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Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

Kathleen Romig | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Romig

Last year's budget deal renews the Social Security Administration's (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disabili...

Building Disability Literacy, One Brick At a Time

Rachel Adams | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.

New Hampshire's Voters with Disabilities Head to the Polls

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jobs, mental health and addiction are key issues in New Hampshire for people with and without disabilities. They are just some of the 16 issues candidates addressed in specifics in RespectAbility's 2016 New Hampshire Candidate #PwDsVote Questionnaire.

The Digitalization of Prosthetics Is Transforming How Wounded Service Members and Veterans Recover

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.09.2016 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Sitting on Dr. Peter Liacouras's desk is a razor, a stick of deodorant, and a partially built prosthetic arm. Behind him, several 3D printers buzz away. His goal is simple: to allow wounded service members to do the things that they used to do before getting injured.

Observations From Below: Could You Just

Bryan Dooley | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

People with disabilities are often seen as being lazy and dependent on the government. Like most stereotypes, this is an inaccurate belief and takes the pressure off society to deal with people's issues with employment, fair wages and abilities.

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

The Cripple and Control: Ripping Up the Script as a Sexy, Seated Man With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I am beginning to learn that one of the best and most important parts about sex for myself, as a man with disabilities, is to give up that power that I held onto so tightly.

Man Indicted For Hate Crimes In Robbery Of Teen With No Arms

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.03.2016 | Crime

A New York man accused of robbing a disabled teen was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on charges of robbery and assault, both as hate crimes. Staten...

Artist Born Without Hands Draws Beautiful, Hyper-Realistic Portraits

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.04.2016 | Good News

Polish artist Mariusz Kędzierski does things a bit differently. “I was just a kid who went to school and who was playing football with friends...

Why I Let My 12-Year-Old Son Watch Sesame Street

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

It is his birthday, today. My oldest boy is 12 years old. He is autistic, non-verbal, differently abled in so many strange and wonderful ways. And alone, together, we are marking this special day with our annual tradition -- a trip downtown, to the theatre to see Sesame Street Live, on stage.

I'm a Musician Who Can't Play Music Anymore -- I Feel Like I'm Letting My Heroes Down

William Cheng | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
William Cheng

Sometimes, suffering doesn't make us better artists. And that's okay. Acknowledging this un-glamorous fact may actually yield wisdom of a different stripe, wisdom about what it means to be wounded and fallible, yet unapologetically human.

Barbie's New Look Is Not A Sign Of Progress

Micaela Connery | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Micaela Connery

I don't think I believe that if I played with Barbies who were a little taller and a little "curvier" I'd be more confident in myself. Changing toys will do little to change the world we live in.

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part III

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Too often, young people who are deaf are discouraged from following their dreams. They are told "you can't..." or "you won't be able to..." and they a...

Nobody Catcalls The Woman In The Wheelchair

The Establishment | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
The Establishment

I'm a 26-year-old woman who has never been street-harassed. I don't know the fear, embarrassment and/or anger that comes with unwanted sexual attention. A not insignificant part of me wishes I did, though.

Disabled? Watch Your Step Using Groupon

Alan Schechter | Posted 02.01.2016 | HuffPost Home
Alan Schechter

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart The card may have no value until it is added at the register, but going along with that, their product has no value, espe...

Chasing a Dream? 4 Reasons You Better Run in Work Boots

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

In 2014, I released an indie book, "Purple People Leader." While the message (leading without bias) is hugely important to me, I actually published...

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

I Was Detained At An Airport Because Of My Stutter

Kylie Simmons | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Kylie Simmons

During this moment, I felt intimidated, bullied and silenced. This experience reminded me of when I was bullied growing up because of my stutter. That day, I felt silenced but not broken.

This Visionary May Completely Disrupt The Tech Industry As We Know It

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

When Thorkil Sonne and his wife learned that their son had autism, they worried that he would face an uncertain future, where he would be constantly m...

Please, Don't Pray for Me

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

No one who really knows me thinks much about my deviance. I mean, being blind and having a few friends--genuinely great ones--I see just how little vi...

This Is Life Parenting Kids With Disabilities

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Next time you see a special needs parent, rather than thinking of how hard it is, I hope you think about what matters most. I hope you see the love.

I Spent a Year Listening to Strangers Tell Stories They Can't Share With Anyone Else

Helena Bala | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Helena Bala

For a little over a year now, I've listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they've never told anyone before.

Poverty Awareness Month: Living With a Disability, Struggling to Get By and Making It in the 'Mainstream'

Michael Morris | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. Today, there are 46.7 million Americans living in poverty.

To the Person Parked in Between the Handicap Stalls

Chanel White | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Next time sir, please be respectful, and try to think of the implications your choices have on others, as well as the message you are sending to onlookers.