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Is It Because of My Disability?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 01.30.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

The truth is, I see myself and other people with disabilities as being just as productive, useful, and creative as workers without disabilities. There may be specific obstacles in our career paths, but with adaptation, we have the potential to reach the top of our fields and contribute fully.

Cracks in "Talent Pipeline" Pose Risks for Employers and College Students With Disabilities

Carol Glazer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Carol Glazer

America's colleges and universities would do well to examine what RIT and other leaders in career services are doing right, because many, if not most, are getting it wrong.

Reminders That People With Disabilities Still Fighting for Respect, Equality

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

A couple of stories in the news lately have really stood out to me as a person with a disability, though they have garnered little if any national att...

Holland and Other Places

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

can adapt my expectations about my life so that the disappointment and shock of landing in Holland instead of Italy is turned into celebration. I can do that.

Dachshund Born Without Front Legs Gets Wheelchair

Rescue Idiot | Posted 01.29.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Bubbles the dachshund was born without her two front legs, so her owners took it upon themselves to give her the opportunity to walk and play like never before.

Woman Who Has Cerebral Palsy Is Writing An Entire Novel By Typing With Her Toes

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.29.2015 | Good News

Hu Huiyuan, who lives the AnHui Province in China, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a few months old and has little mobility, CNR report...

Reducing Disability Rolls: The Rand Paul Way and the Federal Reserve Board Way

Dean Baker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

If we had been able to hold the unemployment rate to its pre-recession level, we would have somewhere around 12-percent fewer people getting disability payments. In other words, we are likely to do more to reduce disability rolls by sustaining high levels of employment than by setting Rand Paul loose to get rid of all the shirkers.

Blindness and Blogging

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Their intentions were good. The trouble is that lots of well meaning actions by non-disabled people are simultaneously demeaning.

My Beautiful Reward and the 7 Lessons It Has Taught Me

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.

Protecting Social Security Disability Insurance

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

On the first day of the 114th Congress, the Republicans in the House of Representatives made an unprecedented change to their rules that puts Social Security recipients at risk of receiving unnecessary cuts to their benefits.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

Today's GOP: Too Much 'Rand' and Not Enough 'Paul'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The GOP and its allies on the far right have been engaged in a prolonged campaign of hysteria-mongering designed to convince the American people that Social Security's disability insurance program is riddled with fraud.

Chronic Illness Will Never Stop This Woman From Being Glamorous

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women

When artist Karolyn Gehrig is undergoing treatment for her chronic illness, she doesn't want to feel invisible. So she posts glamorous selfies of hers...

The Doctors Were Wrong

Lucy Meyer | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Lucy Meyer

I was born with cerebral palsy because I did not get oxygen for five minutes at birth. When I was just a few days old, the doctors told my parents that there was a very good chance that I would never sit up or swallow. The doctors were wrong.

A Social Security Disability Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 01.14.2015 | Money
Brad Reid

The Social Security Act provides financial benefits to qualified individuals who have suffered a physical or mental disability. "Disability" is define...

Chasing an Impossible Dream

Jim Abbott | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Jim Abbott

Like every kid, I had a dream growing up. Mine was to be a baseball player. To many around me, because of my right arm, it was an impossible dream.

Cleansed, Crisp and Crippled: The Challenges of Staying Dapperly Delicious While Disabled

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Let me break it down for you -- when you have a disability requiring sexy wheels, two truths become apparent.

My Daughter's Heaven

Rob Ashe | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

She loves the bright sun and the way it feels on her skin. She adores the feel of the breeze on her face. She takes joy in slowly moving her hands through the sand. She breathes in the ocean air the same way I breathe in the smell of freshly-made chococlate chip cookies.

Does a School Have to Provide a Real Skill for All That Student Loan Debt?

Steve Rhode | Posted 01.11.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

"Don't schools have the responsibility to provide at least ONE skill in 2-4 yrs of coursework?" The real answer is they don't. Schools sell education and butts in seats, not employment or even marketable skills.

Unspoken Bonds

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

There is a bond between brothers that I see each day within my house. And there is a bond between a boy with a disability and his brother that is different than any other I have known.

The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Regardless of the normative circumstances of death and destruction going on all around her in the 14th Century, Julian of Norwich believed in the power of God to partner with us in liberating the self through love.

Getting It Wrong on Disability Insurance

Kathy Ruffing | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ruffing

Though they might not even know it, more than 150 million workers have earned DI protection through their payroll tax contributions in case they suffer a severe, long-lasting medical impairment.

It's Folic Acid Awareness Week, But the Number 1 Thing I Want You To Know About Spina Bifida Isn't About Folic Acid

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

By all means, doctors and public health advocates should continue to make sure that women of childbearing age take their folic acid. But I'm not interested in using my beautiful child to scare folks into doing it.

How I Found Humor As A 35-Year-Old Quad Amputee

Oral Fixation | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Oral Fixation

When situations like these occur, we are all faced with a psychological challenge. I could have become really embarrassed and closed off and decided never to go out in public to prevent my leg or wig from falling off or to prevent hearing the words "she has no hands." But wouldn't that be avoiding life?

Congress Starts the New Year Off By Kicking the Disabled

Dean Baker | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Tens of millions of people made New Year's resolutions last week, but few were as creative as the one pushed through Congress yesterday. Apparently, the new Congress decided that its first order of business should be to go after workers who are no longer able to hold jobs due to injury or illness.