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At home, and at wit's end

by Sheila Zakre

It was the laundry basket that finally got me to write about "Choices for Independence," the state's program to keep seniors at home instead of in nursing homes. The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services has to be commended for any encouragement and support it gives to keep senior citizens out of nursing homes. Many staffers have a deep personal commitment to the philosophy of home-based care. However, this program has pushed my endurance to the brink of giving up on keeping my mother in my home with me.

A practical legal guide for parents and their children with disabilities

by Sheila Zakre

We parents live through unique "firsts" - the day we first learn our child has a disability, our first encounter with the special education system, our child's first encounter with the work force.
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Taking care of parents?
You're not alone

by Sheila Zakre

Most of us realize before we become parents that a child will change our lives forever. But how many of us know how much our lives will change when we become our parents' caretakers? We may end up doing the manual labor that Dad can't do around the house anymore. Or we may assume as much responsibility for our parents as our children require when they are young.

Special needs trust

by Sheila Zakre

A special needs trust is a particular kind of trust in which family members (spouses, parents, grandparents, etc.) and other persons who care about an individual with a disability are the grantors, who give assets to a trustee (who may be the same person as the grantor) to use for the person with the disability (the beneficiary).

Home care difficult to find, keep

by Meg Heckman

Evelyn Gray no longer drives and needs a walker to cross her living room. She's had 16 operations to treat arthritis and skin cancer and has no family left to care for her. For four years, state-subsidized housekeepers, nurses and social workers visited her Lebanon apartment, but last summer the state deemed her too healthy to qualify for help.

What makes us happy?

by Sheila Zakre

After I read the Monitor's day-after-Thanksgiving editorial about what makes people happy, I thought about what my mother said at Thanksgiving dinner. My kids like each of us to relate things we are thankful for, and when it was my mother's turn, she said "Everything." We were surprised at her answer, but she insisted she was thankful for everything that she had.

Restaurant Chain Sued for Discriminating Against Worker with Mental Retardation

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Learning to live with Mom

by Sheila Zakre

I may have 20 more years to practice my profession, and 30 or 40 more years to be a mother and wife. I may only have months more to be a daughter. That was why I decided my mother should return to my home after four months' stay in a nursing home.

Retarded Worker Alleges Harassment

by Trish Anderton

The Olive Garden restaurant chain is not commenting on a lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which claims workers at a Concord restaurant harassed a retarded employee by calling him names and pulling down his pants. NHPR's Trish Anderton reports the suit could set a precedent by establishing disability harrassment as a crime in New England.
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Settlement expected in disability suit

by The Union Leader

After spending more than two decades in a nursing home, Claire Shepardson finally has a house of her own. But she still is fighting for other disabled people who claim the state is unfairly keeping them institutionalized. Shepardson was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy after the birth of her son when she was 18. At age 26, she moved into a nursing home in Nashua, where she lived for the next 23 years.

Blind Resident Demands Rights by Disabilities Act

by The Union Leader

The Disabilities Rights Center in Concord has become involved in what one of its attorneys said could become a test case in federal court. Eileen Veilleux, 33, of 8 Moulton St., is legally blind. She requested that the town budget the money to purchase a reading magnifying machine for the public library.

Manchester Loses Student Suit; District Ordered To Provide 24-Hour Residential School, Reimbursement

by The Union Leader

A federal judge has ordered the Manchester School District to place a special education student in a 24-hour residential school and reimburse his family for expenses incurred in sending him to the Brattleboro Retreat

Disability Rights Center

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