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  • Obama Admin. Creates Right for Disabled Students to Play Sports

    01/26/2013 7:59:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 88 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1-25-2013 | Tony Lee
    School districts that do not provide deaf students "a visual cue" alongside a starter pistol to enable them to compete on the track team or create basketball and tennis leagues for students in wheelchairs will be in violation of federal law and could lose government funding. On Friday, the Obama administration declared disabled students "have the right" to "an equal opportunity to participate in their schools' extracurricular activities." In essence, the Obama administration established the right for disabled students to play wheelchair basketball or wheelchair tennis. The U.S. Department of Education sent a guidance letter to schools, school districts, and...
  • Scuba Diving in a Wheelchair is Now Possible for The Handicapped (Must See Video)

    09/04/2012 1:09:18 PM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies
    GATE ^ | 9/4/12 | Chuck Wolk
    The world is getting smaller and smaller every day, and in the last 30 years it has even become smaller for those who are limited to wheelchairs due to crippling injuries or birth defects. In the three videos I offer for your viewing, you can see British artist Sue Austin as she navigates underwater in a swimming pool and around a coral reef in the Ocean using a specially designed wheelchair.Sue Austin, is a British artist who has been disabled since 1996. Sue has created her own style of artistic expression she calls "Freewheeling". Before her new found fame with...
  • Scuba Diving in a Wheelchair is Now Possible for The Handicapped (Must See Video)

    09/01/2012 12:08:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 9 replies
    GATE ^ | 8/31/12 | Chuck Wolk
    The world is getting smaller and smaller every day, and in the last 30 years it has even become smaller for those who are limited to wheelchairs due to crippling injuries or birth defects. In the three videos I offer for your viewing, you can see British artist Sue Austin as she navigates underwater in a swimming pool and around a coral reef in the Ocean using a specially designed wheelchair.Sue Austin, is a British artist who has been disabled since 1996. Sue has created her own style of artistic expression she calls "Freewheeling". Before her new found fame with...
  • Handicapped woman's voice thrills, inspires

    07/17/2012 8:05:20 AM PDT · by rawhide · 1 replies
    A young woman, born with a condition leaving her blind and developmentally delayed, is inspiring people with her powerful voice. http://screen.yahoo.com/handicapped-woman-s-voice-thrills-inspires-29993731.html
  • Your Help Needed!

    04/09/2012 1:10:05 PM PDT · by Glockslinger · 20 replies
    MMEDA website | 4/9/2012 | GlockslingerMI
    My fellow Freepers: PLEASE take a moment of your time to give your vote to my friend, Laura, at the link below. http://www.nmeda.com/mobility-awareness-month/heroes/michigan/clinton-twp/492/laura-goodman Enter the promo code 889 or 890 to multiply your vote by 5! Laura is wheelchair-bound and could never afford the reliable transportation she really needs. So she's in the running to WIN one; a fully-equipped handicap-ready van, and all she needs is VOTES! Please drop by now and take a moment. There's no tedious registrations to deal with. If you want to help MORE, you can vote every day while the contest runs! Please consider stopping...
  • Pope to Children: Be Messengers of Peace

    03/25/2012 4:45:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 25, 2012
    2012-03-25 Vatican Radio Whenever and wherever Pope Benedict XVI meets children, there is always cause for joy and celebration. Yesterday evening in Mexico was no exception, as our correspondent with the Pope, Philippa Hitchen, reports.How do you capture in a few words the excitement and enthusiasm of several thousand Mexican school kids who’ve been waiting impatiently all day for their first sight of the Pope? How do you describe the electric atmosphere of the crowds crammed into the appropriately named Peace Square, with bands playing their favourite folk songs and the great bells of the 17th century neo-classical Basilica ringing...
  • Disabling Employment

    02/26/2012 5:40:03 AM PST · by harpu · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/24/12 | Editorial
    New Labor Department quota means fewer jobs for the handicapped The Labor Department is about to make it harder for the disabled to find a job. The new policy is a painful reminder why it is important to get away fast when the government says it is trying to help you. ... snip... Judging from the ADA's track record, this proposed regulation isn't going to help those with disabilities. When the ADA was enacted in 1990, some 60 percent of disabled men were employed. Five years later, that rate dropped to 49 percent. Today, almost 80 percent of people with...
  • Giffords has edge in AZ Senate Race

    05/04/2011 10:00:17 AM PDT · by fifedom · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2011 | Sean J. Miller
    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) would start a Senate campaign with a 7 point lead over the likely Republican nominee Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. The Democrat also enjoys a 57-31 lead over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).
  • Video of Armless Man Shooting Handgun With His Feet

    11/24/2010 7:14:48 PM PST · by Korah · 14 replies
    God is quite amazing in that He gives us abilities beyond our own comprehension. Would anyone ever think to even try to use their feet in such a way if they still had arms and hands. It just goes to show how we limit ourselves from reaching our fullest potential. When I see a man like this, or the blind boy who clicked to see his way around by using echolocation I am truly saddened by the millions of fully capable humans who willingly allow the left to convince them they cannot get by without the governments help.
  • Video of Armless Man Shooting Handgun With His Feet

    11/24/2010 9:05:11 AM PST · by OneVike · 27 replies
    God is quite amazing in that He gives us abilities beyond our own comprehension. Would anyone ever think to even try to use their feet in such a way if they still had arms and hands. It just goes to show how we limit ourselves from reaching our fullest potential. When I see a man like this, or the blind boy who clicked to see his way around by using echolocation, I am truly saddened by the millions of fully capable humans who willingly allow the Socialists to convince them they cannot get by without the governments help. Follow...
  • Voter Fraud Alleged In Crow Wing County (MN)

    11/02/2010 11:24:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/2/10 | AP
    Crow Wing County authorities are investigating an allegation of voter fraud in which the ballots of two mentally ill voters were filled out by their minders. The Brainerd Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Monty Jensen of Crow Wing Township filed a formal complaint on Monday about what he saw at the courthouse on Friday. Jensen says he saw what appeared to be staff members of a mental health facility fill out a client's ballot and tell another client who to vote for during absentee balloting.
  • ADA’s 20th Anniversary [Law going to far?]

    08/05/2010 9:27:53 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 4 replies
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | July 26, 2010 | Walter Olson
    Snip:...press coverage nowadays treats the ADA as if it were uncontroversial, with at best a nod to libertarian commentators who see it as a coercive and fabulously expensive government venture into what ought to be private decision-making....
  • Woman sues over $300 ticket for parking in handicapped spot

    06/14/2010 5:59:58 AM PDT · by Dayman · 127 replies · 1,931+ views
    The Salem News ^ | 6/4/10 | The Salem News
    DANVERS — A Lynnfield woman who was slapped with a $300 ticket for parking her Mercedes in a handicapped space outside BJ's Wholesale Club last March is taking the town of Danvers to court. In her complaint, Eberle called her use of a handicapped spot "unavoidable," then cited "physical disability and weather conditions." It was raining that day.
  • A Handicapped Bear & A Quadriplegic Man, Proof the World Doesn't Need Socialism (Video Now Works)

    02/20/2010 10:40:12 AM PST · by OneVike · 10 replies · 508+ views
    The Way One Vike Sees It ^ | 2/20/10 | One Vike
    No one really knows who took this video of a 3 legged black bear, except that it was possibly taken in the Canadian wilderness. I have been told by some reputable sources, that some thought they had actually found the elusive Sasquatch.  Unfortunately for those who continue to believe in the story of Big Foot, what they  actually found was a mother black bear who had either been born with only one front leg or lost it in a fight at a younger age. When watching this video you will be struck by the almost human aspect of the...
  • the worthless uncle

    09/23/2009 10:44:59 AM PDT · by franksolich · 6 replies · 705+ views
    conservativecave ^ | September 23, 2009 | franksolich
    the worthless uncle. The aunts and uncles, when children growing up in the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, recall their Uncle Andrei as a small, solitary man as seen across the street, slowly and awkwardly making his way up the hill, towards his own home on the other side. Their uncle, my own great-uncle Andrei, the ninth of the fourteen children of my great-grandfather, had been born with a withered leg, which was all but useless. At times, he managed to walk without the use of a crutch, but as he got older,...
  • When Mr. Right Just Happens to be in a wheelchair

    09/05/2009 4:22:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,427+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | September 5, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    Few love stories could be as joyous and poignant as this one, about a couple who discovered love, despite physical limitations: It was always among the first things Dan Powell wrote in e-mails to prospective dates -- that he was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the chest down. "It's one of those things that shouldn't matter, but does," he explained. Often, the responses he got, when communicating with women through online dating services, were swift and emotional: "They were like 'Well, I'm not really sure I'm ready for that.' Or 'Gee, I'm so sorry you went through that,' " recalls...
  • Citizen Mike Sola Questions Healthcare ~ Gets threatened in the middle of the night!

    08/10/2009 7:10:55 PM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 33 replies · 1,681+ views
    Youtube ^ | August 10, 2009
    Man gets threatened by Obama thugs for standing up for his handicapped son at Michigan town hall.
  • W.H. walks back on 'Special Olympics'

    03/20/2009 5:27:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 50 replies · 2,038+ views
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2009 | Jonathan Martin
    President Barack Obama made his difficult week worse Thursday by saying his poor bowling skills are “like Special Olympics or something,” an athletic competition for people with disabilities. His spokesman quickly said Obama hadn’t intended any offense. The late-night turn is a political risk for a president overseeing a recession. And Obama had taken some criticism for it already. But he shrugged it off just a few hours before he taped the show. “Now, there are those who say these plans are too ambitious,” Obama said, referring to his agenda during an town hall event. ‘In fact, somebody was saying...
  • Renowned handicapped writer and defender of life dies in Spain (Portrait of Courage)

    12/09/2008 1:59:40 PM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 554+ views
    CantholicNewsAgency ^ | Madrid, Dec 8, 2008
    “She found a way to communicate with the world by making apparently incompressible markings by moving her knee, which her nurses learned to slowly translate into writing. Thanks to this system, Ogla was able to successfully publish three books: ...(The Voice of paper,' Salmon-colored Soul and The Scribbles of God)....
  • Holy See: Aborting the Disabled No Cure for Prejudice - Finds UN Convention Fundamentally Faulty

    12/05/2008 6:43:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 405+ views
    Zenit ^ | ROME, DEC. 4, 2008
    The convention has been signed by 136 member states, but the Holy See is not one of them and will not be if the wording is not changed. This is because in various propositions, the convention leaves the door open to aborting the handicapped because of their disabilities.
  • Handicapped Man in GA has Vote Stolen

    11/01/2008 12:27:01 PM PDT · by rwnj.org · 14 replies · 683+ views
    RWNJ ^ | Nov 1, 2008 | RWNJ
    This story is out of Albany, Georgia. A handicapped man claims that he was escorted to the polls, without his family’s notification or permission. Jack Justice attends the Adult Day Rehab Program of Primus Industries, and was taken to the polls. The person assisting Justice would not cast the ballot for McCain, Justice’s choice for President. Instead, Justice claims that his vote was cast against his wishes for Obama. Video embedded on site.
  • Al Thura Sports Handicapped Club Hosts Rashid Special Olympics

    08/24/2008 12:18:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, USA
    Members of the Iraqi Wheelchair Fencing Federation, Ali Zhati parries with Mohammed Taliq during the first game of the Boy's Fencing Competition - part of the Rashid Special Olympics, Aug. 22, 2008, at the Al Thura Sports Handicapped Club located in the Rashid District of southern Baghdad. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams. FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON — Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers attended the Rashid Special Olympics, Aug. 22, to show their support for disabled athletes at the Al Thura Sports Handicapped Club, located in the Al Thura Disabled Veteran’s Community of the Rashid District in southern Baghdad.Soldiers of...
  • ARC Protest of Movie: "Tropic Thunder"

    08/08/2008 1:20:50 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 59 replies · 1,440+ views
    08/08/08 | vanity
    (A good friend, who works with the mentally handicapped forwarded a copy of this letter.) Contact Us | The Arc Website 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 301.565.3842 ACTION ALERT - Offensive Portrayal of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Movie Scheduled for Release on August 13, 2008August 5, 2008To: State and Local Chapter LeadersFrom: Peter V. Berns, Executive Director The following is important information about a movie - Tropic Thunder - that includes a very negative portrayal of a person with intellectual disabilities as well as extensive use of the R-word. Release of this movie was...
  • Deaf choir 'signs' for pope as he blesses handicapped children

    04/19/2008 4:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 234+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2008
    The New York Archdiocesan Deaf Choir "signed" a song for Pope Benedict XVI Saturday at a seminary outside New York, where the pontiff blessed some 50 children with disabilities and visited students. The 81-year-old pontiff rose and applauded the choir of 15, accompanied vocally by the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Singers, after they had finished their song, "Take Lord, Receive." "God has blessed you with life and with differing talents and gifts," Benedict said in a short speech to the crowd of around 50 families of children with disabilities. "Sometimes it is challenging to find a reason for what...
  • Today's finest teach tomorrow's pilots (CAUTION! May Cause BLURRY Screen.)

    10/05/2007 6:58:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 458+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Capling
    10/5/2007 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Three local children diagnosed with serious illnesses suited up and jumped into the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle during the "Pilot for a Day" event here Oct. 2. The 95th Fighter Squadron hosted the children and their families for a fun-filled event allowing them to experienced a day in the life of an Air Force fighter pilot. "Some of the highlights of the day were taking the kids on a tour around real F-15s, letting them suit up at life support with flight gear, and then fly the same simulator as...
  • Two Latin American Babies Saved from Abortion by their Governments

    09/09/2007 8:14:52 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 292+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 5, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Two Latin American Babies Saved from Abortion by their Governments "Hard Cases" rejected as excuse for killing the unborn By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman LATIN AMERICA, September 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) --Two abortions were prevented by government action in two different Latin American countries last week. In Argentina, a judge issued an order preventing the mother of a unnamed mentally handicapped girl from obtaining an abortion for her child. The girl, who is 19 years old, was reportedly raped by someone close to the family, and doesn't fully understand her situation. When her mother discovered the pregnancy, she took her child to a...
  • Web site fights parking violators {Fake Handicap}

    09/08/2007 4:03:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 85 replies · 3,709+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/8/7 | Katherine Tam
    For years, Lafayette resident Maureen Birdsall would take her brother, who has cerebral palsy, to appointments and then drive in circles hunting for an empty handicapped parking space. It irked her to see able-bodied people pulling into those spots or using a handicapped placard that she suspected was not theirs. Birdsall now is doing battle with handicapped parking violators. She launched the free Web site http://www.handicappedfraud.org to give people a place to report the license plates, handicapped placard numbers and locations of cars suspected of abusing the law. "Something has to be done," Birdsall said. "It's gone unchecked for so...
  • The Spirit of The Disabled

    07/29/2007 2:25:05 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 3 replies · 131+ views
    Thy Kingdom Come ^ | July 29, 2007 | Dave Smith
    Physical and mental disabilities can be such a burden if not viewed with a positive attitude. I write this as someone who has been using a wheelchair for 20 years and first diagnosed as bi-polar about 24 years ago. This is not everyone's experience, just mine. I do find most of the general things are these same, and there is a clear path to the Lord from here to realize our full potential in service to His kingdom. From Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have...
  • Couple Receives over $21 Million Dollars for "Wrongful Birth" of Handicapped Son

    07/25/2007 5:23:17 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 61 replies · 2,043+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | July 24, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Couple Receives over $21 Million Dollars for "Wrongful Birth" of Handicapped Son Florida Right to Life says, "now we're holding doctors responsible to deliver a perfect baby" By Elizabeth O'Brien TAMPA, Florida, July 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A judge has awarded over $21 million dollars to a couple for the "wrongful birth" of their second handicapped son. The couple would have aborted the child if they had known about his disability, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. Daniel and Amara Estrada have two sons who are both physically handicapped with the same genetic disorder, Smith-Lemli-Opitz, which does not allow them to...
  • Targeting the Disabled: Turning Crimes Into Acts of Compassion

    05/22/2007 10:11:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 26 replies · 682+ views
    LifeNews ^ | May 22, 2007 | Bobby Schindler
    LifeNews.com Note: Bobby Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo and works with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to help disabled and other patients like her to receive the lifesaving medical treatment they deserve.I recently returned from Austria and Germany where I had the fortunate opportunity to speak in front of several organizations to give witness to my family's struggle to care for my sister Terri. Along with the circumstances of Terri's life and death, I spoke about how the medical community continues to target the disabled by convincing the American people that if someone's "quality of life" is deemed...
  • Fight over baby's life support divides ethicist

    04/27/2007 1:06:54 AM PDT · by amchugh · 6 replies · 525+ views
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2007 | Elizabeth Cohen
    When Emilio Gonzales lies in his mother's arms, sometimes he'll make a facial expression that his mother says is a smile. But the nurse who's standing right next to her thinks he's grimacing in pain. Which one it is -- an expression of happiness or of suffering -- is a crucial point in an ethical debate that has pitted the mother of a dying child against a children's hospital, and medical ethicists against each other.
  • Dunkin’ Denial Leaves Customer Steaming

    01/09/2007 3:22:52 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 120 replies · 2,544+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jay Fitzgerald
    Dunkin’ denial leaves customer steaming By Jay Fitzgerald Boston Herald General Economics Reporter Tuesday, January 9, 2007 - Updated: 12:42 AM EST A wheelchair-bound Weymouth man suffering from multiple sclerosis says he’s being denied his right to a hot cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Donald Hayes said he’s bought coffee before by driving his motorized wheelchair up to the drive-up window at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in the middle of a Weymouth shopping-market parking lot. But now, that Dunkin’ store, which has no inside seating and only serves drive-up customers, has told him he can’t use the window anymore...
  • Disabled newborns face verdict

    11/06/2006 7:14:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 1,305+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2006 | Roya Nikkhah, London Daily Telegraph
    LONDON -- A leading British medical college has called on the health profession to consider euthanasia for seriously disabled newborns. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology has said that "active euthanasia" should be considered to spare parents the emotional and financial burdens of bringing up such children. "A very disabled child can mean a disabled family," it says in a formal submission. "If life-shortening and deliberate interventions to kill infants were available, they might have an impact on obstetric decision-making, even preventing some late abortions, as some parents would be more confident about continuing a pregnancy and taking a...
  • Two Sunnyvale men face federal charges in golf course attack

    10/24/2006 12:34:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 405+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/24/6 | Henry K. Lee
    MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Two Sunnyvale men are facing federal charges for allegedly assaulting an older golfer whom they derided as "Gramps" on the NASA Ames Research Center golf course in Mountain View, court records released today show. The suspects, Ryan Maxwell Alexander and Charles Talmage Alexander, allegedly attacked Edwin J. League, 61, on Sept. 18 after the victim asked them if he could "play through" because they were playing slowly at the golf course at Moffett Field, authorities said. "The group of young men were not very good at golf, which caused League and his friends to wait at each...
  • 'Unclean' guide dog banned by Muslim cab driver

    10/08/2006 9:49:15 PM PDT · by World_Events · 56 replies · 1,937+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/6/06 | Daily Mail
    A Muslim minicab driver refused to take a blind passenger because her guide dog was "unclean". Abdul Rasheed Majekodumni told Jane Vernon she could not get into his car with the dog because of his religion. Islamic tradition warns Muslims against contact with dogs because they are seen as impure. The case emerged as Jack Straw was embroiled in a controversy over Muslim women wearing veils and the row continued after a Muslim police officer was excused guard duty at the Israeli embassy. Today Mrs Vernon, 39, from Hammersmith, said: "This experience was very upsetting. "I was tired and cold...
  • Soldiers save women from burning building

    07/06/2006 4:06:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 458+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Amanda Merfeld
    UIJONGBU, South Korea (Army News Service, July 6, 2006) – Two Camp Red Cloud Soldiers saved an elderly woman and her handicapped daughter when a sandwich shop caught fire just outside the camp's front gate July 1. Pvt. Reid Erickson and Pvt. Russell McCanless Jr. of Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, Special Troops Battalion, were first on the scene when New York Sub sandwich shop caught fire. “We walked out of 7 Club to see whether or not I could do handstand pushups, and when I was doing them I noticed something behind us,” Erickson said. Standing and turning around,...
  • Down Syndrome and the Pressure to Abort

    03/09/2006 5:38:33 PM PST · by NYer · 164 replies · 2,436+ views
    Zenit News Agenc ^ | March 9, 2006 | Elizabeth Schlitz
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, MARCH 9, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Many prospective parents are waiting for years to adopt children with Down syndrome, according to a recent article in the Associated Press. So why is there an extended wait for kids with special needs, who are usually more difficult to place with families? The reason might be: the growing acceptance of aborting babies with Down syndrome. Elizabeth Schiltz, law professor at the University of St. Thomas and contributor to "The Cost of 'Choice': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion" (Encounter Books), shared with ZENIT how aborting children with Down syndrome has not only become...
  • Hunter uses walker to drag trophy buck

    12/29/2005 6:06:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies · 741+ views
    IPSWICH — Who could have blamed archery deer hunter Dave Myers if he had lost his head when his chance to bag a trophy buck arose? He and others had been tracking the animal for the past few years near Roscoe. To his credit, the rural Ipswich veterinarian kept his cool and bagged the 8x7 buck, estimated to be 6 years old, 290 pounds and with a 32-inch neck. The trouble was, Myers almost lost his leg while dragging the massive animal from the field. Myers, with two artificial legs below his knees, has a medical history as long as...
  • EPA Proposes Testing Chemicals and Pesticides on Orphans and Mentally Handicapped Children

    11/16/2005 7:57:25 AM PST · by andie74 · 58 replies · 1,134+ views
    Organic Consumers Association ^ | November 16, 2005 | Organic Consumers Association
    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 Public Comment Period Closes December 12, 2005 Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. On August 2, 2005, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children. But the EPA's newly proposed rule, misleadingly titled "Protections for Subjects in Human Research," puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare. The rule allows for government and industry scientists to treat children as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments...
  • Man slips off Ferris wheel in Davenport

    08/04/2005 7:17:34 PM PDT · by Aliska · 31 replies · 990+ views
    WCFCourier.com ^ | Wednesday, August 3, 2005 | Deirdre Cox Baker
    DAVENPORT --- A developmentally disabled man riding the Ferris wheel Tuesday at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport slipped out of his car and dropped between the wheel's spokes before being rescued by six employees of Evans United Rides, which operates the ride. Caleb Hill, 31, a slightly built man, was one of 120 clients of Davenport's Handicapped Development Center attending the first day of the fair called "Special Needs Day" at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. He was not seriously injured. The dramatic incident was captured live by KWQC-TV6 in Davenport during its noon telecast, where the station was located...
  • With thousands waiting for disabled services, millions unspent

    06/25/2005 12:29:15 PM PDT · by tutstar · 6 replies · 306+ views
    Flroida Times Union ^ | June 25, 2005 | The Associated Press
    MIAMI - With more than 16,000 developmentally disabled Floridians on waiting lists for state services, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities won't spend as much as $50 million of its budget this year, state officials said. But state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston said the unspent money "will do no good to anybody." She said she believes the agency's surplus could total $63 million, based on information from a Senate staffer. Howell acknowledged the agency, which has lobbied lawmakers to protect future unused funds, is likely to lose this year's surplus to a general state reserve fund. Critics argue the surplus...
  • Simple Question

    05/16/2005 10:59:50 AM PDT · by WIstudent2005 · 106 replies · 1,437+ views
    What do you guys think; does the president drink tap water or bottled water? One of my professors brought it up today, and we all decided bottled.
  • Molester's Suicide Raises Questions (read the entire article before commenting)

    05/08/2005 6:42:20 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 90 replies · 1,848+ views
    AP via the Lakeland Ledger ^ | Sunday, May 8, 2005 | ALLEN G. BREED
    Molester's Suicide Raises Questions By ALLEN G. BREED The Associated Press OCALA -- For nearly four years, Chuckie Claxton lived anonymously amid the gated horse pastures and moss-draped oaks of the Florida Orange Groves subdivision. Then the crimes of others drew new attention to his own. In the statewide outrage over the arrests of sex offenders in the separate killings of two young girls, somebody in the Groves went to the state police Web site to see if any sex offenders were living in the neighborhood. That person -- authorities don't know who -- found an entry about Claxton's molestation...
  • Hospital officials say they'll stop treating critically ill baby

    04/30/2005 7:19:25 PM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 69 replies · 1,410+ views
    ABC ^ | 4/29/05 | Miya Shay
    ABC13 Eyewitness News (4/29/05 - HOUSTON) — The mother of a critically ill baby is trying to figure out where to take her child after being told by doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital that they would stop treating her in 10 days. The five-month-old little girl was diagnosed with leukemia just weeks after her birth. Since then, she's undergone a number of different medical treatments and contracted an infection. Doctors and her parents disagree on what should happen next. The news that Knya Dismute-Howard's doctors believe any more medical treatment would be futile wasn't a surprise to her parents. It...
  • Disabled newborn in need of adoption

    04/05/2005 7:54:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 72 replies · 2,463+ views
    e-mail | 04.05.05
    Nick Silverio of Safe Haven for Newborns in Florida has asked that we spread the word of a disabled newborn in need of adoption. The child, born today, has no arms, only one leg, and is missing a good portion of his jaw - but his prognosis is good.  The baby was abandoned by his mother under the Florida Safe Haven law and, unless potential adoptive parents can be found quickly, the child will become a ward of the state (and, it is feared, the target of euthanasia).  The Florida Department of Children and Families will not become involved unless...
  • ***GOTTA READ THIS! GOV. JEB BUSH'S PRE-INAUGURAL LETTER TO THE DISABLED IN FLORIDA (1998)***

    03/29/2005 2:11:48 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 220 replies · 3,653+ views
    Gov. Jeb Bush Gubernatorial Website, 1998 Archives ^ | Decemeber 1, 1998 | AmericanInTokyo (via archived Jeb Bush website)
    What happened? Hello? Hello? Anybody home? "MESSAGE TO DISABLED FLORIDIANS" December 1998, Florida By Governor-elect Jeb Bush "Talking with a variety of Floridians with disabilities and their families has helped understand a lot more about the lives, challenges and dreams of those with disabilities. However, I know that my education continues with everyone new I meet. People with disabilities are no different than anyone else. They want to work, have families, and live independently. As Governor, I would work hard to create an environment that gives people with disabilities every opportunity to be independent and play an active role in...
  • Autistic Teenager Is Beaten by Deputies After Being Mistaken for a Prowler

    03/22/2005 11:01:40 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 475 replies · 4,740+ views
    AP ^ | 3-22-05
    MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. (AP) - An autistic teenager suffered a head injury and a broken elbow in a beating by three sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a prowler, authorities say. Pierre Cowell, a 17-year-old who does not speak, had wandered from his home early Friday. A neighbor, who did not recognize him, called 911 after seeing him outside her home about 2 a.m., Capt. Tom Bosenko said Monday. The woman became alarmed when she heard the doorknob jiggling, he said. As three deputies approached the house, Cowell ran toward them and bumped one of them, Bosenko said. When Cowell...
  • TERRI SCHIAVO DAILY MARCH 2005 PART 3, PLEASE STICK WITH US, WE'RE HALFWAY THERE...

    03/20/2005 10:27:03 PM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 5,222 replies · 100,914+ views
    various ^ | 3/21/05 | various
    Continuation of Terri Schiavo daily March threads. Due to overwhelming participation we reached over 5000 posts in three days time!
  • Schiavo's Brother Pleads With Democrat (and gives audio CD of Terri)

    03/20/2005 8:53:27 PM PST · by KidGlock · 36 replies · 1,586+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3/20/05 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON -- A House Democrat trying to stop legislation backed by Terri Schiavo's family turned down a request to reconsider his position from her brother when the two ran into each other Sunday in the House Press Gallery. A little awkwardly, Bobby Schindler and Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., shook hands. Schindler then launched into a passionate defense of the legislation. The bill would effectively take Schiavo's fate out of Florida state courts, where judges ordered the feeding tube removed on Friday, and allow Schiavo's parents to take their case to a federal judge. As reporters and photographers gathered, he...
  • Judge's error to save Terri Schiavo?

    03/04/2005 2:16:56 AM PST · by ViLaLuz · 60 replies · 3,592+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 4, 2005 | World Net Daily
    Terri Schiavo is not hooked up to any machines, but she requires a small feeding tube for nourishment and hydration. In 2000, Greer ordered that the tube be removed, and last week, denying a motion for a further stay, gave the Schindlers until March 18 at 1 p.m. to appeal before the order is carried out. At the 2000 trial, Greer, although initially finding Meyer's testimony 'believable,' concluded that the conversation could not have occurred in 1982, because he believed Quinlan died in 1976. At that time, Terri would have been only 11 or 12 years old and, therefore, would...