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My disabilities do not define me. I am Jim

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed access to special education for people with disabilities. Tim Kwee, CC BY-NC

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed access to special education for people with disabilities. Tim Kwee, CC BY-NC

I am an educator of educators. I teach others how to be the best teachers. But, I’m also different.

I have learning challenges.

I found my way and my life’s calling thanks to dedicated educators.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am reminded of my personal journey.

My disabilities could have defined me. But they did not. I do not consider myself dyslexic or learning-disabled.

I am Jim. And here’s the story of how I overcame my challenges and the educators who helped me along the way.

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Born in 1970, I suffered a head injury as a young boy while roughhousing with friends. Perhaps that led to my learning problems. Perhaps it didn’t. Doctors aren’t really sure.

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Mind Art

via The Imaginary Foundation:

Chinese artist Jody Xiong has collaborated with 16 handicapped people — recruited via social media — in the artistic and technological realization of the ‘Mind Art’ installation. The project participants were asked to choose a Winsor & Newton paint color, which was placed in balloons equipped with tiny detonators. Large canvas panels surrounded the balloons on all sides.

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Study finds that disability rates are rising fastest in high income families

via Vox:

Rates of disability among children rose more than 16 percent over the past decade — and researchers aren’t totally sure why.

The new data comes from an article in the journal Pediatrics, which charts disability rates among children between 2001 and 2011. In surveys used to figure this out, parents are asked to choose whether 14 different disabilities or limitations (including those that are physical, like birth defects, and those that are mental, including ADHD) affect their children. The rate of disability rose from 68.7 cases per 1,000 children in 2001 to 79.4 cases per 1,000 children in 2011.

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While rates of disability are higher among low-income children, although researchers noticed that most of the increase in the past decade is concentrated among higher-income families, especially between 2008 and 2010.

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Should Obesity Be Categorized As A Disability?

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“Brilliant, my good man. I must make haste to the haberdasher at once to seek recompense for the injury of this comically small hat. Ta.”

Should obesity be considered a disability, the door would be opened for obese people to sue in cases of discrimination.

As the number of people struggling with obesity continues to rise around the world, governments are faced with the increasingly complex problem of helping these individuals deal with the unique challenges they face. Case in point: Discrimination against overweight and obese individuals in the workplace. While weight-based bias is well-documented in many countries, legislation is only just beginning to address the issue.

This week, for example, the highest court in the European Union is hearing a case brought by a babysitter who says he was fired because he was obese. Judges in the case will be forced to decide whether obesity itself can be considered a disability, independent of any other medical issues.

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Four Los Angeles Police Tased And Beat A Deaf Man Unconscious For Using Sign Language

police-beat-deaf-manIn which using sign language gestures is considered attempted assault. The New York Daily News reports:

Cops in California tasered a deaf man to the ground and then beat him unconscious because he couldn’t hear their orders, a new lawsuit claims.

Jonathan Meister alleges officers discharged the electric charge into his body after mistaking his attempts to communicate via sign language as aggressive hand signals.

Four cops arrived at his friend’s house in Hawthorne after receiving reports of a burglary [in an area that had experienced a rash of burglaries]. Meister was outside loading boxes into his car when the officers reportedly told him to stop. But because he is deaf, he said he did not hear their commands.

The officers beat Meister until he passed out, before taking him to a hospital where he was charged with assaulting police officers. That charge, however, was dropped and Hawthorne Police Department is now facing a lawsuit for violating Meister’s rights as a disabled person under the American with Disabilities Act.

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Man Gets Smartphone Built Into His Arm

phoneFor this disabled British man, becoming a bit of a transhuman cyborg makes everyday tasks more doable. However, I think the rest of us will eventually get smartphones implanted in our arms simply out of laziness. Via the Telegraph:

Trevor Prideaux, who was born without his left arm, used to have to balance the smartphone on his prosthetic arm or put it on a flat surface to use it. But now Mr. Prideaux, 50, can call and text his loved ones without moving the mobile, which is embedded into his fiberglass and laminate limb.

The catering manager sought help from medical experts and communications chiefs at Nokia to build the special prosthethic. They carefully carved a phone shaped fibrecast cradle into the skin-colored prototype, allowing his Nokia C7 to sit inside it.

Mr Prideaux, of Wedmore, Somerset, said: “I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world – and it is brilliant.

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