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When Your Child Has an Invisible Disability

Pacer | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Pacer

"Look at that mother up there with that little blonde kid," barked the middle-aged woman in the red dress. "Who does she think she is? There isn't a thing wrong with that child!"

Touch Me, Tease Me, Tickle Me: What the Experience of Touch Can Mean to a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Touch is, without question, the most intimate and personal act that we can bestow on another person. It connects us to those that we love, to those who we care for; it reminds us that we are part of the human experience.

Want to Know What It's Like to Go Out in Public When Your Child Uses a Wheelchair?

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

No one is being cruel. In fact, everyone is being positively dramatically spectacularly kind. Do their stares and smiles and comments make you angry? Of course not. But they do make you a bit, well... tired. Because you very quickly realize that it's not just your baby that everyone is watching. They're watching you too.

What Does Unconditional Love Look Like?

Jesse Kaur Bawa | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Jesse Kaur Bawa

Vicky's devotion to her son is obvious. I've seen her repeatedly lift a heavy, motorized wheelchair and her now-12-year-old up and down stairs so he could attend his friend's birthday party.

The Other Side of Yes and No: How the Concept of Consent Plays Out for Persons With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is clear that consent can definitely be constructed differently when one has a disability. It isn't as simple as yes or no.

David Lohr

Watch The Sweet Moment An Entire Flight Sings Happy Birthday To Girl With Disability

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News

A heartwarming video of an impromptu birthday party for a girl with a disability aboard a Southwest Airlines flight is going viral on social media. ...

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

Beware the Scare Tactics: Stop Negative Portrayals of Disability in PSAs

Emily Ladau | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
Emily Ladau

"Stand up to osteoporosis. Before you can't." I'm here to tell you that I'm sitting down, but I'm still on board with the prevention of osteoporosis. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

Creating a Better Baltimore

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

My heart is bleeding for the people of Baltimore and other communities who are struggling with challenges. We have been paying attention to police violence in Maryland for some time. While we focus on disability issues, we are all a part of our community overall.

How Do Blind Computer Programmers Code?

Quora | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Quora

I am totally blind and I work for Google, writing changes to the ranking algorithm. As part of my experience, and I believe from many other blind programmers, the way that we program is not that different from our sighted colleagues.

Priscilla Frank

Unapologetic Self-Portraits That Shatter Perceptions Of Disability

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts

Lucy Jones with Her Walking Stick, 1996 Oil on canvas 218.5 x 157 cm 86 x 61 3/4 in In "Lucy Jones with Her Walking Stick," a woman wearing a g...

On Falling and Getting Back Up

Melissa Finefrock | Posted 04.24.2015 | Good News
Melissa Finefrock

I didn't hear or feel my leg break. All I knew was there was a giant, roaring monstrosity sitting just feet away from me with maybe five minutes left until takeoff. If I screamed, would anyone hear me? Was it standard procedure for transit officials to check the tracks before departure?

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User On Staying Positive and Advocating For A Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Prior to her accident, Tamara was set on becoming a fitness model. Her paralysis changed the course of her modeling: "I was in my best shape before the accident, especially my legs and abs. And ironically that's what I lost after the injury as a T-3 paraplegic.

Jesse Rifkin

How One Painter Feels The Colors On The Canvas After Losing His Sight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts

"One of the last things I ever saw before completely losing my sight was the planet Saturn," John Bramblitt recalls wistfully. "I’d seen photos of i...

We Said Hello, Goodbye: Thoughts on Interaction Among People With Disabilities

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Dan and I have very similar levels of cerebral palsy. To us, debating things like who could walk or feed themselves better was the same as two kids arguing over who could run faster or hit a baseball further.

Stop Making Excuses and Start Captioning Your Videos

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

The laws are in place, but it continues to be an uphill battle to make major video content providers value their diverse audiences.

Having a Disability Is Not Wrong

Becky Holland | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

Being honest is hard. When life is different to the "norm" it can be hard to know what to say. In the early days the below questions confronted me and hurt; even if a person means well it doesn't make it easy to answer. These days they don't bother me as much but I still don't like them.

Aspiring for Inclusion: Aspire Gala Raises Record Amount for Innovative Autism Program

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

April 2nd is an important day in the calendar of autism advocates; a day designated by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The da...

Deliciously Disabled: Creating a Sexy, Accessible Dialogue to Describe Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability should be seen as sexy and fun, instead of sad and frustrating all the time. Being deliciously disabled doesn't mean that there aren't days where the experience of disability is altogether exhausting. Rather, it is a lexicon that accepts disability as is,

The Most Important Lesson You Can Teach a Child: Difference

Weh Yeoh | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

When I was five years old, I sat next to a child who was different than me. Not worse, not better, just different. At a young age, I learned the importance of this difference, and my life has never been the same since.

The Future of Access in Hotels Is in the Design

Eric Lipp | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Eric Lipp

Access and inclusion for hotel and lodging changed forever in 2010. That year proved to be a very defining year for hotels and accessibility for people with disabilities. The US Department of Justice issued new standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Am I Really Blind? Adapting to Adaptive Technology

Belo Cipriani | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Belo Cipriani

It isn't just movies contributing to a false perception of disability, but also the lack of disabled faces in popular culture at large. Maybe someday there will be a hip show with a funny, romantic or even slutty disabled protagonist. But, until then, I'll just keep flashing my tech toys around.

It's About TIME: Ending Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

This year, the United States is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the Act signifies improved conditions for persons with disabilities in the United States, we still have so much to do to achieve equality and justice.

Priscilla Frank

This Contemporary Art Center Shatters The Idea That Artists With Disabilities Are Outsiders

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

Left work by Eva Jun, right work by Jenny Sharaf "I didn't really have expectations," artist Alicia McCarthy told The Huffington Post. "It's ...

The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Over the last few years, I've received various reactions from the public about my articles on transhumanism. Those reactions have ranged all across the board--from spewing hatred to mocking skepticism to genuine interest.