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Introduction to Disabilities

Welcome to our Disabilities topic center. To have a disability means that one has fundamental difficulty accomplishing things that others take for granted. Disabilities can be physical in nature (an inability to walk due to amputation, or muscular or neurological dysfunction, for example), sensory (as in blindness, or deafness), cognitive (as in brain damage or mental retardation), behavioral (as in an inability to work), or even emotional. This particular disabilities topic center contains mostly references to physical and sensory forms of disability, as other forms are adequately covered in other topic centers.

Disabilities — In The News
40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 -- about 16 million people -- live with at least one disability, a new federal government report shows. The findings are cause for concern because more than 13 percent of Americans (almost... Read More

Spotting Hearing Problems in Infancy May Boost Reading Skills in Deaf Teens

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaf teens have stronger language and reading skills if their hearing problems were detected at an early age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at a group of deaf children in England who were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss through an infant screening... Read More

Poor People With Diabetes Much More Likely to Lose a Limb: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor people with diabetes are much more likely to lose a limb to the disease than affluent patients are, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found the odds of having a toe, foot or leg amputated was... Read More

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Taking Off The Blinders: Viewing Blind Culture/Competence In A New Light

Planning for and leading an “Interactive Playshop” for the TX Govt Division of Blind Services both revealed and helped bridge gaps in my CDI – Cultural Diversity Intelligence. From... Read More

How Social Ties Affect Disability In Later Life

When I talk about wellness, I often describe dimensions such as emotional wellness, physical wellness, and spiritual wellness separately. But total wellbeing is much more than keeping all of these... Read More

Politics And The Needs Of Disabled People

During the Presidential campaign of 2012 each candidate has made unfortunate and incorrect remarks on a number of issues. One of the worst was Mitt Romney’s comments about 47%... Read More


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