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Morning Edition

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Monday, April 27, 2015

As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

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Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than half of young people with autism had neither a job nor educational plans in the first two years after high school, a study finds.

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All Things Considered

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.

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TED Radio Hour

What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.

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Morning Edition

Marathon Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.

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All Things Considered

Advocates Fight To Keep Sheltered Workshops For Workers With Disabilities

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Such workshops are being closed across the U.S., more than 15 years after the Supreme Court said separate work settings constitute discrimination. But advocates say clients have nowhere else to go.

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All Things Considered

On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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All Things Considered

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Researchers say their study suggests that more diabetes is being detected in particular states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people have access to screening and care.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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All Things Considered

People With Disabilities, On Screen And Sans Clichés

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Films that focus on disability are frequently overlooked by festivals and audiences. Reelabilities, a 15-city festival, is bucking the trend, showcasing films by and about people with disabilities.

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All Things Considered

Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she first married her husband Greg in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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Panel Says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Disease, And Renames It

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Systemic exertion intolerance disease" might not fall trippingly off the tongue, but an Institute of Medicine panel says it better matches the symptoms. The disease, they say, is real.

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Margaret Bentley, a woman in British Columbia, didn't want food or liquids if she became mentally disabled. But a nursing home is refusing to stop feeding her, even though she has Alzheimer's.

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Morning Edition

Fight Back Against Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

Several times a week Mike Quaglia dons bright red boxing gloves and pummels a hundred-pound punching bag. What's unusual is he has Parkinson's disease and the boxing helps alleviate his symptoms.

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Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

Friday, January 30, 2015

It's not easy to build machines that control sugar as well as a human pancreas, but the technology is getting a lot better. The goal is to liberate people on insulin from constant vigilance.

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All Things Considered

Museum Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle's Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.

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Morning Edition

A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell learned to get by better on her own with echolocation, a method explored in this week's Invisibilia. But along the way, she found that independence came with costs.

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Paralympic Champion Makes The Case For Meningitis Vaccine

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Amy Purdy lost both legs below the knee to meningitis at age 19. She's now using her cred as a champion snowboarder to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated.

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Morning Edition

Baby Thrives Once 3-D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Michigan doctors used 3-D printing to custom-make a splint to prop open Garrett Peterson's defective windpipe last January. He's home with his parents this Christmas, as "normal life" begins.

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Is That $1 or $5? Ask This Money Reader For The Blind

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The iBill, a new currency reader being offered by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, aims to change how the blind identify different kinds of bills.

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