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  • Americans with Disabilities Act - Fitting In: Perspectives from St Louis

    "Ten years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities go about their daily lives with fewer obstacles than ever before, yet some major barriers remain. This series looked at how much of the promise of the ADA has become a reality in the St. Louis area and how much remains to be done."
  • Neglect for Sale

    This article investigates the workings of group homes that care for mentally retarded individuals. The article reports that bug business has emerged as "dominant players in the disabilities sector, a trend that mirrors the for-profit takeover of hospitals and nursing homes."
  • Troubled Kids

    A year of persistent reporting gained inside access to the Juvenile Court System, laying the foundation for an in-depth investigation that revealed an unsettling statistic: a third of kids in trouble with the law suffer from mental disabilities, the majority of whom go without treatment due to lack of facilities.
  • Americans with Disabilities Lawsuits

    KGTV-TV reports that "the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits have exploded in the last two years. Individuals are filing hundreds of lawsuits (against) businesses whose owners say they are victims of legal extortion. Our investigation report examines one of these litigious advocates and the law firm he employs, to find out if the lawsuits are really about increasing access for the disabled, as intended by the ADA, or a way to make money....:
  • Preying on Pity

    KPRC-TV report "We sent a KPRC-TV employee inside the Houston office of one of the country's largest telemarketing companies. ... Carrying a hidden camera our employee exposed the company's managers training employees to lie and tell half-truths about handicaps and disabilities they simply don't have. Their purpose was to create pity so unknowing customers would buy their products...."
  • For-profit charter schools and students with disabilities

    Across the coutnry, communities are considering turning over their public schools to privte businesses. Businesses, always ready to seize an opportunity, expecially in a market as potentially lucrative as public education, have been quick to respond.
  • When Hope Fails.

    Once again, the St. Louis Housing Authority puts people with disabilities at the bottom of the list -- and may have to answer for it in court.
  • Bad Pharmacists

    This story exposes Pharmacists allegedly making dangerous errors when they dispense medication. In one case, a local woman was given the wrong medication from her pharmacist. As a direct result, she now suffers permanent mental and physical disabilities. The pharmacist was disciplined, howefver, state records indicate he committed other dispensing errors before and after this case.
  • Disabling the Disabled

    The stories were generated by members of the disabled community who felt their ADA rights to services comparable to those without disabilities, were in violation by various city and federal government organizations. In the course of the investigation, and with the use of hidden cameras and internal documents, reporters showed how some in the disabled community had to put up with horrendous public transportation services, and inadequate housing accommodations.
  • Attention Deficits

    The article examines the growing size of the learning disability entitlement in the U.S. It deals with Mark Kelman, Stanford law professor and a pioneer of the radical Critical Legal Studies movement, who became interested in the issue after seeing the extra time that some students in law school were receiving on exams. He estimates that the cost of devoting special resources to the learning disabled amounts to roughly $9 billion a year. He concludes that even if identifiable learning disabilities do exist, there's no good reason for these children to claim government resources withheld from their foundering peers.