Friday, June 27, 2008

Frida links

for the week 6/20/2008 to 6/27/2008

A federal judge has ruled that the Wichita County Heritage Society violated the ADA when it denied a young girl who uses a wheelchair access to the Kell House to see Santa Clause, Times Record News reports. (h/t to Patricia E Bauer)

Samuel Golubchuk, the patient in the Winnepeg futile care lawsuit, has died while on life support, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. RIP Mr Golbuchuk.

Eight women with disabilities will compete to become a model in a BBC reality TV show called "Britain's Missing Top Model." The BBC3 series will begin next week on Tuesday.

"An estimated 3.5 million displaced people live with disabilities in refugee camps around the world," and these refugees have limited access to resources, according to the most recent report from The Woman's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

"Displaced, disabled, and in need of our care" is the title of The Boston Globe's story about The Woman's Commission's report noted above.

Disability dolls are becoming popular, according to this report in The Times, UK.

Elder abuse is on the rise in Florida. According to WCTV News, the department of elder affairs says that it has received 42,000 reports of abuse and neglect already this year, which is up nearly 15% from last year.

Nearly 1,200 elderly or disabled Alabamians will lose state-funded homemaker services in August because of budget constraints, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

House leaders have announced plans to install wheelchair lifts in their chamber so that people with disabilities will have access to the speaker's podium, the Associated Press reports.

The father of a ten-year-old girl with disabilities who died after she was left in a scalding bath, has been convicted of third-degree murder, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child, the Associated Press reports.