Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Voting in-person on Election Day is the way most Americans cast their ballot and vote, but for far too long, many voters with disabilities who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices have had difficulties getting inside polling places to vote because of architectural barriers. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities to ensure that people […]

A Memorable Place to Live

ANCORA IMPARO – RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is aging. And that applies to all of us. It had to happen. It’s been in the cards all along. We’re getting older. And it now applies to all of us. The “all of us” applies to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who had historically been relegated to shorter lifespans. And while that deserves the celebratory release […]

Stigma And Health Conditions – Part 1

BY CHERYLE B. GARTLEY WITH MARY RADTKE KLEIN Part One Of A Series (Authors’ Note: While some of this article has been written in the first person as a matter of style, and due to the fact that one of the authors lives in the world of the stigmatized, it is really a joint enterprise.) Whether a person is born with a health condition, or living with one acquired at any age, stigma in any […]

A GPS for Families of People with Special Needs – Part I

PART ONE BY LAUREN AGORATUS INTRODUCTION I wrote this manual to help other families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who work with them. My daughter now has five life-threatening conditions, and autism just to keep things interesting. We have been through everything from early intervention to currently going through transition to adult care. I hope this helps you on your journey. EARLY & CONTINUOUS SCREENING Families may be concerned that their child […]

Exercise Is Important For Exceptional Parents

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT You cannot continue to care for your family if you do not also care for yourself. We all know that exercise is important to incorporate into our regular routine, and yet there are many excuses that get in the way, and the workouts get cut easier than other tasks that seem to be a higher priority at the time. It may seem impossible to exercise at times. […]