The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Davenport’s Palmer College of Chiropractic discriminated against a blind student when the school did not provide accommodations for his disability.
A few years before Aaron Cannon entered Palmer’s graduate program, the school started requiring students to read and interpret X-rays, to meet industry standards.
Cannon told the school he could complete the course work with the assistance of a sighted aid. Palmer said this wouldn’t suffice since the aid would be interpreting X-rays by describing photos to Cannon.
Noonan syndrome is a genetic condition. The characteristic facial features include low set ears, widely spaced-eyes, bright blue or blue-green eyes, a low hairline at the back of the head, and multiple congenital problems like heart defects and an unusually shaped chest.
A person with Noonan syndrome is often short, has a broad or webbed neck, low set nipples, and bleeding problems. Developmental delay or intellectual disability are also common.
Nick Bassett from Boone Iowa was born with a spinal tumor, and scoliosis was diagnosed when he was an infant. In high school, the condition worsened and he was confined to a wheelchair. Bassett joined wheelchair track and field, and a world was opened up to him.
"It felt like freedom. I've been bound to my disability for a lot of my life...when I got out there on the track and was able to compete against other athletes, it was the greatest feeling in the world."
Iowa's fastest growing demographic is comprised of individuals over the age of 85 and according to the U.S. census, Iowa is the fifth oldest state in the nation. Host Charity Nebbe discusses how Iowa's oldest residents can maintain a good quality of life in their 80s, 90s and beyond with gerontologist Peter Martin, whose research specializes in centenarians.
The 2013 winner of the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is Nicole Kelly. Besides attention from Iowans, national news outlets have been interested in her story in part because of a unique attribute: Kelly was born without her left forearm. Hear Kelly's story and a broader discussion about Iowans with disabilities with the chair of the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities LaSheila Yates, who also happens to be the 2013 Mrs. Iowa International winner.
Recently, President Obama unveiled an expansive research initiative intended to redefine how we understand the human brain. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks brain science with Daniel Tranel, director of a unique Iowa registry that tracks patients who’ve experienced brain damage, the Iowa Neurological Patient Registry. Ben also talks with a brain trauma survivor, his wife, and the therapy manager for the non-profit, On With Life. They explore what it is like to live day-to-day after an unexpected brain injury.
A landmark $240 million verdict against a Texas company who employed mentally disabled workers at an Iowa turkey processing plant will be reduced to about $1.6 million because of a law capping their damages. The 32 men faced decades of verbal and physical abuse at work and at home.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service have agreed in legal briefs that each plaintiff can recover $50,000 - compared to the $7.5 million a jury awarded them on May 1st.
The winner of this year’s state Poetry Out Loud competition didn’t make a lot of noise. Dakota Meyer is a student at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Meyer about his performance. She also sits down with the superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to learn about education for deaf and blind students in the state of Iowa.
An assistive service began this weekend in Des Moines allowing blind people to hear descriptions of what’s happening on the stage of a theatrical production. The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service, or IRIS, is providing audio description for blind patrons attending shows during the Civic Center’s Broadway series.
Most view Autism as a devastating disorder- one that needs to be cured—but could it be viewed as a form of diversity? We listen back to Ben Kieffer’s conversation with two Grinnell residents, Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese, parents of an autistic child. They are the editors of a special issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly entitled "Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity". Then, a Syracuse college student diagnosed with Autism joins the conversation.
Today we return to our series “Being in Iowa,” produced by reporter Rob Dillard. Iowa Public Radio has been bringing you the stories of Iowans who make up various pockets of the state’s population. So far, we’ve examined aspects in the lives of Latinos, military veterans, Muslims and African-Americans. This week, we focus on the physically disabled. To begin, Rob introduces us to some residents with vision problems. It’s estimated there are 69-thousand Iowans who are visually impaired, a thousand of them completely blind.