Daily Archives: June 20, 2005
Seventeen-year-old Van Brooks felt somewhat out of place talking to adults with spinal cord injuries after his own paralyzing accident last fall. Sure, the older men and women gave him some good tips on how to adjust to being paralyzed from the waist down, but the young man wanted something different — a connection with a peer.
“It’s easier for me to talk to someone my age,” the Baltimore resident says.
This July, the United States is proud to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Since being signed into law in 1990, this landmark federal legislation has proved a remarkable success and has profoundly changed how society views and accommodates its citizens with disabilities. The ADA has not only changed our expectations of what accessibility is, it has redefined the rights of an entire population.
Wiping out polio is proving tougher than expected, but world health experts say the disease’s demise is tantalizingly near.
In 1988, there were 350,000 cases. This year, there are just over 500 cases. But this is no time to drop the guard, experts say.