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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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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 find, the hurdles can seem insurmountable. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann profiles a non-profit group that's trying to help. Adirondack ARC serves hundreds of people in the north country, many of them spread out in remote communities.

For further information on programs for the developmentally disabled contact: Parent to Parent of New York State (800-603-6778) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (802-655-5290 or 800-800-4005.)  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 amputees--athletes from both countries who've lost a limb to illness or disease. As Brian Mann reports, the competition is meant to help injured players recover their physical skills. For those who are passionate about hockey, getting out on the ice is also a way to feel normal again.  Go to full article

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