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New Hampshire's Voters with Disabilities Head to the Polls

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jobs, mental health and addiction are key issues in New Hampshire for people with and without disabilities. They are just some of the 16 issues candidates addressed in specifics in RespectAbility's 2016 New Hampshire Candidate #PwDsVote Questionnaire.

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

Kids In Wheelchairs Finally Have A Lego Figure That Looks Like Them

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Good News

Disability activists are celebrating the announcement that Lego will release a new toy set featuring a young man in a wheelchair. Lego news blog Promo...

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

Poverty Awareness Month: Living With a Disability, Struggling to Get By and Making It in the 'Mainstream'

Michael Morris | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. Today, there are 46.7 million Americans living in poverty.

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: The Social Values of Shakespeare

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Paul_Smith

Ours is currently a world that is necessarily fixated on inclusion and exclusion - who we want in our communities and who we don't, who is 'one of us' and who is 'The Other' or, as Lear on his way to prison, that symbolic place of exclusion, says, "who's in, who's out."

When Your Dog Is Free, I Am Not

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.16.2016 | Impact
Loolwa Khazzoom

As someone who needs to stay away from dogs, for reasons that are invisible to the outside observer, I'd like to share some considerations for keeping your dog on a leash, not because it's the law, but because you care about the wellbeing of your fellow humans

Rolling Towards Equal Rights: The Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

Kim Dramer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Kim Dramer

Co-authored by Kim Dramer, Huffington Post blogger, and Alexandra Wang, President, Hunter College PossABILITIES Club. Photo Credit: Alexandra Wang ...

10 Tips for Including People With Disabilities in Your Party

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the holiday season upon us, it's easy to hold a party where all guests -- with and without disabilities -- feel welcomed, respected and have fun. All it takes is some planning.

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

6 Reasons to Stop Supporting Trump Now

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Words matter, and they can lift us up, or lead us down the rabbit hole to hell. Trump's comments about "the other" speak to how low we can go when we act from our most fearful and angry selves.

Observations From Below: Teach a Man to Fish

Bryan Dooley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

People with disabilities want to be seen as human beings with likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly, individual goals and dreams. They want to have choice.

Trump Mocking Physical Disabilities Is Nothing New

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.26.2015 | Media

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Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

A Queer Disability Anthology: Disability and LGBTQ Intersectionality

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Karrie Higgins

Sometimes a book drops in your lap like a miracle you didn't even know you needed. That's what happened with QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology edited by Raymond Luczak and published by Squares & Rebels Press.

This App Helps People With Visual Impairments Watch Movies

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology

A new app allows visually impaired people to watch movies without missing the key scenes, offering them full audio descriptions of what is happening ...

Observations From Below: Blurred Lines

Bryan Dooley | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Now you can see why I'm hesitant. I'm hoping to stay in the 20 percent, but I would also like to have a romantic relationship. How does one first develop a relationship, which is a big barrier in itself, and then make sure it is safe and healthy?

On Human Rights Advocacy: We Must Be Brave in Our Attempts to Effect Change

Paras Shah | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Paras Shah

A deep stigma toward disability coupled with a lack of resources and cultural beliefs around mental health conditions have contributed to the conditions for widespread abuse in West Africa.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month What's Good for Business and Society: Hiring People With Disabilities

Judith E. Heumann | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Judith E. Heumann

This October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), commemorated annually to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Applebee's Fails To Pay Employee With Autism For Nearly A Year

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business

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People with Disabilities Deserve a Minimum Wage

Curtis L. Decker, JD | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Curtis L. Decker, JD

There is a powerful movement in the United States to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That's the amount necessary for a family of four to live just above the national poverty line. But there are hundreds of thousands of workers in this country who have been left out of this figh

Reflections On the Coney Island Freak Show

Nancy Maguire | Posted 10.09.2015 | New York
Nancy Maguire

"Why are you doing this?" I asked myself as I handed over $10 to enter the infamous Coney Island Side Show. After all, as a person of short stature, I could easily have been exhibited there not so long ago. Yet something about the concept intrigued me.

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.