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

NationSwell | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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.

Why an Inclusive Playground Benefits All Children

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 05.14.2016 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

When Fruzsina Elo's first child was born he weighed 1 lb., 6 ozs., and it wasn't until he was six weeks old that she was able to hold him in her arms -- on Mother's Day. On that day she made a promise to him: that she would do everything she could to make him happy.

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

I Lost A Friend Today

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

They say that a crisis really shows you who your friends are. I don't subscribe to many things that "they" say, but this one, yes.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Why I No Longer Apologize For My Crutches

Natalie E. Illum | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Natalie E. Illum

The photographer was not used to kids like me. The ones in wheelchairs, the ones who couldn't sit up straight.

Two Professors Create Souped-Up Toy Cars For Kids With Disabilities

2014-02-21-ScreenShot20140221at4.19.55PM.png | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact

By Catherine Cheney, Cole Galloway’s workspace at the University of Delaware resembles a ransacked toy store. There are piles of ...

AMAZING: Student Walks After 10 Years In A Wheelchair

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.11.2013 | Teen

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Bain stole the show last Tuesday at Pine Tree Junior High's final home game when he did something amazing. He walked. T...

5 Things You Should Know About Families Dealing With Disability

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

My daughter's genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us.

Actress Jena Sims of Film Last Vegas Talks About Kissing Jerry Ferrara and Being in Beauty Pageants

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

It's impossible for a beautiful woman such as Jena Sims to also have brains. Wrong! Jena is a smart, capable woman who not only makes us smile when she's in front of the camera, but runs her own non-profit organization called HBBQ's Inc. (Has Been Beauty Queens).

Railway Company Under Fire For Treatment Of Kids With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.29.2013 | Business

U.K. train operator CrossCountry recently came under fire when a company employee allegedly refused to seat 10 children, some of whom have special nee...

In Nepal, Meeting More Heroes With the World of Children

Stephanie March | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Stephanie March

As I write this, I am winding my way over a jagged misty mountain road through Nepal. I have traveled here with the World of Children Award to visit two of our past honorees and see, up close and in person, the remarkable work they do.

A Lesson In Unified Humanity: Evangelical Christians And Jews Support Israeli Children's Hospital

Cathy Lanyard | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
Cathy Lanyard

A country known for political and religious strife that polarizes large groups of people, is simultaneously bringing divergent sects together.

LOOK: #ThisAbility Social Media Campaign Is Beyond Inspiring

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact

A new social media campaign is using uplifting stories to raise awareness for grim facts. UNICEF recently launched its annual the State of the Wor...

WATCH: Disabled MLB Great: Students Deserve 'Fair Opportunity' In Sports

Posted 02.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In a decision being compared to Title IX, the Department of Education has clarified language around the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, judging that schoo...

Lisa Belkin

LOOK: Illustrations By Moms That Will Stop You In Your Tracks | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents

When Katherine Kowalski read the story about Gabe's Care Map here on HuffPost Parents last week she recognized her own life. Like Gabe Lind, whose mot...

One Inspirational Gay Couple On Being Foster Parents To Disabled Youth

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A father and mother are still typically presented as the desirable norm for family life: usually portrayed laughing along with a couple of smiling, ch...

Children With Disabilities Need Support as Well as Education

John Bouman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
John Bouman

Children with disabilities clearly need both. There are strong relationships between the deprivations of deep poverty and mental health. But the task is immensely harder if the families the children live in are abjectly poor.

Child With Cerebral Palsy Dies In Nursing Home Hours After State Takes Her From Mom

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.07.2012 | Miami

The emergence of the tragic story of a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who died in a Miami nursing home last year is casting a harsh spotlight on...

Blind Girl Denied Use Of Cane; Museum Says It Was A Misunderstanding

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.03.2012 | Parents

A museum in New Hampshire has apologized for refusing to allow an 8-year-old blind girl named Abby Duffy to use her white cane inside the museum, WMU...

I Thought Vanity Was Superficial -- Until It Helped Me Get Through My Grief

Emily Rapp | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Emily Rapp

What is authentic beauty? I feel like every woman struggles to define, but the question is even more pressing when you're a woman with a disability. When I was four, my left leg was amputated.

WATCH: Thief Steals 10-Year-Old Disabled Boy's Wheelchair

Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

A Philadelphia mother is devastated after the reported theft of her 10-year-old son's wheelchair just two days after Thanksgiving. Heather Pico, ...

Meet the 2011 World of Children Award Honorees: Cause for Optimism at Home and Abroad

Stephanie March | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Stephanie March

Seven changemakers have been honored at the 2011 World of Children Award. Their life-changing work is a reminder of the potential of one individual to change the trajectory of the lives of others.

Parents Of Disabled Children Giving Up On Illinois

Chicago Tribune | Bonnie Miller Rubin and Monique Garcia, Tribune Reporters | Posted 07.29.2011 | Chicago

Chrisa Hickey, a northwest suburban mom whose 16-year-old son hears voices, has bought property in Wisconsin with an eye to the future. She wouldn'...

WATCH: College Students Make Disabled Kindergartener Robotic Arm

Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact

For Michael Amerman, a kindergartener born without fully functional arms, picking up a crayon or a toy can be a challenge. A group of college student...