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September 2015 Archives

How a saliva test can help Alzheimer's patients get benefits

As many of our Fresno and Oakland readers know, getting access to disability benefits starts with a diagnosis of a debilitating illness, disease or health condition. Without this diagnosis, applications for benefits are left in limbo or even denied because the Social Security Administration does not have a record of your condition or the effect it is having on your life.

The prosthetic arm that promises the sense of touch to amputees

Imagine for a moment that you have lost one of your arms because of a serious injury. Without your arm, you have lost the ability to perform certain tasks as well as your ability to feel the world around you. Though you may have a prosthetic arm that helps you regain some of what you have lost, technology has been unable to replace the one thing you may miss the most: your sense of touch.

Overcoming ignorance about what disability should 'look like'

Despite how far America has come in the past few decades, disability is still very misunderstood. And sadly, ignorance about what it means to be disabled often leads to insults, insensitivity and lack of empathy for those struggling to live as others do.

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