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  • A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability?"

    06/17/2016 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAllow me to begin with a simple parable. Every now and then I take a perfectly good paper clip and untwist it, reconfiguring it for some other purpose. Once, I used them to hang Christmas ornaments on my tree. Another time I fashioned a paperclip into a hook to keep my broken file drawer from rolling open. Now if paperclips could see or think, they might be horrified and saddened to see a fellow paperclip so...
  • Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

    06/16/2016 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAs mentioned in yesterday’s post, Pope Francis recently lamented the obsession of modern society with perfect bodies. Although our first thought on contemplating this might be cosmetics and plastic surgery, he was actually speaking about our increasing rejection of the disabled and the sick. This rejection is perhaps most sadly evidenced by the fact that more than 90% of unborn children with a “poor prenatal diagnosis” are aborted. Perhaps the parents are informed that their child...
  • Angry Barbra Streisand spews B.S. about Trump

    01/11/2017 4:20:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Reviving the debunked claim that Trump mocked journalist Serge F. Kovaleski because of his physical disabilities Poor, poor Barbra Streisand whose initials happen to be B.S. This horrible, affective, whiny has-been is soooo unhappy that Donald Trump will become president in less than 10 days. After Meryl Streeps ugly anti-Trump rant she mocked football and mixed martial arts, falsely claimed Trump wants to deport all foreigners, and accused Trump of being a bully at the Golden Globes awards show on the weekend, Streisand came to Streeps defense.
  • Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

    12/11/2016 4:45:41 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 45 replies
    Freebeacon.com ^ | December 11, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    Measure intended to protect people with disabilities who have wandered away A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power. In 2008, Kevin Curtis Wills, a 9-year-old boy with autism, jumped into a river near a park and drowned. In 2014, a 14-year-old boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo, left his school and drowned in a river. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), who chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimers Disease Task Force, introduced a...
  • Gohmert's Statement on House Passage of Bill to Track Those with Disabilities

    12/11/2016 5:39:30 PM PST · by blueyon · 29 replies
    http://gohmert.house.gov ^ | 12/08/16 | Congressman Gohmert
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his decision to vote against H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte's Law, which establishes a federal program to chip individuals with autism and developmental disabilities: While this initiative may have noble intentions, small and temporary programs in the name of safety and security often evolve into permanent and enlarged bureaucracies that infringe on the American peoples freedoms. That is exactly what we have here. A safety problem exists for people with Alzheimers, autism and other mental health issues, so the fix, we are told, is to have the Department...
  • Baby girl denied chance at new heart because of developmental disability

    04/19/2016 4:37:38 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | April 13, 2016 | Nancy Flanders
    Stephanie Parra was 32 weeks pregnant when doctors handed her devastating news. Her baby girl had a heart defect that was so severe they didnt think she would live more than a few hours after birth. They told Parra that she should consider abortion. I reminded the doctor that I was 32 weeks, she explained. But the doctor said that my baby was considered defective and that you can terminate up to 38 or maybe 39 weeks. I told her, no, termination wasnt an option. We were going to continue the pregnancy. Parra was determined to help her daughter anyway...
  • Future Transhumanist Tech May Soon Change The Definition Of Disability

    09/14/2015 11:53:59 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 23 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | September 14, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan
    [I lover science! The one thing I would add is that the tech advances that make these sorts of inventions possible came from the free market. Thats why we can all afford smart phones and computers. Get the government out of medical stuff and these sorts of things could be more widely available.]Future Transhumanist Tech May Soon Change The Definition Of DisabilityBy Zoltan Istvan Radical technologies around the world may soon overhaul the field of disability and immobility, which affects in some way more than a billion people around the world. MIT bionics designer Hugh Herr, who lost both his...
  • Why have we become so scared of disability?

    01/15/2015 4:15:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    CMF Blog UK ^ | January 9, 2015 | Dr. Karen Forrest
    Editors note. This appeared on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). Disabled_Child-192x128When I went to see the midwife at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I did not expect to find myself leaving in the back of an ambulance. My BP [blood pressure] was 200/115 and there were 4 pluses of protein in my urine. My non-medical husband was bewildered and we both wondered what would happen next. A few hours later, my BP was 160/100, but an ultrasound had shown that our baby was very small about the size youd expect at 28 weeks. There were no structural...
  • Powerful video shows that every life matters

    12/23/2014 7:22:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Dec 23, 2014 | Cassy Fiano
    Many people dont get the opportunity to come face-to-face with a person who has a disability. Rarer still is getting an honest view of how a person feels about their disability. But millions caught a glimpse into the life of an extraordinary individual living with a disability after actor Ashton Kutcher shared the following video with 18 million of his followers on social media. Cashel Gardner is a 17-year-old living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which, for Cashel, means that he cannot move, breathe, talk, or eat on his own. But he made this video to show that his life is...
  • Feds Creating Robots for Old People

    12/13/2014 12:04:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily.A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.The government said that the project is necessary due to a demographic crisis in America where soon there will not be enough young people to take care of their elders.This Partnership For Innovation project develops and tests the use of service robots to monitor and...
  • EEOC: Obamacare Workplace Wellness Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace wellness programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the companys health benefits plan that...
  • How Sarah Palin could change the media, and why she wont

    07/29/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Act Four ^ | July 29, 2014 | Alyssa Rosenberg
    I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palins waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia site that Palin and her team launched yesterday, is a disappointing combination of these muddled...
  • VIDEO: Hotel Desk Clerk Refuses to Serve Veteran and Calls the Police, You Wont Believe Why

    06/26/2014 9:01:26 AM PDT · by Marie · 88 replies
    TPN ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jennifer Burke
    It is a shameful act of discrimination for a business to turn away someone who returned home after being at war with battle scars that cannot be visibly seen. But, thats precisely what happened to one veteran while vacationing in Florida. Not only is it an act of discrimination, but also what this hotel, and many others, did to this veteran is against the law. (Watch Video at the link) Former Army Sgt. Robert Price simply wanted to find a place to sleep while he was on vacation in Daytona Beach, FL. He was not alone. He had with him...
  • FDA OKs mental disability blood test for infants

    01/17/2014 12:06:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 2:37 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code. The laboratory test from Affymetrix detects variations in patients chromosomes that are linked to Down syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome and other developmental disorders. About 2 to 3 percent of U.S. children have some sort of intellectual disability, according to the National Institutes of Health.
  • US seeks to fine websites if disabled are unable to use

    11/27/2013 3:44:27 AM PST · by AstralisLux · 53 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/27/13 | Spero News
    The US Justice Department is intervening in a private lawsuit against H&R Block for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. H&R Block is a large provider of American tax services and informational services for tax payers.
  • Aaron Rodgers makes music with girl suffering from spina bifida

    11/07/2013 11:20:30 PM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | November 7, 2013 | Josh Katzowitz
    Aaron Rodgers might be out for a few weeks with a fractured collarbone, but that doesn't mean he can't get one of his fans really, really excited anyway. As you can see in the video -- which I assume was made before the Packers quarterback injured himself -- Rodgers helps make music with 13-year-old Kelly, who suffers from spina bifida.
  • Parents of unborn babies with disabilities often experience great pressure to abort

    04/10/2013 5:57:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life site ^ | Sarah Terzo
    April 10, 2013 (LiveActionNews.org) - Now that prenatal testing can so easily detect babies with physical and mental disabilities, more and more women are choosing to abort their children if something is wrong with them. For example, up to 92% of women whose tests show that they are carrying babies with Down syndrome abort. Some women have successfully sued doctors for the wrongful life of babies who were born handicapped, claiming that their doctors should have detected the anomaly so they could abort. Perhaps this is one reason why many doctors urge their pregnant patients to undergo amniocentesis, a test...
  • The Treaty to Block Parental Rights - CRPD

    12/07/2012 2:22:08 PM PST · by GreenEyedGal · 28 replies
    The Brenner Brief ^ | December 5, 2012 | Amanda Melson
    Yesterday the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the treaty. The White House expressed its dissatisfaction saying, in part, We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation. The treaty is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations to protect individuals with disabilities. Parties are bound Under the Convention to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same human...
  • Disabled daughter dies just hours after state takes her from mom

    12/06/2012 3:51:33 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 4, 2012
    Marie Freyre was born with cerebral palsy and fluid surrounding her brain. She suffered from life-threatening seizures. Even after Marie Freyre died alone in a nursing home 250 miles from the family in North Tampa that loved her, Marie's mother had to fight to bring her home.In March 2011, state child protection investigators took 14-year-old Marie from her mother, Doris Freyre, claiming Doris' own disabilities made it almost impossible for her to care for Marie, who suffered from seizures and severe cerebral palsy. But a Tampa judge signed an order that Marie be returned to her mother, with in-home nursing...
  • Senator Kerrys Fallacious Emotional Appeal for a U.N. Treaty

    12/04/2012 8:42:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    RSN ^ | Monday, 03 December 2012 16:12 | Steven Groves
    When the facts and law are not in ones favor, there is a natural temptation to appeal to the emotions of your target audience in order to win an argument. This is referred to as argumentum ad passionesan attempt to manipulate an audiences emotions by pulling on their heartstrings in order to bring them to your side. Such is the case with Senator John Kerrys (DMA) appeal in todays Huffington Post in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international human rights treaty that is scheduled for an up-or-down vote tomorrow at noon. ...