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Disability Rights

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...

Race, Wealth And Disability In America

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

These disparities demand urgent attention. They rob individuals and families of dignity and self-respect, deny their participation in the workforce and economic mainstream and diminish their quality of life.

Restricted by Chains and by the Law

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 07.08.2016 | Impact
Shantha Rau Barriga

Music, loud and obtrusive, blares out across the Galuh Rehabilitation Center in Bekasi, Indonesia, on the outskirts of Jakarta. From inside their isol...

People With Disabilities Explain Why Their Voices Need To Be Heard This Election Season

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 06.28.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


'Suck it, Bipeds': Finding Dory's Disability Narratives

Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Media
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

Rarely, if ever, have I encountered a movie, animated or live action, so replete with positive representations of multiple disabilities, that simultaneously avoids stereotypical pity and triumph narratives and refuses to deny truths like bullying, isolation, despair, and grief.

Institutionalized and Isolated: How Serbia is Failing Children with Disabilities

Kim Samuel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

As a passionate advocate for improving the lives of people with disabilities, I'm always eager to learn how different countries approach the obligatio...

Fired Because of Illness

Erin Havel | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

You know the company you work for, and if you have been there long enough you have seen how it supports or does not support its employees in difficult times. There is so much you are dealing with when you are newly diagnosed, perhaps have your advocate take on some of the research responsibility. 

Graduates, Now is When Your Education Starts to Matter

Fred Haga | Posted 06.08.2016 | Education
Fred Haga

Imagine the possibilities if students thought of college graduation not as ending point, but a starting point -- the beginning of their own journey to change the world, person by person, community by community. This is the true power of a degree.

Why I Blocked All Advertisements for "Me Before You ""

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Hitselberger

This article was originally posted on Claiming Crip It seems like I can't be on Facebook or any other form of social media for more than five minutes...

Is This The Most Despicable Comedian in America Now?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Below is a post on the Facebook page of so-called comedian Gary Owen. As you may have read, Owen's Showtime special, I Agree With Myself, contains a s...

Why It's Worth Reconsidering Your Excitement for Me Before You

Echoing Green | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
Echoing Green

Brittany Déjean is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and the founder and executive director of AbleThrive. AbleThrive delivers solutions and resources to f...

Facial expressions are key to first impressions. What does that mean for people with facial paralysis?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.30.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

Facial expressions are important parts of how we communicate and how we develop impressions of the people around us.

Water Canons Used On Disabled Protestors in Bolivia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

Earlier this year we saw something that took us completely by surprise. There was a group of people in wheelchairs hanging themselves from a bridge in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

My Right to Live with Dignity

Violeta Ayala | Posted 05.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

On September 23rd of 1995 Lili died and was born as Feliza, her real name. She left behind an identity that wouldn't belong to her any longer and was forced to start a new life.

On Mad Advantage: A Letter to 'The Normals' (and to the Rest of Us)

Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

Deaf gain, rather than hearing loss, has long been theorized in capital-D-Deaf cultural spaces. Borrowing liberally from this "reframing," I wish to forward a perspective that I call "mad advantage."

No More Excuses: The Need for an Inclusive Humanitarian Response

Peter Bouckaert | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
Peter Bouckaert

War is difficult for everyone, but one of the often untold stories of many conflicts is the profound isolation, abandonment, and neglect faced by people with disabilities in conflicts around the world.


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

They were lined up in seats. One at a time they stood up, took a microphone, introduced themselves -- their name, their job--and then ended with "I am...

How Do You Design a Home for Someone With Autism?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Sherry Ahrentzen, University of Florida and Kim Steele, University of California, Los Angeles What if every time the bathroom fan buzzed, you became ...

#Ableism, Unnoticed Mass Incarceration & The Need for Community Living

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

What is your definition of mass incarceration? It is likely much broader than you think, affecting more segments of our communities. We traditionall...

Modesta Viktorious: The World's First "Bionic Pop Star" Keeps Scaling New Heights

Michael Levin | Posted 05.18.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

Never say "No, you can't" to Viktoria Modesta. The world's first self-described "bionic pop star" will prove you wrong before you can even finish the...

Mental Health Month 2016: Give Your Community the Gift of Olmstead v. L.C.

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

So what can you do to deliver the gift of Olmstead to your community? How about putting together a work group of disability rights lawyers and community advocates to plan an Olmstead educational campaign. Conduct Olmstead forums, agency in-services and/or an ADA social media campaign.

People Who Are Not Disabled Need To Check Out #AbleismExists Right Now

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.23.2016 | Impact

To put it simply, ableism is prejudice against people with disabilities. But Dominick Evans, a filmmaker and activist, thinks the problem is more comp...

Best and Worst States for People with Disabilities to Get Jobs

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Each year 300,000 young people with disabilities age into what should be the workforce. Sadly, despite the fact that most want to work, the majority d...

Inclusive Classrooms Benefit All Children

Paras Shah | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Paras Shah

Every child, regardless of disability, has the right to attend a quality, inclusive school on an equal basis with others. Until that right is realized, we continue to fail inside and outside the classroom.

These Policies About Down Syndrome and Abortions Roll Back Women's Rights

Lee Lee | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Lee Lee

To be clear, Ohio's HB 135 and Indiana's HB 1337 use sympathy and pity toward a minority group as a tool to garnish rights from a large swath of the general population: ALL women. However, these regulations victimize people who live with Down syndrome even more than people who don't.