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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.

Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"The Bird Lady of Astoria," as everyone calls her, has been known to drive her chair all the way to Astoria Park, which is about 5 miles from her apartment. It's no big deal , she says, because the chair can go 15 miles without a recharge.

Supported Housing: Persons With Disabilities and the "New Institutions"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is clear to me that the state of these Assisted Living and Supported Housing programs must be changed. They must connect with the individual on how it feels to live like this, and what the emotional impacts in fact are.

Ailey Dancers and the Kids With Disabilities: "If A Finger Can Move, They're a Part of It"

Michael Levin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Three dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made their annual appearance at the Cotting School, New England's oldest and best-known school for young people with special needs.

Defending the Mother Who Abandoned Her Down Syndrome Baby

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Eliot Borenstein

The father has done a wonderful thing, and has made what most of us would think of as the only moral choice. But he's making a choice that his entire life has probably led him to make. The mother has done exactly the same thing.

Numerous Legal Issues Surround Medical Marijuana

Brad Reid | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Brad Reid

The U.S. legal system is slowly addressing the legal implications of nearly half of the states having enacted medical marijuana legislation. The wording of state legislation is not uniform and consequently generalizations are difficult.

An Open Call for Career Mentors With Disabilities: Show Yourselves!

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.05.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

The visibility and voices of these mentors, with and without disabilities, could mean that someday, nobody will be told that there is "nobody like that" to help them find their true potential and achieve their dreams.

A Healer Is Discovered: Galen Comes Home

Belinda Williams | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

The last two weeks have been very eventful. At long last, I have Galen, a smooth coated, sable Shiloh Shepherd puppy. A friend and I drove to Arizona to pick him up and bring him home to Colorado.

Please Don't Praise Your Kid For Playing With Mine

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.

When Will Disability Slurs Become Taboo?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Jay Ruderman

As the civil rights movement has taught us, words hurt and they reinforce old prejudices. The time has come for our public officials to serve as shining examples of acceptance and tolerance. The time to end all slurs, against all groups, is now.

Dominance and Disability: Control, The Cripple and Learning to Let Go

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Control has become such an important part of my sexual identity, it even factors into the type of sex that I'll have. This is my moment to feel whole as a man; it is a split second in time that is not regulated by bookings, bed times and schedules. I get to actually have someone there with me out of want -- not necessity.

Bipolar Disorder Isn't A Fad

Marisa Lancione | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

I often get asked why I speak so openly about my experiences with mental health and it's because of people like Tom Sullivan. Every day of my life, I battle against my disease.