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A Nigerian Lawyer With Cerebral Palsy: My Encounter

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Tobi's life exemplifies the possibility for every child with disability to overcome the limitations of the disability and achieve their life's dreams.

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Preventing Disabilities: A Collective Responsibility

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Poverty and disability form a vicious cycle. People with disabilities are more likely to end up poor. Poverty increases a person's vulnerability to disabilities and disabilities increase a person's vulnerability to poverty. This vicious cycle must be broken.

17 Things You Can Say To A Parent Of A Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

It's not hard to change your choice of wording; it just takes a moment to stop and think.

Joseph Erbentraut

How One Woman's Quest To Change The Face Of Beauty Might Actually Be Working

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.11.2014 | Good News

CHICAGO -- For Palos Park, Ill., mother Katie Driscoll, it all started with one photograph. When Driscoll's sixth child was born, the mother of fiv...

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

What To Do When You Think Another Parent Is Judging You

Laura Shumaker | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

If you are the parent of a child with "issues," you know what I am talking about. It's not easy to be on stage during tense moments like these. Still, the next time you think someone is judging you, try taking a step back.

Making Inclusion a Reality

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

People with disabilities live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, shop at our stores, but too often, we don't know them.

Out of the Shadows

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities number in the hundreds of millions, yet they too often live in the shadows of society. Subject to stigma, prejudice, shame, and abuse, they are often denied access to food, school, health care, and social integration.

No Special Treatment for Workers With Disabilities, Please

Joe Entwisle | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

There's an ignoble side to the Americans with Disabilities Act that I'd really like to see change in Corporate America and beyond. The ADA, the landmark law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, can work for and against workers.

Super Bowl Was a Victory for People With Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Hopefully, Derrick Coleman's success, coupled with the technology highlighted in the Microsoft ad with Steve Gleason, will show that wherever there is a disability, there is also ability.

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives.

Tough Guys Help Children With Disabilities

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

Anne Schneider Costigan, deputy executive director of the Foundation of the Center for Disability Services in Albany, N.Y., has worked with children, teens and adults with disabilities for nearly thirty years.

My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

10 Things the World Can Learn From People With Disabilities

Tiffiny Carlson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Tiffiny Carlson

People with disabilities are especially influential, as our hardships in life aren't easily forgotten. We go through every day with determination and strength, which many people are bowled over by, with many secretly wondering if they could do the same thing.

Labeled 'World's Ugliest Woman,' Motivational Speaker Turns Hate Into Love

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Lizzie Velasquez is one of three known people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight and has caused bli...

A Concrete Way to Remember and Honor Nelson Mandela

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

His commitment as a leader to South Africa's children was the extension of a principle that has governed leaders of traditional communities for generations: If the children are well, then all of us are well.

What's Poverty Got to Do With It?

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

The present-day realities of people with disabilities, especially in the developing world, are those of stigmatization, abuse and extreme poverty.

Community: A Gift for the Jewish Future

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

Inclusion means ensuring everyone can access Jewish institutions and activities, and understanding that each one of us has a role to play so that all people are welcome and can participate meaningfully.

5 Ways to Foster and Teach Empathy to Children

Lisa Lori | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Lisa Lori

I frequently tell my children that everyone in life faces challenges, some of us on the outside, others economic or emotional, this list really attempts to speak to parents of children of all backgrounds. While schools grapple with teaching children about bullying, parents should and can take an active part in helping children develop empathy.

Dogs on the Playing Field

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Some argue these problems could be prevented by requiring service dog users to carry identification cards. But there's a good reason we're not compelled to do this -- my disability is my business and not yours.

Breaking Dishes: A Lifetime With a Lesser-known Disability

Julia Musto | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Julia Musto

It's hard to show others who you truly are, and to have them see your life through your eyes. Some people won't understand, and cannot hope to. It's not like I have ADD or another well-known learning disability.

Thanks to Judy Goldberg, Women With Disabilities Are on the Water

Amanda Kraus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amanda Kraus

To date, we had never served anyone with disabilities (physical or cognitive), but Judy, in her calm and confident way, re-assured me it could be done. Looking back, neither one of us was sure about the "how" but the desire was certainly there.