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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.

The Nonprofit Where Society's Forgotten Find Purpose: Baker Industries

Robin Spiess | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Robin Spiess

These are the workers here at Baker, and in a lot of ways, they are the ones society would tend to ignore. They're the ones with physical disabilities, or with mental handicaps; the ones with criminal records, or with past drug addictions; the ones for whom finding a steady job is a massive challenge.

For Individuals With Disabilities, There's No Place(ment) Like Home

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

It's the physical space where we greet each day. It's the people who we clock the most hours alongside. It's where we welcome guests, cozy up when we're sick, and retreat at the end of a long week.

Arts Education for Everyone

Tammara Fort | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Tammara Fort

Image used with permission of CAA The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is a revolutionary idea. A not-for-profit organization of higher learning that...

Be a Leader for Inclusion in Sports

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Eli Wolff

Leaders make a commitment to champion inclusion. Separate but equal is not equal. We can realize this goal. We can make the dream of inclusion real in all of sports and physical activity. Be a leader. Commit to inclusion.

Aaron Baker: Defying the Odds One Step at a Time

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Aaron's recovery was as remarkable as it was challenging. "Prior to my injury, I had been very athletic and very competitive. After the accident, I wasn't trying to 'get back' to anything. I accepted my new life.

Living Under the Lens With a Disability

Kyle Bryant | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyle Bryant

When I was first diagnosed with FA, I was ashamed of my disability and I tried to deflect attention because of it. However I have learned to focus on being proud of my ability rather than ashamed of my disability. Now I am looking forward to reliving every detail of our RAAM journey on the big screen with hundreds of other people.

Janie Velencia

Study Shows That Americans With Disabilities Are Overcoming Workplace Barriers | Janie Velencia | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

As the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches 25 years in effect, a new study by the Kessler Foundation finds that disabled Americans are making ...

That Time I Had Sex With Another Queer Cripple

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

The effects of ableism and the scripts that we have been indoctrinated with when it comes to sex and sexuality do not discriminate. Anybody is susceptible to these fears and prejudices, disability notwithstanding.

Google This: Jean Vanier and What It Means to Be Human

David Briggs | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What kind of a world would it be if the stories and ideas that captured our attention reflected our common humanity? What if key search engine optimization terms were words like kindness, tenderness, forgiveness and humility?

Ten Things We Want to Tell You About Disability

Kirsten Brown | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Kirsten Brown

It's a strange thing, I think, that the voice of people living with disabilities is so rarely heard loudly and clearly, and without judgement. It is even more rare, that so many people who do not consider themselves to have a disability, are so unaware of the thoughts and feelings that come with living with one.

6 Tips For Coping With A Debilitating Disease

Kyle Bryant | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyle Bryant

I was diagnosed with a rare, debilitating disease called Friedreich's ataxia (FA) when I was 17. I am now 33. Here are some things to consider when thinking about what rare disease means for your life.