#NCDJChat: The National Center on Disability and Journalism’s First-Ever Twitter Chat

Heather Vogell

ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell

On November 30, the National Center on Disability and Journalism held its first ever Twitter chat with Heather Vogell, the winner of this year’s Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.

A Mom in Brooklyn Fights After Her Son With a Disability Misses Graduation

The mother of an 18-year-old man with a learning disability is lobbying New York education officials to make changes to its policies, so her son can receive his high school diploma. Her fight is just one of many, illustrating how parents of those with disabilities often have to advocate their children “get the services they require.” Read more

Red Orbit

Premature Baby Boys At Higher Risk Of Disability Than Girls

Boys born prematurely are more likely to be at risk of disability than girls, according to new reports from the “Pediatric Research” journal. The research papers, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, concluded that baby boys have a higher likelihood of infections, jaundice, birth complications and congenital conditions in general but the biggest risk was preterm birth. The findings were published to coincide with the third annual World Prematurity Day on Sunday, Nov. 17. Read more.

Chicago Tribune

Blind couple step out as parents

Love is blind inside the two-story brick house on Mulligan Avenue. And that is why the microwave buttons are marked with Braille. The clocks in the home all announce the time. And at 7:15 a.m., everyone is listening carefully for the school bus.