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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."

Bob Dole Scolds Republicans On The 25th Anniversary of The ADA

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates for people with disabilities, along with lawmakers who originally passed the Americans With Disabilities Act a quarter-centur...

A Law with Teeth: The Reason I Won't Live Outside the U.S.

Meriah Nichols | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Meriah Nichols

I've lived all over the place, and traveled past that. And while I deeply love the countries that raised me (namely, Fiji and Japan), I don't think I will ever live outside the United States again for any great length of time. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is why.

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Torrie Dunlap

The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.

Power of Mentoring for Social Change

Eli Wolff | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Eli Wolff

Mentors do more than help new employees learn the basics of the workplace. They also help others develop values and new perspectives on the world.

At ADA's 25th Anniversary, a Time to Celebrate and Expand Access to the American Dream

Carol Glazer | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Carol Glazer

This week many are celebrating the unprecedented improvements that the Americans with Disabilities Act has brought to the quality of life for millions of people with disabilities in the 25 years since it was signed into law on July 26, 1990. But the work of guaranteeing access to the American dream is far from over.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

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.

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.