Recommended Reading for February 19th
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Oddly Specific: Note the Braille
Description: A closeup of a black sign on a wooden door reading, in Roman orthographics, “Caution. This door opens outwards. Please do not stand directly in front of the doors.” Beneath that is Braille text, presumably for the same message.
rachelmanija at The Neon Season: A User’s Guide to PTSD, Part IV: Postscript [WARNING: mentions child abuse, suicide, domestic violence, PTSD]
Two years ago I wrote a set of posts called “A User’s Guide to PTSD.” They attracted a lot of attention, and several people friended this LJ in the hope that I would write more in the same vein. I pointed out that I write about mental illness approximately once every two years, so it could be a long wait. If any of them are still reading, I hope they enjoy this follow-up. If you missed the first set, I’ve linked them below.
ABC News: Conjoined Twins, Together Forever
At the age of 45, the Schappell sisters are believed to be among the oldest living conjoined twins in the world. If one died before the other, they say, the survivor would choose separation- but only under that circumstance.[…]
The example they’ve set with their lives has influenced how some experts think about a decision many take for granted: that conjoined twins should be separated if possible.
As some families with a Down syndrome child have noted, fewer kids with Down may mean fewer public programs, fewer resources in schools and for housing and less political clout. If some genetic diseases begin to fade away, will society’s willingness to provide support for the diminishing numbers of those born with such diseases fade as well? And are we headed to a time when parents who choose not to be genetically tested find themselves condemned as morally irresponsible parents?
The Washington Post: Va. families fear more cuts to services for the disabled
Proposed cuts to Virginia’s Medicaid program could make that waiting list even longer, Wooten said. The waivers fund a variety of services that help people with disabilities continue to live in the community, such as supported employment, companion services and nursing care, Wooten said.
With the support they receive through the school system, the Mays said they are able to care for their son without state aid. Sam May attends the Davis Career Center at Marshall High School, where he learns life and career skills and is able to work in a company’s mailroom.
If her son cannot get state-funded services when he graduates, Kathy May said she is not sure what the family will do. She and her husband work full time, so one of them likely would have to quit to care for him. Without two incomes, they probably would have to sell their home and move, she said.