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October 2013 Archives

HBO airs documentary of progeria sufferer's story, quest for cure

This week, HBO has been airing a stunning documentary about a middle-school boy who suffers from an extremely rare but fatal disease called progeria, and his doctor-parents’ quest for a cure. As explained in “Life According to Sam,” Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is a non-inherited genetic disorder that causes children to develop symptoms, and even the appearance, of advanced age.

UN report: disaster plans lacking for people with disabilities

A first-of-its kind, United Nations study of worldwide disaster response plans reveals that “the key reason why a disproportionate number of disabled persons suffer and die in disasters is because their needs are ignored and neglected by the official planning process in the majority of situations,” says the head of the UN’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Federal effort launched to help kids on SSI live independently

The Social Security Administration and the federal Education, Labor and Health and Human Services departments recently announced grants for an exciting new project. In a joint effort, the agencies awarded more than $211 million to eleven states in a project meant to help children on Supplemental Security Income grow up to lead independent lives.

How will the government shutdown affect SSDI and SSI benefits?

As you’re probably aware, the federal government shutdown began on Tuesday after Congress, for the first time in 17 years, was unable to agree on a budget resolution. The federal fiscal year begins n Oct. 1, which means that the laws allowing annual federal spending expired, and no further expenditures can be made.

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