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Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

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Autism and Public Performances: How Do We Do This?

C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC

Typical public concert venues are inaccessible to those who are unable to sit still and be quiet. Experiencing live music in the fine arts is totally elusive to the growing number of people in our society on the autism spectrum. This is not okay.

Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Subway Dreams: Disability, Inclusion and Identity in New York

Paras Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | New York
Paras Shah

I hope to work with governments, and partner with other organizations and advocates for people with disabilities to remove barriers and promote equity.

Observations From Below: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Bryan Dooley | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Support people with disabilities and actively protest movies, TV shows, etc. that use disability, but don't use actors with disabilities. Insist on roles, which depict the complexity of life, even in the case of people with disabilities. Encourage people with disabilities who are considering acting. Choose images, which depict demographic and other diversity.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

Tips to Help Your Child With a Disability Succeed in Religious School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

While doing your research and if your religious school is open to ideas, get together with other families and individuals with special needs and write a wish list of everything they need to make their experiences better. Prioritize the list and go from there.

States Work To Help People With Disabilities Find Work

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...

Barriers to Access in Aviation Show Steep Decline

Eric Lipp | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Eric Lipp

The Open Doors Organization (ODO) is happy to report that as more American adults with disabilities than ever take to the skies, far fewer encounter major obstacles at airports and with airlines.

Labor Day: A Holiday Reminder of Unemployment

Jim Dickson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Jim Dickson

While we made immense progress from the days where discriminations against Americans with disabilities was legal, not enough has been done to help these hardworking men and women take care of their families.

People With Disabilities Left Behind During Katrina Tell Their Stories

Jordan Melograna | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Jordan Melograna

What you probably won't hear about very much in the coverage looking back at Katrina is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature.

Victory for Home-Care Workers

Rudy López | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Rudy López

All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities

Kristin Duquette | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

It's easy to assume that because of the ADA, discrimination never occurs and full equality prevails for every person with a disability living in the United States. This wishful thinking is comparable to thinking that racism no longer exists because we have an African American president.

Observations From Below: A Story Worth Retelling

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

It terrifies me. It saddens me. It angers me. Me, as a person. Me, as an advocate. I am not and never will be an "it."

Why Dignity Is Our Destination

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Vega

Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.

North Carolina's Enrichment Center Offers People With Disabilities Gateway to Employment

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Bryan Dooley

This act does something important for American business, though -- and remember this: You've called for new sources of workers. Well, many of our fell...

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

Observations From Below: She Touched Me

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Get the idea? If you don't know them, you should keep your paws to yourself. A better approach is to start a conversation first. Both parties will learn from one another and perhaps, it might end with a hug, if you ask first and you still think we'll bring you good luck.

What It's Really Like To Raise A Child With Diabetes

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

When you are the parent of a diabetic, you're forced to cohabitate with a beast that threatens to devour your child at any moment.You can't kick it out. You can't kill it. You can only hope to appease it.

Observations From Below: An Introduction

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

With a name like Bryan Dooley, you can probably guess that I'm Irish. Bryan is a Celtic word meaning strength and nobility or high. I'm going to stick...

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.

These Are The 10 Best States For People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact

So, what does it take for a state to foster a comfortable and safe environment for people with disabilities? According to the United Cerebral Palsy&rs...

Here's How We Can Ensure People With Disabilities Have Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact

President Obama recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed by President Geo...

My Autistic Children Are Not a Burden

Michelle Sutton | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Michelle Sutton

I have two Autistic children. When I say that, most people assume the response I desire from them is something along the lines of "I'm so sorry, that must be really hard."