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UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Spokane autism advocate: Sesame Street Muppet great for community

Meet Julia. She has electric-red hair, a yellow-felt body, loves painting and lives on Sesame Street. Julia, a Muppet on the long-running children’s show, has autism.

Ben Mattlin: I’m not ‘diseased,’ I’m disabled

Disability, for me, has always felt natural, an inborn trait as much as my blue eyes and curly brown hair. That’s fundamentally different from a disease, which is an invader, …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …

A picture of resilience: Severe electrical shock nearly claimed David Olsen’s life

David Olsen will never forget Thanksgiving 1981. That’s the day he returned home following a four-month hospital stay – the result of a near fatal boating accident.

Disabled clients left in lurch after Washington state ends contract with job rehab program

A company called Compass Career Solutions had its contract with the state to provide job training and coaching for clients with disabilities terminated in August, after state officials said workers …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017

Ex-Postal worker sentenced in compensation fraud case

A former U.S. Postal Service worker has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution for fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

Born disabled, Spokane boy thrives with love and help from his guardian, his community

Daniel Chappell was born severely disabled. Doctors didn’t think he’d ever sit up unassisted. Now, he’s learning to ride a bike and connecting with others.

Insurer Aetna unloads group life, disability for $1.45B

Aetna, the nation’s third-largest health insurer, is selling its domestic group life and disability businesses for $1.45 billion to Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Deputy hurt in off-duty brawl sues insurer for cutting disability payments

A former Spokane County Sheriff’s detective left with a brain injury and the loss of an eyeball after an off-duty brawl in 2013 is suing Cigna Health Insurance for discontinuing …

Unbeaten by polio, Spokane golfer lobbies to reinstate fee waiver for disabled players

Tom Ogan, 63, taught himself to play golf despite severely limited strength and balance resulting from polio, which he contracted as a child in South Korea. He wants the city …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Congress approves bill to address VA claims backlog

Congress has given final legislative approval to a bill aimed at trimming a rapidly growing backlog of veterans’ disability claims.

SS disability program discourages work

The number of disabled workers on the rolls has doubled over the past two decades, and outlays have doubled as well.

Travis Alert is a sensible, sensitive step forward

It sets up a system in which dispatchers can relay information to emergency responders and create a training program so that responders know how to work with those with disabilities.

VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …

UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies

Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …

A transplant-ethics fight for the mentally disabled

Paul Corby needs a new heart. On that there is no dispute. But Corby, who lives in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is autistic, suffers from several psychological conditions and takes 19 medications. …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill

A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …

Doug Clark: UI student Jodie Lewis is coming to terms with her own disability by learning to help others

Once in while someone comes along who makes us forget about our problems and maybe realize how lucky we are.

Oregon court reverses DUI conviction of wheelchair user

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a wheelchair user who had been found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Spokane dedicates new ballfield for kids with disabilities at Mission Park

A dream to honor the late father of Major League great Cal Ripken Jr. converged Wednesday with the legacy of Otto Zehm as Spokane officials gathered in the rain to …

Cannon Beach looks to become more handicap accessible

Groups in Cannon Beach are working to bring sand-friendly wheelchairs to the beach.

Former trooper accuses Washington State Patrol of wrongfully firing him over brain tumor

A former state trooper in Spokane is suing the Washington State Patrol, claiming the agency wrongfully fired him over a brain tumor that impacted his motor abilities.

Disability Rights Washington to hold open house celebrating new Spokane office

Disability Rights Washington is opening a new office in Spokane to protect rights of persons with disabilities.

Disabled rights activist leads Dublin St. Patrick’s parade

DUBLIN – Record crowds celebrated Ireland’s national holiday Thursday as a parade led by the country’s most prominent disabled rights activist snaked its way through Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day. …

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make …

Caring for an adult child with a disability is equal parts love and fear

Parents of adult children with disabilities are haunted by questions of who’ll care for their children when they’re gone.

‘I remember Mama’

Mother’s Day is no Hallmark card for Debra Henderson, who has endured a lifetime of dysfunction and disappointment. The Spokane mother hasn’t seen or heard from her daughter in 23 …

Spate of parking tickets has Cassano’s owner upset

At Cassano’s Italian grocery store in northeast Spokane, there’s a chance you can get homemade cannoli, imported soppressata or maybe some fresh ravioli. You might also get a $450 parking …

Report details boomers’ disabilities

Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million …

Huntington Park’s wheelchair accessibility limited

Wheelchair access requirements at the new City Hall plaza and Huntington Park below it were eased by Spokane building officials because of terrain impediments, prompting mixed reactions within the region’s …