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In 1979, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in a south Georgia health district, a rural, 16-county area covering 5,943 square miles with a population of 249,000, dropped and remained relatively low in 1980, compared with rates during the preceding 5 years (Figure 4). The number of births and deaths for infants born 1974-1978 and 1979-1980 were calculated for three birthweight categories: less than 1,500g, 1,500-2,499g, and 2,500g or greater (Table 1). Although infants with birth weights greater than 2,500g had the lowest mortality rates, they represented 45% of deaths in 1974-1978 and 38% in 1979-1980. To ...
“Unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities is discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act”. These few words summarized the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court when it handed down its decision in the case of Olmstead v. L.C. on June 22, 1999. The Supreme Court further stated that people with disabilities have the right to receive services in the “most integrated setting”, a provision of the ADA known as the “inclusion mandate”. On the eleventh anniversary of the Olmstead decision, forty-one Rochester disability activists will ... Read More
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