Monday, January 5, 2015

BLOOM media roundup

Vulgar poster campaign sparks Human Rights Tribunal The Toronto Star

Anonymous posters displayed in a Scarborough co-op targeted residents with disabilities. In one case,  a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was described as "a retarded monkey" who "should have been put down when he was born." A group of residents, including the boy's mother, are having their case heard at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal today.

Song and daughter inspire plans to celebrate people with disabilities The New York Times

Inspired by his daughter, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome, New York jazz pianist Mike LeDonne is organizing an annual disability pride day. The first Disability Pride NYC parade takes place this July.

New #IMREADY campaign pushes for child models with disabilities to be featured in media ABC News

Parent-founded Changing the Face of Beauty is challenging retailers to become part of their #15in2015 campaign by using kids with disabilities in their advertising.

"A living hell" for slaves on remote South Korean island salt farms CBS News

Hundreds of people with disabilities work unpaid 18-hour days on salt farms on remote South Korean islands according to an Associated Press investigation. And although 50 island farm owners and regional job brokers were indicted, no local police or officials have faced punishment, despite multiple interviews showing some knew about the slaves.

An oasis of care for people with intellectual disabilities The New York Times

A sobering story about American parents trying to find health-care for adults with complex medical needs, including intellectual disability. The Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky is one of the few free-standing facilities designed to provide medical and dental treatment to this population.

Majority of autism increase due to diagnostic changes, finds new study Forbes

Almost two thirds of the increase in autistic Danish children results from how autism is diagnosed and tracked, found a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, lending more support to the idea that the apparent rise in autism rates, or at least most of it, is unlikely to be "real."

Innovative wheelchair technology is helping people stand up The Globe and Mail

An innovative wheelchair design by Chilean physiotherapists helps patients move from a seated to an upright position, allowing them to see the world from a different perspective.

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