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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 11.23.2015 | 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 11.13.2015 | Gay 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.

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."