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Entertainment That's Helping Society Gain New Perspective On Disability

Randy Rutta | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment
Randy Rutta

When disability is a storyline, a rare feat in itself, it's often a tragic plot point or sensationalized heroism. Even more troublesome, the character is usually portrayed by an actor without a disability.

Woman With Down Syndrome Has The Best Reaction To Her BF's Proposal

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.14.2016 | Weddings

Ashley Greenhalgh got an exciting surprise on her 21st birthday: a promise ring from her boyfriend Danny Griffiths. Ashley and Danny, who have been da...

To The Red-Haired Girl At The Splash Pad

Michelle Odland | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Michelle Odland

You gave us the most beautiful gift that day. You gave us a day where she was a typical child. Making friends and laughing. For that I will always be grateful. And I hope I see your frizzy red pigtails again. This time I will make sure to thank you.

Mom Writes Viral Letter After Her Son Was Excluded From A Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents

When her son with special needs was not invited to a classmate's birthday party, a Canadian mom wrote a powerful letter to educate the world about inc...

Raising A Daughter With Down Syndrome Makes Me Dream Of A More Inclusive Society

Rémy Bellet | Posted 06.16.2016 | Parents
Rémy Bellet

It will not be an easy task to change people's views of all the little Louises of the world, or of anyone who's different and wishes that their difference wouldn't define their life.

Elastigirl: SuperMom Survives Summer

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 06.16.2016 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

My 11-year-old daughter, Haley is playing Jingle Bells on the piano. It's been less than a week since the girls schlepped their backpacks home stuffed with months of worksheets, book reports quizzes, science projects, a clay pinch-pot (penny holder? soap dish?), and a smashed cupcake from the last-day-of-school party.

Mom's Powerful Letter Says Doctor Was 'So Very Wrong' About Her Daughter

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents

Florida mom Courtney Williams Baker gathered her thoughts for more than a year, taking time to prepare what she would say to the doctor who recommende...

From Hollywood Ableism to Employment

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Disability rights advocates around the world are protesting Me Before You, the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted suicide or euthanasia o...

Gorgeous Photo Series Celebrates The Beauty Of Kids With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.12.2016 | Parents

A New Jersey photographer and mom of three is celebrating the beauty in kids with Down syndrome through her beautiful portraits. Back in October, Juli...

Gorillas Aren't the Only Endangered Ones

Maxine Sinda Napal | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Maxine Sinda Napal

In case you've been living in a shoe with umpteen children with whom you didn't know what to do over the past five days or so, you will know that people across the world are up in arms over the Cincinnati Zoo shooting of an endangered gorilla after a toddler fell into its enclosure.

The Inclusion Project: Ability Reveals Itself

Brad Hopton | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Brad Hopton

On Monday, June 6, PwC is hosting the first Inclusion Project, an innovative business gathering of senior executives and thought leaders committed to ...

My Daughter, My Hero

Christine Waltermyer | Posted 05.29.2016 | Parents
Christine Waltermyer

I still remember the day I received the results. "The baby tested positive for Down Syndrome." When the woman told me that I was having a girl, I collapsed to the floor and burst into tears. I was growing this precious life inside of me and was in love with her already. I was also suddenly afraid of all the unknowns.

I AM J-CHAI

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

They were lined up in seats. One at a time they stood up, took a microphone, introduced themselves -- their name, their job--and then ended with "I am...

#Ableism, Unnoticed Mass Incarceration & The Need for Community Living

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

What is your definition of mass incarceration? It is likely much broader than you think, affecting more segments of our communities. We traditionall...

Big Rocks

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

I ran out of time. For a year I intended to write about turning 50 - a contemplative, insightful piece extolling the wisdom gained from living for half a century, but in a few days I'll be 51. Gone the way of shoulder pads and stirrup pants, like it or not, the time has passed.

Man With Down Syndrome Opens Cool Snow Cone Shack

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Good News

Buzz about this new business in Texas seems to be snowballing. Blake Pyron, a 20-year-old with Down syndrome, is set to open his own snow cone Blake...

20-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Is The Youngest Business Owner In His Town

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.06.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Blake Pyron, a 20-year-old with Down syndrome, is making headlines for being the youngest business owner in his town of Sanger, Texas. His shaved ice ...

Tips and Suggestions for a Smooth IEP Meeting

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
International Down Syndrome Coalition

These meetings can be stressful and for many parents navigating the world of special education is difficult. Below are some tips that might help your child's meeting go a little more smoothly!

Best and Worst States for People with Disabilities to Get Jobs

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Each year 300,000 young people with disabilities age into what should be the workforce. Sadly, despite the fact that most want to work, the majority d...

My Unconventional Family Teaches Me the True Meaning of Family

Heidi Allen | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Heidi Allen

I love Family Day. It's a Canadian holiday that occurs during the same weekend as President's Day in the U.S. It was created to give people a chance to spend more time with those they cherish most, and that's exactly what many of us do.

What Is Normal?

Emma Davidson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Emma Davidson

What do we even mean by labelling things "normal," are we tagging them as socially acceptable? If you're not "normal," does that make you abnormal? A word that we so frequently associate with weird and therefore a lack of social acceptability?

How Grief Affected My Decision to Save a Baby With Down Syndrome

Keston Ott-Dahl | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Keston Ott-Dahl

Andrea and I decided to save and raise the baby girl we would name Delaney Skye and have never once regretted the decision. We realize what we believe Delaney has always known; she has always been our daughter.

Family Honors Bus Driver Who Looked Out For Son With Down Syndrome For 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.05.2016 | Good News

A small act of kindness had a big impact on a teen with Down syndrome -- and his family. Every morning for 10 years, bus driver Scott Reynolds greeted...

And I Couldn't Love You More: A Letter To My Son

Maxine Sinda Napal | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Maxine Sinda Napal

To my beautiful son. My best boy. I'm not sure where I put it but I know there exist a few paragraphs in a letter I started writing you when you had ...

Meet The First Model With Down Syndrome To Land A Beauty Campaign

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.05.2016 | Style

Katie Meade has faced numerous hurdles in her life. “Being born with Down syndrome can cause many problems, both physical and mental,” she wrote i...