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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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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 Timothy's Law, say they'd like those mandates extended to other types of mental illness, as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 what would have been his son's 16th birthday by asking the New York State Senate to pass Timothy's Law. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 known as Timothy's Law, and is named after 12-year-old Timothy O'Clair, who committed suicide after a battle with depression. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Elections Board Report Criticized

Advocates for the disabled are critical of a new report by the state board of elections on how to improve voter access in New York. They say the report is too vague, and may...  Go to full article

HomeShare Vermont Expands Into Central Vermont

A program that finds housemates for elderly or disabled people so they can stay in their homes has expanded into central Vermont. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Groups Reject Pataki's Budget Plan

A group of people who are receiving one of the smallest cuts in Governor Pataki's proposed budget say they will be hurt the most. Disabled people on SSI asked the governor to...  Go to full article
At the demonstration in Potsdam.

Trials of an Iditarod Hopeful

Tomorrow 56 men and women and their dogs will take off for the 1200 mile Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Organizers call it "the last great race on...  Go to full article

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