International Day of Disabled People

By Jillian Enright: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Inclusion is much more than accommodation

In honour of the International Day of Disabled Persons, I am sharing a collection of my articles related to accessibility and inclusion.

This year’s theme is transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.

That’s a heady theme, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Innovation is driven by people who saw that the current way of doing things either didn’t work for them, or had significant room for improvement.

People who think outside the box are often more creative and better problem-solvers than traditional thinkers because our minds work differently, therefore we see things from a different perspective.

We can use our unique viewpoints and lived experiences as inspiration for positive change.

Selling suicide

By KEVIN YUILL: For Complete Post, Click Here…

A dystopian Canadian infomercial presents euthanasia as an aspirational lifestyle choice.

La Maison Simons, a fashion house in Canada, has produced an infomercial promoting euthanasia. The advert presents an assisted death as ‘the most beautiful exit’. ‘Dying in a hospital is not what’s natural. That’s not what’s soft. In these kinds of moments, you need softness’, the narrator says.

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La Maison Simons, a fashion house in Canada, has produced an infomercial promoting euthanasia. The advert presents an assisted death as ‘the most beautiful exit’. ‘Dying in a hospital is not what’s natural. That’s not what’s soft. In these kinds of moments, you need softness’, the narrator says.

‘Last breaths are sacred’, we are told. Dancers holding paper lanterns accompany an attractive young woman in a wheelchair – the narrator – on an idyllic beach. Bubble wands, dinner and cheesecake with close friends, luminescent whale and jellyfish puppets, singing and being on the ocean. These all feature as time shifts between night and day. The beautiful imagery is accompanied by the kind of inspirational music you usually hear in documentaries about whales. The film ends with a dedication to the young woman at the centre of the story: ‘Jennyfer Hatch – 1985 to October 2022.’ The advert finishes with a small logo of La Maison Simons. It was released one day after Hatch’s death. She was just 37 years old.

Hatch was not terminally ill when she sought euthanasia. She suffered from complications and chronic pain associated with a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of inherited disorders that affect the connective tissue. Since the video was released, it has emerged that Hatch had struggled to find treatment for her rare condition. And she was not even offered palliative care. After battling for years to access healthcare, she was approved for an assisted death within weeks.

Paralympian trying to get wheelchair ramp says Veterans Affairs employee offered her assisted dying

By Tom Yun: For Complete Post, Click Here…

A veteran and former Paralympian told a parliamentary committee that a caseworker from the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) offered her medical assistance in dying (MAID), a week after the veterans affairs minister confirmed that at least four other veterans were offered the same thing.

Retired Cpl. Christine Gauthier, who has been trying to get a wheelchair ramp installed at her home for the past five years, testified on Thursday that a caseworker told her that they could give her assisted dying, even offering to supply the MAID equipment for her.

In Philadelphia, ‘tranq’ is leaving drug users with horrific wounds

By Andrew Joseph: For Complete Post, Click Here…

The volunteers were handing out the staples of harm reduction: safe injection and smoking kits, condoms, and Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal medication. Down the line, they were distributing hats, socks, coats, and blankets to the people who use drugs who came to this outreach event on a recent Saturday, a bright, cold morning a few days before Thanksgiving.

Just before the final table, where two mothers who had lost children to overdoses were passing out sandwiches, was evidence of the latest evolution in the increasingly dangerous U.S. drug supply. A wound care station.

“You have any wounds you need looked at?” volunteers asked people as they came through the event, held in this city’s Kensington neighborhood.

“Do I ever,” replied one man.

The spike in wounds among people who use drugs in Philadelphia reflects the surge in the local supply of a compound called xylazine. A veterinary tranquilizer, xylazine, or “tranq,” exploded in recent years to the point that in 2021, it was found in more than 90% of heroin and fentanyl samples. With its ascendance has come a wave of wounds — sometimes called abscesses, lesions, or, in the words of one volunteer nurse here, something that looks like “it’s eating away your flesh from the inside out.” The city saw the number of emergency department visits for skin and soft tissue injuries quadruple between the beginning of 2019 and the end of 2021.

Covid becomes plague of elderly, reviving debate over ‘acceptable loss’

By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Dan Keating: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Nearly 9 out of 10 deaths are now in people 65 or older, the highest rate since the pandemic began.

President Biden may have declared the coronavirus pandemic “over,” but from John Felton’s view as the Yellowstone County health officer in Billings, Mont., it’s not over, just different.

Now, more than ever,it is a plague of the elderly.

In October, Felton’s team logged six deaths due to the virus, many of them among vaccinated people. Their ages: 80s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 90s. Yellowstone County made the decision early in the crisis to recognize each death individually, and Felton said that is as important as ever to acknowledge the unrelenting toll on a still-vulnerable older generation, while most everyone else has moved on.

“I think about someone’s grandfather — the plays they wouldn’t watch, the games on the football field they wouldn’t see,” he said.

More than 300 people are still dying each day on average from covid-19, most of them 65 or older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While that’s much lower than the 2,000 daily toll at the peak of the delta wave, it is still roughly two to three times the rate at which people die of the flu — renewing debate about what is an “acceptable loss.”

tive – The World at Your Fingertips

By Marc Hagen: For Complete Post, Click Here…

tive is

  • Connective
  • Supportive
  • Positive
  • Active
  • Interactive

The World at Your Fingertips.

tive brings opportunity, connectivity, accessibility, and community to the fingertips of all d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Americans.

Connect

Instantly connect over live video on-demand to a sign language interpreter anywhere, anytime for anything through your mobile device!

Easy Appointments

Easily schedule, manage and track sessions with sign language virtual or in-person interpreters for up to 90 days.

Amid Massive Recall, Philips Reports Issues With Some Repaired Devices

by Jennifer Henderson: For Complete Post, Click Here…

New problems affect repaired ventilators.

As Philips’ subsidiary Philips Respironics continues a sprawling repair and replacement program for 5.5 million breathing machines in the wake of a June 2021 recall mainly due to potential health risks from polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, new issues are plaguing some of the repaired devices.

In mid-November, the FDA issued an update to the recall that affected certain continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines and mechanical ventilators, stating that Philips had informed the agency that reworked Philips Respironics Trilogy ventilators have two new potential issues.

This Common Medication is the Leading Cause of Acute Liver Failure in the U.S., and You May Not Even Realize You Are Taking It.

By Dr. Linda Dahl: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol. It is used to treat fever, pain, and inflammation and is safe to take as long as you don’t exceed the FDA-approved dose (4000 mg a day for a 150-pound person). Because it is cleared through your liver, people with liver problems such as hepatitis, fatty liver, and alcoholism, have to be careful about taking it (either in reduced doses or avoiding it altogether). Even those with normal liver function can inadvertently take too much if they aren’t careful. For example, if you take cold and flu medicine that contains it and add extra acetaminophen, you may end up taking more than the recommended dose. In some cases, an overdose of acetaminophen can lead to acute liver failure. In fact, acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in the United States.

Although rare (there are around 2000 cases of acute liver failure each year in the U.S.), ALF can be life-threatening. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain just under your ribs on your right side (where your liver sits)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy

As the disease gets worse, you can get other symptoms like bleeding, vomiting up blood, and fluid buildup in your belly.

The Advocates

From The Advocates Network: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Join “The Advocates” where Deaf and DeafBlind athletes ***in adaptive sports*** meet and formulate a more complete network. The meetings are open to allies of ASL (including Protactile) in any US state.

Too often we see disabled athletes experiencing deafness in “adaptive spaces,” that are not included and are left totally isolated (*ADA Title II, undue financial hardship). This is a network to support ASL or other means of accessibility for those who have gone without, in whatever capacity possible (*because there is no legal responsibility in certain instances, particularly outside of college). This is a place to make friends, that I hope becomes a collective for advocacy for those who are left out of the conversation.

Allies be they interpreters, people from the community, sports leadership, nonprofits- are all welcome. This is a group for adults.

The bigger of a pool we can create, the more opportunities we’ll have to influence social change and awareness. Culturally Deaf/disabled and DeafBlind members are highest in the hierarchy but do not fully control the group necessarily; we’ll still need contributions from interpreters and those in the adaptive community striving to be good allies, but it will be guided by YOU Deaf and DeafBlind athletes.

In this space disabled Deaf and DeafBlind start and end a conversation, members must respect each other but especially anyone culturally Deaf and disabled including DeafBlind.

This is not a class for hearing people to learn ASL, if you are seeking that class, please conduct your own research. This is a hub for everyone to meet and have productive discussions so the landscape of adaptive sports can change to be more inclusive of Deaf.

Green Sprouts Recalls Toddler’s Stainless Steel Bottles and Cups Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard (Recall Alert)

From Consumer Product Safety Division: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Name of Product:

Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups and Sip & Straw Cups

Hazard:

The recalled stainless-steel bottles and cups bottom base can break off, exposing a solder dot that contains lead, posing a lead poisoning hazard to the child.  Lead is toxic if ingested by young children, and can cause adverse health effects.

Remedy:

Refund

Recall Date:

November 23, 2022

Units:

About 10,500