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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

They were lined up in seats. One at a time they stood up, took a microphone, introduced themselves -- their name, their job--and then ended with "I am...

How Developmentally Disabled Adults Are Transforming Criminals in Israel

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.24.2016 | Impact
Anav Silverman

It is a rather unusual scene that appears to be a mirage in the hot Negev desert. In southern Israel, prison inmates from local jails can be seen every week, walking wheelchair-bound adults from a rehabilitative village for the severely disabled.

Dear Friend Whom My Autistic Child Just Rebuffed

Leigh Merryday | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

You put yourself out there and sent a message to our family, to him, and everyone in the immediate area -- that he is worth knowing. Not everyone knows that. But you do.

Why A Pastor Refused To Marry This Couple

Posted 05.24.2013 | Weddings

After a two-year engagement, Anna Bankes and Justin Neis finalized their wedding date (July 13) and venue (Spirit of Life Catholic Church in North Dak...

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?

John Celock

Gov. Remains 'Really Excited' About Culture-Change Push | John Celock | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Halfway through his term as chairman of the National Governors Association, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) remains "really excited" about...

John Celock

Jobs For The Disabled Get A New Champion | John Celock | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The new chairman of the National Governors Association plans to focus his year at the helm on developing ways that states can hel...

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.

Autism Forecast: Mostly Green With a Chance of Red

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

No matter the age or ability level, no person on the autism spectrum is safe from danger. Anyone with a loved one on the spectrum will understand how problematic the area of safety is for the autism community.

Saved By Rock 'n' Roll: Meet The Arts of Life Band

Chicago Reader | Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

Jean Wilson, sporting a foam shark hat whose toothy mouth flapped as she moved, strutted toward the Magic Hat Stage of the North Coast Music Festival....

WATCH: Cab Driver Takes Developmentally Disabled Man On 4-Hour 'Ride To Nowhere' | Posted 12.05.2011 | Impact

Metro, Washington, D.C.'s transit system, is looking into a claim that a developmentally disabled man was taken on a mysterious four-hour cab ride. ...

SustainAbility: NY Farm Gives Adults With Autism 'A Life's Work'

The Huffington Post | Adam Kaufman and Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Healthy Living

When Wendy Kaplan gathered her 26-year-old daughter Rachel's circle of support to discuss options for living independently, she thought they would tal...

Farming Independence

Anne Phillips | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anne Phillips

I got a call a few weeks ago from Sheila of Farming Independence, a nonprofit organization working with developmentally disabled adults. The purpose o...

NY Bakery Gives Developmentally Disabled Employees A Sweet Opportunity

Tonic | John R. Platt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Adam Robbins is eating a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie when I call him at his job at the Sweet Comfort Bakery & Café in Port Washington, New York. It...

How Assistance Dogs Can Enrich Lives (PHOTOS)

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Watching another child with an assistance dog motivated Teresa and her 14-year-old daughter, Sydney, to apply to for a companion dog.

Colorado Springs Policy Change Leads To Uphill Battle, Job Loss, For Developmentally Disabled

Colorado Springs Independent | Lea Shores | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Some people drive to work. Others may bike, take a bus, carpool, or even walk. However, for many people in this community, none of those is an opti...

Several Reasons Why Closure of Lanterman & Fairview Does Not Pass Legal Muster

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

I want to outline several reasons why the closure of Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fairview Developmental Center (Costa Mesa, CA) is...

Voice Your Opposition to Lanterman Closure March 17!

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

It seems the folks in Sacramento are pulling out all the stops to fast-track legislation to close Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fair...

CA's Fiscal Crisis and More Hospital Closures: a Human Rights Issue?

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Boris Mamlyuk

This is a sad story about the imminent closing of the Lanterman Developmental Center brought about by California's fiscal crisis. Lanterman Developme...

Trucker Kills Four Developmentally Disabled Adults In Accident

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Icy roadway conditions led to a brutal head-on collision outside of Springfield, Ohio on Friday morning, as a tractor-trailer slammed into a van, kill...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Legacy

Michael R. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Gardner

In those days, mentally challenged children were largely out-of-sight, hidden away. The prospect of these youngsters succeeding at anything -- especially sports -- was viewed as preposterous.

Open Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chantal Sicile-Kira

I can't afford to volunteer for the community anymore. Got to spend every free moment earning money or taking care of my mom and son.