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Man With Disability Gets Racist Note For Using Handicapped Spot

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime

A legally blind man in Maryland who was a passenger in a car that had been legally parked in a spot reserved for the disabled says he found a racist n...

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.

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
Mardra Sikora

During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.

Modernize Disability Benefits So People With Disabilities Can Work

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As companies like Walgreens, AMC, EY and others have found, employees who have disabilities are extremely productive, highly loyal and less likely to quit. If we find the right jobs for the right people, it will boost companies' bottom line.

The Real Social Problem Behind Telling Kanye West to Shut Up for Telling Wheelchair Users to Stand Up

Emily Ladau | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

Emphasis on the value of standing has continually proven problematic for me. Consider, for instance, a typical day at an American school. Slouching, slumping and staying seated in school were interpreted as disinterest or disrespect -- much the same logic that likely fueled West's insistence that every single person in the venue get on their feet.

Seeing Beyond Disability

YAI | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact

When I asked a friend what she considered "being disabled" meant, she said she considered it being human. Her answer started to shift my view of having a disability to one of having a shared experience in relating to disability, especially in seeing the hidden disabilities in others around us.

Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability; it could be physical or it could be psychiatric and requires you to take medication. Imagine that based on that diagnosis, a judge decides you are unfit for custody of your child.

Are Disabled Americans Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Right-wing wars of disinformation and demonization can be a wonder to behold, but the attacks on disabled recipients of Social Security benefits have been especially mean-spirited.

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

What You Should Know Before Requesting a Third Party to be Named Guardian of Your Adult Child

Chana Frid | Posted 06.10.2014 | Fifty
Chana Frid

Often, parents will request to be appointed their child's guardian. Sometimes, though, due to extenuating circumstances, parents may request that a different individual or organization be appointed instead.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

A Matter of Worth

Janet Froetscher | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

One of the most dramatic findings of this research is that only 44 percent of adults with intellectual disability aged 21-64 are in the labor force. This compares to 83 percent of working-age adults without disabilities who are in the labor force.

Envision Your World

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I never thought I could feel so empowered and inspired on a 16-hour flight to the United States. From the time I entered the car on my way to O.R. Tambo International Airport, I began typing my thoughts and ideas about social change on my iPhone while taking occasional breaks to look up at the beautiful South African sunset.

I Have a Disease: I Am Not My Disease

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Norma Cook Everist

People, encountering someone with a disability and therefore aware of their own vulnerability, may become dismissive or fearful. Fears for themselves, fears for me and about me. Who knows? Is ME/CFS genetic, environmental, viral, or what?

Report Offers New Details On Death Of Man At Maryland Theater

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 07.16.2013 | Crime

FREDERICK, Md. -- Police tried to forcibly remove a man with Down syndrome from a Maryland theater with tragic results, despite warnings from his care...

Hollister Clothing Unfriendly To Disabled: Judge

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 07.22.2013 | Denver

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver is contemplating an injunction against Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and J.M. Hollister LLC after ruling earlier th...

Abercrombie Brand Hollister Violating Disabilities Act: Denver Judge

The Colorado Independent | Susan Greene | Posted 05.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene. A Denver-based federal judge has ruled that the entrances to hundreds of Hollister stores nationwide ...

We Must Do Better to Make Our Cities More Accessible

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 05.14.2013 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

The fifth annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival runs in a record number of venues in every borough and in Long Island and Westchester. But running such a festival in New York does not always make accessibility easy.