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February 2013 Archives

USDA: disability makes it harder to put food on the table

For a working family the challenges of caring for one or more members with a disability are potent and myriad. From medical bills to the strain a serious injury or disease can put on the very love that bonds a household together, disabilities of any kind can become a factor that must be accounted for and overcome in nearly every aspect of life. Such aspects can be as simple as the need to keep everyone fed.

As SSD benefits lag, Alzheimer's disease rates on the rise

There are few afflictions that can be more difficult to either suffer from or watch a loved one combat than Alzheimer's disease. As proteins gather into a kind of plaque that impedes basic brain function, those who suffer from the disease not only lose the ability to perform many of the everyday tasks they've known for all their lives, but they also begin to lose much of their memory.

Courts, DOJ contemplating new boundaries of disability

As the country adapts and continues to grow in its awareness, accommodation, and treatment of disabling ailments and injuries, it appears inevitable that the lines demarcating what is a "disability" and what is not will shift at an ever-quickening pace. Now, with the Americans with Disabilities Act more than two decades old, the recognition and protection of newly understood conditions is a frequent issue in courts both in Texas and across all of America.

Feds call for widened disabled sports in schools

Title IX, the landmark legislation that called for mandatory gender equality in high school and collegiate sports, has for decades had a defining impact on the nature of sports programs and team dynamics across the nation's schools. Now, a new directive from the federal Education Department appears poised to have the same landmark effect for those students with disabilities.