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Meet Scarman

Rob Ashe | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

Ward "Scarman" Foley was born with Arthrogryposis and has spent the last 30 years giving speeches across the nation and abroad. He is also a published author and hospice volunteer. He spoke at that conference and engaged new parents, old parents, and teens and adults who had never met another person with the same condition.

Disability Housing: A Diverse Population Needing Diverse Options

Micaela Connery | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Looking Upwards is one of the largest disability service providers in the state of Rhode Island. They provide services and supports to over seven hundred individuals with disabilities with a variety of abilities, diagnoses, and needs.

Reflections On the Coney Island Freak Show

Nancy Maguire | Posted 10.09.2015 | New York
Nancy Maguire

"Why are you doing this?" I asked myself as I handed over $10 to enter the infamous Coney Island Side Show. After all, as a person of short stature, I could easily have been exhibited there not so long ago. Yet something about the concept intrigued me.

What Johnny Cash Taught Me About People We Are Leaving Behind

Weh Yeoh | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

Ultimately, there is a mismatch between the global agenda and what's needed on the ground. As Johnny Cash intimated, we're often not doing what people really want us to do, or what they really need.

Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders

Lee Lee | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

As a parent who has dealt with the uncertainty of undiagnosed delays, my heart goes out to all parents who do not know the source of their children's sensory issues, including Ms. Hanscom. Self-blame can be the easier way to cope when the alternative is to embrace the unknowable.

Don't Steal My Perspective by Assuming You Know My Truth: A Yoga of Disability

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Now, I'm no longer clumsy. Though yoga and mindfulness I've trained my brain and body to compensate for what it lacks. Begun to integrate systems so they work together.

Working From a Wheelchair

Felicia Souza | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Felicia Souza

"Oh... no, I actually didn't read that." These were the staggered words of a company recruiter during a phone interview with me a week ago. They called after a brief e-mail exchange about my résumé posted on Craigslist.

Airports Across the Globe Begin to Discuss Accessibility

Eric Lipp | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Eric Lipp

My recent, short lived experience in Panama gave me long life lessons on global access in airports. I was invited by Airports Council International (...

Autism and Public Performances: How Do We Do This?

C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC

Typical public concert venues are inaccessible to those who are unable to sit still and be quiet. Experiencing live music in the fine arts is totally elusive to the growing number of people in our society on the autism spectrum. This is not okay.

The Biggest Disability No One Talks About & How We Can Address It with Mindfulness - An Open Letter to Google

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness training, spread digitally, is a very cost-effective option to help people on a massive scale. It's sustainable. It offers a low cost of entry to populations most in-need. It can help all of us with disabilities -- recognized or not -- to find well-being every single day.

Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Should the Cap on Social Security Payroll Taxes Be Lifted?

MoneyTips | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business

Ultimately, whether you think the cap should be raised or abandoned depends on how you feel about progressive or regressive taxation -- and most likely, how much money you make.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

The Global Goals Are An Historic Milestone For The Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Vladimir Cuk | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Vladimir Cuk

As the Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance, the world's largest network of global and regional organizations of persons with disabilities and their families, I have deep hope that the Global Goals have opened doors for us to participate, to make a difference and to be recognized as active contributing members of our global society.

Petition Changing Handicapped Parking Sign Close to Goal

Jeff Woodward | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

More than 45 years after it was first created, the international symbol for access has gotten a needed update. The new symbol suggests independence and engagement and focuses on the person, not the wheelchair.

Program Assists 42,000 Homeless and Counting

Jeff Woodward | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

Every person that has ever been homeless has a story to tell. A story of survival, a story of hitting rock bottom, a story of doing whatever it takes to survive just another day. Most face unimaginable suffering, loss, and depression as they fall from the precipice into the abyss of darkness that is homelessness.

The Boy With Golden Hands: An Open Letter to Zion Harvey

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I have cerebral palsy, a condition that has left me in a wheelchair since birth. I'm blessed to have both of my legs, but I'm unable to walk or use them properly, if at all. My hands have coincidentally compensated for that, as I'm now a full-time writer at the age of 30.

Journalism Can Still Change The World

Robert Kingett | Posted 09.23.2015 | Media
Robert Kingett

Nobody told me in a dream that I was going to win a victory against a huge corporation. Nobody told me that collective action would improve so many lives to come. I was the ordinary gay boy except for my writing gift.

Disabled Women Dare to Be Bold and Beautiful

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 09.22.2015 | DC
Ola Ojewumi

For centuries, women have been pressured to meet changing standards of beauty. There are billion-dollar industries built on how women can look more beautiful through make up, dieting, hair products and anti-aging treatments. From birth, we as women receive an onslaught of messaging that beauty is not within but what's on the outside.

Disability Insurance Has Many Safeguards Against Fraud and Abuse

Kathy Ruffing | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ruffing

Though the Social Security Administration (SSA) works hard to fight fraud and reduce improper payments, it could do more -- especially if it had the resources and powers to do so. Several bills in Congress would give SSA more legal tools.

Tips to Help Your Child With a Disability Succeed in Religious School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

While doing your research and if your religious school is open to ideas, get together with other families and individuals with special needs and write a wish list of everything they need to make their experiences better. Prioritize the list and go from there.

Dear Able Friends, I Am Not Your Inspiration Porn

Karrie Higgins | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

This post originally appeared on A True Testimony. I woke up this morning after a fitful and sweaty non-sleep to a Facebook feed of inspiration porn....

When Your Occupation Becomes 'Professional Patient'

Chanel White | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

So, while I may not be able to work a traditional nine to five, I absolutely have an occupation; one that requires much time, effort, precision, and responsibility. When I now sit down in those uncomfortable waiting room chairs to fill out the dreaded new patient paper work I no longer have a lump in my throat. When I reach the occupation blank I can write with satisfaction that I am a "Professional Patient."

ESEA, Disability and the Lessons of the Past

Curtis L. Decker, JD | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Curtis L. Decker, JD

Forty years later, it is clear that the original intent of the ESEA has still not been met for too many children, especially children with disabilities.

States Work To Help People With Disabilities Find Work

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...