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HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: An Ingenious Invention Is Getting Disabled People Back On Their Feet

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.30.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

Special Olympics Redefined My Concept of Sports, and Shattered a Few Assumptions Too

Colleen Haggerty | Posted 07.28.2015 | Sports
Colleen Haggerty

As an athlete my entire life, a true tomboy growing up, I thought I understood the draw of sports. But it wasn't until I spent a few days with Special Olympics athletes that I realized just how powerful -- and empowering -- sports can truly be.

How To Unlock Egyptian Abilities

Doaa Gadallah | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Doaa Gadallah

People with disabilities in Egypt are severely marginalized. With limited education opportunities and a lack of accessibility in cities as well as rural areas, they usually spend their entire lives trapped inside their homes.

Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance

Micaela Connery | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

You can't live in Connecticut and work on anything related to disability services and not know about Southbury Training School.

Why I'm Grateful to Bush 41

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Today many people think that "disability issues" are the domain of Democrats. But that was not the case back in 1990 when ADA was passed, and should not be that way now. President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) cares deeply about disability issues.

15 Things No One Tells You About Chronic Pain As A 20-Something

Erica Siegel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Erica Siegel

Chronic pain has forced me to see the world in a different way. It has forced me to embrace all of my vulnerabilities and genuinely be a better person. Ironically, because of my chronic pain, I am now finally able to do exactly what I always dreamed of.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Teens with Visual Impairment Review New Yoga Mats

Lauren Coles | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Coles

You won't believe what these teens have to say about a new batch of trendy yoga mats, donated by a rising yoga goods company. Teens are known to be p...

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

You needn't worry about my daughter--she learned from this experience not to accept crumbs from those who think that people with disabilities don't deserve the best the world has to offer. So thank you for galvanizing me into helping to change the world for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Remembering a Hero of the Special Olympics

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

We can never replace Jay Emmett. His devotion to the Special Olympics movement was as big as anyone's in our history.

Joy Resmovits

More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate bl...

That Time I Organized a Sex Positive Party for People With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

For once, I won't have to dim the light of my disability, to be seen as desirable. I can let you bask in its glow, and show you what you never knew you'd be missing.

For Individuals With Disabilities, There's No Place(ment) Like Home

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

It's the physical space where we greet each day. It's the people who we clock the most hours alongside. It's where we welcome guests, cozy up when we're sick, and retreat at the end of a long week.

Arts Education for Everyone

Tammara Fort | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Tammara Fort

Image used with permission of CAA The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is a revolutionary idea. A not-for-profit organization of higher learning that...

Ten Things We Want to Tell You About Disability

Kirsten Brown | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Kirsten Brown

It's a strange thing, I think, that the voice of people living with disabilities is so rarely heard loudly and clearly, and without judgement. It is even more rare, that so many people who do not consider themselves to have a disability, are so unaware of the thoughts and feelings that come with living with one.

How Much Should We Value a Person With Disabilities? A Tribute to Jean Dewar

Debra Ruh | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Society still has a lot of work to do to assure full access and true disability inclusion. Let's always remember Jean Dewar's life and strive to make the world a more inclusive and accessible world for us all.

Watch The Beautiful Moment People With Disabilities Finally Get To Touch The Ocean

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact

Fredrika Menezes loves the beach. But she has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, which makes reaching the waves a challenging task. "It's diffi...

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

David Lohr

Watch The Sweet Moment An Entire Flight Sings Happy Birthday To Girl With Disability

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News

A heartwarming video of an impromptu birthday party for a girl with a disability aboard a Southwest Airlines flight is going viral on social media. ...

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

Inclusive Playground Makes Playtime Magical For Kids Of All Abilities

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.27.2015 | Good News

Playtime is one of the best parts about being a kid. The Magical Bridge Playground has everything a kid could want from a playscape. There are gia...

Am I Really Blind? Adapting to Adaptive Technology

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Belo Cipriani

It isn't just movies contributing to a false perception of disability, but also the lack of disabled faces in popular culture at large. Maybe someday there will be a hip show with a funny, romantic or even slutty disabled protagonist. But, until then, I'll just keep flashing my tech toys around.

I Am More Than My Disability

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

When I attend social functions, people focus on my disability. No matter how hard I try to discuss the news or the hottest restaurant, people always revert back to my lack of sight. And at gay parties, people tend to ask more intimate questions.