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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 26, 2012 Teacher who was fired after fertility treatments sues diocese
QUOTE: ...Herx's case bears some of the hallmarks of the case of Cheryl Perich, a former teacher who was fired from a religious school in Michigan after taking a medical leave of absence in 2004. At issue was whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to hiring and firing decisions involving "ministerial employees," such as teachers who teach secular subjects. The U.S. Supreme Court decided that Perich -- who taught secular subjects along with a religion class -- was considered a "minister" and could in fact be fired based on church doctrine.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 30, 2012 Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job
QUOTE: Federal and state laws ban discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. And amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees (including most employees with medical complications arising from pregnancies) who need them to do their jobs. But because pregnancy itself is not considered a disability, employers are not obligated to accommodate most pregnant workers in any way.
New York Times Nov 30, 2010 Abuses Found at Mexican Institutions for Disabled
QUOTE: the group, Disability Rights International, working with a Mexican human rights organization, said a yearlong investigation revealed “atrocious and abusive conditions” that included lobotomies performed without consent, children missing from orphanages, widespread filth and squalor, and a lack of medical care.
New York Times Nov 20, 2009 Arrests made in massive, $390/hour Video Relay Service scam
QUOTE: Dealing with some technology is challenging enough for the hearing-impaired without scammers taking advantage of federal dollars meant to help them. That's exactly what has happened with the Federal Communications Commission's Video Relay Service (VRS), however...
Ars Technica Oct 26, 2009 Sidewalks become battlegrounds
QUOTE: The nation's crumbling sidewalks have disabled residents taking their wheelchairs to the streets, a potentially dangerous practice that has cash-strapped cities and disability-rights advocates at odds over how to fix the problem.
USA TODAY Oct 17, 2009 In California, a Fight Against Faux Disabilities and Fake Permits
QUOTE: Every day all over California, officials say, untold masses of people are falsifying, misusing and generally abusing special license plates and windshield placards meant to provide easy access to parking for disabled drivers.
New York Times Aug 12, 2009 What Do We Know about Tourette's? If you have the idea that every patient curses unpredictably, think again
QUOTE: ...Tourette’s disorder is the subject of popular misconceptions...
Scientific American Jul 26, 2009 Should Schools Use Restraints on Students?
QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office reported more than 33,000 incidents of restraint or seclusion [of students] last year at schools in Texas and California, two of only six states that track such data. Nineteen states have no regulations at all regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Jul 13, 2009 Portable hyperbaric chambers: An expensive folly? (The Healthy Skeptic)
QUOTE: They can alleviate altitude sickness, but there's no evidence they [hyperbaric chambers]live up to claims of slowing or reversing aging and treating severe autism and cerebral palsy.
Los Angeles Times Jun 18, 2009 Woman's Death Outside Shelter Stirs Questions: Friends Say She Was Rejected Because of AIDS Complications; City Disputes Account
QUOTE: "They kicked her [Renee Paige] out of the shelter. They put her out because she couldn't keep herself clean, her bowels and so forth, because of her AIDS," said Tamela Bowens, 46, a friend of Paige's...
Washington Post Jun 02, 2009 Study finds antidepressant doesn't help autistic children
QUOTE: An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo, according to a report published today.
Los Angeles Times Nov 14, 2008 How Dogs Help Those With Autism (Tara Parker-Pope on Health)
QUOTE: Aaron has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, often considered a high-functioning form of autism, and his doctors believe a service dog will relieve anxiety and help him cope with the disorder....a lawsuit claims the building owners violated the Fair Housing Act by imposing unreasonable demands on Aaron’s parents before allowing a dog.
New York Times Nov 06, 2008 Four Google Officials Likely to Stand Trial in Italy
QUOTE: Google is awaiting confirmation that four employees will face charges in Italy for failing to stop the publishing of a video of a disabled teenager being bullied.
PC World Sep 08, 2008 Montgomery Disability Practices Under Fire: Report Calls Patterns Seemingly 'Abusive'
ABSTRACT: More than 60 percent of Montgomery County police officers who retired in the past four years are collecting disability payments, including one who was a top finisher in a fitness contest a year after retiring on disability....Inspector General Thomas J. Dagley cited "questionable practices" and patterns or behaviors that a "prudent person would consider abusive."
Washington Post Aug 18, 2008 U.S. Says Many Apartments Violate Law on Disabled
QUOTE: But the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan has sent letters to about a dozen of the city’s most prominent landlords and their architects saying that some of their buildings were “not accessible to persons with disabilities,” which would constitute discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.
New York Times May 20, 2008 Disabled Riders Question Need For MetroAccess Recertification
QUOTE: Her disability is permanent. But every three years, she must go through a time-consuming process that will cost Metro more than $1 million this year to prove a basic fact of life for her and thousands of other riders: Her disability makes it difficult for her to ride Metrorail or Metrobus and therefore qualifies her for curb-to-curb MetroAccess service.
Washington Post May 20, 2008 Ruling on U.S. Currency and the Blind
QUOTE: The 2-to-1 ruling, which could have implications not only for blind people but also for vending machine-manufacturers and even companies that make wallets and purses, found that the Treasury Department had failed to demonstrate that it would be too burdensome to make bills of different sizes or add features that can be read by touch to distinguish monetary value.
New York Times May 16, 2008 Panel Backs Amputee Sprinter’s Olympic Quest
QUOTE: The Court, an international panel which has final say over legal matters in sport, overturned the International Association of Athletics Federations’ ban, ruling in effect that Pistorius’ carbon fiber prosthetic blades do not give him an unfair advantage.
New York Times May 14, 2008 For the Disabled, Age 18 Brings Difficult Choices
QUOTE: Many of these young people will transition to adulthood smoothly, but for the most seriously disabled, the options for care often prove limited. As a result, about 8,000 people under age 30 are among roughly 1.4 million nursing home residents, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
New York Times Apr 22, 2008 Parents of Special-Ed Students Oppose Changing Consent Rule
QUOTE: A proposed revision of Virginia's special education rules is triggering widespread protests among parents of disabled students, who say it would strip them of power in negotiating their children's education.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2008 This Land: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
QUOTE: Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville...A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.
New York Times Feb 21, 2008 Life’s Work: I’m Ill, but Who Really Needs to Know?
QUOTE: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from dismissing or failing to hire a chronically-ill employee on the basis of that disability “if they are able to do the job with reasonable accommodation,” she said. But in many cases, “reasonable” and “able” and even “job” all become open to interpretation...
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Human Dignity Also Needs to Be Preserved
QUOTE: HUD filed a complaint against the D.C. government, alleging that by denying the Lucases permission to install a ramp, the city is violating anti-discrimination laws. "I hope they would get off the position that historic preservation trumps fair housing or any law that protects the disabled,"...
Washington Post Dec 31, 2007 Waiting Too Late to Test? Parents Protest as Area Schools Delay Learning-Disability Screening in Hopes Of Avoiding Costly Special Education
QUOTE: Many educators say learning disabilities have been over-diagnosed and are seeking ways to address learning difficulties in mainstream classrooms, rather than addressing them through special education for as much as twice the cost....a backlash among parents who say their children aren't getting the help they need.
Washington Post Nov 17, 2007 A Learning Disability: Little is being done to give vets the educational opportunities their elders enjoyed.
QUOTE: Is it time for a new GI Bill? Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face so many other difficulties, it's hard to imagine the government's making their college subsidy a priority. Huge numbers suffer from brain injuries and emotional trauma and aren't getting enough care...Even some advocates of better vet care question if the government has the same moral obligation to volunteers in today's military as it did to draftees six decades ago.
Newsweek Nov 16, 2007 Wounded warriors face home-front battle with VA
QUOTE: His story is one example of how medical advances in the battlefield have outpaced the home front. Many wounded veterans return home feeling that the VA system, specifically its 62-year-old disability ratings system, has failed them.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 15, 2007 How the World Thinks About AIDS
QUOTE: The [MAC AIDS Fund] survey also suggests an enduring stigma surrounding HIV. Nearly half of the people surveyed reported being uncomfortable working with those who are HIV positive, while slightly more than half of the respondents did not want to live in the same home as someone infected with HIV.
Time Magazine Nov 14, 2007 Mentally Ill in Serbia Are Abused, Report Says
QUOTE: In the report, which is expected to be read closely by European Union officials who are assessing Serbia’s readiness to join the 27-member bloc, researchers concluded that “filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilitation and a failure to provide oversight renders placement in a Serbian institution life-threatening.”
New York Times Oct 11, 2007 Suspended Player Fights N.F.L. Ban
QUOTE: He has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asserting that the N.F.L. declined to reinstate him because officials believe he is an alcoholic. That, his complaint says, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which categorizes people as disabled if they have a record of alcoholism and have received treatment.
New York Times Aug 23, 2007 Collateral Damage: Gravely injured in an Israeli missile attack, a 5 year-old Palestinian girl is at the center of a fight over whether Israel should continue to provide treatment.
QUOTE: Although it has never formally accepted responsibility, the Israeli government has largely sponsored her complicated medical rehabilitation for the past 15 months. But now her father has been told by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that his daughter must leave Israel and return to the territory of the Palestinian Authority. "Sending her away from this hospital, out of Israel, is like sending her to hell," says Aman, 30.
Newsweek Jul 11, 2007 Double Amputee to Face Top Able-Bodied Sprinters
QUOTE: a member of the I.A.A.F.’s governing council, said there was much misunderstanding in the new case. “I see this as an extension of our general principles that competition should be between athletes and not manufacturers...We’re looking for fairness...”
New York Times Jun 28, 2007 Tree-Cutting Proposal Near C& O Canal Spurs Debate
QUOTE: A developer wants to cut down a swath of trees where he is building a home overlooking the C&O Canal in Potomac, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act gives him the right because his two young children are allergic to nuts on the trees.
Washington Post Jun 19, 2007 How the News Media Handicap Those with Disabilities: Be careful with language, and avoid "feel good" stories about overcoming disabilities. Here's an example.
QUOTE: It's a good month when the usual reporting on disability is balanced by even a single good story .... Journalists need to stop "confining" their coverage of people with disabilities to the old formulas.
Poynter Online May 22, 2007 Parents of Disabled Child Win Ruling: High Court Says They Don't Need Lawyer to Sue Over Special-Ed Needs
QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that parents of disabled children do not have to hire lawyers to sue school districts when they attempt to ensure that their children's special needs are adequately met.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2007 Soldier says he was deployed with head injury
QUOTE: Pogany agrees with other critics who have noted that injured troops separated from service with bad-conduct discharges and diagnoses of pre-existing personality orders have no shot at disability retirement benefits — which holds down the military’s costs to pay those benefits.
Army Times Oct 12, 2006 9th Circuit: UPS Can't Refuse to Consider Hearing-Impaired Drivers
QUOTE: United Parcel Service violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to consider hearing-impaired workers for driving positions.
Law.com Jul 04, 2006 Fewer Disabled Workers In Federal Civilian Jobs
QUOTE: The federal government considers itself a model employer of people with severe disabilities, but...the latest numbers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show that disabled workers make up less than 1 percent of the federal workforce despite the Bush administration's efforts to reverse the trend.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2006 Medicaid Rule Called A Threat To Millions: Proof of Citizenship Needed for Benefits
QUOTE: A Medicaid rule takes effect tomorrow that will require more than 50 million poor Americans to prove their citizenship or lose their medical benefits or long-term care. Under the rule, intended to curb fraud by illegal immigrants...unintended consequence of harming several million U.S. citizens who, for a variety of reasons, will not be able to produce the necessary paperwork.
Washington Post Mar 12, 2006 A Wrongful Birth?
QUOTE: cases are exposing...the relatively new belief that we should have a right to choose which babies come into the world.
New York Times Feb 24, 2006 Disabled In Jeopardy, Report Says: D.C. Group Home Problems Remain
QUOTE: The District government has failed to meet promises to improve conditions for mentally and physically disabled residents in its group homes, even after a series of deaths stemming from inadequate care...
Washington Post Nov 29, 2005 4 Deaths in D.C. Group Homes Raise Concerns About Neglect
QUOTE: The District government is failing to provide adequate care for mentally and physically disabled residents in its group homes, according to a court monitor who found that a pattern of neglect led to four deaths in the past year.
Washington Post Nov 15, 2005 In Special-Ed Case, Court Backs Montgomery Schools: Parents Challenging Plans Have Burden of Proof
QUOTE: Supreme Court ruled yesterday that parents of special-education students disputing proposed instructional plans for their children have the burden of proving why the plans are inadequate.
Washington Post Nov 10, 2005 Court Hears Paraplegic Inmate's Case
QUOTE: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday about whether states should have to pay damages if they fail to accommodate disabled prison inmates, hearing from a paraplegic Georgia prisoner who alleges his maximum-security cell is so small he is unable to turn his wheelchair or use the toilet.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2005 Half the Size, Twice the Man
QUOTE: ...a starter on punt coverage and a kid, yes, born without legs.... And now they were telling him he couldn't play without shoes?
Sports Illustrated (SI) Jun 09, 2005 Developer to Modify Units to Aid Disabled
QUOTE: "One of the nation's largest residential apartment developers agreed yesterday to survey and, if needed, retrofit thousands of apartments in 71 buildings across the country to settle charges that its properties are not accessible to the physically handicapped."
Washington Post Apr 02, 2005 Schiavo Raised Profile of Disabled: Question Swirl About End-of-Life Issues
QUOTE: "Among the disability rights community, it is a generally held belief that in society at large the view is 'better dead than disabled.' " Distrustful of the medical establishment and worried they may be considered a "burden," disabled people such as Stothers fear they may be one ER visit away from becoming the next Terri Schiavo.
Washington Post Mar 10, 2005 When Torment Is Baby's Destiny, Euthanasia Is Defended
QUOTE: Babies born into what is certain to be a brief life of grievous suffering should have their lives ended by physicians under strict guidelines, according to two doctors in the Netherlands.
New York Times Mar 01, 2005 High Court Reviews Access for Disabled on Foreign-Flag Cruise Ships
QUOTE: Attorneys for a group of passengers and for the Bush administration yesterday urged the Supreme Court to require foreign-flagged cruise ships to be fully accessible to the disabled...
Washington Post Aug 30, 2004 School Achievement Reports Often Exclude the Disabled
QUOTE: The trend toward avoiding accountability is alarming advocates for the nation's six million disabled students, who see it as an erosion of the education act's disclosure requirements.
New York Times Jun 20, 2004 In New Tests for Fetal Defects, Agonizing Choices
QUOTE: ...doctors and genetic counselors flood patients with scientific data, leaving them alone for the hard conversations about the ethics of abortion, and how having a child with a particular disease or disability would affect them and their families.
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