CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1998
Re Lorenzo W. Milam's commentary, "What's It Like to Be Disabled? You'll Know Someday," March 16: I thought this was one of the best descriptions of what it is like to be a person with a disability. I had a stroke three years ago at the age of 42, have permanent weakness on my right side and need a cane to walk long distances and have limited use of my arm and hand. I agree that it doesn't do any good to tell the able-bodied majority what it is like to have a disability because they really don't care.
March 7, 1993
My husband and I saw "Light Sensitive" recently, and we agreed that not only was it a superbly written play, but the acting was outstanding, particularly that of Victoria Ann-Lewis, who brought such vitality onto the stage that it might as well have been lit with her own energy ("Seeing the 'Light,' " by Nancy Churnin, Feb. 21). Interestingly enough, I did not know, until my husband mentioned it at the intermission, that Ann-Lewis limped or evidenced any disability whatsoever. Perhaps now she'll be more recognized for what she is: a very strong actress.
August 22, 2012 |
Is the Social Security disability system falling prey to more fraud amid today's weak economy than in the past? A new report by a Wall Street analyst argues that it is. The number of people collecting disability payments is climbing at an “unprecedented and alarming rate” even though workplace safety is “constantly improving,” according to the analysis by Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank. "There are people out there that truly want to work but are too sick or injured to do so,” Ablin writes.
January 27, 2012 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Florida-based Spirit Airlines $100,000 Friday for failing to appropriately keep track of and respond to complaints about its treatment of passengers with disabilities. Under federal rules, airlines must sort, categorize and respond in writing to all complaints regarding the treatment of passengers with disabilities. “Our rules on how airlines handle disability-related complaints are designed to help us ensure that passengers with disabilities are treated fairly when they fly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1997
What was the point of Romy Wyllie's "Labels Are Less Important Than Attitudes" (Commentary, April 23)? If it was to use as many derogatory names in a column as possible, I think she drove it home. Wyllie is right, putting a "nicer" name on a debilitating disability doesn't change the disability. What it does do is lend respect to the person who has the disability. When I tell people my children have special needs, I leave the listener the option of asking more information, instead of putting a word picture in their head by saying "autistic" and "learning disabled."
October 10, 2013 |
A spirited, empathetic attempt to turn a legacy of educational shame into a call for understanding and action, Harvey Hubbell V's documentary, "Dislecksia: The Movie," has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side. If you only think of dyslexia as the "rearranging letters" condition - like some quirky trait - Hubbell, himself dyslexic, is quick to communicate how debilitating a reading disability can be to a child who isn't progressing at the rate of his or her peers and who isn't given the tools to manage it. "They gave me a diploma," Hubbell says at one point about his own fraught experiences growing up, "but they didn't give me the skills to fill out a job application.