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5 Reasons to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA

Joe Entwisle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

It was 24 years ago on July 26 that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. It was the year I graduated high school, a year and a half after sustaining a C4-C5 spinal cord injury.

Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community and Conscience

Noam Bramson | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Now here's where I make an admission that will get me in trouble: I disagreed with the City's decision to file an objection to the proposed group home, and I recommended against submitting it.

An Internship With Impact

YAI | Posted 07.18.2014 | Impact
YAI

As the day progressed, runners, walkers, and volunteers flocked to the registration area where I was working. It became organized chaos. Before long, the entire park was filled with bright yellow and orange shirts emblazoned with the YAI logo.

Disabilities Don't Stop This Kenyan Pastor From Breaking Barriers

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) On a Sunday at the Presbyterian church in the Bahati neighborhood, a young woman haltingly approaches the pulpit with a walking c...

Woman Who Relied On Sister To Carry Her To School Wants More For Kids With Disabilities

The Better India | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact

At first glance Rekha Kumari seems to be just another young woman with special needs. But this 22-year-old possesses unique powers. She may have been ...

A Step in the Right Direction: New Commitments to Disability Inclusion in Refugee Settings

Sarah Costa | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.

The Rights of the Down Trodden

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Development isn't just about constructing roads, markets, school and proving electricity and schools, it's also about ensuring that the poorest of the people are well catered for.

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

Social Businesses Look to Accelerate Impact

Neil Parmar | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Few focus on supporting social purpose businesses that aim to provide investors with a financial return as well as a positive social impact.

Arab Community Raises Funds for Israeli Charity

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

The Israeli Arab city of Kalansua in central Israel last week held a fundraising event called "A Smile of Hope" for leading Israeli disabilities organization, Beit Issie Shapiro and their Sindian Center, which serves the Kalansua community and Arabs from across the Southern Triangle.

End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women's Rights

Kriti Sharma | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Kriti Sharma

A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.

Why I Bought Long-Term Disability Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 07.16.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Our brains are wired to make us terrible judges of risk, so best to trust the facts.

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

Education for All Often Means Education for Some

Ed Gragert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Ed Gragert

With only 500 days before the end of the current Millennium Development Goals on December 31, 2015, the education goal to secure universal primary education remains distant.

People Who Have Experienced Discrimination To Haters: 'Kiss My A**'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact

A group of people who have experienced discrimination has issued a strong statement to the people who judge them. It goes like this: "Kiss my ass."...

Boys in Chairs: Navigating Our Sex, Sexuality and Sex Appeal in Attendant Care Programs

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

To all those of us living somewhere between independence and an institutional structure: Let's talk about sex and remind those working with us that there is so much more to us than just our activities of daily living (ADL). We deserve the right to have awesome daily loving too!

Companies Ask Workers with Disabilities to Check the Box and That's a Good Thing

Joe Entwisle | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

Hiring people with disabilities is a strategy that smart companies will want to put into action today. The voluntary self-disclosure form marks the beginning of an opportunity for both companies and job seekers alike.

Not Defined by Her Disability

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Everyone has a special talent or skill in life; it's up to that individual how they choose to use that skill. Those who are skilled in the art of com...

To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

This will not be the last time someone discounts my son because he is different. It will not be the last time someone makes a joke at his expense, but to actively seek out actual people to tease goes beyond cruel. It's inhuman.

A Nigerian Lawyer With Cerebral Palsy: My Encounter

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Tobi's life exemplifies the possibility for every child with disability to overcome the limitations of the disability and achieve their life's dreams.

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Preventing Disabilities: A Collective Responsibility

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Poverty and disability form a vicious cycle. People with disabilities are more likely to end up poor. Poverty increases a person's vulnerability to disabilities and disabilities increase a person's vulnerability to poverty. This vicious cycle must be broken.

17 Things You Can Say To A Parent Of A Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

It's not hard to change your choice of wording; it just takes a moment to stop and think.