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Disabilities

The Brian Lehrer Show

Hacking Accessibility

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Activists talk about software and wearable technology designed to help people with disabilities, plus calls on low-tech hacks.

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WNYC News

A Challenge to Developers: Software to Help People with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How can tablets and smartphones benefit people who have a hard time moving around?

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Schoolbook

In the Name of Fairness, Special Needs Students Struggle Through Testing

Monday, April 06, 2015

Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Keeping NYC Accessible

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Commissioner Victor Calise of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities talks about expanding access in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran's Extended Deadline; Yacht Tax; Toms River

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Iran nuclear discussions extended deadline; The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner; Albany's yacht tax and the Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin.

The Takeaway

New Tech Maps Mass Transit & More for The Blind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Navigating mass transit is hard enough for those who see. It poses even more challenges for those who are blind. But new technologies are changing that. 

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WNYC News

NYC Courthouses Inaccessible for Disabled People

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In some cases, detainees in Manhattan have been carried down stairs to be booked and processed.

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The Takeaway

Beauty in The Eyes of a Sightless Beholder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

When you're blind, how do you define beauty? And is it important? UC Berkeley English Professor Georgina Kleege, who is blind, shares her thoughts. 

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Operavore

Promoting Access for All

Thursday, February 05, 2015

For a person with physical disabilities, getting to the opera can pose particular challenges. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers some tips for those who are less mobile.
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Storycorps

StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Telling the Story of Disability Through Film

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This week marks the start of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, a collection of films "dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obamacare Now; Scott Stringer; Disabled in Emergencies; AmeriCanada

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Far fewer people have signed up for Obamacare than the federal government expected. NPR's Julie Rovner talks about how Obamacare might be salvaged. Plus: NYC Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer discusses his agenda for the office; reforming emergency policies to better serve people with disabilities; and why Diane Francis thinks the United States and Canada should merge.

Transportation Nation

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million for How it Treated Passengers in Wheelchairs

Monday, November 04, 2013

After examining hundreds of complaints from disabled passengers, the Department of Transportation is fining US Airways $1.2 million for "egregious violations" at airports in Philadelphia and Charlotte.

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The Takeaway

'Miss You Can Do It': A Pageant Inspires Young Women with Disabilities

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Miss You Can Do It pageant gives girls with physical disabilities a chance to achieve and compete. Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa, was born with cerebral palsy and created the pageant in 2008. "Miss You Can Do It," the subject of a new HBO documentary, premieres tonight on HBO. John Hockenberry spoke with Curran at an HBO event last week.

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The Takeaway

Boston: You Will Run Again

Friday, April 19, 2013

The shock of waking up without a limb or limbs--  just hours after watching marathoners cross the finish line on theirs-- is hard to imagine. But while losing a limb is certainly devastating, it’s not the end-- and the more than 35 amputees who ran the Boston Marathon this last Monday are proof of that.

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WNYC News

Local Advocates Weigh Decision to Open School Sports to Disabled

Friday, January 25, 2013

Children with disabilities who want to play sports must be given a chance to compete, according to a U.S. Department of Education directive issued to school districts nationwide on Friday. Advocates for children with disabilities in the region greeted the news.

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The Takeaway

Expanding the Sign Language Lexicon for Science

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Regardless of the state of the law, people with disabilities have been finding their own way in the able-bodied world for some time. For example, in a highly technical field where terminology and vocabulary are highly specialized, how do you communicate efficiently? Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University who is trying to answer this question.

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The Takeaway

Essay: The Roots of Opposition to the U.N. Disability Convention

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Takeaway host John Hockenberry, who uses a wheelchair, looks at the people opposing the United Nations Convention on Rights for People with Disabilities.

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The Takeaway

The Real Sex Surrogate Behind 'The Sessions' Tells All

Friday, October 26, 2012

The new film “The Sessions” is based on the real experiences and writings of Mark O’Brien, a severely disabled survivor of childhood polio who cannot move his body, but has full sensation in it. The real sex surrogate who Mark saw, Cheryl Cohen Greene, was a consultant on “The Sessions.” She shares the story behind the story, explains her profession, and discusses the unique challenges of working sexually with people who have disabilities.

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Schoolbook

Special Ed Provider Shortage Persists

Monday, October 08, 2012

With a chronic shortage of speech-language pathologists, education officials and the teachers' union are working together to recruit more providers.

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