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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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Mental Health Advocates Press for Parity Bill

Mental health advocates are hoping that when the state senate returns to Albany next week, members will agree to a mental health parity bill that treats mental illness the same as physical illness. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Voting Reform on Track?

Disabled rights groups are cautiously optimistic about discussions between the NY Assembly and Senate on the purchase of accessible voting machines. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Protest at Voting Reform Meeting

Disabled rights advocates briefly imprisoned Senators and Assembly members in their own conference room, after a legislative committee on voter reform adjourned once again without discussing the purchase of new voting machines. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno Vows to Pass a Mental Health Parity Bill

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno announced that his house will pass a mental health parity bill similar to Timothy's Law pushed by members of the Assembly and the family of...  Go to full article

NY Senate Considers Insurance Parity for Mental Illness

The New York State Senate wants to require health insurance companies to pay for better coverage for eating disorders. Supporters of the mental health parity bill known as...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Urge NY to Pass "Timothy's Law"

The father of a mentally ill boy who committed suicide because he lacked adequate health care will hold an all-night vigil at the Capitol this week. Tom O'Clair will mark...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Rally in Albany

Mental health advocates rallied at the State Capitol for a bill that would require health insurers to provide more extensive mental health services coverage. The measure is...  Go to full article

Disabled Push for Voter Accessibility

Now that the Assembly and Senate have passed different versions of reforms to New York's voting practices, they'll have to agree on one version by the end of the year if they...  Go to full article

Advocates for the Disabled Call for Voting Procedure Reform

Disabled rights advocates are urging the state legislature to rescind a requirement known as the full-face ballot. They say it hinders New York's ability to buy voting...  Go to full article

Disabled Test Voting Machines for NYS

Some members of New York's disabled community tried out new ballot machines designed to make it easier for people who are blind or in wheelchairs to cast their ballot. New...  Go to full article

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