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Leave No Person With Disabilities Behind

Leave No One Behind | Posted 02.10.2017 | World
Leave No One Behind

I am one of many in Bangladesh and around the world who does not have equal access to a range of basic rights and resources. The social discrimination that surrounds disability excludes me from society and has left me isolated.

Why advances in treating those with brain injuries require advances in respecting their rights

The Conversation US | Posted 01.29.2017 | Science
The Conversation US

By Joseph J. Fins, Cornell University Several years ago a father approached me, concerned about the care his son was receiving. The son had been in a...

Four Oscar Nominations For Best Picture Go To Films With Disability Connections

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, four have themes or sub-plots related to disability.

My Disabled Daughter Is Not Guaranteed An Education Under Betsy DeVos

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Phoebe Holmes

The fate of my daughter's education is now up for debate it seems. Not so much what kind of education she should have, but if she's deserving of one. That the possible Secretary of Education wants to leave it up for discussion at some other time is not good enough.

Here's What People With Disabilities Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.12.2017 | Healthy Living

This is one powerful PSA. SoulPancake, a feel-good website dedicated to sharing inspirational stories, created a video that shines a light on what it ...

Meryl Streep Leads by Example on Dignity for People with Disabilities

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 01.11.2017 | HuffPost Home
Shantha Rau Barriga

It was one of Meryl Streep's most poignant monologues. But she wasn't acting. As she accepted her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on...

Inclusion Matters For All Students

Todd Grindal | Posted 12.13.2016 | Education
Todd Grindal

By Brian Freeman & Todd Grindal Like most 13-year-olds, Aiden Killoran just wants to go to school with his friends and siblings. Last fall, as he atte...

Why Won't Treasury Do Its Job on Behalf of Student-Loan Borrowers With Disabilities?

Nancy Altman | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

President Obama has correctly identified student debt as a serious national concern. While it would take legislation to address the issue comprehensively, the Obama administration has been taking administrative steps to deliver relief to borrowers.

Jeff Sessions Slammed A Law Protecting Schoolchildren With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, once complained about a law that helped mains...

We Must Hold The Media's Feet To The Fire Under Trump

Anthony C. Infanti | Posted 11.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony C. Infanti

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it has been filled with messages not only of despair and dismay at the election results but also with exp...

Blind Man Says Popeyes Refused Him Service Because Of Guide Dog

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 11.18.2016 | Crime

A man is filing a formal complaint against a Popeyes restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, for refusing to serve him because of his guide dog, Yolette. Wi...

Together Will We Win the Next Fight: The 2018 Mid-Term Elections

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Millions of us worked out hearts out for Hillary Clinton and she won the popular vote. We did it because we love her and believe in her. We did it bec...

This Girl And Her Service Dog Could Win Big For Children With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Wonder the goldendoodle is retired, but he still made an appearance at the Supreme Court on Monday to show support for Ehlena Fry, the ...

Girl, 6, Writes Touching Letter To Defend Brother With Autism

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents

Six-year-old Lex is already fighting the good fight for disability equality. After a classmate at her school in southern England called her 9-year-old...

National Focus On Disability Reminds Us Of The Urgency Of Our Work

Carol Glazer | Posted 10.04.2016 | Business
Carol Glazer

Over a remarkable ten-day stretch, the issue of employment for Americans with disabilities suddenly found itself in the front pages of national papers and a topic of discussion among our nation's most influential philanthropies and those who seek their funding.

Is Disability Finally Having its Moment?

Randy Rutta | Posted 09.26.2016 | Business
Randy Rutta

The pulse and pace of disability is being featured more prominently in the public discourse, and more than ever before. Could this be the moment people in the disability community have fought for?

His Mother Grieved Over His Disfigured Face. This Is His Tribute To Her.

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents

It was 1972, a different time. Pregnancy ultrasounds were uncommon and Mary Hoge had no idea of what was to come. Her fifth child, a baby boy named R...

Ford Foundation's remarkable mea culpa will provide greater opportunities for people with disabilities

Carol Glazer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Business
Carol Glazer

For 80 years, the Ford Foundation has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation and adva...

Prisons Should Stop Segregation

Curtis L. Decker, JD | Posted 09.07.2016 | Crime
Curtis L. Decker, JD

On any given day in America, 80,000 to 100,000 inmates are held in segregation in our nation's prisons. There, they remain isolated in small single person cells for 22 to 24 hours per day, often for years at a time. Notably, segregation disproportionately affects inmates with mental illness and experts assert that most inmates acquire or experience exacerbated symptoms of mental illness as a result of the conditions in segregation.

Tips for Parents of Children With Disabilities Who Want Them To Succeed in School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.

People with Disabilities Are Voters, Not Media Props, In This Election

Emily Ladau | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Emily Ladau

While disability has been gaining attention throughout the course of this election cycle, there is so much more that can be done to focus on key issue...

9-Year-Old Girl Visits White House, Captivates Convention Two Decades Later

Eric Mink | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

Anastasia Somoza was on television last week, delivering the best speech you probably didn't see at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Donald Trump Tries Out Most Absurd Defense Yet For Mocking Reporter With Disability

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump claims his supposed compliance with a federal law requiring his buildings to be accessible to wheelchair users proves that he’d never m...

LGBT PTSD, The ADA And Disability Rights -- Why It Matters

Karen Ocamb | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

There has been less attention -- especially in the LGBT community -- to protected non-visible disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, alcoholism, anxiety disorder, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome.

Bolivia's Disabled Demand Justice

Zakee Kuduro | Posted 07.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Zakee Kuduro

Bolivia's disability rights campaigners have been protesting and camping out in La Paz for over 4 months. Not far from Plaza Murillo, which is a Bol...