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Two directors of care provider charged with criminal neglect over death of Ann Marie Smith

Jun 18, 2022

Two directors of care provider charged with criminal neglect over death of Ann Marie Smith

The 54-year-old, who had cerebral palsy, died in 2020 from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment.

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First Impressions: Overcoming Our Unconscious Biases

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Just by Looking at Him

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Shopfront Theatre's Bus Stop Films rolls into action in the US | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

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Activating Change

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Fans ask Lizzo to remove song over offensive lyric

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Multimedia Exhibit Explores Intersections of Gender Identity, Disability

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month. In the Western U.S. state of Colorado, multimedia artists are exploring the intersections of gender identity and disability. VOA's Scott Stearns has the story from Denver. WARNING: The video contains a brief depiction of nudity.

What LGBTQ+ people with intellectual disabilities want everyone to know

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UK doctors with long Covid say they have been denied disability benefits

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Losing Social Security Disability Benefits for Crohn's Disease

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Colly Metcalfe: How embracing my deafness inspired my creative practice

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How to Help People Coping With New Memory Loss and Fibromyalgia

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Using Healthy Coping Skills to Help You Accept Your Disability

"Develop coping skills that help you accept your disability."

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Opinion: It’s time for a culture shift where disability inclusion is concerned

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"The TV screen has been a lifeline when I was too ill to leave my bed or my home."

Important step for community safety as Ann Marie Smith care providers charged

An expert investigation by SAPOL’s Major Crime division and SafeWork SA has led to two directors of the company tasked with caring for Ann Marie Smith to be criminally charged.

Agreement to provide community-based services to children with disabilities

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The CQC's 2020 report said people with learning disabilities or autism were receiving "undignified and inhumane care"; 18 months on it says little progress has been made.

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New accessibility features coming to Windows 11

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Governments not listening to people with disabilities despite them being at high risk, say researchers.

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Governments not listening to people with disabilities despite them being at high risk, say researchers.

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I am a CODA and have been very lucky to be blessed with parents that let me chase whatever aspirations I may have, whether that be in the form of them trying to stay awake at my orchestra rehearsals or letting me drone on and on about art in every gallery I possibly could.

Bringing Humanity Into the Reality of Chronic Pain Care

"Humanity needs to be brought back into the treatment of chronic pain."

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The Harkin Institute, Voya Financial issue research paper demonstrating that disability-inclusive companies create value for shareholders and society.

Remote Learning Accommodations for Long COVID Could Help Kids With All Disabilities Thrive

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Membership opportunities — Critical Design Lab

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Where Is The Support?

The Star Tribune in Minnesota published an article about the state’s shortage of support staff for people with disabilities. Although I don’t live in Minnesota, it is hard for me to find PCAs in Massachusetts. I went through three PCAs in three semesters of college. This was frustrating and stressful for me.

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Looking at Language: How We Talk About Disability

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Activity levels among disabled people have failed to return to pre-Covid levels

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App Helps Drivers With Disabilities Fuel Up

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Long COVID is a new disability affecting millions of workers

What might be legally required accommodations for some—like ergonomic work equipment and flex time—might boost morale and productivity for all.

MTS Launches Inclusive Language Guide

At the 2021 MTS Annual General Meeting of Provincial Council, a resolution was passed to ensure that MTS advocate for all divisions and Local associations to use language that is gender neutral and diversity inclusive in all forms, publications, and published materials. In response, the Society was tasked with creating and making available a toolkit to facilitate these language changes.

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