Christina Applegate denounces Candace Owens for mocking disability-inclusive Skims ad

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Christina Applegate, who has been vocal about living with multiple sclerosis, criticized Candace Owens this week for mocking an underwear ad featuring a model in a wheelchair.

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the “Dead to Me” star posted a series of tweets denouncing the conservative pundit’s dismissive remarks and advocating for more accessibility in the clothing industry. Applegate’s tweets come a few weeks after Owens deemed the disability-friendly Skims campaign unnecessary and “ridiculous” on her eponymous podcast.

“Yes late tweet. But woke to see the most horrifying thing,” Applegate wrote Thursday.

“This Candace person making comments about companies who see we need help. It’s f— gross. I thank skims and Tommy [Hilfiger] and Guide beauty and @neowalksticks for seeing … us. To [Owens] #youshouldknowbetter.”

#TechTuesday: AT For Pet Care

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We hope you will join us for our third #TechTuesday Training Series this year.Session 3 of the training series will be aboutAT For Pet CareYou will learn how to use various Assistive Technology (AT) products and devices. We will be highlighting assistive technology devices, products, and adaptation tips to assist with Caring for Pets.Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 12 to 1:00 PMThis training is free.
CART captioning and ASL Interpreting will be provided.Register in advance for access to the live session and the recording for future viewing:
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Michigan woman makes history in guardianship case, advocates for alternative option

By: Heather Catallo: Complete Post through this link…

A Wayne County Probate Judge recently made a historic decision. Instead of putting a Dearborn Heights woman under guardianship, he allowed her to retain her independence with something called Supported Decision-Making.

If you’re put under guardianship, that means a court has declared you legally incapacitated. You lose the right to get married, decide what doctor you want to see, or even choose where you want to live. Now one woman with an intellectual disability has shown the state that there is another tool families can use that’s less extreme than guardianship.

A Wayne County Probate Judge recently made a historic decision. Instead of putting a Dearborn Heights woman under guardianship, he allowed her to retain her independence with something called Supported Decision-Making.

Linda VanWormer
By: Heather CatalloPosted at 4:13 PM, Mar 17, 2023 and last updated 5:55 PM, Mar 17, 2023
(WXYZ) — A Wayne County Probate Judge recently made a historic decision. Instead of putting a Dearborn Heights woman under guardianship, he allowed her to retain her independence with something called Supported Decision-Making.

If you’re put under guardianship, that means a court has declared you legally incapacitated. You lose the right to get married, decide what doctor you want to see, or even choose where you want to live. Now one woman with an intellectual disability has shown the state that there is another tool families can use that’s less extreme than guardianship.

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Linda VanWormer loves her job. The 56-year-old works at STEP (Services to Enhance Potential) in Dearborn. She also just made history in Michigan.

That’s because Wayne County Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton Junior just issued an order, denying a petition that would have put Linda under guardianship. Instead, he granted her the freedom to make her own choices using something called Supported Decision-Making, or SDM.

“I do call the shots now,” Linda told 7 Investigator Heather Catallo.

Mobile Devices Distract Adolescents From Negative Thoughts Before Sleep

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Summary: Controlled nighttime use of social media and apps can help ease teenagers’ negative thoughts before they fall asleep, a new study reports.

Source: Flinders University

Overuse of mobile devices gets a bad rap but an upside may be their ability to create a distraction and positively affect teenagers’ ability to get to sleep, new Flinders University research shows.   

Feedback from more than 600 teenagers from age 12 to 18 at South Australian schools between June and September 2019 has led the international research group to point to a more nuanced view on using the wide range of mobile content – led by Youtube, music apps, Instagram and Snapchat – before young people’s bedtime. 

“Many teenagers struggle with a racing mind when sleep doesn’t come easy,” says lead corresponding author Dr Serena Bauducco, a visiting postdoctoral researcher from Örebro University, Sweden. 

“This study shows that many adolescents use technology to distract themselves from negative thoughts, which may help them manage the sleep-onset process. Thus, distraction may be one mechanism explaining how sleep affects technology use, rather than vice-versa,” the study concludes. 

Man Declared Brain Dead Is Now Home and Doing Well

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The goal in brain death determination is a zero percent false positive rate. Clinicians do not want to declare anyone dead who is not really dead. But it happens.  

The latest case to attract significant media attention is that of North Carolina pastor Ryan Marlow. The determination and declaration was retracted months ago. But just this week, Ryan returned home from the hospital. (video)

People with BPD need compassion yet even clinicians stigmatise them

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ngd- I’ve observed that People viewed as annoying and iritating are commonly more devalued than people with a limited hiostory of violence…

For many years, you struggle with impulsive and self-harming behaviours, and with intense emotional reactions – including when you perceive any signs that someone might be rejecting or abandoning you. You see psychologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians, but find no relief. Each clinician gives you a different diagnosis, and each diagnosis leads to a different treatment. You try what feels like a relentless string of medications.

Then, finally, a therapist diagnoses you with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and suddenly the pieces fit together. The diagnosis makes sense, and the treatment approaches designed for BPD start to help. You wonder why you weren’t told before that you had it. And while the diagnosis connects you with useful treatment and helps you understand your problems, you soon find that some healthcare providers seem to have negative reactions when you tell them about it. For example, they may seem less trusting of you, more distant or less willing to help.

Unfortunately, the scenario we’ve placed you in is anything but hypothetical for many people with BPD, and some readers will surely relate to it. As it turns out, BPD – which affects approximately 1 to 2 per cent of the general population – is one of the most highly stigmatised mental illnesses, even among mental health clinicians. Although stigma significantly impacts people with other psychiatric diagnoses, such as depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders, the stigma around BPD is particularly pernicious and worrisome. No disorder is met with more pejorative attitudes held both by clinicians and the public.

When people see mental health clinicians, they expect them to be nonstigmatising sources of knowledge and help. Yet the experiences of many people with BPD may not line up with those expectations. In past research, clinicians have reported feeling less optimism, less empathy and more hostility in relation to patients with BPD, compared with patients with other disorders. These negative attitudes and ideas may result in less effective care and lead some clinicians to avoid working with patients who have BPD. These patients already struggle with significant shame, negative self-concept and rejection sensitivity – stigma from clinicians is likely to exacerbate these problems.

Often, BPD is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many years due to this clinician stigma and misunderstanding. Some clinicians do not believe that BPD is a real disorder; others may be reluctant to give the diagnosis due to concerns that it could expose patients to stigma from others. The disorder can be diagnosed in both young people and in adults, and it is associated with significant distress as well as a substantial risk of premature death – by one estimate, around 10 per cent of people with BPD die by suicide. Early intervention is ideal. However, one study with structured assessments found that about a quarter of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder should actually have been diagnosed with BPD. In another study, the average gap between the onset of BPD symptoms and the time of diagnosis was 15 years. This suggests that if a person’s symptoms start to appear at age 15, they may not receive an appropriate diagnosis until they are 30. In that span of time, they will have spent most of their teenage years and young adulthood without a diagnosis that would have helped them conceptualise their problems and find treatment.

NFL Concussion Symptoms Tied to Cognitive Function Decades Later

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Players with concussion symptoms performed worse on cognitive tests as they aged.

Former National Football League (NFL) players who experienced concussion symptoms during their playing careers performed worse on cognitive tests later in life, cross-sectional data showed.

Retrospectively reported concussion symptoms were associated with worse performance on a battery of tests that assessed episodic memory, sustained attention, processing speed, and vocabulary nearly 30 years later, reported Laura Germine, PhD, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and co-authors.

The results emphasize the importance of tracking concussion symptoms in research, not just diagnosed concussions, Germine and colleagues noted. They also shed light on how professional football careers might affect cognitive aging.

“It is well established that in the hours and days after a concussion, people experience some cognitive impairment. However, when you look decades out, the data on the long-term impact have been mixed,” Germine said in a statement.

“These new findings from the largest study of its kind show that professional football players can still experience cognitive difficulties associated with head injuries decades after they have retired from the sport,” she noted.

Young Folks With Chronic Pain + Fatigue

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This group is meant as a space for young folk with chronic pain and fatigue to gather. Some diagnoses that fit this description might be ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, or Lupus! “Young” can be a feeling rather than an age, but we’re mainly under 30! 

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Anyone can find this group.


Group created on March 1, 2023. Name recently changed from Young Folks with CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia. 

More Tributes and Memorials to Judy Heumann

Various Sources

Upcoming Community Funeral & Shiva Services: In Memory of Judy Heumann

The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, March 8 at 10am at Adas Israel Congregation in Kay Hall, or livestreamed below, followed by burial at Judean Memorial Gardens.

Live real-time captioning will be available at this link:

Additionally the family will be receiving guests at a gathering at Adas Israel immediately following the burial.

Judy Heumann movie by Samuel Habib: An interview freom 6 years ago. On Youtube

I made this movie for my final history and english project on the American Dream and the Disability Rights movement – it’s about disability rights hero Judy Heumann. I got to interview her. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Because she made a fuss, Judy Heumann made everyone’s life better. Youtube recap of Rachel Maddow segment from yesterday

Rachel Maddow celebrates the life and accomplishments of Judy Heumann, a tireless advocate for the rights of the disabled who helped secure the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

NCIL Mourns the Passing of Judy Heumann

The National Council on Independent Living is heartbroken to learn of the passing of NCIL co-founder Judy Heumann. We have lost a pioneer in the disability community and the Independent Living Movement, and the world will not be the same without our beloved friend and colleague.

Judy was a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living, the first CIL in the United States. Along with Ed Roberts and so many others, she helped launch the Independent Living Movement.

Judy was involved in too many advocacy efforts to count. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous groundbreaking pieces of legislation including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her work to implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act cemented her place in history and set an example that has inspired millions of disabled people worldwide. More recently, she worked on international disability issues, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Judy was featured in the 2020 Oscar Nominated Documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, which can be watched on Netflix and YouTube.

“Judy had a long-standing history with NCIL and continued to be an active supporter. As the new executive director of NCIL, I was honored and blown away that Judy called me a few days ago to say congratulations and offered to work with me to rebuild NCIL because it meant that much to her. We planned to meet in DC to organize our thoughts.

Judy wanted to invite a few other pioneers involved with NCIL in the beginning, and to work with new disability leaders and get them more involved. This communicated that Judy would never have stopped leading and working on behalf of others — she did to the end.

I am encouraged and motivated by this. I will never to stop either!

Thank you, Judy Heumann, for a life well lived. You changed my life and the lives of millions of others! We will finish the race now.”

– Theo Braddy, NCIL Executive Director

Judith Heumann’s Fight for Disability Rights (feat. Ali Stroker) – Drunk History

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It took radical action to make the federal government care about the rights of Americans with disabilities, but activists like Judith Heumann were up to the challenge. About Drunk History: Based on the popular web series, Drunk History is the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the rich tales that every city in this land has to offer. Booze helps bring out the truth. It’s just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent.