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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."

The Intricate Web of Care

Angelle Albright | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelle Albright

Who could have ever predicted that the power of the world wide web would turn out to be a delicate roadway that can connect a villager in the Swedish ...

The Great New Zealand Experiment

Adrian Coysh | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Adrian Coysh

Recently I stumbled upon a post by Sarah Blahovec, which was a cry for help from a disability activist from the USA. It drew me to look at the new Accessibility section of the venerable Huffington Post, and it occurred to me that I should share a little of the work we are doing in New Zealand, and my personal journey.

FEMA Wants People With Disabilities to Lead the Way on Emergency Preparedness

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

For people with disabilities, being prepared is often one of the most fundamental skills necessary for coping with complicated medical problems or special needs.

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.

Houses Of Worship Explore Creative Designs To Serve People With Disabilities

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion

Sanctuary of Bet Shalom synagogue, in Minnetonka, Minnesota, designed by Bentz/Thompson/Rietow with a building committee that included those with dis...

Surviving the Summer

Beth Whitley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Today is day 3, and we're doing alright. Yesterday we had 14 children round to play all morning, and another 3 in the afternoon - filling our home with those truly amusing humans Hannah loves and creating a chaotic normality indeed!

Silicon Valley Vows To Improve Tech For People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

At 19 percent of the U.S. population, people with disabilities represent the largest minority group in the country, but basic technologies are o...

Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance

Micaela Connery | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

You can't live in Connecticut and work on anything related to disability services and not know about Southbury Training School.

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.

Hooray for ADA! 25 Years of Disability Rights

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Young people today might not remember that there was a time when disabled children were quietly forgotten in schools, and disabled adults only dreamed of basic access to jobs, medical care, and popular culture. One piece of landmark legislation changed all that.

Plain Old Sibling Rivalry

Rachel Adams | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Many children, especially young ones, lack the language and self-awareness to express their negative emotions in productive ways. Siblings become convenient targets for our feelings of jealousy and anger, and our dawning awareness of how unfair life can be.

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.

WATCH: Mother-Daughter Duo Defies Disability By Running Marathons

HooplaHa | Posted 07.21.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Arianna Tanghe is like most 14-year-old girls. She loves music, movies and spending time with her family and friends. She's the youngest sibling of two athletes and longed to experience the rush of crossing the finish line just like her brother and sister before her. There is just one complication. Arianna has cerebral palsy.

The Hardest Decision I've Made As An Adult -- And What Happened Next

Liz Furl | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Liz Furl

I'm a girl who never says die. I've lived on my own since I was 19, paid every one of my bills since I took my first job at 15 -- and I had to give up my financial independence three months ago, when I filed for disability.

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.

Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Zoltan Istvan

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers.

Why I'm Grateful to Bush 41

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Today many people think that "disability issues" are the domain of Democrats. But that was not the case back in 1990 when ADA was passed, and should not be that way now. President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) cares deeply about disability issues.

Politicians Ignore Disability, And It's A Big Problem

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Sarah Blahovec

The political sphere ignores people with disabilities, and it's getting really old. It's time for a change, and for that change to happen, we need people with disabilities to speak up and show the world that we listen, we take action, and most importantly, we vote.

Teens with Visual Impairment Review New Yoga Mats

Lauren Coles | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Coles

You won't believe what these teens have to say about a new batch of trendy yoga mats, donated by a rising yoga goods company. Teens are known to be p...

Never Been Missed: Looking for my First Second Date as a Person with a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

In life, we experience a number of very specific and character building 'firsts': first word, first day of school, first failure, first job, first date, etc. Each of these 'firsts' are seen as a right of passage that each of us go through.

My Boy, My Eyes

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Without further delay, let me introduce the partner with whom I am currently exploring a whole new world. Nacho is a soft, squishy, thoughtful yellow lab.

A Summer of Change

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 07.09.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

America has come a long way in pursuit of full equality, but it still has a long way to go and in all of these matters, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we need to better our inclusion.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's New Social Security Drama

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took center stage of a new Social Security drama on Thursday, with the House Ways and Means Committee he chairs ...