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Dying with Dignity: The Brittany Maynard Story

Susan Youngsteadt 2014/10/20

On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard will die. However, her death is being planned on her own terms in response to a recent diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme which is an aggressive brain cancer. Initially, Brittany was given only a few years to live, but further testing revealed Brittany only had six months. At the young age… Continue Reading »


Are Social Workers Helping Inmates Rot in Solitary Confinement?

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/10/17

As I wrote in a article several weeks ago, there are about 25,000 people held in solitary confinement in supermax prison units called SHUs—security housing units—and another 80,000 inmates housed in isolation cells in regular prisons and jails. Many of these individuals are mentally ill. Some are juveniles and/or pretrial detainees. No question they are being… Continue Reading »


Politician’s Comments on Disabled People Further Proves Welfare Reform Is Driven by Ideology

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/10/17

When David Freud stated that some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage, he was not saying this for shock effect. It was said in earnest at a fringe meeting at the Tory Party Conference. Furthermore, Lord Freud is not a mere back bench Conservative politician making bizarre and infuriating comments about a subject… Continue Reading »


Wake Up Politicians, American Families Need Your Help With Mental Illness

Lori Gertz 2014/10/16

The National Alliance on Mental Illness[i] reports that one in four adults have a mental illness. Take pause for one second of your day today to raise your eyes from your smart phone to look around you. See that woman over there? She’s one…keep it going. Count four people. Are they standing, sitting, or walking by… Continue Reading »


How To Help Women Who Are Traumatized By Their Jobs and Hobbies

Tim Chevalier 2014/10/15

“Geek culture” is a broadly defined term: including professional cultures associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields as well as recreational ones like science fiction/fantasy fandom, comic books, anime, video games, and hobbies like hacker/maker culture for building hardware and software. However, women who work, study and/or play in any or all parts… Continue Reading »


The Forgotten Poor: More Children Living in Extreme Poverty

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/10/15

The number of children living in extreme poverty—on $2.00 or less per person per day in a household—grew significantly from 1996 until 2011. In 2011, 3.55 million children in 1.65 million households were living in extreme poverty in a given month. Income included TANF and other direct cash assistance programs, cash support from family and… Continue Reading »


Paid Maternity Leave: A Policy Imperative

Ruth White 2014/10/14

Living in a country so focused on the reproductive behaviors of women, from contraception to abortion, it seems preposterous that despite the myriad policy imperatives that want to control women’s fertility, there is no federal policy that supports our decision to give birth by granting us paid maternity leave. This policy gap is even more… Continue Reading »


Are Sheltered Workshops A Thing of the Past

Melissa theSeed 2014/10/09

Much like institutionalization of people with disabilities, sheltered workshops started with someone’s heart being in the right place. Starting around the middle of the 20th century, sheltered workshops began as an intervention for adults with disabilities in which they were given jobs to help keep them busy. These places offer limited-skill work such as sorting,… Continue Reading »

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