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Stop Making Excuses and Start Captioning Your Videos

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

The laws are in place, but it continues to be an uphill battle to make major video content providers value their diverse audiences.

Am I Really Blind? Adapting to Adaptive Technology

Belo Cipriani | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Belo Cipriani

It isn't just movies contributing to a false perception of disability, but also the lack of disabled faces in popular culture at large. Maybe someday there will be a hip show with a funny, romantic or even slutty disabled protagonist. But, until then, I'll just keep flashing my tech toys around.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

"I think we're not in Kansas..." leaps to mind during the descent into Adelaide, South Australia -- having left San Francisco more than 22 hours ago...

For the Second Time, One Van Offers an Injured Alaska Student the Gift of Mobility

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.26.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges.

A More Accessible Union -- 25 Years to the ADA

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 03.19.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

We should be a society that builds ramps whether it is requested or not. It is not that disability programs should be accessible, it is that everything should be accessible, and the disability community should be accessing like anyone else.

Opening the Door to the Deliciously Disabled: The Importance of Having Accessibility in Sexual Spaces

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

The deeper issue for me lies in the fact, that by not having access to these spaces, I am denied the opportunity to safely show off my sexuality. I am denied the chance to be anonymous. I am denied the possibility of the prowl, the chase and rolling up in my chair to go in for the kill.

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

Let's Make Universities Accessible to Nursing Mothers

Robin Hoecker | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Robin Hoecker

There will always be a need for lactation rooms on campus. Universities are institutions that serve graduate students, most of whom are in their child-bearing years. This need will only increase as more women pursue advanced degrees.

Manhattan's Luxury of Accessibility

Toni Haber | Posted 03.07.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Collaboration between retailers and their restaurant counterparts is not foreign to the major players in New York City shopping. But recently, individual stores have branched into dining as well. A major motivating factor of this trending collaboration is to encourage traditional shopping.

How Mobile Phone Compatible Hearing Aids Are Creating A New Market For 'Hearables'

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D.

Today's hearing systems allows users to connect with their families, to enjoy sounds in all listening environments and live their lives uninterrupted by hearing loss. Advancements in technology help make this happen.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Sally Swanson

The white Christmas I'm thinking about this season has nothing to do with snow. Rather, it's all about a site specific art installation that occurred this October.

7 Ways to Dance: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2014: 'Change My World in 1 Minute'

Nicole Luongo | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), over 17 million people worldwide have cerebral palsy -- for which there is no cure. I am one of them.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24/7 Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

What happens when a group of accessibility specialists get together? Well, even if you never wondered, let me tell you about a conference I attended recently with a group of like-minded professionals.

America's Accessible Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Wendell Cox

With frequent press attention on traffic congestion and "gridlock," it may be surprising that work trip travel times in US cities are better than those of high income competitors in other nations. Indeed, the University of Minnesota's David Levinson, found that the typical employee can reach two-thirds of jobs in major US metropolitan areas within 30 minutes.

Discovering a "New" City Near Manhattan: The Rebirth of Jersey City

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.28.2014 | New York
Cathy Chester

As we neared the turnoff for The Holland Tunnel we saw miles of cars tied up in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Suddenly my husband shouted, "What's Plan B?" I immediately answered, "Take the exit for Jersey City."

Geared Up For Robotics

Haley Hanson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Haley Hanson

There was no reason any child should feel that way, and no reason any child could not participate in robotics. This team inspired me to make robotics accessible to students with differing abilities.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

It's only been in recent years that I am at peace with food, and I am certain that this is much more than a temporary truce. Why did it take me such a long time to appreciate the value in my acupuncturist's words? Look around, there's a standard in this country that is harmful to women. Life is lived in many shapes and sizes.

9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel
Lisa Copen

It's summertime! And it seems everyone must be playing beach volleyball or experiencing their perfect vacation. It is easy for the chronically ill person to feel left out.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

Much like the feeling I had the day I spent in the garden with these same students, these are lessons that will be carried and accessed like talismans, woven into every aspect of their lives as they grow older and away from school experiences.

Aging at Home? Be the Host With the Most (Visitability)

Rachel Adelson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

We all like to be good hosts, and yet our spaces can create an uncomfortable disconnect between our desire and our ability to make people feel at home. So look at your home through the eyes of visitors, and press for change as well.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

Always, always, it comes back to what a garden means to me. A garden offers structure and reliable cycles. There's the renewal that's visible with each plant and tree, each blossom or new leaf.

How The iPhone Is Changing The Way We Hear

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Technology
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D.

Breakthroughs in technology and miniaturization have the potential to reduce hesitation and eliminate remaining stigma around the use of hearing instruments by incorporating high-quality sound with unique capabilities in a tiny package.

Closed Captioning Finally Enters Digital Age

Marlee Matlin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marlee Matlin

All video streaming companies including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others now have to offer closed captioning by April 30, 2014 or else be subject to the same fines as traditional broadcast television.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

My work might be the place where I'm defined by my leadership but at home? That's where duality steps in: What do I need to create a better me? I need balance between my personal and professional life.