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September 24, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Now that we've all had a chance to be shocked by the dirty rich rats who hire a special tour guide so they can get onto the most popular Disney rides without waiting in a long line, let's remember that the rich already had this ability, fully sanctioned by the parks, and will continue to do so. There's been a lot of justified outrage that a program at Disneyland and Disney World for disabled visitors has been discontinued because people were taking...
April 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The families of children with disabilities have sued Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando, Fla., and Anaheim over a new policy for allowing guests with disabilities quick access to rides and attractions. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the new policy that was put in place in October will discourage guests with disabilities from visiting the park. Before October last year, visitors with disabilities and their family members were given a card that allowed them to go directly onto rides, skipping the long lines.
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.
April 1, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you thought Brian Wilson did not look right Sunday night, turns out he wasn't. After Wilson was unable to get any of his five batters out, the Dodgers said Tuesday they will place their set-up man on the disabled list with what they called nerve irritation in his right elbow. The Dodgers said an MRI exam showed no ligament damage, which is good news for a pitcher who's had two Tommy John surgeries to the elbow. Still, it's more early injury trouble for the Dodgers, who already have stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the disabled list.
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.
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."
August 22, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
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 | By Hugo Martin
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.
December 21, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Slowly and with a hitch in his step, Sal Foti made his way to the handicapped shooting lane at Targetmaster Indoor Firearm Range & Gun Shop. The lane is closest to the door, wide enough for a wheelchair or other equipment and marked with a handicapped sign. Foti, 57, a retired public relations executive, has suffered since childhood from rheumatoid arthritis, which stiffens his joints, making it difficult for him to walk or stand for long. "To put up even the target is hard for me," he said, "It's nice to see that ranges are starting to understand and accommodate handicapped shooters.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert Abele
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.
March 4, 2014 | By Michael McGough
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of a death row inmate in Florida that raises this question: “Whether the Florida scheme for identifying mentally retarded defendants in capital cases violates Atkins vs. Virginia .” Atkins vs. Virginia is the 2002 case in which the court held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution.” The issue in Monday's argument was whether Florida could...
March 2, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I was severely injured in a car accident. As a result, I am in a lot of pain and unable to work. Social Security accepted my claim, and I now receive monthly disability payments. Unfortunately, this is my only income, and I am on a very tight budget. I recently began looking for a cheaper rental unit but have encountered a problem. Most property owners require tenants to earn at least three times the monthly rent. Because of my inability to work due to my disability, there is no way I can meet this standard.
February 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about a Florida man, Freddie Lee Hall, who faces execution for a 1978 murder. Hall is intellectually incapable of understanding the arguments, but the state of Florida says that it has the right to execute him nevertheless, in a case that spotlights both the barbarity and the absurdity of the death penalty. This page has a long history of opposing capital punishment on the grounds of morality, overwhelming evidence of its misapplication and public expense, among other things.
February 25, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who kidnapped a 53-year-old mentally impaired woman from a parking lot and sexually assaulted her. The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at 15th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, police said.    Recordings from surveillance cameras show a vehicle pulling into the parking lot where the woman appeared to be standing alone outside a Greyhound bus station. The station appeared to be closed .  Police described the vehicle as a dark-colored, mid-sized four-door sedan, possibly a mid-to-late 1990s Nissan Maxima.
February 25, 2014 | By Marc J. Tassé
Shortly after his birth in 1945, Freddie Hall's family knew that something was different about him. And later, he was slow to learn, to walk and to talk, and it was challenging for his family to understand his speech. He was raised under difficult circumstances in an impoverished and abusive home, the 16th of 17 children, and showed early signs of serious intellectual and developmental delays. Hall's elementary school teachers also noticed his problems with learning and recommended a special education teacher, as shown in school records dating from the 1950s.
April 19, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I manage a 12-unit apartment complex with a strict no-pets policy. We understand that under federal and state fair housing law, we may need to make an exception to our no-pet policy for a disabled resident who requires a service animal as a reasonable accommodation. However, there is a resident at my apartment complex who has a visitor staying with her for a few weeks. The visitor has a dog that accompanies her everywhere and appears to be staying in the resident's apartment with her. When I asked the resident about the dog, she told me that her guest is disabled and that the dog is a service animal.
November 5, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Clinical depression is now the second-leading cause of global disability, according to new research, with the highest rates of incidence affecting working-age adults and women more than men. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Plos Medicine, researchers found that depressive disorders were second only to lower respiratory infections when it came to inflicting the most years of disability on people throughout the world. Rates of depression were highest in Afghanistan and lowest in Japan, while the condition ranked as the top cause of disability in Central America and Central and Southeast Asia.
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