disabled http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/help-identify-playgrounds-everyone-st-louis <p>NPR has&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/">embarked on a project</a>&nbsp;to compile a database that doesn't exist yet - a list of all of the accessible playgrounds in the United States.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And they're looking for your help.</span></p><p>Playing on a playground seems like a common childhood activity where physical activity meets social interaction. But, for some children with disabilities, playing along with other kids on those playgrounds isn't easy, or even possible.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:16:02 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Help Identify 'Playgrounds For Everyone' In St. Louis Ill. Legislation Could Make Buying Gas Easier For Disabled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislation-could-make-buying-gas-easier-disabled <p>Buying fuel can be a challenge for people with disabilities. Legislation awaiting action by the governor aims to make it easier.&nbsp; Illinois is making an effort to comply with federal disability law.</p><p>Illinois law says service stations are required to pump gas for people with disabilities. But in order to get that help, drivers have to honk or find some other way to get the attention of an attendant.</p><p>Ann Ford, with the Centers for Independent Living, says that can lead to frustration.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:13:30 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 7210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislation Could Make Buying Gas Easier For Disabled Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-budget-cuts-reduce-drug-benefits-seniors-people-disabilities <p>About 20 percent of seniors and people with disabilities will lose prescription drug coverage because of cuts in the Illinois state budget.</p><p>State officials are sending letters to 43,000 participants saying they won&#39;t qualify for &quot;<a href="http://www.illinoiscaresrx.com/">Illinois Cares Rx</a>&quot; as of Sept. 1. Those who are still enrolled will pay more out of pocket for their prescriptions.</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:24:20 +0000 The Associated Press 1657 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities Nixon signs disability rights legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-disability-rights-legislation <p>A package of bills that Gov. Jay Nixon says is about &quot;dignity and practicality&quot; for the 100,000 Missouri individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability is now law.</p><p>Gov. Nixon signed the legislation today at Paraquad, one of the largest centers in the country dedicated to helping disabled individuals live independently. Its founder, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/we-admired-him-we-all-loved-him">Max Starkloff</a>, died Dec. 27.</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:27:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1627 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon signs disability rights legislation Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-calls-missouri-prescription-program-seniors-disabled-continue <p>Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.</p><p>207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the <a href="http://www.morx.mo.gov/">Missouri Rx</a> prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.</p><p>Unless the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/">Missouri General Assembly</a> reauthorizes it.</p><p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:14:30 +0000 Julie Bierach & Kelsey Proud 119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-opposes-changes-senior-disabled-tax-break <p><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a> is opposing efforts to end a <a href="http://dor.mo.gov/personal/ptc/">Missouri tax break</a> for some low-income seniors and disabled residents.</p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:39:55 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 101 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break