Activist Annie Segarra is on a mission to make disabilities more visible

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To honor the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), In The Know is asking young people with disabilities about growing up with the law, and how it’s impacted their lives.

Annie Segarra spent decades without a diagnosis.

The 30-year-old, who was born with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) — a genetic tissue disorder that can affect joints, skin and several internal organs — didn’t know she had a disability until she was well into her 20s.

In school, she struggled in P.E. class and never knew why. She couldn’t run as fast as the other kids. Sometimes, she’d pass out after showering. When she exercised, her face got extremely red.

It took years for her to realize that none of this was “normal.”

“All these were signs, if anyone had paid attention, that there was something wrong with my health,” Segarra told In The Know. “They would dismiss it

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11 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Right This Second

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1. The Girlfriend Book Club

The Girlfriend is AARP’s newsletter and website for women 40 and older. It also offers a private Facebook-only book club with more than 6,000 members. Each month, the club focuses on a different book that was chosen through a Facebook poll, and authors participate in a live Facebook chat on the third Tuesday of each month (there are also frequent giveaways). The club has recently read The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd In Five Years by Rebecca Serle and Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner.

Join the club

2. NYPL + WNYC Virtual Book Club

The New York Public Library and WNYC teamed up to host a virtual book club during the COVID pandemic, and the online community is still going strong. This month’s title is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, the recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Folks can borrow

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Stressed out and overwhelmed by distance learning? Here are some resources that might help

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With the announcement that the Sacramento City Unified School District will begin the year with distance learning, many parents are looking for ways to support their children as they learn from home.

Supporting a student engaged in distance learning can be challenging for parents, particularly those who are juggling working from home, working in essential jobs, or supporting multiple students at the same time.

There are a wide variety of resources online, through the Sacramento Public Library, and through tutoring agencies. Here’s a guide to help parents get started as they support students learning from home this fall.

Have patience

Andrea Venezia, an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State University, said parents should be patient with themselves and with their children.

“Take a breath and know that this is an unusual time, and that our kids might not learn as much as

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Does obesity make the virus more dangerous?

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Following his admittance to intensive care with coronavirus in April, prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly preparing a more “interventionist” drive to tackle UK obesity in the ongoing and long-term fight against Covid-19.

On 24 July, it was reported that the prime minister will set out new measures next week, which are expected to include a ban on TV junk food adverts before 9pm.

They are also likely to include a ban on online ads for unhealthy foods and limits on in-store promotions. Some restaurants could be required to put calorie labels on menus.

Mr Johnson is convinced his Covid-condition became more serious because of his weight – said to be 17.5 stone at the time he was taken to hospital, according to a separate report on 15 May.

This is not the most time the severity of coronavirus has been linked to a patient’s weight – when

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Sugar tax extension needed to make junk food crackdown work, Boris Johnson warned

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Eating a high fat western-style diet can impair brain function and encourage overeating, scientists claim: Getty
Eating a high fat western-style diet can impair brain function and encourage overeating, scientists claim: Getty

A refusal to slap a sugar tax on more fattening products will fatally undermine a new crackdown on junk food, Boris Johnson has been warned.

The prime minister – who once vowed to fight any curbs on unhealthy foods – is now set to propose a ban on advertising them online and before the watershed at 9pm.

The package, to be unveiled as early as next week, will also push for calorie counts on restaurant and takeaway menus, with labels to identify products that are high in sugar.

But the National Obesity Forum has accused him of ignoring the warnings of his own health chiefs that obesity is “a national emergency” – and that an extension of the sugar tax is needed.

Tam Fry, the group’s chairman, said the existing levy on drinks, introduced

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How to watch MLB Opening Day online, on TV

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After over four months of waiting, Giants baseball that counts is back.

Opening Night is here, and after the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals face off first, the Giants and ace Johnny Cueto will take the field against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched with back stiffness and has been placed on the Injured List, so the Dodgers will start Dustin May on the bump. 

The coronavirus pandemic forced the MLB to suspend and eventually abbreviate the 2020 season to just 60 games. Numerous health and safety protocols are in effect, including the schedule being confined to just regional action, so the Giants only will go up against teams in the NL and AL West during the regular season.

Both of tonight’s Opening Night games will be televised on ESPN, but you still can see “Giants Pregame Live” on NBC Sports Bay Area beginning

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My Teen’s Anxiety Has Improved Since Online Learning Started

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2019 was a small nightmare for my daughter. So was the beginning of 2020. She struggled during her last year of middle school and I had several meetings with her teachers. 

My sweet daughter — the one who used to like to go to school and have her friends over — started getting quiet. Then her group of friends changed. Next came an email from her 8th grade teachers (these teachers also had her for 7th grade because she was in a “looping” program at school) who all said she just wasn’t the same.

Instead of doing work during class, she would sit in silence and not participate or hand in her worksheets. Instead of chiming in during advisory and socializing with her classmates, she’d sit alone. 

She wouldn’t talk to me about what was going on. There was lots of time in her room. Lots of silence. She began

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Health Officials Announce Fines For Businesses That Violate COVID-19 Orders

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Rising coronavirus cases and fatalities remain concerning — with four dozen more deaths confirmed today — and the Los Angeles County Health Department announced new enforcement measures on Thursday designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the county’s top health officer.

Health inspectors have continued to conduct compliance visits to to ensure infection control measures are in place at businesses. Twenty-six restaurants, one grocery store, one pool and 67 other businesses were shut down for Health Officer Order violations. As a result, the L.A. Public Health Department revealed on Thursday a tiered compliance and enforcement plan that will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders.

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Since March, Public Health received a total of 17,808 Health Officer Order complaints and investigated more than 17,000 restaurants, more than 3,500 grocery stores, more than 600

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Top PA Health Official ‘Optimistic’ For In-Person Fall Start

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HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania health officials affirmed Thursday that the state remains committed to reopening schools for in-person learning this fall, stressing that the actions we take now will determine the safety of the environment when children and teachers return to the classrooms.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, speaking during a Thursday news conference, said the state maintains its goal “right now” is that schools will be open for in-person learning this fall. She noted many districts are planning varying degrees of in-person instruction, including hybrid or matrix models.

“We are going to stay positive and optimistic that there will be in-person school when school opens in August and we’ll be working towards that,” Levine said.

But, she stressed, there are things we can do now to ensure that goal happens, like wearing masks and following the governor’s mitigation guidelines.

“That’s why the mitigation efforts we have talked about

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Methacton Offering Students On Premise And Online Options

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EAGLEVILLE, PA — Methacton School District tentatively plans to have an in-person schooling option this fall, part of a dual option plan which also offers families and students the choice of taking classes online.

The announcement comes as Montgomery County officials recently issued their countywide school reopening guidelines, which require masks and discourage large gatherings, field trips and extracurricular activities.

Methacton’s reopening plan includes an Aug. 31 start date. All students and staff must wear a face covering in schools, unless they are seated at desks that are six feet apart. This, however, will not always be possible.

“While some health organizations recommend 6’ distance for grades K -12, it may not be practical for students 100% of the school day,” the district notes in their plan.

Otherwise, face coverings can only be removed outdoors when social distancing is possible, while eating and drinking in a socially distanced manner, and

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