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Mar 3, 2014 — In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.
Feb 27, 2014 — One-third of people who have strokes when they're young struggle with disability and loss of independence nine years later, a study finds. About 10 percent of strokes hit people under 50.
Nov 28, 2013 — Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
Nov 4, 2013 — Investigative reports from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News concluded that the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits."
Oct 21, 2013 — The standard by which a felon is judged to be mentally competent to face execution will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear a case involving a Florida man convicted of a 1978 murder; he has an IQ that's close to the state threshold.

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NY mum on thousands of reports of disabled abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state agency established last year to protect the disabled in state-funded institutions has received nearly 25,000 reports of significant incidents, abuse, neglect and deaths in its first six months. But the public knows little about whether those reports led to prosecutions, arrests and firings.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo two years ago, in proposing the new Justice Center with a special prosecutor and 24-hour hotline, declared that a million disabled New Yorkers deserve to be "free from abuse" and "treated with dignity."  Go to full article
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward

Group wants I-81 decision to focus on moving people, not just cars

Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81's path through downtown Syracuse. This one calls for a focus on moving people, not cars.  Go to full article
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

NYSARC's Transitions program ready to expand

A St. Lawrence County program that helps developmentally disabled young people lead more independent lives is serving an increasing number of clients, despite a decline in state funding. We stop by NYSARC's Transitions space in Canton for a conversation with its director, some of the young people in the program, and hear about plans to expand to Potsdam by the end of the year.

The public is invited to an Open House at the center from 4-6 pm today.  Go to full article
Maynard Baker's lawsuit sought access to remote ponds and lakes by planes like this one, of Helms flying service. Photo: by permission from Tom Helms

Former Warrensburg supervisor drops motorized access suit

Former Warrensburg supervisor Maynard Baker has dropped his federal lawsuit seeking floatplane access to more than three dozen remote ponds and lakes in the Adirondacks. ...  Go to full article
Helms flying service. (Photo: Used by permission from Tom Helms)

Judge limits disabled access suit

There's been an ongoing fight in the Adirondacks over the use of motorized vehicles and float planes in remote areas. Supporters say four-wheelers, float planes and power...  Go to full article

NY lawmakers to vote on "Justice Center" legislation for people with disabilities

The Assembly and Senate are expected to vote on legislation they say will curb abuses against people with disabilities in state care. According to the Albany Times Union, the...  Go to full article

Opposition grows to Cuomo plan to protect NYers in state care

Opposition is growing in the legislature to Governor Cuomo's top end-of-session priority. The governor would like to enact a new agency to curb abuse of people with mental...  Go to full article

Cuomo says he'll make people with disabilities a priority this end-of-session

Governor Cuomo says he will make reform of the state's treatment of the disabled a major priority for the end of the legislative session, and plans to take his case "to the...  Go to full article

NY moves to end abuse of people with special needs in state care

Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced a major reform package aimed at ending the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in state care. Marie Cusick reports from...  Go to full article

Federal Medicaid cuts threaten NY economy

A health care advocacy coalition reports cuts to federal Medicaid spending, now being considered in Washington, would cost New York more jobs than any other state.
...  Go to full article

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