Monthly Archives: June 2013

Harvard Study Links Autism to Air Pollution

A Harvard University study recently linked exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy to autism, according to DisabilityScoop. The website reports that the Harvard study is the first nation study linking autism to air pollution levels. The study found that women living in places with higher levels of pollution are twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism, compared to locations with lower levels. According to DisabilityScoop, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health “looked at data from a long-term study of more than 116,000 nurses dating back to 1989 and focused on 325 women who had a child with autism and 22,000 who had a child without the developmental disorder.” The researchers used data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to estimate the women’s exposure to pollution. “Ultimately, the researchers found that the children of moms living in the 20 percent of locations…
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Study Reveals SSDI Numbers and Unemployment Not Linked

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that most Americans who run out of unemployment benefits do not start collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, dispelling the notion that SSDI rolls have increased as a result of economic conditions. According to the WSJ, research done by the University of California- Berkeley shows that since the offset of the current recession, people who have used up the standard 26 weeks of unemployment provided by state governments have not moved on to collecting SSDI benefits. “When the unemployment rate started rising in 2008 and 2009, the government extended unemployment benefits, leading to a drop in the number of people exhausting their payments. Yet the number of people filing for disability kept on rising,” the WSJ reported. “In more recent years, the government has cut back unemployment benefits, leading to an increase in expirations, but the number of disability applications has remained…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: June is PTSD Awareness Month

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The VA says that up to 20 percent of military members return from deployment with signs of PTSD, while up to 8 percent of the country’s population is affected by the disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as an “anxiety condition prompted by a frightening incident and recurring overwhelming thoughts about the episode.” The Huffington Post recently ran an article that said the following symptoms are signs of PTSD: Feeling hopeless about your future Having a difficult time concentrating Having a difficult time remembering Feeling more angry and irritable Feeling crushing shame and guilt over the event Having a challenging time maintain relationships Difficulty sleeping Seeing and hearing things that are not there Becoming easily frightened and startled Feeling a lack of focus Severe crying spells If you suffer from PTSD,…
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Facebook to Clean Up Disability Hate Speech

According to the DisabilityScoop, Facebook will begin removing hate speech on its platform in an effort to appease disability advocates. The news outlet reported that Facebook has acknowledged that it needs to do more to monitor hate speech on user pages and will begin removing postings. “Many in the disability community have long complained about Facebook pages featuring questionable content and misappropriated photos of those with disabilities,” DisabilityScoop reported. Hannah Jacobs, a New York City mother of a teen with intellectual disability, told the news outlet that she has flagged pages with names like “I Am Retarded,” “I Hate Fat People in Wheelchairs” and one called “Retards in Cages”, which feature controversial humor. “It’s a little like playing Whac-A-Mole. One group down, two more pop up,” said Jacobs who runs a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fair representations of people with disabilities to DisabilityScoop. Jacobs said that users can tag content…
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