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And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

A Positive Attitude Is Much More Than A Smile

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPeople with positive attitudes get mad, just like anyone else, and they don't spend their days with a smile plastered on their faces covering up their frustrations. A positive attitude is someone who is proactive, who finds a desire within themselves to create positive change.

How I Found Inspiration In The Typical

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWil is not typical because he has 47 chromosomes, while all the other children in his classroom have 46. In other words, Wil has Down syndrome, and his classmates do not. Seeger is not typical, because it's not common to hear kids share these everyday types of conversations with Wil.

I Look At You, And I Am Inspired Only For My Son

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Seidman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI find inspiration in teens and adults with cerebral palsy doing everyday things. If I saw an adult with cerebral palsy in a pool swimming, I'd be psyched. I am inspired because of the hope they give me that Max will do the same when he is older.

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

Jess Wilson | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBrooke is not inspiring because she is autistic. She is inspiring because she lives her life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance.

"Inspiration Porn" Objectifies People With Disabilities

Ellen Painter Dollar | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Painter Dollar

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdmire me for what I do -- for writing well, raising decent kids or having a lovely garden. But don't admire me just for existing, just because I live a mostly unremarkable life with scars and a limp and a history of dozens of broken bones.

Leveling The Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young And The Dangers Of "Inspiration Porn"

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Erin M. Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen you do something unexpected or out of the ordinary, it rarely starts out as such. You do it because you want to or because it could lead to a better way of life. You're not thinking about the lasting impact it may or may not have on people, or how they will react to your decision to do something crazy.

WATCH: This May Be The Single Greatest Lie We've All Been Sold About Disability

TEDTalks | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends

Being disabled doesn't automatically make you a noble inspiration to all humanity, says Stella Young. In this very funny talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."

Woman Who Relied On Sister To Carry Her To School Wants More For Kids With Disabilities

The Better India | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact

At first glance Rekha Kumari seems to be just another young woman with special needs. But this 22-year-old possesses unique powers. She may have been ...

The End Of This Guinness Commercial Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 07.04.2014 | Business

Guinness is back with another heartwarming advertisement this Fourth of July. To create the video, the beer maker again teamed up with BBDO New York, ...

Paralysis Forced This Designer To Build A Wheelchair That Provides Safety, Style And Dignity

Quartz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact

Michael Graves has done chairs before. The architect and designer who almost single-handedly brought the concept of no-brow—high design for the mass...

Aging at Home? Be the Host With the Most (Visitability)

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

We all like to be good hosts, and yet our spaces can create an uncomfortable disconnect between our desire and our ability to make people feel at home. So look at your home through the eyes of visitors, and press for change as well.

Inspired By His Paralyzed Wife, This Combat Vet Created A Line Of Badass Wheelchair Tanks

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact

If life gives you lemons, Brad Soden will likely tell you to make lemonade. He's just a no-excuses type of guy. "People in wheelchair's got a probl...

Living With Physical Paralysis Without Letting It Emotionally Paralyze You

Cathy Lanyard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Cathy Lanyard

Asha and Jeff are friends of my daughter's, who asked me to help because I am the professional fundraiser in our family. But what if someone has no personal connection to a fundraiser?

11 Reasons Why Being In a Wheelchair Is Awesome

Alyssa Silva | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Silva

At the end of the day, this life is more than I deserve, so with a little humor, I'm here to set the record straight. Being in a wheelchair isn't so bad after all, and I've compiled a list that proves just that!

We're All Disabled

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.28.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere are far more things that most people with disabilities can do than not do, making them pretty darned ordinary, in other words, just like the rest of us. Why should what they are not able to do define how others view them?

More Than Meets The Eye: When Perception And Spirit Outweigh Disability

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 06.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Erin M. Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI've been in a wheelchair since birth, so I've never felt the kind of freedom that Sue once felt. If I had, I think I'd be spending the rest of my life trying to regain something that was never in my grasp to begin with.

WATCH: This Video Starts With A Woman In A Wheelchair. By The End, You Won't See Her The Same Way

TEDTalks | Posted 06.25.2014 | TED Weekends

In this life-affirming video, Sue Austin goes where few have been... in her wheelchair. Refusing to be defined by pity or limitations, she proves that we can't let ourselves be defined by how other people see us -- and that telling our own story sets us free.

This Boy Got A Company To Build A Wheelchair-Friendly Playground So He Could Play With His Brother

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

These siblings epitomize brotherly love. Cayden Long, 9, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. His family was accustomed to driving almost an ...

5 Awesome Alternative Ways To Answer The Question, 'Why Are You In A Wheelchair?'

The Mobility Resource | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact

By Louise Bruton, The Mobility Resource On a daily basis, I am asked why I am in a wheelchair. The boredom of rehashing the truth day in and day ou...

This Paraplegic Boy Just Wants To Be Able To See The Stars Again

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact

When Arlaeeh Galindo passed a car accident on her way to work in February 2012, she had no idea the incident involved her then-3-year-old son, Zakkary...

5 Not-So-Obvious Challenges for a Young Stroke Survivor

Harshada Rajani | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Harshada Rajani

In most cases, being a survivor is better than being a victim, but arguably, not in this case. The immense pain and unrelenting heartache of a stroke lies in its aftermath, not in the injury itself. One goes through so many unbelievable challenges, large and small, as a result of having a stroke.

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Part 2

Amram Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports
Amram Shapiro

Only elite runners have a shot of winning, but all 36,000 entrants can dream, can't they? By this Walter Mitty standard, each entrant is more than five times more likely to win the Boston Marathon than to die running it.

Experts Told This Artist Her Dream Was Impossible. It's A Good Thing She Didn't Listen

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.31.2014 | Good News

British artist Sue Austin continues to push forward in ways even top experts never thought possible. Austin, who has been using a wheelchair for n...

Doin' Disney With a Disability (And Why I'll Never Go Again)

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

It was finally time to do Disney. My brother was getting remarried in Florida, I've somehow crept into my early 40s, and I don't travel much and like...