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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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Readers & Writers: The Ha-Ha by Dave King

Howard Kapostash, the protagonist of The Ha-Ha, has not spoken in thirty years. Ever since a severe blow to the head during his days in the Army, words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense at all. Dave King's debut novel takes us behind this mute facade to meet a man unchanged in the important ways, still capable of awe, still yearning for love. The Ha-Ha is this year's selection for the "one community, one book" project North Country Reads. Guest host Barbara Wheeler joins Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, the author and callers.  Go to full article

Bruno wants investigation into autistic boy?s death

The leader of the State Senate wants Governor Spitzer's Inspector General to investigate state agencies that care of children with autism, following the death of a 13-year-old boy who was living at a state facility in Schenectady. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures (partial audio due to technical error)

Oliver Sacks recognized Temple Grandin's uniqueness in an essay whose title "An Anthropologist on Mars" captures the strangeness of the relationship of a person with Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism) with others. Grandin offers an interior view of this relationship, and what a rich interior this is. Grandin explains that language is too abstract a system for her. To use language she must first convert words into pictures. Conversations become full-length movies. Although her ability to think in pictures creates an impassable gulf between herself and others, it is an extraordinary fount of creativity. Grandin holds a Ph.D in Animal Science and she is a designer of humane slaughterhouses for cattle. Her special brand of thinking enables her to see how cattle think and then to create entire sets of blueprints in her head. One reviewer praised Thinking in Pictures this way: "It provides a way to understand the many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth."  Go to full article

Army may pull NC air med-evac support

The North Country could soon lose one of only two air med-evac providers. The region has been covered by Life Flight - a non-profit that uses one state-police helicopter...  Go to full article

Renowned conductor dies in Brushton

One of the top orchestra conductors of the 1940s and 50s died Tuesday in Brushton, in Franklin County, when he and his wife were caught in an early morning house fire....  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Nancy Mairs, Waist-High in the World

Continuing this year's theme of "People First: literature by and about people with disabilities" on our monthly call-in on contemporary literature, our guest is Nancy Mairs....  Go to full article

Books: The Ha-Ha

Dave King's debut novel The Ha-Ha is this year's selection for the "one community, one book" project "North Country Reads." The program's goal is to get people in...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

Lionel Essrog, a detective with Tourette's Syndrome, is this novel's protagonist. His job is to track down the murderer of his boss. Nicknamed "Freakshow," Essrog's Brooklyn...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: A Whole New Life, Reynolds Price

In the opening program of the new Readers & Writers season, "People First," literature by and about people with disabilities, author Reynolds Price joins hosts Ellen...  Go to full article

Counties demonstrate disability accessible voting machines

New York State has lagged far behind the country in replacing its lever voting machines. Now New York's counties are scrambling to comply with their part of HAVA - the Help...  Go to full article

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