Disability Studies: A New Normal

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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

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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

Too Young For Arthritis

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This film features young people discussing what it’s really like to have an ‘older person’s illness’ at such a young age and the impact that it has on their everyday lives.

The young people talk very openly and honestly about some very sensitive and difficult issues, including coping with treatments, hidden disability and their experience of being a long term patient.

arthritis-care-logo2At Arthritis Care, we believe that people with arthritis need much more than well-meaning sympathy. They, and their families and friends, need support, understanding, information and expertise, so that they can cope better and get the most out of life.

That’s exactly what our organisation does, through a wide range of services designed to improve life for everyone with arthritis.

If you are affected by arthritis we can support you through our helplines and self-management courses; our information and booklets; our local groups; and our campaigns to change attitudes and improve services.

People with arthritis are central to everything we do, and are involved at every level of the organisation. We need your support to represent people with arthritis, and to maintain and develop our services. You can beinvolved as a member, a donor, a subscriber or a volunteer. Your support is vital.

Arthritis Care works on behalf of over 700,000 people in Scotland who are affected by arthritis. It provides services and support for people with all types of arthritis, their families, and those who work with them.

More Information: http://www.arthritiscarescotland.org/

The Michael J. Fox Show

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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/