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Dave Hoppe, Hero for People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the attention focused on the Presidential election, it is easy to forget that there are committed professionals working in public service in our ...

Why Do We Assume People With Disabilities Are Victims?

Lev Karasin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Lev Karasin

Stop seeing people for the abilities they have, instead look at the contribution they bring to society. Look at what they can do, instead of what they may not be able to do.

5 Myths Disabled Patients Desperately Want Debunked

Chanel White | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

As a young woman battling serious illness, with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high incident rate of unnecessary, and hurtful comments by those assuming I am not sick. After contacting a small population of disabled individuals on Instagram, it seems there are five specific stigmas that patients desperately wanted dispelled.

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...

To Those Who Believe I Use My Triad To 'Stand Out'

Brittni Wendling | Posted 03.09.2016 | College
Brittni Wendling

The moment I saw this video, my heart dropped, and I felt absolutely horrible. Embarrassment, shame, and utter sadness swept through me. I just couldn't understand why someone would take the time to make me feel bad about a machine that I need to help me get around.

Learning to Walk a Second Time Sucks, But I Won't Quit

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I know the procedures I had are only temporary and my legs will fail again. I will have to learn to walk a third time. I'm confident I will because I won't quit.

How Hearing Aids Changed My Life at the Age of 27

Sarah Klegman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Good News
Sarah Klegman

As un-sexy as they may be at times, and even though my hearing loss isn't as bad as most, hearing aids have changed my life. I believe that shamelessly showing your vulnerabilities can make you an even more likable person. Living honestly inspires others to live honestly.

To the Person Parked in Between the Handicap Stalls

Chanel White | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Next time sir, please be respectful, and try to think of the implications your choices have on others, as well as the message you are sending to onlookers.

The Power of Tears

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Is there someone going through a hard time you've been propping up with your good intentions? Who is this person? Are you willing, the next time you meet with him or her, to stop trying to save them from their pain and simply let them feel what there is to feel?

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...

Have You Caused Me Grief?

Eric Lipp | Posted 11.24.2016 | World
Eric Lipp

We all want our lives to be easier. Unfortunately, when we act in ways that attempt to save time or money, we often fail to recognize the effect that our choices have on others. This is especially true in the area of accessibility which often falls prey to our fast paced lifestyles.

Airports Across the Globe Begin to Discuss Accessibility

Eric Lipp | Posted 10.01.2016 | Travel
Eric Lipp

My recent, short lived experience in Panama gave me long life lessons on global access in airports. I was invited by Airports Council International (...

Barriers to Access in Aviation Show Steep Decline

Eric Lipp | Posted 09.04.2016 | Business
Eric Lipp

The Open Doors Organization (ODO) is happy to report that as more American adults with disabilities than ever take to the skies, far fewer encounter major obstacles at airports and with airlines.

No Service Dogs Allowed

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Janice Celeste

September is National Service Dog Month and these animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. According to ServiceDogCentral.org, it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 service dogs in the U.S. and this number seems to be growing.

The Most Beautiful Lesson About Today's Ugly Society May Just Come From My 7-Year-Old

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

It may be naïve for me to believe that for every person spreading hate in our world, there is another spreading love. But, my young daughter gives me that hope.

Lesson in Accessibility at Amusement Parks

Eric Lipp | Posted 08.11.2016 | Travel
Eric Lipp

Have you ever noticed, while waiting in line for an attraction, peoples' public personas or how we perceive them because of their looks, are totally squashed as they sit onboard a roller coaster waiting to be scared to the point of pure exhilaration.

Here's How We Can Ensure People With Disabilities Have Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact

President Obama recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 199...

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Parents and Psychotherapists: Some Common Denominators

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Like Judy Collins singing, "I've looked at both sides now," I can tell you that practicing psychotherapy is far easier than parenting. Therapists are...

Help! I Have Fallen and I Can't Shut Up!

Mathy Wasserman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Mathy Wasserman

Recently I became a new woman, not a better one, just a new one. Pretty much at the exact moment I received my orthopedic supports, I suffered from the sudden onset of crutches-induced Coprolalia -- the involuntary expression of obscene words or phrases.

FORE!!!! With a Little Bit of Help

Michael L. Berman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

It's time to dust off the old golf clubs and, for many of us, prepare for a season of high handicaps and frustration. But, by using a few devices ranging from high tech to simple exercises, we can cut or eliminate the season-long cursing and club-throwing incidents.

Looking Like That, She Was Asking For It. Right?

Iliza Shlesinger | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Iliza Shlesinger

It comes down to this: A man found the shape of a woman's body unacceptable so she was publicly humiliated. This is not a new concept to our society. Looking like that, she was asking for it... Sound like a familiar phrase, anyone?

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

A Bedtime Story About Handicaps

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.26.2015 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

That night the little girl cuddled in bed, not knowing or caring that she has changed so many people. But she slept peacefully without regret or worry. And she woke the next morning to share her healing hugs all over again.

Ebola's Forgotten Victims

Adam Huebner | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Adam Huebner

The world's largest "minority group," people with disabilities are often marginalized and extremely vulnerable due to the barriers placed around them by institutions, their physical environment, and community attitudes and beliefs.