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Developmental Disability

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?

The One-Two Punch of Autism

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Last month both the Assembly and state Senate unanimously passed groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that will put New York at the forefront of a nationwide effort to provide health insurance coverage for people with autism.

Governor Palin Delivers Long-Awaited Speech on Children with Disabilities

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Governor Palin's preferred policies do not serve children (or adults) with chronic illnesses and disabilities very well.

A 1983 Faux Pas by Cindy McCain, a Sunday Morning Bromide by Roy Blunt, and What Republicans Still Don't Get About Helping People

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Ms. McCain revealed a basic difference between Democrats and Republicans about what we owe families who need help.