Homelessness

Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…

Disability advocates weigh in on proposal to ban smoking in public housing

Friday, January 22, 2016Disability rights advocates are raising the alarm on a new Obama Administration proposal that they worry could potentially force thousands of people with disabilities out of their federally subsidized homes. In November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued…

Budget deal includes expanded funding for special education, veterans benefits

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
President Obama
While most advocates are still combing through the details of the new, massive 2016 omnibus budget, signed by President Obama on December 18, multiple provisions have been highlighted that boost programs of significant importance for people with disabilities.…

NY Times spotlights mental illness in Western Africa

Tuesday, October 20, 2015In most of Western Africa, modern psychiatry is virtually nonexistent. In a two-part front page feature published October 11, the New York Times spotlighted various alternative treatments being provided to people with mental illness. The reporters’ description of Togo-based “Jesus…

ACLU: Laguna Beach homeless policy violates the ADA

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Laguna Beach, California
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a federal lawsuit against a wealthy Orange County beach town August 20, accusing it of violating federal discrimination laws in its treatment of homeless people with disabilities. “Laguna…

(Video) Music as medicine for mental illness

Monday, December 8, 2014Music has always been a cause for celebration. Through concerts, its creation, or simply listening to a song on the radio, music brings people together and evokes emotions. For some people, music provides a sanctuary from the turmoil of mental…