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Inhale Love; Exhale Gratitude

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.25.2014 | Good News
Linda Noble Topf

Gratitude reminds us to find our happiness in everything -- in exceptional things, in mundane things, in good things, in so-so things and even in terrible things.

I Lost A Friend Today

Beth Whitley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Beth Whitley

They say that a crisis really shows you who your friends are. I don't subscribe to many things that "they" say, but this one, yes.

'But You Don't Look Disabled... '

Jillayna Adamson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Jillayna Adamson

So what does disability look like? In the modern western world, with the rise of technology and human capabilities, disability has the power to enhance the diversity of one of man's greatest, most simple contributions to betterment of this world: perspective.

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.

What You Need to Know Before Reading New Social Security Statements

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

When was the last time you took a close look at your Social Security benefit statement? It was probably around 2011, when the Social Security Admi...

Redefining Disability

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

Disability. It is an interesting word and one that many of us feel we cannot relate to. For nearly 19 years of my life, I was never classified as someone with a disability, until one day, in literally a split second everything I knew changed and I was now classified as an individual with a physical disability.

4 Reasons That Feminism and Disability Rights Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Not only am I still convinced that feminism has a purpose and should be discussed, but I think that initiatives for women's empowerment could hold a lot of promise for ameliorating the issues faced by persons with disabilities in the workplace.

Stroller Shopping vs. Wheelchair Shopping

Liz Jackson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Liz Jackson

Upon reading the definitions for "wheelchair" and for "stroller," I started to feel like they weren't really all that different. They are both described as chairs on wheels, just intended for different people.

Ebola's Forgotten Victims

Adam Huebner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Adam Huebner

The world's largest "minority group," people with disabilities are often marginalized and extremely vulnerable due to the barriers placed around them by institutions, their physical environment, and community attitudes and beliefs.

Letting You In: The Complexities of Post-coital Care as a Queer Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

By agreeing to help me with post-coital care and attempting to understand the realities of my disability, he was being more intimate with me than any one-night stand had ever been. And I was showing him my true self, my vulnerabilities and my realness. My disability and all that it encompasses were laid bare without apology or exception.

Why I Choose to Ignore My Medical Chart

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

When I look in the mirror I remember the toughness of my situation. Even among the other handicapped people, I'm considered a "worse case scenario." And there is pain sometimes. Nothing is simple, and sure, I had to give up on some childhood dreams but so what? There isn't one great movie without a plot twist.

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.

Will You Make Time to Help Make a Difference in the World?

Cathy Chester | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

Which cause will I choose in order to make a difference? I'm not quite sure. But whatever it may be you can be sure that it will be something I believe in.

Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

Richard Zombeck | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

Is it so unreasonable that we ask people who are housing our veterans to treat them with at least the same respect, rather than using them as cash cows and bilking the system for nearly $1 million a year in the process?

We All Fall Down Sometimes, And Yet... A Spina Bifida Awareness Post

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

All the kids swing. All the kids slide. All the kids run and play. But only one of them is constantly falling down and, it turns out, she's starting to notice it too.

No Masks Allowed: Dating When Your Teen Is Transgender

Mary J. Moss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.

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.

Taking Away the Right to Vote

YAI | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
YAI

While politicians and other elected officials are making every effort to convince more Americans to vote in the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote.

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?

Is it Really a New Year?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Jay Ruderman

In the High Holiday prayers we say, "May we all blend into one community to do Thy will with a whole heart." We can never be whole unless we are one community, with everyone having an equal seat around the table.

Feel the Fear and Do Me Anyway: I know My Disability Scares You; Here's Why That's Okay

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I can always tell when a guy that I am about to hang out (read: date or hookup) with is afraid or apprehensive about my disability. The signs are tell tale, and any cripple who has tried to go on a date or a hook up has undoubtedly experienced this in one way or another.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 10.03.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Beyond Awareness: National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month here in the United States. I'm personally not out to promote awareness anymore, because we are there already. We are aware that people with Down syndrome are the same as people without.

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2014: 'Change My World in 1 Minute'

Nicole Luongo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), over 17 million people worldwide have cerebral palsy -- for which there is no cure. I am one of them.

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

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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.