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“Consider a Text for Teen Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Research Suggests” The research, was conducted by an associate professor of social work from Ohio State University. It looked at social media, specifically MySpace, and the presence of teens wishing to end their lives. Twitter will be the next media researched. Since most teens said they wouldn’t use a hotline, it is suggested that a text option would be better.
“Delta accused of forcing paralyzed man to crawl off of plane” Houston Chronicle
“A former college professor who cannot walk has sued Delta Airlines in federal court, claiming that crew members on two flights told him the only way he could get off the plane was to crawl down the aisle, down the steps and across the tarmac.
D. Baraka Kanaan, who lives in Hawaii, filed the suit July 23 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, against the airlines and 20 unnamed individuals.”
He was told there would be accommodated and provided an aisle wheelchair. However, it was not provided for either flight. Not only did he have to crawl out of the plane, he had to do so across the tarmac. If this is true, it is a disgusting way to treat another human being.
Disabled street artist Xi Fu paints pictures with his toes. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/07/disabled_street_artist_xi_fu.html
“Nightmares After the I.C.U.” New York Times
Illinois Gov. Quinn signs law expanding gym class exemption for disabled students Chicago Tribune
“Students with disabilities who play organized sports outside of school will be able to skip gym class under a new state law.”
“The Most Powerful Advocacy Tool For People With Disabilities” by Anita Cameron
Ocean from the Deaf Pagan Crossroads is contemplating writing a book.
“Chapters will focus on topics such as accessibility to Pagan events, Pagan sign language, parallelisms between Deafhood and Paganism, thoughts about Paganism from the Deaf Community, thoughts about deafness from the Pagan Community, etc.”