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May 4, 1992
David Wolfe's efforts (March 31) to lobby bus drivers to announce bus stops complement the 30 recommendations of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission (HRC) resulting from its hearing on "Transportation Issues of People With Disabilities." This report was officially released in 1991. In addition to the blind, the hearing impaired, those in wheelchairs, the elderly and foreign speakers with disabilities have a variety of special transportation needs. To meet these special needs the HRC recommended, for example, that "talking signs" aid vision-impaired riders to identify buses, that internal electronic screens aid the hearing-impaired to identify stops, that all bus drivers receive additional training in use of lifts for those in wheelchairs and that the RTD disabled riders' emergency line be expanded to provide more multilingual service.
June 12, 1985
Your lamenting defense of Rose Bird was so typical. To imply that only lynch-minded, ultra conservative right-wingers are interested in unseating Bird and her few ivory-towered cronies, is yet another effort by The Times to influence the mentally impaired and uninformed. Some of us classic liberals, as well as intelligent moderates, view the prospect of removing these obstructive, self-indulgent despots from the bench as not only desirous but essential to the weal of both our judiciary and society in general.
July 14, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
With television shows such as "Nurse Jackie" and "Grey's Anatomy" regularly depicting physicians and nurses with substance abuse problems, some patients might begin to wonder whether in real life anyone is monitoring the people who provide lifesaving care. Perhaps not. Or, if workers are being monitored, they're not being monitored closely enough to fit some researchers' way of thinking. A doctor survey study published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
August 7, 1999
Re "Technology Replacing Braille," July 28: I have worked for the last four to five years with many blind friends and students and must take issue with several things. Regarding the statement that increasing reliance on tape recorders, letter magnifiers and computer voice translators leaves the visually impaired with a shaky grasp of the underlying structure of language: If a blind or visually impaired person has a piece of text or a book on a computer screen and is reading it with ears, word by word or letter by letter, along with all punctuation, how does this make for illiteracy any more than a person who is reading it with fingers word by word or letter by letter?
June 22, 1989 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, Times Staff Writer
For much of her youth, Judy SlomovicGunter missed out on the Jewish culture she deeply cherished. Deaf since birth, she frequently could not understand the teachers or participate in class discussions at her North Hollywood religious school. And the deaf community offered no programs in Jewish education. She was an outsider in both worlds. Until she discovered Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta in 1982. "It's the only place I can feel both deaf and Jewish," Slomovic Gunter said through an interpreter.
June 30, 1985
June 24 was proclaimed as Drs. William and Howard House Day by the cities of Newport Beach and Los Angeles. A dual celebration was held that day honoring the lifetime accomplishments of these two dedicated physicians in their efforts "so all may hear." Most recent recognition has come with the Food and Drug Administration approval of the "House" cochlear implant originated by William House, M.D. These two men have redefined the Hippocratic oath by their extraordinary stature in humanitarian service.
March 25, 2007 | Robin Abcarian, Robin Abcarian is a Los Angeles Times staff writer.
On a bright afternoon after a lot of rain, Calla Tartikoff is beginning a physical therapy session at a small gym on Melrose Avenue. Two women--both intensely focused on Calla--lean over her on a Pilates bed, one making sure her hips are in the right place, the other pushing her feet. Calla's shadow, Brigitte Poirier, is sitting nearby on a big exercise ball, bouncing slightly. Calla is having trouble paying attention.
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