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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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Disabilities advocates watch new leadership in Albany and Washington

There was a buzz across the community of people with disabilities when Gov. David Paterson was sworn in last year. And there were expectations that having a governor with a disability (Paterson is blind) would add weight to their concerns. But Gov. Paterson's approval numbers have tumbled to record and persistent lows.

Within the community of people with disabilities, there is still pride in the new governor, according to one North Country leader. Andrew Pulrang is director of the North Country Center for Independence in Plattsburgh. He says it's too early to tell whether Paterson will make a difference when it comes to disability policies.  Go to full article

Gillibrand drafts bill to fix "broken system" and help vets get benefits

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is drafting legislation that she says will make it easier for veterans to get health benefits. Of the nearly 47,000 veterans in the North Country, the Senator says more than 35,000 aren't receiving the health care they've earned from the V.A. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

A groundswell of support for legalizing medical marijuana in NYS

Sponsors of a bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana in New York say they are closer to passage than anytime before. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor's plan would "dismantle" home health care system

Advocates for home health care are fanning out across the state to head off a proposal from Gov. Paterson to re-structure the way home health aides are paid. Rebecca Leahy,...  Go to full article

Hunger advocates push for more help

The operators of the state's food pantries and soup kitchens say they're still holding out hope that Governor David Paterson will increase welfare benefits. As Albany...  Go to full article
Volunteers test new voting machines

Testing voting machines to ensure everyone can vote

New Yorkers head to the polls a week from tomorrow. New voting machines will allow most people with disabilities to cast their ballot without assistance. On Friday,...  Go to full article

Workers call for more help at Sunmount

A group of nurses and other unionized workers rallied yesterday for more staff at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake. The state-run facility is home to more than...  Go to full article

Disability awareness day has a new context under Paterson

It's Assembly Disability Awareness Day in Albany. Hundreds of people with disabilities will converge on the capitol to meet with their state representatives, and for seminars...  Go to full article

Advocates want coverage for PTSD

Mental health advocates are asking New York's legislature to expand unlimited mental health coverage for people with post traumatic stress disorder, including returning war...  Go to full article

Disabled capitol merchant inspired by new Governor

David Paterson broke ground when he became New York's first African American and legally blind governor. The people who run the newsstand at the state Capitol, just one floor...  Go to full article

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