On Disabilities

  • Lauren Henderson and her service dog, Phoebe, in Los Angeles. Henderson says she's seeing more dogs in vests that don't appear to be legitimate service dogs.
    Lisa Napoli / KCRW
    7:54am Sep 11, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause

    People who lack special needs but simply want to keep their pets with them all the time can easily find fake "service animal" certifications on the Web. But those phony credentials can create problems for people with disabilities who legitimately need trained service dogs.
  • Members of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors sail every weekend near San Francisco's Pier 40. The all-volunteer group serves people with a range of physical, developmental and mental disabilities.
    Emily Green for NPR
    5:21pm Sep 10, 2013
    Sports Sports National Health & Safety

    Sailors With Disabilities Find Freedom On The Water

    Every week, a group of people with a range of disabilities hits San Francisco Bay. They sail using specially rigged boats; one woman controls her boat using only her chin. Sailing offers a sense of independence for the participants, some of whom are confined to wheelchairs while on land.
  • Speech-language pathologists Jill Tullman (left) and Mendi Carroll (right) work with Bryce Vernon at Talking with Technology Camp in Empire, Colo., on July 25.
    Kristen Kidd / KCFR News
    7:59am Aug 15, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

    The Affordable Care Act sets up categories of essential health benefits that insurance plans must cover. Some categories, such as maternity care and drug abuse treatment, are straightforward. But "habilitative services" — including treatments like physical and speech therapy — are much more subjective.
  • 11:31am Jun 18, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

    Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.
  • 3:13pm Jun 10, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    The Promise In Unraveling The Mysteries Of Rare Diseases

    As a child, Jeannie Peeper was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease that causes a second skeleton to grow inside the body. Peeper and science writer Carl Zimmer discuss the efforts of a small group to fund research to battle the disease.
  • 3:08pm May 30, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    With Advances In Prenatal Testing, Difficult Choices Arise

    Technological developments in prenatal testing and screening methods have given women more information about the genetic status of their fetuses. Increased access to information can leave mothers and their partners with difficult choices about whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy.
  • 10:52am May 28, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Why Healthful Vending Machines Might Hurt The Blind

    Blind entrepreneurs who own vending machines are worried that legislative mandates to replace junk food with more healthful items will impact their business. In Oregon, the vendors are collaborating with health officials to find a happy medium.
  • If you know some mice that took This Is Spinal Tap too literally, they might want to know about an experiment to restore hearing with a failed Alzheimer's drug.
    The Kobal Collection
    8:34am Apr 08, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Alzheimer's Drug Dials Back Deafness In Mice

    An experimental drug developed to fight Alzheimer's disease partially reversed hearing loss caused by exposure to extremely loud sounds, researchers say. The results apply only to mice, but scientists are encouraged by the fact that the medicine caused new hair cells to grow in the animals' inner ears.