Tuesday, 16 August 2016

News and commentary from the broader disability community

Supporting parents with intellectual disability
NSW CID e-news, July 2016
Various courses and dates - The Parenting Research Centre is providing training in two evidence-based parent education programs for professionals who support people learning difficulties and intellectual disability. Click here for more information.

P.E.I. woman 'free like a bird' after living in hospital for almost 2 years
Laura Meader, CBC News, 5 July 2016
'Now since she got out, she's a different person altogether'
A P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island) woman with an intellectual disability is living in the community after advocates worked to get her out of hospital when officials wanted to place her in a nursing home ...

Giving a name to a disability
Top Secrets, 5 July 2016
Offensive now but once quite acceptable, these terms figured in the research for a lengthy article I wrote in 2014 about 32 men who spent decades eviscerating turkeys in a meat-processing plant in Iowa — all for $65 a month, along with food and lodging in an ancient former schoolhouse on a hill ...

Tougher eligibility rules force thousands off the disability pension and into financial hardship
Breakfast, Radio National, 14 July 2016 (Audio file)
The Federal Government's welfare-to-work reforms are pushing thousands of people off the disability pension and into financial hardship. Welfare rights organisations say their work is increasingly taken up with these cases ...

The MIT Lab That’s Quietly Pioneering Fashion For Everyone
Meg Miller, Co.Design, 15 August 2016
For Aimee Mury, finding clothing that works for her 11-year-old daughter Eliza is a challenge, and not just in the ways typical to buying clothes for a pre-adolescent girl. Eliza is autistic, with a low sensory threshold for tactile input; things like seams, loose threads, and scratchy tags are endlessly irritating to her. And while clothing lines specifically for autistic kids have cropped up in recent years, they don't address Mury's biggest challenge with Eliza's clothes: She literally tears through them ...

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