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Geared Up For Robotics

Haley Hanson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Haley Hanson

There was no reason any child should feel that way, and no reason any child could not participate in robotics. This team inspired me to make robotics accessible to students with differing abilities.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

It's only been in recent years that I am at peace with food, and I am certain that this is much more than a temporary truce. Why did it take me such a long time to appreciate the value in my acupuncturist's words? Look around, there's a standard in this country that is harmful to women. Life is lived in many shapes and sizes.

9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Lisa Copen

It's summertime! And it seems everyone must be playing beach volleyball or experiencing their perfect vacation. It is easy for the chronically ill person to feel left out.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

Much like the feeling I had the day I spent in the garden with these same students, these are lessons that will be carried and accessed like talismans, woven into every aspect of their lives as they grow older and away from school experiences.

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

Rachel Adelson | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

Always, always, it comes back to what a garden means to me. A garden offers structure and reliable cycles. There's the renewal that's visible with each plant and tree, each blossom or new leaf.

How The iPhone Is Changing The Way We Hear

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Technology
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D.

Breakthroughs in technology and miniaturization have the potential to reduce hesitation and eliminate remaining stigma around the use of hearing instruments by incorporating high-quality sound with unique capabilities in a tiny package.

Closed Captioning Finally Enters Digital Age

Marlee Matlin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marlee Matlin

All video streaming companies including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others now have to offer closed captioning by April 30, 2014 or else be subject to the same fines as traditional broadcast television.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

My work might be the place where I'm defined by my leadership but at home? That's where duality steps in: What do I need to create a better me? I need balance between my personal and professional life.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.

I Came Out, Now How Do I Get In? The Dilemma of Being a Queer Crip

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

My biggest fear at the time (two weeks prior to my 16th birthday) was not my family's reaction to admitting that I was gay, but rather the thought that I was both disabled and queer, and how hard this particular intersection would be to accept.

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...

The Simultaneous Present

Marissa Lepor | Posted 05.18.2014 | Media
Marissa Lepor

So why do we spend so much time capturing and sharing moments if they prevent us from actually living in them? Maybe it's not just about stopping and smelling the roses; maybe it's about sharing a moment with that rose and truly appreciating it.

A Shared Vision of Access

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
D. Michael Lindsay

When we invest a great deal of thought and energy in something -- whether that's finishing a classic tome like Moby-Dick, or, say, conducting a massiv...

Sochi Paralympics Should Level Playing Field for All Russians With Disabilities

Andrea Mazzarino | Posted 05.05.2014 | Sports
Andrea Mazzarino

Without concrete improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities, the strength and independence of Paralympic athletes may seem to the Russian public more like the exception than the rule.

For People With Disabilities, 2014 Is the Year to Think Big

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I am going to build a recreation center for people with disabilities in the suburban area of Philadelphia. I have a vision of part gym, part night club, part game room, part living room.

Disability and the Starfish

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Did you know that roughly 20% of the U.S. population is disabled and on Disability? That's nearly 11 million people. If a population that size formed a state, it would be 8th largest in the U.S..

Youth Unite: How Entrepreneur Otessa Marie Ghadar Created an International Community Through Cyber Streaming

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Otessa Marie Ghadar's global recognition, from the White House to bloggers in Moldova, in addition to her new app, Tapestry, has facilitated her spreading awareness and change.

Halfway There

Robert Slayton | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Robert Slayton

Thanks to the United Spinal Association, New York City is about to see a big improvement in the disabled community's access to taxi cabs. There is still a long way to go, however.

Making NYC Affordable for Artists

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Where I agree with Byrne is on what is at stake when we ask the question about affordability for artists: both the present and the future, what he calls "ongoing creative life."

The Disability Vote

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics
Kristin Duquette

In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.

True Online Learning: Why Accessibility and Accountability Matter

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

Online learning -- done right -- is the most effective way to reach a majority of those students for whom higher education would otherwise be out of reach.

The Alliance For Affordable Internet

Robert Pepper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert Pepper

It is no secret that mobile phones are conquering the world. With more than 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, the current and future impact of mobile phones is staggering. And although mobiles are linking voices from the farthest corners of our planet, only a fraction of those devices have Internet connections. Research shows that mobile broadband has the strongest potential to increase economic growth and create more inclusive societies. So how can we help more people connect to the mobile Internet?

Siri And Me

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

I have a total of six fingers, and one of my arms is half as long as the other one. Keyboard-based technology kept me out, but accessible technology is letting me in, allowing me to be a fully participating citizen, just as it and many other technologies do for thousands of the disabled.

WATCH: Incredible Wheelchair Makes One Boy's Lifelong Dream Come True

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.22.2013 | Good News

California resident Daniel Cope suffers from cerebral palsy, but that never stopped him from dreaming of hiking with his family. With the help of som...