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Developmental Disability

O.S.U. Swimmers Agree: Cancer Also Strikes People Living With Disabilities

Jim Luce | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

The Ohio State University (O.S.U.) Men's Swimming Team will soon have a Big Challenge Swim (Race4cure) meet vs. Ohio's Kenyon College on October 30, representing two of the nation's best college swim programs.

What Special Athletes Can Teach Us About Parenting; Father's Day Edition

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Joe De Sena

Joe Galasso is clinical psychologist who specializes with individuals with disabilities and also with professional athletes. There is a specific part of his job that he holds close to his heart; working with Special Athletes.

Taking Away My Daughter's Hard-Earned Rights

Ben Decter | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Ben Decter

After a terrifying start to her life with catastrophic childhood epilepsy, Addie has clawed her way to a sense of confidence, grit and burgeoning independence. But there's little time to celebrate her achievement of things that once seemed impossible. We feel compelled to take away some of her rights.

Jean Vanier, Untiring Advocate For People With Disabilities, Wins Templeton Prize

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

It started with an act of kindness. In 1964, Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities to share a house with him in Trosly-Breuil...

Hope For A Full Life For Those With Autism

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

"Can you name a white drink?" Together, Stu and I, along with the assistant sitting with us, whispered the word "milk" at the exact moment Casey shouted, "Wine!" and then added, as the evaluator cracked up, "My mom loves white wine!"

This Thanksgiving, Give Back to the Angels on the Labyrinthine Streets of Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Providing care and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families is a deed that should be recognized.

The Kids Will Be Alright: 'Beating' Autism

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

If "hope" was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Kids Who Beat Autism," wh...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

How A Mom's Hunch Turned Into A Diagnosis Of A Brand-New Disorder

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Parents

As part of Speak Up for Kids, an initiative led by the Child Mind Institute to provide the public with information about children's mental health, The...

The Business Case for Hiring Developmentally Disabled Workers

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

In a fateful discussion I'll never forget, one of my employees raised the question of whether I had considered employing developmentally disabled workers to take on key roles in the production process.

Say the Word: On Delaying an Autism Diagnosis

Leigh Merryday | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

Somewhere out there -- right now -- is a parent who just heard something she didn't like. Someone who loves or works with her child suggested her precious, perfect baby may have a form of autism spectrum disorder.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.

Intellectually Disabled Struggling To Find Work

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and bi...

Disability and the Invisible American 'Gulag Archipelago'

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

The escape, earlier this year, of three women from a home in Cleveland where they were held captive for roughly a decade elicited intense interest her...

Rule Bans Newlyweds From Living Together

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 07.07.2013 | Weddings

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. — With the beaming smiles of newlyweds, Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels hold hands, exchange adoring glances and complete ea...

Abusing Legal System to Discriminate Against the Disabled

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

I'm not laughing. In fact, I'm fuming. A developmentally disabled 42 year old man named Robert Schiavelli was slapped with two court summonses for laughing too loudly, because his neighbor Daniel O'Hanian complained to the police that Schiavelli was "disturbing the peace." Why was he laughing?

Why Is PDS So "Progressive"? Warning: Strong Opinions, Language and Sarcasm

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifBy now you've hopefully read a few of our blogs and gotten to know some of the PDS clients... but we thought we would take the time to talk about the bigger picture.

Meet Lisa, Robin and Victoria: The Banana Republic Posse

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifLisa grabs a big handful of packaged tights from the back room and then heads out to the sales floor. She knows exactly what to do and how to do it, because she has worked at Banana Republic now for 15 years. Lisa has Down Syndrome.

Meet Guy: A Great Guy With a Great Job!

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifA park surrounds the municipal pool where Guy works, so it's easy for him to take his daily count of his favorite bird while he works site maintenance. Guy does all the stuff here that the full-timers rarely have time to do.

What Ann Coulter Could Learn From My Special Olympian Brother-in-law

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

One in 10 Americans has a personal connection to developmental disability. My connection is my wonderful brother-in-law Paul Boyle who is probably reading this with a frown on his face because he doesn't like the term "developmental disability" either.

Christina Wilkie

Walmart Sued For Conduct After 72-Year-Old Sexually Abuses Co-Worker | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, is facing a laundry list of allegations in a lawsuit stemming from the sexual abuse of a woman with developme...

Change a Life Forever With That Spare Bedroom

Dwight Robson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Dwight Robson

With a spare bedroom and a desire to make a difference, Nancy, a retired nurse, realized that she had the resources and skills to help one of the thousands of other people like her sister.

Belonging to a Community: How Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Are Finding Joy

Dwight Robson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dwight Robson

Institutionalized for most of his life, Edwin longed for the opportunity to live in the community -- and 15 years ago he got that chance when he was matched with his Mentor, Dawna, through The MENTOR Network's Host Home program in New Jersey.

What Does America Stand For?

Mike Lux | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

My brother Kevin is developmentally and physically disabled because of brain damage he had suffered from child abuse. He is the kind of person Republicans would leave by the side of the road in order to "protect tax loopholes for CEOs who fly corporate jets."

The R Word: Thank You Jane

John Robinson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

One young woman asked me how I dealt with bullying when I was in school. Did students pick on me due to my disability?