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Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

Micaela Connery | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of "Wow, looking good!"

Just a "Simple" Day-Trip to the City When You Can't See

Matthew A. Weed PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | New York
Matthew A. Weed PhD

For someone who doesn't have significant challenges to manage, it's hard to truly understand the difference between our lives. Here's an example of what I, and many people who are either chronically ill or disabled, need to do to make a comparatively "easy" day trip to the city happen.

Observations From Below: Call Me Bryan

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

If I were to describe myself in person first language, I would say, "Byran, a young man with Cerebral Palsy" rather than, "Cerebral Palsy victim, Bryan." Another important brief example is to use the phrase "wheelchair user" instead of "wheelchair-bound." I am not bound to anything, nor do I suffer from.

WATCH: L.A. Filmmaker Honors Quadriplegic Friend With Inspirational Movie

HooplaHa | Posted 08.26.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

At the age of seven months, Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his parents were told he would be "no more than a dishrag, and dead by the age of two." Christopher lived to 30, and in that time he achieved more than most able-bodied people do in a lifetime.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities

Kristin Duquette | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

It's easy to assume that because of the ADA, discrimination never occurs and full equality prevails for every person with a disability living in the United States. This wishful thinking is comparable to thinking that racism no longer exists because we have an African American president.

Words Can Hurt; Words Can Heal

Becky Holland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

It is late at night that the words sneakily return and disable reasoned thinking. The ceiling becoming a notice board for my thoughts, all pushing for my attention. "Could I have done more?"

Empowerment Through Parenting for People With Disabilities

Christinne Rudd | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Christinne Rudd

While there's still plenty of room for things like sensitivity toward parents who are disabled, and more information needing to be disseminated to professionals that come into contact with parents who have a disability, I can say that I've seen some small strides being made. It's possible, with a few modifications, to be an active parent in your child's life, and not sit on the sidelines.

Diversity and Inclusion

Adrian Coysh | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Adrian Coysh

Recruiters often take the path of least resistance, or choose a low risk option rather than either stretching the boundaries, or taking a high risk gamble on someone who "looks wrong, but is right".

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

Study: Older Adults Decide It's Never Too Late to Switch Spiritual Homes

David Briggs | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Research in the emerging field of religion and aging suggests significant relations between an active religious life and positive health outcomes, from lower rates of depression to reduced death anxiety. The upshot for congregations: Do not take older worshippers for granted.

Lesson in Accessibility at Amusement Parks

Eric Lipp | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Eric Lipp

Have you ever noticed, while waiting in line for an attraction, peoples' public personas or how we perceive them because of their looks, are totally squashed as they sit onboard a roller coaster waiting to be scared to the point of pure exhilaration.

Fashion-able World Games at UCLA

Sissi Johnson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Sissi Johnson

Did you think the Olympics was the most spectacular event you could ever witness ? Then you obviously missed out on the heartwarming Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Heroes Among Us: Dr. Barry Prizant

Elaine Hall | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Elaine Hall

Heroes are among us in the disability community speaking out for those who cannot always speak for themselves. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., speech-language pathologist and author of the new book UNIQUELY HUMAN: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, is one of those heroes.

To The Stranger Who Invalidated My Illness

The Mighty | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
The Mighty

Julie McGovern had always been athletic, so when she began experiencing shortness of breath, nausea, migraines and other debilitating symptoms whenever she tried to exercise, she knew something was wrong.

Time for the White House to Upload the Internet Regs

Mark Riccobono | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Mark Riccobono

All blind people know the frustration that we routinely experience in encountering inaccessible electronic and information technology, especially websites, apps, and other internet-based services. At best, these barriers are merely annoying -- at worst they can lead to unemployment.

What It's Really Like To Raise A Child With Diabetes

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

When you are the parent of a diabetic, you're forced to cohabitate with a beast that threatens to devour your child at any moment.You can't kick it out. You can't kill it. You can only hope to appease it.

Disabled Workers: We Need to Fight for Ourselves Too

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

While discussion for women's workplace rights is rampant, disability employment is still extremely and unjustifiably taboo. This needs to change. An inclusive workforce is better for everybody. Employer and employee alike, we all need to strive for it.

More Americans Have A Disability Than You'd Think

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Laura Geggel Published: 07/31/2015 10:33 AM EDT on LiveScience About one in every five Americans reports having a disability, according to result...

Access:Ability - How Technology Has Helped Us All

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Scott De Buitléir

I remember my first attempt at being a DJ. It wasn't a paid gig, and the venue was never too busy, but it was the first proper opportunity for me to think of other people's situations.

Here's How We Can Ensure People With Disabilities Have Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact

President Obama recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed by President Geo...

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

The ADA at 25: A Commitment to Our Neighbors

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

Our world changed for the better because of the ADA. As we look to the next 25 years of its implementation, it is time to take the next step and ensure that all Americans with disabilities have access to good jobs, accessible housing and reliable transportation.

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 ...