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Disability Rights

The Forgotten Color in the Rainbow

Meriah Nichols | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

I care about marriage equality. I care about it in part as an ally to my friends who are gay and deserve to be just as legally married as I am... and I care, to be honest, because I'm old fashioned. I care because I believe in marriage.

Torture Comes in Many Forms

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

How could these children -- and adults I also saw there -- be put in shackles, deprived of food and water, and essentially treated worse than animals? And why was there no government oversight of these camps? We visited eight prayer camps and saw similar scenes of people being "treated" for a mental disability detained in Ghana's many unregulated prayer camps.

Love Wins! What's Next for Marriage Equality?

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Amidst the vast news coverage and social media explosion in celebrations and jubilee of the history-making decision granting marriage equality for sam...

Orgy For People With Disabilities Is Really About Empowerment

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News

A Toronto sex party scheduled for August has been called the first accessible orgy for people with disabilities. But one of the organizers took to ...

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.

David DeSanctis, an Actor Shattering Stereotypes

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Kari Wagner-Peck

Where Hope Grows--which opens today--is a buddy film with the two male protagonists played by DeSanctis and Kris Polaha journeying through a series of comedic, dramatic and heartfelt interactions that unite this unlikely pair and reveal the nature of friendship.

A Plea to the Women CEOs and Career Experts Who Promote 'Networking for All:' Lend the Disability Rights Movement Your Ear... and Your Advice

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Give the people on the bottom who want to follow in your footsteps the benefit of your advice and experience, listen to the challenges we are trying to describe to you, and help us learn how to extend resources, mentoring, and support to under-resourced populations.

Creating a Better Baltimore

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

My heart is bleeding for the people of Baltimore and other communities who are struggling with challenges. We have been paying attention to police violence in Maryland for some time. While we focus on disability issues, we are all a part of our community overall.

Age and Disability: Know Your Rights

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

Where does that leave the battle-worn boomers that are still tasked with bringing home the bacon? Have the first forty, fifty, sixty years of life left you with scars that might qualify as disabilities, and if so, will it help or hurt your chances for gainful employment? Will claiming a disability make it easier to keep the job you already have?

Putting Health Back In Health Clubs

Mike Alpert | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Mike Alpert

I fondly recall his many hugs and kisses, his mother on the pool deck with tears streaming down her cheeks at the sight of her son's joy. My life and perspective were forever altered.

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 05.10.2015 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

We have to fundamentally change our view. The next time you run across someone having a mental health crisis on the street, think to yourself: if this person were having a heart attack, would you want them arrested?

My Deaf and Blind Daughter Beat the Odds Because I Expected Her To

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

All of this is why moments of academic achievement in the life of a child categorized as deaf-blind by school districts, a child a kindergarten teacher once called "unteachable" to my face, is worthy of a party.

Show Some Respect for Little Recognized Workforce With Great Responsibilities

YAI | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Blindness and Blogging

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Their intentions were good. The trouble is that lots of well meaning actions by non-disabled people are simultaneously demeaning.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

Man Races The Subway In His Wheelchair To Make One Really Powerful Point

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact

When a London man "raced the Tube" and posted a video of it in August, his footage garnered nearly 5 million views. But now, a man named Anthony is ta...

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

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.

Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Harshada Rajani

I'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.

Every Parent is an Advocate

YAI | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
YAI

I am the mother of two adult children. My son, Daniel, had severe asthma as a child. My daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with a complex seizure disorder, intellectual disabilities and social anxiety issues.

Revealing Portraits Unveil The Sexual Lives Of People With Disabilities (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts

Note: The following post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments. We live in a world where standards of beauty are brutally c...

Defending My Son's Life to Richard Dawkins

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

I'm not telling any parent what they can or can't, should or shouldn't do. I'm telling Richard Dawkins he's wrong to make that blanket statement as well. Sadly, more wrong than I believe he has the capacity to know. But I wouldn't deny him life because of it.

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.

A Dream We Are ABLE to Enact at Last

William Daroff | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
William Daroff

The ABLE Act is a necessary measure to ensure equality and independence for all Americans. It signifies that our country values the rights of all individuals and recognizes the potential within each and every one of us. The time is right, and the time is now, to make this dream a reality at last.

The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide

Ana Acton | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Ana Acton

We all must take a skeptical look and acknowledge the role that money and power play in end-of- life decisions, and how assisted suicide is being used by some health care companies and decision-makers to increase their bottom line by denying treatment.