Sometimes the stories that reflect or have impact on persons with disabilities, or on our individual and collective wellness are more complex and have more layers than can be explained in a single headline or
For that reason, this is where you'll find the topics that require a more in-depth approach to fully understand all the issues and nuances than can propel us forward in advancing inclusion and equality as basic rights that no human being should ever have to beg for.
Persons with disabilities are already, statistically, the most at risk of being physically, mentally, sexually or financially abused and recent media coverage has detailed an increasing incidence of violent hate crimes against the most vulnerable in society.
It is there that our series of Special Reports begins. We hope you visit often as new content is added, and also hope you will add your voice about your own experiences, or those of someone you know or simply offer your thoughts on our coverage by writing to us at info@LauraAndWagner.com .
| SPECIAL REPORTS INDEX|
Abuse Of The Disabled
Pope under fire for ignoring abuse at
Catholic institutions for the disabled
Institutional abuse of the disabled is
only one form of the horrible ways
the most vulnerable in society are
subjected to ongoing abuse. Persons
with disabilities are also becoming
the target of hate crimes & disabled
kids are being bullied at school.
Our series on Disabled Attitudes and
the efforts to 'Disable the 'Dis'
Coping with a sensory, physical or
learning disability can be difficult
enough, but can also be even more
frustrating because of the 'disabling'
attitudes of others. In this series,
Laura Meddens interviews several
disabled persons about this.
Haiti / Chile Earthquakes
Crush injuries trigger thousands of
amputations and a crisis of disability
In a country where babies born
with a disability are abandoned in
the streets and sewers, a new
attitude towards the disabled will
need to be part of the rebuilding
effort in Haiti, which trails Chile
in its support for the disabled.
Growing Up Different
Scientific American's New Frontiers
series @ PBS highlights disabilities
Alan Alda brings new insights into
the challenges faced by persons who
are living with a disability. This 2001
series stands the test of time by
opening our eyes to some incredible
people coping with extraordinary
circumstances & what they teach us.
Patient Voices: Autism
This New York Times series lets us
hear directly from the 'patients'
Autism can mean many things, and
is sometimes a far too simplistic
label for persons who live with a
condition that can range from mild
to severe. Judy Endow, in the photo
above, is an autism consultant who
was, herself, diagnosed as autistic.
US Health Care & Disability
What will Health Care Reform mean
for 52 Million disabled Americans?
In the same way political debates
over health care reform have been
fueled by partisan divisions and
rhetoric, the debate over the fate
of millions of persons living with a
disability have suffered the same
fate. We try to sort things out.
H1N1 Flu Center
Is this flu still a threat and is there
a danger of disability from it?
The worst appears to have passed
from the fears of this flu which has
also been called the Swine flu and
Mexican flu. Or has it? As of May
cases are still being reported in the
Caribbean and in Africa. What have
we learned about this flu?
2010 Paralympic Games
Hot on the heels of the Vancouver
Olympics and changing attitudes
A few weeks after the 2010 Olympic
Games brought the attention of the
world to Vancouver, thousands of
Paralympic athletes were also in
Vancouver's spotlight. Did these
games and the beautiful setting
help change 'disabling' attitudes?
The Fight of Disabled Vets
Despite coming home from a war
with a disability, the battle isn't won
How would you feel if, after serving
your country in the military and
coming back from a war with a
disability, you were denied the
very benefits that are supposed to
help you survive? Learn how vets
are fighting this ongoing battle.