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Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day, of significance to any woman born on earth. It’s not a disease women often think about—partly because it’s difficult to diagnose. But we should, as the outlook for women with ovarian cancer is grim: Only 45% of the 250,000 women diagnosed globally each year survive the disease. Unlike with breast cancer, which affects around 1.7 million people worldwide annually and has a survivor rate of up to 89%, women with ovarian cancer are often diagnosed too late. An annual pap smear cannot detect it. Cancer is considered an episodic disability under the expanded American with Disabilities Act of 2008, meaning that a woman, while she has cancer and is undergoing related treatment, is entitled to protections and accommodations in the workplace and beyond. It’s worth noting that ovarian cancer is, at least in the beginning, an invisible disability. A woman can wake up in the morning, shower ... keep reading »
National Public Radio has released a new app to help parents and other find accessible playgrounds nationwide. The Playgrounds for Everyone desktop and mobile app maps more than 1,300 venues designed for kids with disabilities, with features like smooth surfaces, swings with backs or safety harnesses, ramps to allow children to access play towers and slides, or sound-play features like drums or chimes. According to a new report aired today on NPR program All Things Considered, federal law now defines playground accessibility as a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act, requiring that structures built or altered after March 2012 to meet those standards. Kids in wheelchairs need smooth surfaces to navigate; some inclusive playgrounds offer Braille or textured materials for kids with sight impairments. NPR is asking for the public’s help in crowd-sourcing more playgrounds around the country and adding them to their new database. Go to http://npr.org/playgrounds to add a ... keep reading »

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