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

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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.

Racing Together, Starbucks and Fast Food Space

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

One thing my friends of color and my pals with disabilities (and yes, sometimes they're the same) know is that nowadays there are more gated spaces in the US than ever.

Just Ask Me

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Maybe I can tell you what you need to know. Or maybe I can't. Either way, I'm an expert in my own awareness. And I know autism. Oh, how I know autism. Just ask me.

Here's A Good Fraternity Story

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.08.2015 | College

A fraternity chapter is working and raising money to make its house more accessible to people with disabilities. The brothers of Sigma Chi at East...

Putting Health Back In Health Clubs

Mike Alpert | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Mike Alpert

I fondly recall his many hugs and kisses, his mother on the pool deck with tears streaming down her cheeks at the sight of her son's joy. My life and perspective were forever altered.

What Nudity Means to Me As a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

For the deliciously disabled, getting naked holds with it a few connotations, challenges and a level of connectedness that I want to expose for you all.

The Truth Is I Am Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Cathy Chester

March was MS Awareness Month and although March is over I believe it's vitally important to continue the discussion of what it's like to live with a disability or illness. Raising awareness and educating others can lead to better emotional health and, hopefully, produce more tolerance and compassion for one another.

Meet the Other Ms. California

Eileen Cronin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

We are the rare psychologists who are given the opportunity to speak to other psychologists about the rights of people with physical differences. In the 20 years I have been practicing, I have met few psychologists in wheelchairs.

Can Disability Help Your Bottom Line? Corporate America Is Waking Up to the Benefits of Employees with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Shanna Belott | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Shanna Belott

Something curious is happening in Corporate America. Business leaders are discovering a whole new source of talent they never realized existed: people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

10 Things I Learned From My Special Needs Child

Angela J. Kim | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Angela J. Kim

Pain is a natural part of life. As long as we keep our eyes and hearts on the rainbow, rainy days are no longer unbearable.

3 Life Lessons Adaptive Students Teach Their Ski Instructors

Liftopia | Posted 05.23.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

Every day is different if you are an adaptive ski instructor. Names, faces, equipment and disabilities constantly vary and instructors need to be on their toes in order to keep up. But there's one thing that always remains the same: the learning curve.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

Invisible: Disability at Yale

Michelle Hackman | Posted 05.20.2015 | College
Michelle Hackman

Here was where the concept of invisibility first occurred to me: sheltered by my four walls, as long as I sobbed quietly enough and wiped away the tears carefully enough, maybe no one would notice. I spent many nights of my freshman year huddled up with that pillow.

A More Accessible Union -- 25 Years to the ADA

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 05.19.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

We should be a society that builds ramps whether it is requested or not. It is not that disability programs should be accessible, it is that everything should be accessible, and the disability community should be accessing like anyone else.

Has the Disability Rights Movement Stagnated?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Why don't disability issues generate mainstream attention? There could be a number of factors that contribute to its lack of momentum. First, there may be a greater perception that people with disabilities are less productive and able.

Opening the Door to the Deliciously Disabled: The Importance of Having Accessibility in Sexual Spaces

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

The deeper issue for me lies in the fact, that by not having access to these spaces, I am denied the opportunity to safely show off my sexuality. I am denied the chance to be anonymous. I am denied the possibility of the prowl, the chase and rolling up in my chair to go in for the kill.

How My Progressive Disease Taught Me That It's Okay To Be Human

Kristin Duquette | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Duquette

Facts are facts, there's no doubt about that, but the human spirit is truly immeasurable. No matter how immobile a person may be, the human spirit can light up a room. The human spirit is more powerful than the adversity we face. My spirit is bigger than a scientific diagnosis and weak muscles.

Jean Vanier, Untiring Advocate For People With Disabilities, Wins Templeton Prize

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

It started with an act of kindness. In 1964, Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities to share a house with him in Trosly-Breuil...