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Cover Story

Jennifer SheehyA Conversation With:

Jennifer Sheehy: U.S. Labor Official

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part interview by John M. Williams. The second will be printed in the next edition of Independence Today.

Jennifer Sheehy of the U.S. Department of Labor has been the acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy at the agency since March.

Sheehy continued


Commentary

Doctors, Our Concerns Really Matter!

By Barbara “Bobbi” Linn

People with disabilities nowadays are realizing how important an anesthesiologist is to our well-being. These days, most of us know individuals who have experienced serious complications after the use of anesthesia. Often, the issue is how to get the anesthesiologist to deal with us.

Doctors continued

Into The Light by Peter Kahrmann

Cosby Accusers Victimized Yet Again

By Peter S. Kahrmann

The chance that all 47 women, to date, who’ve come forward to claim that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them are lying is zero as far as I’m concerned. Cosby Continued


Wellness Programs Bad News for PWDs

By Mike Ervin

The word “voluntary” is not hard to define. Merriam-Webster dictionary says it means “acting or done of one's own free will.” But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come up with a new definition of voluntary as it applies to wellness programs that are increasingly prevalent in workplaces.

wellness continued

Commentary

ADA at 25: Much to Praise, More to Do

By Kathi Wolfe

I’m catching my breath. Like many other disabled people and our allies nationwide from San Diego to Houston to Peoria, Ill., to New York City, I’m coming up for air. But this breathlessness is an exhilarating type of exhaustion. ADA continued


We Remember...

Lucy Spruill (Sept. 29, 1944 – June 16, 2015). Spruill, a longtime social justice advocate and the force behind Pittsburgh's public transportation system becoming the first major bus provider in the nation to become ADA compliant, died at age 70. No cause of death was given.

David Gray (Feb. 7, 1944 -- Feb. 12, 2015). Gray, a scientist who relentlessly championed the right of people with disabilities to live independent, satisfying lives, and a major advocate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, died of an apparent heart attack at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis after collapsing at his home in University City. He was 71. We Remember... full stories


Stigma of Albinism Coming to Light

In the Shadow of the Sun” poster/Google ImagesBy Kathi Wolfe

I didn’t think much about people with albinism (often referred to as “albinos” or “people who are albino”) until I taught poetry to low-income teenagers who were blind and visually impaired in Prince George’s County, Md.
Albinism continued


Breakthrough Targets People with ALS

By John M. Williams

EyeControl device/Google ImagesOn July 7, Israeli entrepreneurs Or Retzkin and Itai Kornberg, along with the nonprofit organization Prize4Life, launched a funding campaign to bring to market a communication device to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Breakthrough continued


This ‘Drive’ Now Heading into Reverse

By Peter S. Kahrmann

At long last, my sex drive has become not only a highly reasonable companion, it’s become my friend!

But first, before I tell you what’s behind this most lovely of transformations, a few words about aging.

Drive Continued


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Last Month's Articles
Feb. cover story
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueBroadcaster, Sportswriter Ed Lucas By Kathi Wolfe
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueGoogle Kicks Off Global Disability Initiative By John M. Williams
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueEqual Rights Seekers the Real Firefighters into the light continued....
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueNCD Rebukes Disparager of Disabled Life By Mike Ervin
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueWe Remember: Ike Schambelan & Audree Norton
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueBook Review ‘Facilitating Early Communication Skills’ Great Resource on Children with Autism By John M. Williams
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueOn Disability, Heumann Takes on the World By Kathi Wolfe
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueIn Death Penalty Debate, System’s a Killer By Peter S. Kahrmann
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue‘More Than a Chick in a Chair’ By Denise DiNoto
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Key Articles from back issues  
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueA Job in Focus: Physical Therapist By John M. Williams
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueA Champion for Deafblind CommunicationBy Deborah Kendrick
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue Surprise: We Are Now Enabled By John M. Williams
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue ‘Barefoot Lawyer’ a Lyrical, Thrilling Read By Kathi Wolfe
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue A Kick in the Head for Brain Injured By Peter S. Kahrmann
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueA New Frontier: Renting Accessible RVsBy Sherry Karabin
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueOrganizing NYC’s Disability Pride Parade Strikes the Right Chord for Jazz MusicianBy Mike Ervin
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue Web Series Creator’s Novel Concept:
Putting Disabled Actors in PWD Roles By Mike Ervin
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueABLE Act Not Empowering People
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue In U.S., a New Era for Independent Living
Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issue When Touring Overseas by Wheelchair, Preplanning, Good Travel Agent are Key
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Dedicated to our Publisher Pat Figueroa 1948-2012


- Remembering Pat - comments from family, friends and colleagues
- Pat Figueroa and the Battle for Independent Living in N.Y.
- Dedicated to our Publisher Pat Figueroa 1948-2012
- Memories – and a Forever Smile
- PDF version of this issue

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