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New Hampshire's Voters with Disabilities Head to the Polls

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jobs, mental health and addiction are key issues in New Hampshire for people with and without disabilities. They are just some of the 16 issues candidates addressed in specifics in RespectAbility's 2016 New Hampshire Candidate #PwDsVote Questionnaire.

Teachers, Parents, and Students: Let's Talk About Ableism

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

Humans. I'm sure I don't need to tell you; we are one fragmented and flawed race. So many complex issues for, against, and with other humans. So many small infractions upon each other and some days those small dings compound into too much. In my world, I am witness to an ongoing phenomenon called ableism.

Unbeaten Wrestler Lets Opponent With Down Syndrome Win Match

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.28.2016 | Sports

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Mom Thanks Apple Store Employee Who Helped Her Son With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents

After an Apple store employee went out of his way to help her 9-year-old son with special needs, a Nashville mom expressed her gratitude in a beautifu...

This Mother Of A Child With Down Syndrome Is Changing Beauty Standards

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.14.2016 | Impact

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Cashier's Sweet Act Moves Mom Whose Toddler Has Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News

A cashier's simple gesture truly registered with one mom who was shopping with her little girl who has Down syndrome. Suzie Skougard, a mother of four...

Toyota Mother of Invention Maria Dellapina: A Woman With Vision

Maile Molin | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Maile Molin

Maria was fed up. She knew her designs were correct. But the engineers kept sending them back with scribbles all over them. They didn't see the geni...

Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage Multiple Abilities in Their Workforce

Debra Ruh | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Happy New Year. People with disabilities are gaining recognition as a significant and growing market for products and services. This will only strengthen as we turn the corner.

We Are All Born This Way

Sue Robins | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

My son Aaron is eyeing Santa at the Festival of Lights at the botanical garden. "Do you want to go talk to him," I ask Aaron, who is 12 and has Dow...

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

Letter to the NEA: On the "Chronically Tarded and Medically Annoying"

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Leigh Merryday

Recently, a speech by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia on what teachers are expected to do each day flooded social media. While many shared the clip and applauded some of its excellent points, it didn't take long for outrage to set in.

Becoming a 'Special Needs Mom'

Suzie Skougard | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

When we got our prenatal diagnosis that our daughter, Carly, would be born with Down syndrome I was worried that I'd lose myself. I was worried I wouldn't be able to be around as much for my other kids. Now, I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to fret.

Let Your Advocacy Voice Be Heard

Marla Murasko | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Marla Murasko

A lot of people are comfortable in the "online" space, but I'm here to tell you to let your advocacy message have a voice, have a face! Above you see me doing a presentation about Down Syndrome Awareness and Inclusion to my son's class.

Every Child Is Like a Flower

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Sue Shanahan

Once when I was feeling less than pretty, it occurred to me, "Who told you that you aren't beautiful?" I began to wonder, what if our differences act...

In Defense of My Son's First Mom

Lisa Eicher | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

Our son was rejected at birth. That is a fact. And the truth of the matter is, it wasn't just his mother who said she couldn't keep him. It was the society that he was born into as a whole. And that's where the problem lies.

October's Down Syndrome Awareness Month Was Never About Human Rights

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

If Down syndrome is to survive it needs a message that accepts it as not a problem to solve, an experience to overcome or an opposing faction, but solely as a human rights issue to address.

Dad's Cartoons Capture Daily Life With His Daughter Who Has Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents

Connecticut dad Fred Wills has been drawing cartoons practically his entire life, so it was only natural he would make them for his five children. As ...

My Son Who Has Down Syndrome Tells Me Something That Changes Everything

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.23.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

My son, Thorin, who has Down syndrome, celebrated his birthday earlier this week. His friend, Maggie, who has Down syndrome, shares his birthday. For the last four years they have celebrated not just a birth date but their birthday celebrations as friends. How they found each other is a reunion story.

How My Son Chooses to Teach Down Syndrome Awareness

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

This has been my dilemma as Marcus and I have met each new group. Should we talk about Down syndrome? And to what extent? It is, after all, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Marcus does happen to have Down syndrome.


Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

I love teenagers. I do. Everything about them: the awkward, the self-conscious, even the angry bits. I'm especially intrigued by the way they shed their childhood like a skin and emerge a newer, older version of themselves.

Joyful Photo Series Shows Kids With Down Syndrome Loving Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents

For the past four years, Rhode Island photographer Laura Kilgus has been offering free photography sessions to kids with Down syndrome ...

48 Parents Of Kids With Down Syndrome Share What They Wish You Knew

The Huffington Post | Hollis Miller | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents

Along with the changing leaves and the excitement of Halloween, October is special because it's Down Syndrome Awareness Month. There are about 6,000 b...

Woman Who Can’t Read Finds Success In Job Shredding Confidential Documents

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.24.2015 | Good News

Emma: Master Shredder from ABC Open North Queensland on Vimeo. This woman's business is tearing it up.  Emma Lynam, a 21-year-old from ...

WATCH: Film Student With Down Syndrome Directs His Autobiography

HooplaHa | Posted 09.17.2015 | Good News

Jeff is truly an inspiration; through his warm personality, openness and through the perseverance of everything he's overcome and is now passing on that inspiration through this film.

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, Walks In New York Fashion Week

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.14.2015 | Style

Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model who has Down syndrome, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week on Sunday. Stuart opened South...