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Obesity and Disabilities

About 48.9 million people, or approximately 19.4 percent of the non-institutionalized civilian US population is disabled. Almost half of those people, 24.1 million, are severely disabled. More than one-third of adults in the US, about 35.7 percent, are obese according to clinical criteria. More than 1 in 20, about 6.3 percent, meet the criteria for …

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FECA or Disability Retirement? Options for Federal Employees Disabled at Work

Unfortunately for federal employees who are injured and disabled at work, one of the toughest choices they’ll ever have to make arrives at a terrible time. It’s wonderful to have options as a federal employee. However, understanding the differences between accepting disability retirement and federal workers’ compensation can be a challenge—especially for those already struggling …

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A Guide for Allies: Things Never to Say to the Parent of a Disabled Child (And Things You Should Say Instead)

Children with special needs and their families are a major portion of the community. According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2010 more than 5 percent of the 53.9 million school-aged children in the country reportedly had a disability, and this doesn’t include unreported disabilities and other special needs that may not officially be …

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What is Disability Culture, and Do Reproductive Technologies Threaten It?

Bioethics and the disability community have always had a strange and uncomfortable relationship. That is because many of the mainstream controversies that define modern bioethics have a direct impact on people with disabilities: specifically, the use of technology to eliminate disabilities and questions surrounding genetic diversity. Genetic diversity and disability New reproductive technologies often appear …

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#CripTheVote: what is it?

The 2016 election brought the #CripTheVote movement into the forefront of American politics. However, the movement wasn’t just about that election. It’s about increasing the visibility of people with disabilities for all elections and achieving better representation at all levels of government. The #CripTheVote movement gained a lot of momentum after Donald Trump was called …

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