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Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
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."
 

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Mobility Engineering's Snowpod in action.
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 the first wheelchair user to scale Mount Rainier. He's in Potsdam today to collaborate with grad students at Clarkson University.  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

Dr Rona Flippo: How Kids Learn to Read

David Sommerstein talks to the woman who wrote the book on what experts say about teaching kids to read. Dr. Rona Flippo will be the keynote speaker at a SUNY Potsdam conference next week.  Go to full article

Disabled Rally for Insurance That Lets Them Work

Around 300 disabled people rallied at the State Capitol. They're demanding passage of a health insurance bill that they say will let them go to work. Karen DeWitt has this...  Go to full article

Adirondack ARC, Helping Families Cope with Developmental Disability, Pt. 2

Brian Mann has the second of two stories about challenges for rural families raising children with disabilities. We visit one of the Adirondack ARC's group homes in Malone,...  Go to full article

Adirondack ARC, Helping Families Cope with Developmental Disability, Pt. 1

Life can be pretty tough for families dealing with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism. In rural areas, where services and support are often hard to...  Go to full article

Strapping on Pads and Legs, Disabled Athletes Play Hockey

Over the weekend, fourteen Americans and eighteen Canadians played hockey in Saranac Lake. Hardly unusual, but what's new here is that both teams were made up of...  Go to full article

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