is sometimes called von Recklinghausen's Disease.
- Global Prevention - Maternity and Perinatal Conditions (World Health Organization)
Explains that maternity and perinatal conditions that cause death and disability for millions could be prevented for 3 dollars per person in developing countries. 1-01