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3 Life Lessons Adaptive Students Teach Their Ski Instructors

Liftopia | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

Every day is different if you are an adaptive ski instructor. Names, faces, equipment and disabilities constantly vary and instructors need to be on their toes in order to keep up. But there's one thing that always remains the same: the learning curve.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

Invisible: Disability at Yale

Michelle Hackman | Posted 03.20.2015 | College
Michelle Hackman

Here was where the concept of invisibility first occurred to me: sheltered by my four walls, as long as I sobbed quietly enough and wiped away the tears carefully enough, maybe no one would notice. I spent many nights of my freshman year huddled up with that pillow.

A More Accessible Union -- 25 Years to the ADA

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 03.19.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

We should be a society that builds ramps whether it is requested or not. It is not that disability programs should be accessible, it is that everything should be accessible, and the disability community should be accessing like anyone else.

Has the Disability Rights Movement Stagnated?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Why don't disability issues generate mainstream attention? There could be a number of factors that contribute to its lack of momentum. First, there may be a greater perception that people with disabilities are less productive and able.

Opening the Door to the Deliciously Disabled: The Importance of Having Accessibility in Sexual Spaces

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

The deeper issue for me lies in the fact, that by not having access to these spaces, I am denied the opportunity to safely show off my sexuality. I am denied the chance to be anonymous. I am denied the possibility of the prowl, the chase and rolling up in my chair to go in for the kill.

How My Progressive Disease Taught Me That It's Okay To Be Human

Kristin Duquette | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Duquette

Facts are facts, there's no doubt about that, but the human spirit is truly immeasurable. No matter how immobile a person may be, the human spirit can light up a room. The human spirit is more powerful than the adversity we face. My spirit is bigger than a scientific diagnosis and weak muscles.

Jean Vanier, Untiring Advocate For People With Disabilities, Wins Templeton Prize

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

It started with an act of kindness. In 1964, Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities to share a house with him in Trosly-Breuil...

Is Disability In?

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

I look forward to the day when art imitates life and people with disabilities are not portrayed in film only as victims or the heroes, but also as the woman behind the counter, or the best friend, or the love interest. This is the true reality in our world. People with disabilities can be anyone.

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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?

Cripping the Curriculum: Looking at Disability in Ontario's New Sexual Health Education Curriculum

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Almost immediately, it highlights the risks of sex for Persons with Disabilities, and how they may not have the social or emotional faculties to understand, appreciate or enjoy the sexual experience.

Why I'm Thankful for My Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Cathy Chester | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Cathy Chester

March is MS Awareness Month, a time to remember over 2.3 million people worldwide living with an unpredictable and incurable disease. Strength, love, hope and courage -- those are the words to be mindful of this month.

Nonprofit Bike Giveaway Will Help Hundreds of Kids With Special Needs

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Cycling is a great way for anyone to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. For many people with disabilities, an adaptive bike can offer a sense of freedom that they have never experienced before.

Show Some Respect for Little Recognized Workforce With Great Responsibilities

YAI | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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.

Dear Hiring Manager: All The Disability-Related Skills I Can't Put On My Resume

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.24.2015 | Good News
Sarah Blahovec

Dear Hiring Manager, I am not my disability, but my disability is a part of me. It causes complications in my life, but the ways in which I have overcome those obstacles should carry more weight than the obstacles themselves.

Owning the Big "O": Persons With Disabilities and Sex Work, a "Deliciously Different" Kind of "Session"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

By only focusing on the above mentioned models of sex and disability, and glorifying the sex worker as a saint of sorts for providing such an invaluable experience, we are again placing people with disabilities at a disadvantage.

Your IEP Team Doesn't Hate Your Kid

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Beth J. Caldwell

I can't even begin to count all the parents I spoke to over the years who were convinced that the special education staff at their school hated their child. The parents would ask for something that they believed their child desperately needed, but the staff would refuse to do it, or fail to do it.

I'm Disabled, 20-Something And Believe In Love

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Duquette

I never knew how much I was truly cared about or that I actually influence people's lives. Society has a tendency to see me as a broken individual, but with love, I've learned to shatter those lenses and begin to see myself as a source of love.

4 Unfair Perceptions of People With Disabilities or Illnesses

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Some perceptions of disability and illness are too messed up and extreme for my liking. Persons living with these conditions are seen as really good or really bad, but there never seems to be a middle ground. This means that disability/illness status is used to judge our characters. Without further ado, here's the "good" and the "bad" of disability/illness perceptions.

Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

One of America's crown jewels in enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), which for generations enabled people with disabilities, immigrants and others at-risk, is closing its doors.

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Nonprofit To Use 3-D Printing To Make Prosthetics Cheaper And More Accessible For Ugandan Amputees

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.17.2015 | Good News

An organization is using technology to make resources more accessible to amputees in developing countries. Christian Blind Mission, an NGO in Cana...

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

Keep Medicaid 'Medicaid'

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

Fifty years since its enactment, Medicaid has proven over and over again to be successful in achieving what it is designed to do: provide needed health care coverage to the most vulnerable individuals.