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Never Been Missed: Looking for my First Second Date as a Person with a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

In life, we experience a number of very specific and character building 'firsts': first word, first day of school, first failure, first job, first date, etc. Each of these 'firsts' are seen as a right of passage that each of us go through.

My Boy, My Eyes

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Without further delay, let me introduce the partner with whom I am currently exploring a whole new world. Nacho is a soft, squishy, thoughtful yellow lab.

A Summer of Change

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 07.09.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

America has come a long way in pursuit of full equality, but it still has a long way to go and in all of these matters, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we need to better our inclusion.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's New Social Security Drama | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took center stage of a new Social Security drama on Thursday, with the House Ways and Means Committee he chairs ...

Trial and Triumph, a Service Dog Fights for His Life... and Wins

Belinda Williams | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

Galen is now 7-months-old. His training as a service dog has, for the most part, gone smoothly. There have been a few training hiccups, but all have been minor. For instance, I began using a halter on Galen, for he is now 75 lbs and very strong.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

We Need Your Help. Signed, A Disability Activist

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

I will not stop my advocacy, as frustrating as the rejection and silence can get. I will continue to fight for greater recognition of the disability community in every way, because I believe that this is an extremely important goal.

How One Man's Trip to Toys 'R' Us Brought Mobility to Hundreds of Disabled Kids

NationSwell | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

Cole Galloway's workspace at the University of Delaware resembles a ransacked toy store. But he is a physical therapy professor and infant behavior expert whose lab has a very clear mission: to provide mobility to children with cognitive or physical disabilities.

Reproductive Malpractice and the U.S. Military

Dov Fox | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Dov Fox

An outdated Supreme Court doctrine and congressional loophole leaves servicewomen unable to recover for the negligent prenatal care they receive in a military hospital. However egregious the malpractice and grave the suffering it causes, our law offers no recourse for the wrong done to the woman's procreative interest and to her child's physical and mental wellbeing.

Words Beyond Walls: Free the Adelanto 4

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

Four men at the 1300-bed Adelanto Immigration Detention Center in California launched the Free the People Campaign today, calling for their release and an end to the inhumane practice of immigration detention.

The Forgotten Color in the Rainbow

Meriah Nichols | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

I care about marriage equality. I care about it in part as an ally to my friends who are gay and deserve to be just as legally married as I am... and I care, to be honest, because I'm old fashioned. I care because I believe in marriage.

Torture Comes in Many Forms

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

How could these children -- and adults I also saw there -- be put in shackles, deprived of food and water, and essentially treated worse than animals? And why was there no government oversight of these camps? We visited eight prayer camps and saw similar scenes of people being "treated" for a mental disability detained in Ghana's many unregulated prayer camps.

Love Wins! What's Next for Marriage Equality?

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Amidst the vast news coverage and social media explosion in celebrations and jubilee of the history-making decision granting marriage equality for sam...

Grateful for Grateness: A Thank You Letter to Dwayne Johnson

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

That being said, I write this particular letter not so much as a fan -- but as someone who's become more familiar with what it means to truly struggle, and is simply looking to say thank you.

N.Y.C. Taxi Owners Are Denying Benefits to Drivers -- The City Council Can Stop Them

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Next up on the City Council's to-do list should be reversing a court decision that robbed taxi drivers, another group of mostly immigrant workers, of health and disability benefits.

The Celebration

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Disability is a community that brings unwilling people together in one room, people all just trying to make the best of it. No one chooses to be in that room together. But the amazing part is that we still make the best of it. This is how it goes.

Street Art & Gender in Mongolia

Emily O'Dell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Emily O'Dell

Whenever I'm heading off to Mongolia for research, colleagues and friends react with a mix of bewilderment and concern -- as if I'm flying away to a faraway planet.

The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

While mainstream media still struggles to integrate diversity into programming, the internet offers a vastly different experience. People around the globe, of all backgrounds and abilities, are uploading original new content every day, smashing boring stereotypes and changing the way we view different cultures.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

Joy Resmovits

More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate bl...

That Time I Organized a Sex Positive Party for People With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

For once, I won't have to dim the light of my disability, to be seen as desirable. I can let you bask in its glow, and show you what you never knew you'd be missing.

Jean Vanier On Disability, Religion And Love

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

Jean Vanier, the recipient of the 2015 Templeton Prize, has dedicated his life to changing the way the world views intellectual disability. For Vanier...

Napa Valley in New York? You Bet!

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Cathy Chester

Sometimes life gets in the way of our best laid plans. It's been awhile since our family has been able to take a vacation. We finally got away for a few days and I'm eager to tell you about a place that's not only beautiful and accessible, but also restorative for the soul.

Competing in Race Across America With a Disability

Kyle Bryant | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Kyle Bryant

I am 33 and consider myself fortunate because many kids are hit with FA at a much younger age and are affected much more severely than I have been. This was our reason to race. We were doing it for the thousands of individuals and families affected by this disease.

Taking the ADA Out to the Ballgame

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is July 26, and longtime disability advocate Greg Smith wants to take it out to the ballgame.