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Eight Former Commissioners of Social Security Voice Support for Disability Programs

Donna Meltzer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Eight former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration (SSA) have since released an open letter in support of the Social Security disability programs.

What Is It Like To Be Deafblind?

Quora | Posted 06.10.2013 | Health News
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Cristina Hartmann, Writer I'll tell you about what it's like to lose your sight as...

Teddy: Aventura, Florida, Dec. 30, 2010

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I thought I'd cured myself of my chronic "foot-in-mouth-itis" -- that is, saying things to people based on assumption, being totally wrong, then feeling like a jerk. But alas, it lingers.

LGBT's Living With Disabilities: Also Here, Also Queer

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

I recently sat down with Andrew Morrison-Gurza, a 28 year old gay male who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Andrew is a grad student who is finishing his MA in Legal Studies with a concentration on Disability and currently looking for work.

The Facts About the Social Security Disability Programs

Donna Meltzer | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

A recent series that aired on NPR stations across the U.S. ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America" and "Trends With Benefits") paints a misleading and often inaccurate picture of the Social Security programs that serve as a vital lifeline for millions of Americans with severe disabilities.

Video Game Helps The Blind Navigate Buildings

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A video game that uses a computer-generated layout of a building can help to prepare the blind ...

Let's Help 'Spread the Word to End the Word'

Naba Sharif, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Naba Sharif, M.D.

When I hear the word "retarded" used to describe someone or something that is unintelligent, silly or even as a filler word when another adjective doesn't suffice, it literally makes me cringe.

Pay It Forward: Undergraduate Scholars Research

Serena Lee | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Serena Lee

In a circle of UCLA undergraduate scholars, we held a lively discussion about mice brains in lab research. Aside from the gory mouse termination details, I was fascinated by the array of research topics.

My Laptop Gave Me What My Autoimmune Disease Took Away

Cathy Chester | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

The most important reason why I love my laptop is it opens the world to me without the need to leave the comfort of my home. When you have a disability, that's a very important reason.

My Child Will Miss Out: Parenting and Disabilities

Brenda Rothman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

Children with a disability do not have a life "minus." They have a life, period. It's their life. It's not some other child's life, their parent's life or their peers' life. It's their life.

Why Is PDS So "Progressive"? Warning: Strong Opinions, Language and Sarcasm

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifBy now you've hopefully read a few of our blogs and gotten to know some of the PDS clients... but we thought we would take the time to talk about the bigger picture.

Disability Rights and the Interational Symbol of Accessibility

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Lisa Wade

Justin J.W. Powell and Liat Ben-Moshe have written a great short history of the icon signifying accessibility for people who use wheelchairs for the magazine Stimulus Respond. The story, they argue, is one of "exclusion to inclusion."

Meet Lisa, Robin and Victoria: The Banana Republic Posse

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifLisa grabs a big handful of packaged tights from the back room and then heads out to the sales floor. She knows exactly what to do and how to do it, because she has worked at Banana Republic now for 15 years. Lisa has Down Syndrome.

Disabilities Don't Derail Drive

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

The term "disability" has been defined by society. We have made it OK to outcast individuals who are impaired when their impairments do not restrict their abilities. A disability becomes a problem in sports when there are regulations against them.

'We Are Unstoppable'

Malika Ait-Mohammed Parent | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Malika Ait-Mohammed Parent

Collectively, we must focus our efforts on working with this vulnerable yet powerful group of people.

Meet Guy: A Great Guy With a Great Job!

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifA park surrounds the municipal pool where Guy works, so it's easy for him to take his daily count of his favorite bird while he works site maintenance. Guy does all the stuff here that the full-timers rarely have time to do.

Creating Jobs, Opportunities and Moments

Outside the Box | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Outside the Box

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWelcome to one of the most rewarding and humbling days of my life. Not just my working life, but my entire life.

A Big Side Effect Of Stress

Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty

This will make you stop and count to 10 the next time you're feeling stressed at the office: the more stressed you are in midlife, the more likely it ...

The Obama Administration Invents a Right to Wheelchair Basketball

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

The American people are a compassionate lot. I have no doubt that they will support the notion that kids with disabilities should get to play sports, too. But let's put it to their elected representatives to decide how it might work, not the faceless bureaucrats in the Office of Civil Rights.

Lisa Belkin

LOOK: Illustrations By Moms That Will Stop You In Your Tracks

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents

When Katherine Kowalski read the story about Gabe's Care Map here on HuffPost Parents last week she recognized her own life. Like Gabe Lind, whose mot...

Inauguration Largely Accessible

Josh Solomon | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics
Josh Solomon

Billed as the most accessible Presidential Inauguration ever by organizers, attending the swearing-in ceremony was a mixed bag for people with disabilities.

'A Mind Like Schwarzenegger's Body' -- Interview With Susan Fernbach on Behalf of Mark O'Brien

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Harriet Cabelly

After seeing the movie The Sessions... I looked for someone to enlighten me further on how Mark O'Brien was able to engage in life with such charm and spunk.

A Stable Workforce Is Essential for People With Disabilities

Althea McLuckie | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Althea McLuckie

Direct-care staff make a commitment to helping each one of us live the life we want -- and for that they should be paid fairly.

Our National Failure to Commit

Don Kraus | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Don Kraus

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' opponents seem stuck in a partisan twilight zone of UN black helicopters and conspiracy theories that undercuts U.S. influence in global affairs. They've perfected a method of defeating virtually every treaty that comes along.

The Disabled States of America

Jerry Adler | Posted 02.09.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

"I applaud the Senate for preserving our sovereignty." -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), after the Senate voted down a United Nations treaty on disability ri...