by Julia Marnin, McClatchy News/TNS | January 27, 2023
A man who received awards and accolades for his work as a McDonald’s grill cook was fired after 37 years of working for the fast food giant, federal officials said.
Two months after a different franchisee became the new owner of the McDonald’s in Deptford, N.J., it fired him because he has autism, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
But firing the grill cook violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal agency said.
Now the McDonald’s franchisee, JDKD Enterprises, L.P., has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle the disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC announced.
McDonald’s Fired Man Who Worked There 37 Years In Violation Of ADA, Lawsuit Says full article
December 16, 2022
In Canada, long-term disability (LTD) claims for mental health issues make up the lion’s share of claims filed each year.
Despite mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, being recognized as conditions that can affect your ability to do your job, many insurance companies still turn down legitimate claims.
By refusing to provide you with disability benefits, insurers are able to bolster their bottom line.
Not only does this prevent you from accessing crucial financial support, but it can add to the mental and emotional distress you are already dealing with before applying for disability benefits.
Denied Long-Term Disability for Mental Health Issues: Your Rights full article
CTV News Calgary Video Journalist
Published Dec. 3, 2022
It’s only a few months old, but a para snow program in Cochrane is already gaining international attention.
The Canadian Para Snow Sport Training Centre officially launched in September. Based out of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, it offers wheelchair and visually-impaired athletes training in multiple disciplines, both on and off the slopes.
“For me, it means a lot,” para alpine skier Hanna Chilson said. “Every day we are out training and learning new things and improving our abilities. Everything we need is in this building.”
The centre offers an accessible gym, swimming pool, arena and physio facility.
International Para Athletes Flocking to Cutting-Edge Accessible Program in Cochrane full article
Author of the article:Dave Battagello
Publishing date:Nov 22, 2022
Slowly making progress on getting changes secured with manufacturers on insulin pumps to accommodate those with vision loss, a local man is among those now focused on seeing new federal legislation put in place so all medical equipment must pass accessibility tests.
Ryan Hooey, 36, of Tecumseh has been dealing with diabetes since childhood and lost his eyesight almost overnight because of the disease roughly 10 years ago due to diabetic retinopathy.
Canada has one of the highest rates of retinopathy – 25.1 per cent of people living with diabetes – which is the leading cause of sight loss in working-age adults. An estimated 750,000 Canadians live with the condition.
Local Diabetic With Vision Loss Pushing for Legislated Accessibility on All Medical Equipment full article
By: Keely McCormick
Posted Nov 23, 2022
CLEARWATER, Fla. – A Clearwater man with diabetes is spreading the word about a program that is making life easier for him: an at-home patient monitoring system powered by CopilotIQ.
David Coarsen has been living with diabetes for two years. He said the shift to virtual care saves him time and effort.
“It was just more convenient having things coming to me all the time rather than me going out somewhere to see a doctor,” Coarsen said.
CopilotIQ ships all the tools needed to test blood sugar levels to the patient’s doorstep. They then use a cellular-powered device that sends the patient’s readings back to the medical team.
Program Aims to Make Treatment More Accessible for Diabetes Patients full article
By Michael Kaplan
November 8, 2022
Roger Foley alleges in a lawsuit that health-care workers at the government-affiliated Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, encouraged him to end his life rather than rack up a costly medical bill.
Roger Foley does not want to die yet – but he claims that the Canadian government is encouraging him to end it all.
“I’ve been pressured to do an assisted suicide,” he told The Post, alleging this happened with caretakers at Victoria Hospital, a primarily government-funded center in London, Ontario.
Canadian Man Claims Assisted Suicide is Being Pushed on Him by Hospital full article
by Shaun Heasley | November 4, 2022
Pet ownership leads to better mental health outcomes in adults with autism, new research suggests, and the gains exist no matter what type of companion animal an individual has.
In a study of 735 adults, 326 of whom had autism, researchers found that pets helped people with the developmental disorder better manage their mood and socialize.
“We looked at loneliness, social isolation, social anxiety, social support and overall satisfaction with life,” said Liam Cross of Edge Hill University in England who worked on the study published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. “Pet ownership led to a higher quality of life, less anxiety and a wide range of other benefits.”
Pet Ownership Brings ‘Huge Benefits’ To Adults With Autism, Study Finds full article
Details of three focus groups offer disturbing details about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking care By Jessica Bartlett Globe Staff,Updated October 6, 2022
Clinicians participating in focus groups said they experienced many barriers to caring for people with disabilities, with some suggesting they avoided caring for them as a result.
Dr. Lisa Iezzoni pulled her wheelchair up to the screen and asked the physicians on the video call about their experiences and attitudes caring for people with disabilities.
Some Doctors are Reluctant to Care for Patients With Disabilities, Study Finds full article
J-P Mauro – published on 10/13/22
When Margaret Marsilla found out her 23-year-old son scheduled his own death, she started her race against time.
An October 11 report from Common Sense tells the harrowing tale of a Canadian mother who discovered that her son scheduled himself to die. Her story offers a real-life account of the dangers that legalized euthanasia can pose to individuals in distress, the families they leave behind, and society as a whole.
Canadian Mom’s Harrowing Tale Shows the Real Dangers of Legal Euthanasia full article
“I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die,” 54-year-old Amir Farsoud said. Joshua Young
Youngsville North Carolina
Oct 18, 2022
A 54-year-old man from Ontario, Amir Farsoud, is applying for Canada’s state-sponsored euthanasia program, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), because he is about to lose his house and does not want to be homeless.
According to City News Everywhere, Farsoud told the outlet, “I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die.”
Ontario Man Applies for State-Sponsored suicide Over Homelessness full article