Bad news articles.
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY November 4, 2013 story reported that the Transportation Department fined US Airways $1.2 million for a disability case because of its poor performance to passengers needing wheelchair assistance in Philadelphia and Charlotte. It is the largest penalty for a disability case against an commercial airlines.
Disabled Advocates Arrested Outside White House
The group was at the White House to demand a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden who they say has not lived up to a campaign promise to meet with them about how he can champion community living options for people with disabilities.
“Once he and President Obama were re-elected, Vice President Biden has refused to meet with us. His staff told our leaders that he isn’t even willing to schedule a meeting to explore specifics of his commitment to us,” said Dawn Russell of Colorado ADAPT.
Deana Copeland (right) fears that a new provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would eliminate her as the caregiver of her 22 year old daughter, Andrea Hood, who has cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autonomic dysreflexia.
Contracts Total Over $500 Million
Braulio Castillo, CEO of Strong Castle Inc., claims he broke his foot playing sports at a military prep school in 1984. As an IRS contractor he has been using a minor, possibly non-existent injury from his prep school days 27 years ago to secure government contracts for his company was publicly shamed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in such a magnificent way that it almost made his fraud worthwhile.
Exerpts from Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia with symptoms that begin with the erosion of memory, thinking and behavior. Slowly getting worse over time, patients lose the ability to coordinate basic motor skills such as swallowing & walking. Doctors say it could damage the parts of the brain that control breathing.
According to the National Vital Statistics Report (Oct. 10 2012) it is now the 6th leading cause of death. Projections show that nearly half of all persons over the age of 65 in Hawaii will have the disease. Alzheimer's also affects up to 5 percent of people in their 40s and 50s.
"Who does that to kids?"
The hands of a Honolulu boy with special needs are badly burned because someone left hot charcoals at Ala Moana Beach Park. 5-year old Kellan Lee's summer fun with his family ended in the ER after he uncovered hot charcoals disguised in the dirt under a tree at the park. His mom Kelly says he, "Stuck hands right in. He was screaming and his hands were red."
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