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Disability Non-Profit of the Month: Learning Disabilities Association of America Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In 1963, a group of parents met at a Chicago, Illinois conference called “Exploration into the Problems of the Perceptually Handicapped Child.” This was before the term “learning disabilities” had been incorporated into common lexicon. It had been used in the title of a paper by Dr. Samuel Kirk, who presented at this conference, and…

U.S. Disability Rights Advances and Setbacks: 2017 Year in Review

January 17th: Future Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos shows lack of knowledge about the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) During her confirmation hearing for education secretary, Betsy DeVos frustrated many special education advocates by stating that enforcement of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires public schools to provide “free appropriate…

USA Today Investigation Incites Concerns About VA Hiring Practices

USA today recently released the results of an investigation into some pretty questionable hiring practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system. The VA has knowingly hired multiple clinicians with extremely problematic employment histories. One example is neurosurgeon John Harry Schneider, who was hired despite over a dozen malpractice suits against him –…

Orthotics

What Is an Orthosis?

An orthosis is a type of brace or other wearable device that serves one or more of the following purposes: Improvement of mobility Immobilization of an injured body part to promote healing Correction of biomechanical misalignments Prevention of injuries Reduction of weight bearing and pain Some orthotic devices are relatively inexpensive, over-the-counter products: examples include…