Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson is a graduate of the WJI Mid-Career Course.

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Reasonable accommodation

Policy | The Americans With Disabilities Act, which turns 30 this month, steered Jim Terry toward a more accessible career
by Kim Henderson
Posted 7/02/20, 03:20 pm

The day in 1990 President George H.W. Bush inked the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), history and weather cooperated in a fitting way. At least, that’s what Irving King Jordan remembers.

Back then, he was president of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States devoted specifically to the education of the deaf. Jordan—the first deaf president of Gallaudet—took his place on the South Lawn of the White House among 3,000 spectators soaking up sun and ceremonial signing alike. He smiles at the memory: “It was a shining moment and a shining day.” 

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Lydia Brooks

Storms and a pandemic create double trouble for the South

Disaster relief | The coronavirus is complicating recovery efforts after deadly Easter storms
by Kim Henderson
Posted 4/16/20, 04:06 pm

Just before deadly twin tornadoes surprised Seminary, Miss., Lydia Brooks made sure to snap an Easter afternoon photograph of her front yard. Dappled sun shone through the leaves of hundred-year-old live oaks, and a passel of kids smiled from an octagonal swing set built for 10. A pair of cowboy boots, caked with mud, sat tossed aside in the grass. 

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A disease like no other

Disease | Antibiotics stop symptoms, but a cure for leprosy’s long-standing stigma remains out of reach
by Kim Henderson
Posted 3/12/20, 04:10 pm

Along the Louisiana coastline, fresh water collides with the sea to form brackish bayous, the kind that breed blue crabs the size of a man’s hand and the marsh hens of John J. Audubon prints. But that salty gumbo isn’t the only improbable mix in Louisiana. In January, pro-life Democrat John Bel Edwards began a second term as governor of the red state, and state legislator Katrina Jackson, another Democrat, is helping to defend a pro-life bill she ­authored, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, from a challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court.  

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