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    A breakthrough new blood test can quickly tell physicians a patients risk of dying or suffering severe complications from a head injury - and as a result allow them to act faster in certain high risk cases to save a life they may not have otherwise. A joint research team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan found that they could test for two specific biomarkers that indicate a person's risk of severe disability or death from a head injury in only minutes using portable blood analyzers. In doing so, doctors can get a snapshot of how serious a case they are dealing with. This allows to to act faster when providing more significant medical treatment - which doctors can be late on if they do not realize the true extent of a person's injury at first. These findings could be extremely valuable, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability among America's youth. In total,...
    (CNN)The Senate approved a House-passed bill on Monday night that would expand disability benefits to public safety officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following traumatic events, and would provide death benefits to survivors of officers who die by suicide in the wake of those events. The bipartisan legislation, called the Public Safety Officer Support Act, was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate on Monday. It passed the House in May so the legislation now goes to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.Previously, officer death benefits were not available to family members if the officer died by suicide. This measure expands the benefits to include officers who "took an action, which action was intended to bring about the officer's death and directly and proximately resulted in such officer's death or permanent and total disability and exposure, while on duty, to one or more traumatic events was a substantial factor in the action taken by the officer."According to the bill, it will apply retroactively to January 1, 2019, making the families of the four officers who died by suicide in...
    Beyonce has been called out by disability equality charity Scope for using an ableist slur on her new song Heated.  This comes just weeks after Lizzo apologised for using the same word on her song Grrrls - and had her track re-recorded.  Beyonce, 40, a global role model - has the lyrics: Sp**zin' on that ass, s**z on that ass' in the song in which she collaborated with Drake.  Not good enough: Beyonce has been SLAMMED by disability equality charity Scope for including an ableist slur TWICE in new song Heated - weeks after Lizzo apologised for using same the word The word can mean to 'freak out' or 'go crazy' in the US but it's very widely known  that it comes from the word 'spastic'. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next NBA star Stephen Curry and wife Ayesha put on a loved up... Ed Sheeran treats wife Cherry Seaborn to romantic candlelit... Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz put on a loved-up display... Share this article Share The term is often...
    Patients at a psychiatric institute in Washington, D.C., have endured years of “serious and disturbing abuse and neglect” from staff members that often left them physically injured, according to an investigation by Disability Rights DC. Numerous patients have reported feeling unsafe after being admitted for psychiatric care at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, which is the only private, for-profit psychiatric hospital in the district. Patients have detailed instances of short-term treatments leaving them “traumatized,” including incidents in which patients were “physically injured” by staff members or given drugs in order to be constrained, according to the 43-page report released Wednesday. MAYOR BOWSER REQUESTS ACTIVATION OF DC NATIONAL GUARD OVER MIGRANT BUSES “The patients at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington have a right to be safe,” wrote Disability Rights DC, which has the authority to open investigations into allegations of abuse and misconduct. “Alarmingly, for years, Disability Rights DC’s investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect at PIW have revealed evidence of serious and disturbing abuse and neglect at PIW.” A similar investigation last year detailed...
    Kamala Harris opened up a roundtable meeting Tuesday afternoon with disability advocates by announcing her name, sex, gender identity and what she was wearing. 'I am Kamala Harris, my pronouns are she and her, I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit,' the vice president said at the top of the meeting. The event was to mark the 32nd anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She said that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last month is particularly concerning to her due to the effects it could have on Americans with disabilities, claiming that the 'decision will uniquely impact' this community. Self description of her attire was seemingly for the benefit of any participants who are visually impaired. Self description of her attire was seemingly for the benefit of any participants who are visually impaired, but her gender identification led to criticism from Republicans. 'Okay…but what is a woman?' Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted in response to a clip of the comments. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote her own parody introduction:...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Yellowstone” actor Q’Orianka Kilcher has been charged with illegally collecting nearly $97,000 in disability benefits while working on the TV show, authorities announced Monday. Kilcher, 32, of North Hollywood, is charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, according to a statement from the California Department of Insurance. Kilcher in 2020 played Angela Blue Thunder for four episodes of the Paramount Network Western, which stars Kevin Costner. She also portrayed Pocahontas in the 2005 movie “The New World” and was in 2019’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.” While working on “Dora” in October 2018, Kilcher allegedly injured her neck and right shoulder, the insurance department said. A year later, Kilcher told a doctor handling the insurance claim that she had been offered work but could not take it because of severe neck pain from her injury, according to the insurance department’s statement. From 2019 through 2021, Kilcher received $96,838 in temporary disability benefits. But an investigation later discovered that Kilcher had worked on “Yellowstone” for several months in 2019 during the period...
    To apply for a position at ABC7 please click on the applicable link below. Scroll to the bottom for information about internships.Or send resume to:ABC7 Los AngelesHuman Resources500 Circle Seven DriveGlendale, CA 91201ABC7 Job Line: (818) 863-7JOB (818-863-7562)KABC-TV is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to provide information about our job opportunities to as many people as possible. Any organization providing employment information or job referrals may click here to email us to request to be added to our contact listClick here to see KABC-TV EEO 2021 report.KABC-TV EEO reports on FCC.gov.If you are interested in jobs with The Disney/ABC Television Group, please visit disneycareers.com.AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER | Click here to applyABC7 Los Angeles is looking for an Audience Development Producer to support all of its brands and programs, including Eyewitness News, On The Red Carpet and Localish. This person will create original and repurpose existing material for digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as publishing to abc7.com.Responsibilities:Growing the use of the #1 local TV affiliate hashtag in the U.S., #abc7eyewitness, through engaging with its users...
    (CNN)The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out free at-home Covid-19 tests that are designed to be more accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired.White House Covid-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said the administration will provide more accessible, rapid self-tests to Americans across the country for free through Covidtests.gov, which ships tests through the US Postal Service. The specific USPS form to place orders for Covid-19 tests that are more accessible to individuals with low vision or who are blind can be found here. Each residential address is limited to one order, which has two rapid at-home antigen Covid-19 tests. These accessible tests require access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and an iOS or Android app. "We developed this plan in close partnership with members of the disability community. An issue raised consistently was that individuals who are blind or low vision are often unable to utilize rapid self-tests on their own," Jha told reporters during Thursday's Covid-19 response news conference. "The President has made clear he is committed to addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities, regardless of...
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul is just rich trash Good news. HR 3967, also known as the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2021, which passed through the Democratic Congress with a 256-174 Democratic representative vote, has now passed in the Senate. The PACT Act expands health care and benefits to veterans who have endured physical suffering from their exposure to unsafe practices, like “burn pits,” while serving our country. The bill passed through the Senate 84-14. Republican senators Thom Tillis, Rand Paul, Mike Rounds, Richard Burr, John Thune, Pat Toomey, James Lankford, Mitt Romney, Cynthia Lummis, Richard Shelby, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Lee, James Risch, and the appropriately named Mike Crapo voted against veterans for pretend budgetary reasons.  It was with a sense of great relief for the many families and veterans on hand to celebrate the U.S. government finally doing what they should have done a very long time ago. All of these people were advocates for themselves, for their loved ones, and for the many veterans who have died. Jon Stewart was one hand, as he has dedicated a lot...
    HALSEY is being sued by their former nanny for allegedly not paying overtime wages and disability discrimination, a new lawsuit shows. The 27-year-old singer welcomed their first child, son Ender Ridley Aydin, in July last year, with boyfriend Alev Aydin. 5Halsey is being sued by a former worker after welcoming their first child last year 5The singer welcomed their son Ender Ridley in July last year According to documents obtained exclusively by The Sun, the singer, real name Ashley Frangipane, is one of the defendants in a 15-page complaint filed this week in Los Angeles. Plaintiff Ashley Funches is suing for failure to pay overtime wages, pay wages on a timely basis, reimburse business expenses, waiting time penalties and disability discrimination, along with failure to accommodate and engage. She claimed she worked "around the clock" for the singer in late 2021 and was fired after she complained about lack of overtime pay. Halsey MONEY TALKS Halsey slammed by 'humiliated' stripper who claims singer 'owes her money'‘WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE’ Halsey breastfeeds newborn son Ender in...
    AS inflation rates continue to stay high, many people are trying to get as many benefits they can in retirement. Unfortunately, people will not be able to claim all the benefits the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to offer. 1A person cannot collect Social Security retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) at the same timeCredit: Getty However, you will be able to maximize the benefits you will receive. That is why it is important to sit down with your family and loved ones and come up with a plan that will best work for you. Can I claim both Social Security and SSDI benefits? An eligible individual cannot collect Social Security retirement and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) at the same time.  Read More on Social SecuirtyPAYDAY TIME When Social Security benefits start and stop to be paid out explainedTAKE NOTE Why the Social Security rise in January is bad for claimants and future retirees Yet, an individual is allowed to receive SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits concurrently. So, if you think you will be able...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York Mets hosted three local wheelchair softball teams and some 75 schoolchildren with disabilities on Tuesday.It's all part of the 2022 Wheelchair Softball Tournament and Clinic at Citi Field.The tournament and clinic were put on by the Wheelchair Sports Federation and the Mets' Accessibility and Disability Alliance Employee Resource Group, and the event is sponsored by Citi and the Amazin' Mets Foundation."We try to get them to understand that, 'You can play, you can have a job, you can have a car, you can have a family,'" said John Hamre, with the Wheelchair Sports Federation. "And it's those benefits that we try to instill in them."The tournament was held in a round-robin format, and players from all three teams also led a clinic for kids with disabilities."When I'm not playing this, I do tennis and lacrosse throughout the year," softball player Suraj said. "And I do basketball here and there."Students got to see wheelchair athletes compete, two of whom were students in their same schools."I think it's beautiful to see people with special...
    Staff make their way around the aisles collecting items before sending them to the on-site dispatch hall to be packaged inside one of Britain's largest Amazon warehouses in Dunfermline, Fife.Jane Barlow | PA Images | Getty Images New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the Division of Human Rights has filed a complaint against Amazon alleging it discriminates against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities at its facilities. Amazon also allegedly forces pregnant workers and workers with disabilities to take unpaid leaves of absence, rather than providing them with reasonable accommodations, according to the complaint. The state cites several cases where Amazon allegedly failed to reasonably accommodate workers within its facilities. In one incident, a pregnant worker was given approval to avoid lifting packages over 25 pounds, but a manager refused to follow the accommodation, which meant the worker kept lifting heavy items. Amazon denied additional accommodations after the worker was injured, and they were subsequently put on "indefinite unpaid leave," the complaint alleges. The division claims Amazon fails to provide reasonable accommodations, in part, because it allows managers...
    (CNN)Brendan Lawlor is a man of his word.In October 2020, the Irishman told CNN Sport he hoped to "keep the ball rolling" for the next generation of golfers with disabilities.Now No. 1 in the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability, Lawlor has driven that ball across the fairway and over the summit -- and it doesn't look like it's landing anytime soon.Three years ago, he was acclimatizing to his new life as a professional athlete. Since then, the 25-year-old has become the first golfer with a disability to compete on the European Tour, won three disability events in a row through 2021, and rocketed to the top of the disability golf world rankings. JUST WATCHEDBrendan Lawlor: Irish trailblazer paves the way for disability golfersReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHBrendan Lawlor: Irish trailblazer paves the way for disability golfers 02:29In recent weeks, he has helped Prince Harry improve his swing and headlined a landmark new Tour for disability golf -- yet perhaps Lawlor's most cherished moment came at the final trials for his country's disability golf European Championships team.Read More"It's pretty crazy --...
      Sponsored content Everybody goes to their place of work intending to make money out of their work. Unfortunately, the workplace can also be the source of pain and suffering when an accident happens. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.7 million reported cases of work-related injuries in 2020. While most injuries sustained in workplace accidents are minor, there are instances where the injuries suffered can result in permanent disabilities. What Is a Permanent Disability? A permanent disability is a physical or mental impairment that leads to the loss of a person’s primary function in the long term. As used in workers’ compensation laws, a permanent disability is an impairment that remains after a person reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI) based on the treating doctor’s prognosis. Different states have different laws concerning workers’ compensation. Generally, all workers’ compensation programs provide a safety net for employees injured while on the job. In most states, an injured employee can recover all medical expenses and lost wages – present and future wages, including pension. Workers’ compensation differs slightly from...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — April is Fair Housing Month, and the city of Pittsburgh has big plans. Leaders in the city said this year they are pushing harder than ever to bring equal opportunities and fair housing to residents. READ MORE: Duquesne University Economist Explains InflationOn Monday, elected officials and advocates discussed their commitment to furthering fair housing initiatives in Pittsburgh. One of those people was advocate Leilani Farha, who previously served under the United Nations while fighting for adequate housing. The city, along with Pitt’s Global Studies Center, has brought her here to speak with local government leaders and share some public lectures about how to further secure people’s rights to live, rent and buy homes without discrimination based on race, color, nationality, sex, religion, family status or disability. READ MORE: South Side Business Owners Ask City To Curb ViolenceLast year, the U.S. government received more than 8,500 complaints about discrimination in housing, commonly regarding race and disability. Here in Pittsburgh, experts said we are not doing enough to keep minorities from leaving. “I’m really...
    UNEXPECTED changes can sometimes occur that could improve the benefits you get from the Social Security Administration (SSA). But generally, benefits annually increase due to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which measures the consumer price index. 1The COLA typically increases benefits annually, while other factors that can too In other words, SSA claimants are generally protected from rising costs. For example, the COLA jumped by 5.9% this year - bringing the average Social Security benefit to $1,657. But surprises happen (sometimes unfortunate ones) that could lead to higher benefits. We reveal them below. READ MORE ON SOCIAL SECURITYTAX HELP Thousands more now free from state taxes on Social Security - see if you qualifyOUT OF CASH Five reasons you might not receive Social Security benefits Spouse passes away  When a spouse passes away, the impacted widow or widower can claim a $255 lump-sum payment. Additionally, it’s possible your monthly benefit can increase if you were earning less in Social Security benefits than your deceased spouse. This is a part of survivor benefits, in which a widow or widower can get if they are age 60 or older....
    A mother who was born without arms has revealed how she's adapted to looking after her toddler, using her feet to cook and clean.  Belgian artist Sarah Talbi, from Brussels has learned to live without her arms since birth, and has shared a glimpse of how she cares for her three-year-old daughter Lilia, by using her feet to do things like washing and dressing her.  To get Lilia out of her crib, Sarah has taught her daughter to put her arms around her neck and she uses her core strength to lift her out and place her on the floor.  The mother-of-one cooks by sitting on top of a stool in front of her worktop, holding the knife with one foot and the vegetables with the others.  But she told FEMAIL that she used to be really scared she would hurt her daughter when she was a newborn, because she was so 'disconcertingly fragile.' Belgian artist Sarah Talbi, from Brussels has learned to live without her arms since birth, and has shared a glimpse of how she cares for her...
    Community members were inspired to do something when someone targeted a Florida child who lives with disabilities. The victim’s name is Marcos, and the apparent theft happened when his walker was snatched from outside his house, the Miami Herald reported Monday. In a social media post on Saturday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office detailed the incident and said it had good news and bad news for its followers. “First the bad news – someone stole 7-year-old Marcos’ red and black posterior walker right out of his yard on Pine Street in Bartow sometime between Sunday, March 20th and Monday, March 21st,” the post read, adding he attended Wahneta Elementary. “The good news is thanks to your generous donations to Polk Sheriff’s Charities, our deputies were able to buy Marcos a brand-new walker, in a beautiful shade of blue,” the office said. A photo showed Marcos proudly using the shiny walker, and another captured the moment he stood alongside loved ones and a first responder with his backpack ready to go: Good morning everyone – weve got good news and bad...
    A WOMAN was ordered to repay $61,000 following a Social Security Disability error, leaving her with just $9 a month. Stephanie Shirley, 65, from Fairport, New York, was forced to stop working after a battle with breast cancer left her too disabled to do her job. 3Stephanie Shirley had been forced to stop working due to her battle with breast cancerCredit: WHAM 3Social Security Disability wrote to Shirley saying she had to pay the money back within 30 daysCredit: WHAM She was given a financial lifeline when she was approved for Social Security Disability. Then in November she was effectively cut off by Social Security who demanded she pay back more than $61,000 within 30 days. "All of a sudden I get this letter telling me I owe them $61,000 dollars. The joke's on them," she told 13 WHAM. For two years she had received payments of around $1,800 a month, then just a few weeks before Christmas she received a letter. Read More in Social securityCHECK YOUR CALENDAR Benefits schedule reveals when SSI recipients can expect big cash boostCHECK...
    HARVEY Price has joined a talented crew of myth busters planning to smash taboos, challenge misconceptions and boost representation for people with learning disabilities. Harvey, son of model Katie Price and ex-footballer Dwight Yorke, is one of 18 'Myth Busters' championing people with learning disabilities as part of learning disability charity Mencap’s latest campaign - launching today.  19Harvey Price - son of Katie - is now one of Mencap's Myth Busters, hoping to challenge stereotypes around learning difficultiesCredit: Splash “Harvey is feeling happy and handsome,” says the 19-year-old college student in Mencap’s campaign video, which he stars in with mum Katie. “Harvey can do lots of things!’ MAKING CHANGE It’s human nature to want to see people that look like you on telly, in films, on magazine front covers, catwalks and playing sell-out gigs around the world. But for the 1.5 million people living with a learning disability, representation can be virtually nil. Mencap and its 18 Myth Busters are planning to change that though. Most read in Health NewsOUR LOSS My 'healthy' baby died weeks later after a...
    A stroke is an urgent medical emergency that may cause long-term irreversible brain damage that can lead to lifelong disability or even death. Recognizing signs of stroke and seeking early evaluation is key in determining eligibility for current acute treatments for stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and a leading cause of long-term disability, in the United States. Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. Strokes can happen to anyone, of any age, and at any time. Symptoms of stroke occur suddenly and, depending on which part of the brain is injured, may cause paralysis, impaired speech, sudden severe headache, impaired vision, loss of balance or even loss of consciousness. To familiarize yourself with the warning signs, remember the acronym B.E.F.A.S.T. B= Balance. Did they suddenly lose their balance and are unable to walk steadily? E= Eyes. Did they suddenly experience a change in vision? F = Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or become numb? A = Arm Weakness. Is...
    IT is no secret that having a disability can add to your monthly expenses. Prescriptions, doctor visits, and caretakers add up quicker than most people think - but there are programs that can help lift the burden off of your wallet. 1There are 61million adults in the United States living with a disability If you qualify for all three, you can get a maximum of $5,973 a month depending on your income and how severe your disability is. Social Security Disability Insurance The first program is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This program supplies support for those who can no longer work due to a disability. To be eligible for this program, an applicant must generally be making less than $1,350 per month (up from $1,310 per month in 2021) to qualify for benefits.  The only exception is for blind applicants, who can make up to $2,260 per month. An SSDI benefit is calculated very similarly to Social Security retirement benefits. Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS Deadline for automatic $660 monthly payments passes after $1,100 boosts sentHELPING HAND Number...
    A Paralympic snowboarder who won gold at the 2018 Winter Paralympics is fighting for the chance to compete in Beijing this year after her disability class was cut. Brenna Huckaby, 25, earned two gold medals in PyeongChang, for snowboard cross and banked slalom, and she was training to defend her titles in Beijing this March — until the Paralympic committee announced that there weren't enough women with her level of disability participating and axed her events altogether. Yet Huckaby was told that she could still compete in a different class, so she trained even harder to make the cut against women who are less disabled than she — and did so with flying colors. But now Huckaby says that recently-released rules have deemed her ineligible to compete that way, either, and she is taking to social media to fight for her inclusion. A Paralympic snowboarder who won gold at the 2018 Winter Paralympics is fighting for the chance to compete in Beijing this year after her disability class was cut Brenna Huckaby, 25, earned two gold medals in PyeongChang, for snowboard cross...
    Pictured from left to right are disability rights and inclusion activist ​​Imani Barbarin, writer and activist Ariel Henley, and mental health activist Dior Vargas. When people talk about their experiences, listen. Truly listen. Take in what they’re saying and not just how what they’re saying affects you. It’s a simple means of education, but the good news is, it’s completely free—no tuition, no registration. Someone else does all the work, and you get all the benefits. Those benefits with regards to a virtual panel we hosted with our Daily Kos staff in December simply cannot be quantified. Disability rights and inclusion activist ​​Imani Barbarin, writer and activist Ariel Henley, and award-winning mental health activist Dior Vargas talked transparently and honestly about ableism and the real costs of having a disability or mental illness. Some costs are more literal than others.  Henley said that when she aged out of her mother’s health care coverage, she wasn’t able to afford hearing aids until she received a six-figure book deal for her memoir, A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome. x x YouTube Video...
    SOCIAL Security benefits are paid out to tens of millions of elderly Americans and those with disabilities every year. There are three different types of Social Security benefits: retirement, survivor, and disability. 1Social Security Benefits Application How long it takes to get Social Security It generally takes the Social Security Administration (SSA) about six weeks to process your application and start your benefits. However, this time period can vary for a couple of reasons. Your benefits could get delayed if you supply incorrect information on your application. Another reason may be that the SSA needs additional or updated information from you. Finally, there is also a large number of applications being sent to the SSA on a daily basis, so you may encounter a longer-than-usual processing time. Most read in MoneyPAYDAY Surprise '$1,100 Christmas payments' arriving TOMORROW as $6,300 cash sent outCASHING IN Higher monthly social security payments to be sent out from January 2022STIM WIN Stimulus check payments worth $575M coming in January - here's who's eligibleSHOW ME THE MONEY Thousands of Americans can claim a...
    (CNN)A State Department officer who says he was struck by the strange constellation of symptoms now known as "Havana syndrome" in 2017 is suing Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the State Department for disability discrimination, according to court filings.It is the first known suit filed against the US government by a victim of Havana syndrome and comes as the State Department continues to face sharp criticism from some lawmakers and victims over its handling of the incidents and care for affected diplomats.Mark Lenzi, a member of the diplomatic security services, claims in the suit that he is a victim of a series of incidents beginning in 2017 in Guangzhou, China, and that the State Department retaliated against him for speaking up about his persistent symptoms.Since the first set of cases were reported in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, intelligence investigators have struggled to understand what -- or who -- is causing now hundreds of spies, diplomats and service members to suffer vertigo, debilitating headaches and, at times, traumatic brain injury. One working theory inside the intelligence community is that a...
    Twelve disability ambassadors have completed a zero-gravity flight 32,000ft above Earth as part of an initiative to advance disability inclusion in space. The crew, who have mobility, vision and hearing disabilities, experienced weightlessness and carried out a series of tests in an effort to better understand how spacesuits and space vessels can be made more accessible. They included scientists, veterans, engineers and artists. Twelve disability ambassadors have completed a zero-gravity flight 32,000ft above Earth as part of an initiative to advance disability inclusion in space. Centra Mazyck, an Army veteran and former Paralympian, is pictured floating during a weightless parabola The 12 ambassadors in front of 'G-Force One'. From left to right, back row: Mary Cooper, Cheri Wells-Jensen, Eric Shear, Apurva Varia, Sina Bahram, Zuby Onwuta, Mona Minkara and Viktoria Modesta. Front row: Sawyer Rosenstein, Dana Bolles, Eric Ingram and Centra Mazyck What is AstroAccess?  AstroAccess is an initiative dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in space exploration. On Sunday, a group of disabled scientists, veterans, students, athletes, and artists took part in a parabolic flight with the Zero Gravity Corporation...
    A PIVOTAL way those with compromised physical or mental conditions earn income is through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The vast majority of those who qualify for SSDI receive between $800 and $1,800 each month. 1Those who qualify for SSDI typically receive between $800 and $1,800 each month In 2021, the average monthly Social Security payment for the disabled was $1,277. What is SSDI? SSDI aims to provide relief for those with disabilities who can no longer work, or at the same capacity as once before. The benefit aims to replace a portion of the qualifying worker’s salary. How much you get will depend on the age you became disabled, and your employment history including the average amount of income you’ve had. To view your earnings history, you can check your statement online through your Social Security account. In addition, how much you receive from SSDI depends on how many credits you’ve earned during your work history. According to the Social Security Administration, workers received one credit for every $1,470 earned. Most read in MoneySKY HIGH Salvador starts mining Bitcoin using VOLCANO energy...
    Cori Bush has demanded Missouri Governor Mike Parson grant a last-minute clemency to a death row inmate who killed three people in a 1994 convenience store robbery, saying that executions perpetuates the cycle of slavery and lynching. On Friday, Bush and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II petitioned for Parson (R) to halt the execution of 61-year-old Ernest Lee Johnson.  Johnson, who is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre, was sentenced to death for killing three people while robbing a Columbia, Missouri convenience store in 1994.  He admitted to killing three workers at a Casey's General Store in Columbia on Feb. 12, 1994 - manager Mary Bratcher, 46, and employees Mabel Scruggs, 57, and Fred Jones, 58.  In their petition demanding clemency, Bush and Cleaver said: 'As lawmakers, we are committed to building a Missouri that is a beacon of justice, and who strive daily to represent the needs and demands of Missourians across the state. It is for this reason we urge you to immediately commute the sentence of Mr. Johnson. 'The...
    Chris Cummins  Two weeks before voters decide whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom, a second round of stimulus payments is landing in the bank accounts of Californians who make less than $75,000 per year — with one glaring carve-out. To get the money, you must have earned income last year — for example, from work, interest, rental income or private pensions — and filed tax returns. That excludes potentially hundreds of thousands of low-income retirees, veterans and disabled Californians who receive government benefits and do not work. They live on fixed incomes — and they’re asking why they were left out. Nearly 700 people have signed a petition to urge Newsom to send the benefit to people on Social Security Disability Insurance. More than 60 elderly and disabled readers have contacted CalMatters to express their frustration. In interviews and emails, 13 of them said that being left out of the Golden State Stimulus has caused them to doubt Newsom’s leadership if they didn’t already. “I’m very upset at him for that,” said Chris Cummins, 64, who rents a house...
    08/29/2021 On at 07:39 CEST Europa Press Michelle Alonso from Tenerife and Miguel Ángel Martínez Tajuelo from Jaén will be the two Spanish swimmers who will compete in the swimming finals this Sunday in the afternoon in the Tokyo Paralympic Games.The Canarian swimmer will seek her third consecutive gold medal in the SB14 100-meter breaststroke (intellectual disability) after a series in which she set the best time of the finalists (1: 13.25) and where she will have the British Louise Fiddes as her main rival. For its part, the Andalusian Martínez Tajuelo will be in the final of the 50 meters backstroke S3 (physical disability) after finishing with the eighth best record (54.88). On the other hand, the Valencian José Antonio Marí and the Catalan Óscar Salguero in the 50 free S9 (physical disability), the Zaragoza María Delgado in the 50 free S13 (visual disability) and the Valladolid Luis Huerta in the 100 could not access the finals breaststroke SB4 (physical disability).
    08/26/2021 at 6:37 AM CEST EP / Tokyo Spain qualified seven swimmers for the individual finals this Thursday at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with good options after what was seen in the series for Óscar Salguero, Toni Ponce and Nuria Marquès, and he also got the mixed relay 4×50 styles 20 points, which could give to Teresa Perales his twenty-seventh medal. Salguero got into the final of the 100 breaststroke of the SB8 class (physical disability), in which he is the current Paralympic champion, with the second best time (1: 10.19), so he will fight to be on the podium again . Carlos Martínez could not accompany him (1: 17.26). Ponce, silver this Wednesday in the 200 free S5, will look for his second metal in the 100, where he achieved the third best mark (1: 13.33) in a final that seems very tight and in which Luis Huerta, eighth (1: 17.75), but not this time Sebastián Rodríguez (1: 19.45). On an individual level, Marquès could also be in the fight for the medals in...
    It’s governors versus the White House this school year. And no one is winning. Kamala Harris kicks off Vietnam visit by calling out Chinas bullying tactics Welcome to the labyrinthine world of Paralympic classification.  It’s an intricate system grouping athletes by disability, designed to ensure skill, fitness and power decide results at the Games rather than impairment. Here’s a guide to the rules that govern when and where Great Britain will be going for gold in Tokyo. Athletics Visually impaired athletes compete in classifications 11-13. Those in 11, like 2016 two-time T11 gold medallist Libby Clegg, run blindfolded with a sighted guide. Paralympians with cerebral palsy and conditions causing involuntary movements compete in 31-38. Those in 31-34, like reigning T34 champion Hannah Cockroft, compete seated and 35-38 standing. Jonnie Peacock, Aled Davies and those who compete with a prosthesis are in 61-64, classes added in 2017. David Weir and athletes with impaired muscle power or range of movement classify as 51-17. Prefixes T and F are added to indicate whether athletes compete on track or field. Cycling Athletes able...
    ESAs are tasked with providing comfort but not necessarily technical tasks. Samantha Crozier An emotional support dog provides comfort and companionship for its owner.  You can qualify for an ESA if you have anxiety, PTSD, cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, and more. ESAs are allowed to live with you despite "no pets" policies from buildings or landlords.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Pets can be a source of immense comfort, but they can be especially helpful for people with conditions like depression or epilepsy.  If you have a qualifying condition, you can opt to register your furry friend as an emotional support animal (ESA). Emotional support animals are often dogs because dogs have been bred for centuries to connect with humans. Here's what you need to know about what qualifies you for an emotional support...
    Best camera drone under $100 gets a rare extra discount at Amazon Suni Lee has a very interesting reason for disappointing uneven bars performance: Twitter ACCESSIBILITY The 2021 Oscars featured audio description for the blind (spoken narration that describes onscreen visual elements) for the first time in the telecast’s history, while the in-person ceremony experience included a ramp to the stage and an ASL interpreter in the media room. Meanwhile, the Academy has received $1 million from the Ruderman Family Foundation to ensure accessibility at its upcoming museum as well as to support disability inclusion in its programming and educational initiatives. The year began with Sundance partnering with Easterseals to make the snowy film festival more accessible to attendees, including closed-captioning on every film, ASL interpreters at events and shuttle drivers trained to assist with wheelchairs. FELLOWSHIPS RespectAbility’s annual summer lab, which recently added Final Draft as a multiyear sponsor, provides workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities for emerging and mid-career entertainment professionals who have gone on to work at such companies as Disney, Netflix, Paramount and Showtime. The Center...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Claims of possible 'shakedowns' and 'threats' are being investigated in San Francisco's Chinatown, where business owners have received letters threatening lawsuits.District Attorney Chesa Boudin says the letters claim the businesses don't meet ADA disability requirements and often demand money with the threat of a lawsuit. His office has two investigators working to determine if they are fraudulent."They come in and it's just like the mob," says Hene Kelly, who is Vice President of the California Alliance for retired Americans.RELATED: Business owners in San Francisco's Chinatown collaborate to fight crime"If you don't pay us, the mob would say 'we'll break up your whole store.' This is, 'if you don't pay us and play with us, we will take your place away from you,'" says Kelly.Far East Cafe is one of the businesses that received a letter claiming they were not in compliance with ADA disability regulations, and then a letter demanding money, with the alternative being a lawsuit.Merchant representatives in Chinatown say there have been dozens of cases like this and Boudin says the demands are high."Right...
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