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Tom Harkin and the Ladder of Opportunity

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

This week Senator Tom Harkin delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate after 40 years of public service and profound leadership on disability issues. His landmark work on the Americans with Disabilities Act dramatically increased opportunities for people with disabilities.

My Life at Frost Valley YMCA

YAI | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
YAI

Cody is one of the many people who have benefited from YAI's Mainstreaming at Camp Program, which offers inclusive, safe and caring summer camp opportunities to children with disabilities in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA.

What Happened to Romania's Irrecuperables?

John Feffer | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, the issue that catapulted Romania into the headlines in the West, after the rise and fall of Ceausescu, was the country's orphanages. Journalists and foreign health care workers were appalled to discover the condition of babies and children in the many state-run institutions in the country.

Stars Autograph Ornaments for #celebritiesforsmiles

Lisa Lori | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

As the mother of three children who were born with a rare medical condition called facial paralysis, as well as other physical challenges, I know first hand the importance of a smile in a child's life and the life of their family.

My Wheelchair Doesn't Define Me

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

It casts a shadow that's bigger than my body. It has left scars that run deeper than my flesh and bone. It haunts me -- but I know I wouldn't have the life that I have without it.

World Mourns Outspoken Woman With Disability Who Declared, 'I'm Not Your Inspiration'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact

Stella Young wasn’t here to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. She made that perfectly clear. And by flat-out rejecting "inspiration porn," the...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Wants To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Hopes To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

It's Finals: Take Care of Yourself

Kyle Kaplan | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Kyle Kaplan

I can use every semester to figure out how to do what those in a position of authority, who I look up to and I aspire to be like in my own intended profession, ask of me, even with a disability. I can prepare to become a person I am proud of.

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

'Real Prettiness' Project Showcases Individuals With Down Syndrome As They Wish To Be Seen

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts

Germany-based photographer Dai Lyn Power, aka Linda Dajana Krüger, recently sent us a series of photographs from her stunning new project titled "Rea...

How My Disability Affects Me Professionally

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Although it is becoming more and more acceptable to talk about women's need for flexibility in the workplace, disability is still considered a very taboo, almost shameful, subject.

'Mind Art' Project Allows Individuals Living With Disabilities To Create Art With Their Brains

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts

According to Human Rights Watch, there are 83 million people living with disabilities in China. However, despite the fact that this represents the lar...

All the Feels on Wheels: How Internalized Ableism Has Influenced My Relationship Endeavors

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Internalized ableism is something that has drastically affected how I have viewed my relationship potential, and I felt it necessary to talk about it so that people understand it a little better, and so that any persons with a disability who have experienced it will not feel so alone.

The Work Of Late Outsider Artist Judith Scott Sheds Light On Living With Disabilities

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate...

Think Beyond the Mailroom for Disability Hiring

Barbara Otto | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Barbara Otto

People with disabilities in America are job-ready, college-educated and experienced professionals for whom working in a call center or in an assembly line wouldn't align with their valuable and hard-earned education and experience.

A Disney Princess with Down Syndrome. Could It Work?

Suzie Skougard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

There is a petition sweeping the Internet asking Disney to incorporate a protagonist with Down syndrome, but there is a backlash brewing even within the special needs community asking, is it necessary?

Freshman Who Was Born Blind Scores His First Football Touchdown

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.16.2014 | Teen

Justin Olenginski scored his first touchdown on Oct. 11. It was an extraordinary moment for the 15-year-old, who was born blind and has special needs ...

'It's OK to be different': Sports Illustrated'sSportsKid of the Year Nominee Overcomes Challenges

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 12.10.2014 | Good News
KidsInTheHouse.com

While Ezra's differences have never stopped him from pursuing his dreams, the strength he's had to demonstrate throughout his young life is apparent.

Legally Blind Gymnast Crushes Sport Without Special Treatment

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.07.2014 | Good News

Adrianna Kenebrew has a ferocious passion for gymnastics. That passion is apparent to all spectators the moment she steps up to the mats. They also...

Deal Promises To Protect People With Disabilities In NYC In Disasters

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates and city officials on Wednesday said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during di...

Man Races The Subway In His Wheelchair To Make One Really Powerful Point

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact

When a London man "raced the Tube" and posted a video of it in August, his footage garnered nearly 5 million views. But now, a man named Anthony is ta...

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Harshada Rajani

I'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.

Superheroes Who Are Deaf and the Power of Diversity

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

There are many types of superpower -- ranging from super strength to mind control. With such a wealth of fictional capabilities available, why should Superheroes be limited by their ability to hear?