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“Berks County group calls for changes on anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: Abilities in Motion asks mayor to improve Reading sidewalks”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 22, 2012 article out of Berks County talks about changes a group of disabled folks are advocating for in their area.  As they pointed out, in the article, ‘they do everything everyone else does, they just do it differently’.   Having access to sidewalks in my opinion is not a bad thing, it is simply asking that they be able to feel safe as they go about their day-to-day activities, just like anyone who is not disabled would want.  Very cool article though, and worth reading if you have an interest in the ADA or want to maybe learn about how it affects people in day-to-day life.

“Waiting for Corbett to deliver options”

English: Tom Corbett at the McCain rally at th...


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This July 27, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website continues to raise the question of whether Governor Tom Corbett has made any progress or even attempted to find alternative options for folks who are losing their General Assistance benefit this month.

“Cutting mental health services at our own peril”

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This July 28, 2012 article on the TribLive website raises some good points, indicating that both humans and guns need to be looked at when figuring out how to prevent future incidents like what has happened in Colorado.  Guns are designed to kill or injure and by themself yes, they are pretty harmless, but add the human equation and that’s when things can get scary.  So to look at just the human or just the gun is pointless, both need to be considered together as a single issue instead of separate ones.

“Vote for America’s Mental Health in 2012”


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This page on the Mental Health America or more commonly known as MHA website offers a variety of information geared towards the mental health community explaining things like voter id and other voting related topics.  It’s a great starting point for folks who either have never voted or maybe voted, but want to learn a little more before they vote again.


“Physical Ailments Take Toll on Mental Health: Study”


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This July 24, 2012 article on the USNews website talks a little about a study that seems to confirm the link between physical and mental health which seems to also in turn strengthen the need to treat a person as a whole person and not having them see one doctor for everything from the neck up and a different doctor for everything from the neck down which has been traditionally done.  If I have a headache, I can assure you my mood will likely suffer, also if I’m feeling depressed, my arthritis is more likely to be flaring at the same time.


“Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health”

Mental Health Month Poster

Mental Health Month Poster (Photo credit: Army Medicine)

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This June 20, 2012 piece found on Pat Deegan’s blog talks about her concerns about the need for a whole health approach for treating folks in the mental health community.  She raises points about not wanting it to be merely symptom control and management, but also to have preventive measures used to try to reduce the health risks faced by many.

“Bruce Springsteen’s Blues: The Boss Reveals Battles With Severe Depression”

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This July 23, 2012 article found on the Yahoo! Stop the presses website talks about the struggle Bruce Springsteen has had with depression.

Bruce Springsteen, Drammenshallen, Norway

“The High Cost of Medically Unexplained Symptoms”


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This July 23, 2012 article explains the connection between mental and physical health and raises the point that to treat just the physical symptoms can cause the real problem to be overlooked.  Mental health can and does effect our physical health, and this article does a great job at explaining that whole health connection.


“Affordable Care Act will expand mental health coverage, but budget cuts a worry”

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This July 23, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website talks about what effect the recently passed health care plan (aka Obamacare) will mean for folks with mental illnesses.

“Loss of state funds forces Northampton to end services for elderly, persons with disabilities”

As silent as the grave

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This article dated July 20, 2012 on the Morning Call website talks about the termination of several programs for the elderly and disabled in Northamptom County in response to the 10% budget cut to human services

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