When will you be able to go blind?

Posted September 20, 2019 08:05:42 The number of Australians with an intellectual disability is set to rise to nearly 4.5 million by 2035, according to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.The figure, which is currently at about one in five, is expected to increase by more than a third by 2031.But a key question remains about […]

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Trump wants to end language for disabled people

President Donald Trump is looking to reverse a federal rule that says disabled people are prohibited from using certain languages, including some of the more sensitive ones.The White House released a draft executive order on Wednesday to end the language barring people with disabilities from using specific dialects of English.The language policy, which was issued […]

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Video shows transgender woman ‘passed’ for military with a disability

A transgender woman has been awarded a Bronze Star after she overcame her disability and successfully completed a military service.The video shows Caitlyn Baugh standing on a flight from Hawaii to Alaska, but with a cane, using her hand to help herself walk.She told the Associated Press she has had a difficult time adjusting to […]

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Trump signs law to lift Obama-era restrictions on transgender service

President Donald Trump signed a bill on Wednesday that lifts Obama-style restrictions on how transgender people can serve in the military and is likely to be signed into law soon.The Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill, which includes a provision allowing transgender service members to enlist without having to undergo sex-change surgery.Trump signed the measure […]

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New Scientist: Disability is a double-edged sword

Written by The New Scientist team  The world of disability is changing fast, and it’s being driven by two forces.One is the emergence of new forms of disability, which can be caused by genetic, behavioural, physical, social, cultural or other factors.The other is advances in cognitive technology.These developments mean we’re becoming less dependent on the […]

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When doctors treat deafness with hearing aids, can the devices be considered a form of speech therapy?

In the US, many people with hearing loss can use hearing aids to communicate.But a growing number of researchers are using them to treat deaf patients.Some are calling the technology speech therapy.This is the second in a series of Recode segments exploring what it means to use speech therapy in deaf people.Today: What is speech […]

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