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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.

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).

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.

Ailey Dancers and the Kids With Disabilities: "If A Finger Can Move, They're a Part of It"

Michael Levin | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Three dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made their annual appearance at the Cotting School, New England's oldest and best-known school for young people with special needs.

A Lesson in Vanishing Monsters

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

We all, naturally and overwhelmingly, develop prejudice, fears and reluctances of the unknown. And so, this same reluctance might make it so we miss people along the way. People who could have integrated into our lives in a very meaningful way.

Getting It Wrong on Disability Insurance

Kathy Ruffing | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ruffing

Though they might not even know it, more than 150 million workers have earned DI protection through their payroll tax contributions in case they suffer a severe, long-lasting medical impairment.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

'Mind Art' Project Allows Individuals Living With Disabilities To Create Art With Their Brains

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts

According to Human Rights Watch, there are 83 million people living with disabilities in China. However, despite the fact that this represents the lar...

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

Psst! Disability Competitiveness: Pass It On!

Bonnie St. John | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Bonnie St. John

Just because I have a disability -- my right leg was amputated when I was 5 -- doesn't make me an expert on issues relating to disability and employment. Like everyone else, I have to work at educating myself on facts and realities for people with disabilities.

Paralyzed Man Risks All To See Pope Francis

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed. On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sal...

How Can I Get Rid of My Private Student Loans if I'm Disabled? It's Actually Easy.

Steve Rhode | Posted 11.02.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I have had Federal and private student loans. I have Total & Permanent Disability discharge of the Feder...

Illinois Ranks Low on Quality of Life for Disabled People

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.25.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

For the eighth year in a row now, Illinois has been at the bottom of an annual study that rates how well each state in the U.S.'s Medicaid programs serve its citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Where Beauty Is Found

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Throughout the years, running has meant many different things to me. It's been an escape from my problems, a way to empty my mind of stress, and most recently, a spiritual awakening to engaging in a life with greater purpose.

Sick and Looking for Work

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

If you are not wearing your disability on your sleeve, say nothing. I learned that the hard way. You owe The Man nothing but your best work.

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

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.

Making Hope When the Medical System Can't

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Autonomic disorders, like POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, sometimes called simply Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) and Neurocardiogenic...

Invisible Illness: How to Sustain Hope?

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Imagine a world in which it's extremely hard to find doctors who take seriously that your discomfort is really physiological, a world in which the right treatment for you is elusive. That's the world of autonomic disorders.

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

How My Disability Made Me a Better Person

Cathy Chester | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

But I do have MS. I am a woman living with a disability. I've made peace with that a long time ago. And making peace with it allows me to focus on what I CAN do, rather than what I CAN'T.

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

Disabled Man Settles Lawsuit With Delta After Complaint That He Was Forced To Crawl On & Off Flights

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 04.25.2014 | Travel

HONOLULU (AP) — A partially paralyzed Maui man who claimed airline workers forced him to crawl on and off flights in 2012 has settled his lawsuit ag...

Air Travel Tips for Seniors With Special Needs

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.19.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Flying can be physically exhausting for anyone, but for seniors with health issues or physical limitations it can be extremely challenging. Here are a few tips that can help.

Getting Checked

Katharine Dixon | Posted 06.14.2014 | DC
Katharine Dixon

Keeping homes maintained is important to residents' health and safety. In a city like Alexandria with so much older housing and many homeowners of lim...