Disabilities

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Thousand across Southwest Florida sought shelter during Hurricane Irma, but some residents with disabilities or acute medical conditions required special needs shelters. But many didn’t register in time, and as those shelters rapidly filled, some in need of that special care had little choice but to seek out other shelters.

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It’s been 27 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. The law has helped people with disabilities live their lives through physical accessibility, public services, and working against discrimination. ADA Advocates at the Gulf Coast Center for Independent Living say much has changed for the better, but more needs to be done.

Judge Ends Legal Battle Over Care For Disabled Children

Jun 13, 2017

With the state pointing to changes it has made, a federal judge Friday dismissed a long-running legal battle about whether Florida's Medicaid program provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

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Losing the ability to see can have devastating impacts on people, and a local non-profit group called Lighthouse of Southwest Florida seeks to help those who have lost their vision adjust.

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Pet owners are increasingly signing up to have their animals certified as “comfort” "therapy" or "emotional support" animals. The certification can be helpful for some conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, but significant differences separate comfort dogs from medical assistance dogs, including training, certification, and where they are legally allowed to go under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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