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Americans With Disabilities Act

Building Disability Literacy, One Brick At a Time

Rachel Adams | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.

It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

Poverty Awareness Month: Living With a Disability, Struggling to Get By and Making It in the 'Mainstream'

Michael Morris | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. Today, there are 46.7 million Americans living in poverty.

Americans With Disabilities Deserve an Olmstead State of Mind

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

This past New Year's Eve, I had the pleasure of welcoming in 2016 at a Billy Joel concert. A rare treat in the midst of another challenging year of t...

Can Your Employer Demand Intrusive Medical Testing? Court Says Yes

Donna Ballman | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Donna Ballman

Does your employer have any business sticking its nose into your body (now there's a picture you wanted in your head) by ordering you to undergo medical examinations and biometric testing to determine if you are likely to become ill? According to one court, the answer is yes.

Rolling Towards Equal Rights: The Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

Kim Dramer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Kim Dramer

Co-authored by Kim Dramer, Huffington Post blogger, and Alexandra Wang, President, Hunter College PossABILITIES Club. Photo Credit: Alexandra Wang ...

When Peanuts Are Poison -- No Joke!

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

When you are living with a food allergy, the world can be a dangerous place. I truly worry about sending my food allergic child into a world that largely is ignorant about the dangers of having a potentially fatal food allergy.

6 Great Reasons to Hire Deaf Employees

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

People who are deaf spend much of their lives finding ways to adapt within hearing culture. Because of this, deaf employees may exhibit impressive patience and flexibility in the face of a challenge. 

Have You Caused Me Grief?

Eric Lipp | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Eric Lipp

We all want our lives to be easier. Unfortunately, when we act in ways that attempt to save time or money, we often fail to recognize the effect that our choices have on others. This is especially true in the area of accessibility which often falls prey to our fast paced lifestyles.

Financial Inclusion and Shared Prosperity: The Next Frontier for People with Disabilities

Michael Morris | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Michael Morris

This Thanksgiving Day, I would ask us all to reflect on a group of Americans growing faster in size than any other, a group that cuts across the usual dividing lines of gender, race, ethnicity and age who deserve our attention and support - people with disabilities.

Catch-22 of Disclosing Disabilities for Job Seekers

Kenneth Matos | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Kenneth Matos

What job seeker hasn't found some of their applications disappearing into the resume black hole: that frustrating experience where you send out dozens of resumes and fill out multiple online applications and never get a response.

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

While it is true that we have much to celebrate with the protections afforded by the ADA, the Latino community has a long way to go in securing equal safeguards.

Let's Ask the Right Questions About Mental Illness and Workplace Safety

Lucy Wood | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Lucy Wood

The population of qualified pilots having experienced depression is thought to be at least 10 percent, and that number does not include all of those flying safely with other labels that are connected in the public's mind with risk of a crash.

The Biggest Disability No One Talks About & How We Can Address It with Mindfulness - An Open Letter to Google

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness training, spread digitally, is a very cost-effective option to help people on a massive scale. It's sustainable. It offers a low cost of entry to populations most in-need. It can help all of us with disabilities -- recognized or not -- to find well-being every single day.

Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Subway Dreams: Disability, Inclusion and Identity in New York

Paras Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | New York
Paras Shah

I hope to work with governments, and partner with other organizations and advocates for people with disabilities to remove barriers and promote equity.

Why Eight Students' Legal Case is Pivotal to Educational Reform

Paul Caccamo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Paul Caccamo

America has an epidemic of youth violence that must be addressed. If we don't put some of the responsibility on our public schools to tackle the impact of this violence, then we have few alternatives for addressing it at the scope that is required.

No Service Dogs Allowed

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Janice Celeste

September is National Service Dog Month and these animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. According to ServiceDogCentral.org, it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 service dogs in the U.S. and this number seems to be growing.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities

Kristin Duquette | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

It's easy to assume that because of the ADA, discrimination never occurs and full equality prevails for every person with a disability living in the United States. This wishful thinking is comparable to thinking that racism no longer exists because we have an African American president.

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

An Employee Who Threatened to Kill Supervisors Prior to Psychological Treatment May Be Fired

Brad Reid | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

An employee who made multiple threats of violence against supervisors prior to psychological treatment is not protected from firing by the Americans W...

The Road to Make Changes is Never Smooth- 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Eric Lipp | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Eric Lipp

This blog commends the US DOT, many different moving parts, for being smart but also because Secretary Fox made a handful of announcements that I feel were very progressive and futuristic.

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.