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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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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 and lectures on a variety of disability issues. It's an annual pilgrimage, but the context changed when Gov. David Paterson took office in early March. Paterson is blind and a leader in disability issues during his career in state government. The North Country Center for Independence in Plattsburgh has chartered a bus for a local contingent. Executive Director Andrew Pulrang says many of the issues will be the same this year: state support for long-term care that allows people to live on their own, funding for the independent living centers that dot the state. But he told Martha Foley with Paterson in the governor's office, the climate seems warmer.  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 veterans and victims of domestic violence. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  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 down from the new governor's offices, took special note. They are visually impaired and are encouraged that Paterson has demonstrated what can be achieved. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Top down shake-up at Sunmount

Top administrators of Sunmount Developmental Center are leaving the state-run facility. Sunmount employs roughly 1700 people in Tupper Lake and provides a payroll of roughly...  Go to full article

Preview: ?Flame? in Canton

Flame is a rock band that has impressed celebrities, politicians and overwhelmed audiences of all ages. Based in Fulton County, they play over 100 popular classic...  Go to full article

Ozone threatens health across NY and Vermont

It's hot. With 90-degree days today and tomorrow, the New York State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation issued an Air-Quality Health Advisory. The agencies...  Go to full article
Some of the NYSARC and SUNY Potsdam students in the Spring Showcase

Preview: Spring Showcase in Potsdam

Poetry, Shakespeare, tap dance and an original one-act play are all part of an evening of creative works by people with disabilities this weekend. The Spring Showcase will...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Michael Berube, Life As We Know It

A conversation with Michael Berube, author of Life As We Know It, a personal history of parenting a Down syndrome child. Born with Down syndrome, Jamie presented his...  Go to full article

North Country seeks new med-evac provider

Northern New York has two providers of med-evac helicopter flights that don't charge patients. One of them, the U.S. Army unit based at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, is...  Go to full article

Ranks of uninsured grow at alarming rate

A recent survey by the St Lawrence County Health Initiative found more than 33% of residents don't have any health insurance. State and federal studies indicate only 10% are...  Go to full article

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