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The Disability Diaries: Theater Group Offers Refuge From Stereotypes

Posted on · This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law has had concrete benefits, like wheelchair ramps and lifts in public places. But a law cannot directly change stereotypes. In the last story of our weeklong series, KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explores how cultural perceptions have changed, and what still needs to be done.

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The Disability Diaries: Fighting for a Home of One’s Own

Posted on · We're reporting this week on disability issues, twenty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees access to public spaces. But it cannot guarantee that most prized human desire: a home of one's own. In part four of our series, KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel reports on what it takes to stay out of a nursing home, living independently and with dignity.

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The Disability Diaries: Blind Teens Take Summer Camp in Stride

Posted on · This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. KUHF Health, Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel is going in-depth to explore the law and other real-life issues for those who have a disability. For the third story in our series, she visited a summer camp for blind teenagers in Burton, Texas.

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The Disability Diaries: Disability a Disadvantage in Job Hunt

Posted on · This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. While the law has had many benefits, people with disabilities still tend to suffer economically. As a group, they have the highest unemployment rate in the country. KUHF Health, Science, and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel explores that problem today as part of her week-long series on disability and society.

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The Disability Diaries: 20 years of the ADA

Posted on · This year marks the 20th anniversary of an important civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has made it easier for people with disabilities to take buses, go to movies, even vote. But the law was not a panacea. People with disabilities still struggle with poverty, isolation and unemployment. In the first story of a weeklong series, Carrie Feibel talks with one Houstonian about his disability — and his refusal to let it define him.

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Some Test Positive

Posted on · Harris County Mosquito Control has been busy fielding calls about the pesky critters after the recent rains. Officials say they're keeping an eye out for mosquitoes that carry disease. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Texas Too Fat To Fight? New Report Says Yes

Posted on · A new report says almost half of Texas's young adults are too obese to qualify for military service. The study by a group of retired military officials warned members of Congress that the nationwide trend is a threat to national security. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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Doctors Predict Third Wave of H1N1

Posted on · The flu season has not been as severe as public health officials feared. However — the natural progression of the flu indicates a new wave of outbreaks could take place over the next few weeks. As Laurie Johnson reports — there is still a strong chance that H1N1 will spread again.

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Flu Season Peaks Soon

Posted on · The biggest push to get flu vaccines usually comes in the fall — but the biggest surge of flu outbreaks comes over the next few weeks. As Laurie Johnson reports — flu season is just now reaching its peak.

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Health Reform Must Include Children

Posted on · The debate in health reform includes some of the heaviest hitters: senior members of Congress, insurance company giants and Washington's top lobbyists. Now, add children to that mix, including one who received a lung transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She recently went to Washington to urge lawmakers to include children's health needs in health reform legislation. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Lawmakers Want Governor to Add CHIP to Special Session

Posted on · Texas leads the nation when it comes to children without health insurance. Houston State Representative Garnet Coleman would like to see that change. He's sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, urging him to include legislation regarding the children's health insurance program in the upcoming special session. Pat Hernandez has more.

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CHIP Expansion Dies in Committee

Posted on · Childrens' advocates are decrying the legislature's failure to pass a bill that would have expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program. They say thousands of Texas children may have to go without health insurance, as Jim Bell reports.

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Healthy at Every Size

Posted on · Scientists estimate that about 1 in 3 children in the Houston area are medically overweight or obese. Doctors urge us to lose weight, and fashion magazines tempt us to look thin. But a University of Houston sociology professor has just published an article asking us to take another look at what it means to be fat. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.