Disability Studies: A New Normal

The New York Times
by Cecilia Capuzzi Simon

Disability Studies

“The temporarily able-bodied, or TABs. That’s what disability activists call those who are not physically or mentally impaired. And they like to remind them that disability is a porous state; anyone can enter or leave at any time. Live long enough and you will almost certainly enter it.

That foreboding forecast is driving growth in disability studies, a field that didn’t even exist 20 years ago. The reasons are mainly demographic: as the population ages, the number of disabled will grow — by 21 percent between 2007 and 2030, according to the Census Bureau.

At the other end of the generational spectrum are those raised after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990. They are now in college or entering the work force. They are educated, perhaps without even realizing it, in the politics and realities of disability, having sat in the same classrooms in a more accessible society.”

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Design Meets Disability: Diverse Meetings

File0007“Disabled people do not all share a single experience, even of the same impairment; likewise, designers in the same discipline do not follow a single approach or hold the same values. Exciting new directions will arise from individual designers working with disabled individuals on particular briefs. This will produce different responses each time, complementary and even contradictory directions, but this richness is needed.” — Graham Pullin, Design Meets Disability

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The Michael J. Fox Show

It’s been 22 years since Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating illness that had put his career on hold. His return to television, including new NBC comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show,” has been an inspiration to those with the same diagnosis. NBC’s Willie Geist reports.

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“I don’t look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of the community. I’m a visible member of the community. If I can set the example for people and make them feel that you don’t have to shut it down. You don’t have to withdraw. It doesn’t have to be life shattering, life ending or life destroying or anything. Just be a new thing that pushes you to a new place.” — Michael J. Fox.

More Information: http://www.nbc.com/the-michael-j-fox-show/

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What’s Going On At The Arthritis Foundation?

WBS-TV Atlanta: Major Layoffs at Arthritis Foundation 



“The Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation’s national headquarters laid off twenty-six administrative workers, nearly twenty percent of its entire staff.

But even with the foundation’s financial problems, its most recent tax return shows that in 2001 Dr. Klippel [Arthritis Foundation CEO] got a raise: more than a half million dollars in pay and benefits including a seventy thousand bonus.

Those same tax records show in 2011, outside fundraising firms raised nearly fourteen and a half million dollars for the Arthritis Foundation, but the foundation only got about 3.1 million–which is 22 percent of it–enough for watchdog Charity Navigator to give the nonprofit a one-star rating.”

Read More: http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/major-layoffs-at-arthritis-foundation/vs6q7/

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