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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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At the demonstration in Potsdam.
At the demonstration in Potsdam.

Trials of an Iditarod Hopeful

Tomorrow 56 men and women and their dogs will take off for the 1200 mile Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Organizers call it "the last great race on earth". It can take years of training, not to mention an $1850 entry fee, just to get to the starting line.

A St. Lawrence County man is training for a future Iditarod. His road to Alaska will be more challenging than most. Angelo Suriano is paralyzed from the waist down. He wants to be the first disabled musher to run the race. David Sommerstein has this profile.

To help fund his effort, Suriano can be reached at iditarod_hopeful2005@yahoo.com  Go to full article

Lawmakers Outline Their Priorities for 2003

A day before Governor Pataki's State of the State message, leaders of the New York State legislature outlined their priorities for the upcoming session. Meanwhile, advocates for the mentally ill joined other disabled rights groups to demand that they not be forgotten in the budget crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Demand More Housing Rights

A group of disabled people is demanding Governor Pataki sign a bill that would give them more rights to live in their community instead of nursing homes, if they choose. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Group Rallies for Better Housing

An activist group seeking rights for the disabled, has been making progress for better housing through protests. The group, known by the acronym, ADAPT, has in recent months...  Go to full article

Handcycling Clinic in Watertown

Handcycling is becoming a booming sport and the predominant way for a person in a wheelchair to get a good aerobic workout. Todd Moe talks with Dr. Jon Franks, elite...  Go to full article

Preview: NTD's A Profile of a Deaf Peddler

The National Theatre of the Deaf presents A Profile of a Deaf Peddler tonight at St. Lawrence University. The one-act play provides a window into deaf culture. Todd...  Go to full article

The US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Teams to play Exhibition Game at the Winter Paralympics on Saturday.

The US and Canadian National Amputee Hockey teams to play exhibition game at the Winter Paralympics on March 16th. Last year, the first US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Game...  Go to full article

Independent Living Protest Closes Capitol Office Building

Hundreds of disabled people temporarily shut down the state capitol's tallest building as they accused Governor Pataki's administration of not obeying a court order that...  Go to full article
Mobility Engineering's Snowpod in action.

Mobility Engineering Helps the Physically-Disabled To Go Where None Have Gone Before

David Sommerstein talks with Peter Rieke, founder of Mobility Engineering, a business that builds adaptive mobility devices for people with physical disabilities. Rieke was...  Go to full article

New York Disabled Gain Assisted Access to More State Land

New York state has agreed to provide disabled people with greater access to roads and attractions in state-owned forest land in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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