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Disability Rights

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 07.17.2015 | 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.

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.