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Film Workshop Teaches Movie Making to Adults With Developmental Disabilities

HooplaHa | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Inclusion Films is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities entry-level working experience in film production...

Show Some Respect for Little Recognized Workforce With Great Responsibilities

YAI | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
YAI

I'm a member of a largely invisible workforce in the health care industry. I don't wear a uniform or commute to an impressive office in an elaborate medical complex. I don't have tenure or advanced degrees or a professional suffix after my name.

Benched: Why We All Lose When Kids With Disabilities Are Shut Out of Sports

Lara Stolman | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Lara Stolman

It's hard enough for a typical child to keep up with the hyper-competitive scene that is youth sports today. But if your child has autism, he or she can barely get into the game from the get go.

Nonprofit To Use 3-D Printing To Make Prosthetics Cheaper And More Accessible For Ugandan Amputees

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.17.2015 | Good News

An organization is using technology to make resources more accessible to amputees in developing countries. Christian Blind Mission, an NGO in Cana...

The Hidden Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault

Al Jazeera America | Azmat Khan | Posted 02.12.2015 | College

Al Jazeera America’s six-month investigation into sexual violence at Gallaudet — which included interviews with a dozen current or former students...

Laughing at My Nightmare: Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

Shane Burcaw | Posted 02.09.2015 | Good News
Shane Burcaw

My girlfriend has been asked if she was my nurse. Once, a person blankly asked if she was "the one who takes care of him." We've gotten used to this bizarre, recurring question, and often find ways to poke fun at their ignorance.

Ailey Dancers and the Kids With Disabilities: "If A Finger Can Move, They're a Part of It"

Michael Levin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Three dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made their annual appearance at the Cotting School, New England's oldest and best-known school for young people with special needs.

Cracks in "Talent Pipeline" Pose Risks for Employers and College Students With Disabilities

Carol Glazer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Carol Glazer

America's colleges and universities would do well to examine what RIT and other leaders in career services are doing right, because many, if not most, are getting it wrong.

Something New Can Help Beat the Winter Blues

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The bottom line is that if you find yourself feeling depressed, you can't expect your condition to resolve itself -- you need to do something about it!

A Lesson in Vanishing Monsters

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

We all, naturally and overwhelmingly, develop prejudice, fears and reluctances of the unknown. And so, this same reluctance might make it so we miss people along the way. People who could have integrated into our lives in a very meaningful way.

Healing and Hope Through Canine Compassion

Belinda Williams | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

On the very day we as a country celebrate a man who fought for ethnic equality, I will be one step closer to reclaiming my own freedom. On Martin Luther King Jr. day, I will be bringing home a Shiloh Shepherd puppy.

#IMREADY Campaign: Changing the Face of Beauty

Meriah Nichols | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

The plan of the campaign is simple: to post a photo of the individual with a disability, to include the hashtag of a favorite major retailer along with the #IMREADY hashtag and to make a call for the retailer to participate.

A Milestone Year for People with Disabilities in Healthcare and the Workplace

Joe Entwisle | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

2014 was a year that proved this message true. All in all, we celebrated a big year towards making disability healthcare and employment a priority at the state and federal level. As a person with a disability, it's hard not to like the future and the hope that next year will bring.

An Undying Passion for Poverty Alleviation

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

In Nigeria, government support towards people with disabilities is very low. People with disabilities are human beings just like every one of us without disabilities, and they have fundamental human rights which must be protected and respected by all.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Tom Harkin and the Ladder of Opportunity

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

This week Senator Tom Harkin delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate after 40 years of public service and profound leadership on disability issues. His landmark work on the Americans with Disabilities Act dramatically increased opportunities for people with disabilities.

My Life at Frost Valley YMCA

YAI | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
YAI

Cody is one of the many people who have benefited from YAI's Mainstreaming at Camp Program, which offers inclusive, safe and caring summer camp opportunities to children with disabilities in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA.

What Happened to Romania's Irrecuperables?

John Feffer | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, the issue that catapulted Romania into the headlines in the West, after the rise and fall of Ceausescu, was the country's orphanages. Journalists and foreign health care workers were appalled to discover the condition of babies and children in the many state-run institutions in the country.

Stars Autograph Ornaments for #celebritiesforsmiles

Lisa Lori | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

As the mother of three children who were born with a rare medical condition called facial paralysis, as well as other physical challenges, I know first hand the importance of a smile in a child's life and the life of their family.

My Wheelchair Doesn't Define Me

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

It casts a shadow that's bigger than my body. It has left scars that run deeper than my flesh and bone. It haunts me -- but I know I wouldn't have the life that I have without it.

World Mourns Outspoken Woman With Disability Who Declared, 'I'm Not Your Inspiration'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact

Stella Young wasn’t here to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. She made that perfectly clear. And by flat-out rejecting "inspiration porn," the...

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This Is How The White House Wants To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Hopes To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

It's Finals: Take Care of Yourself

Kyle Kaplan | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Kyle Kaplan

I can use every semester to figure out how to do what those in a position of authority, who I look up to and I aspire to be like in my own intended profession, ask of me, even with a disability. I can prepare to become a person I am proud of.

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.