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People With Disabilities Share The Cruel Things They've Been Told

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact

"What a shame you’re in a wheelchair, you’re so pretty!" a complete stranger once told record-breaking Paralympic swimmer Karni Liddell. But t...

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

Harshada Rajani | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

"I Woke Up Like Dis": Why My Disability Is the Sexiest Thing About Me

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As I have entered into my "Drewliciously Dirty Thirties" I have begun to realize that I can be sexy, not in spite of my disability, but because of my disability.

My Response To A Mean Old Woman

Debra Jenkins | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Jenkins

It's my responsibility to keep my mind and heart open to our ever-changing world if I want to remain an active participant in it. I refuse to allow myself to become as closed-minded as you, Old Woman. I will keep up and join in... or I will get out of the way.

Crisis Leadership, My Robotic Legs and the Frontiers of Innovation

Mark Pollock | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Mark Pollock

I don't want to stay in my wheelchair, and I don't want to die young, and I don't think I or anyone else paralyzed should have to anymore. I think we can create the cure.

My Response to the Kanye West Disability Debacle

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As someone who lives with a pretty noticeable disability, the Kanye West incident really struck a chord with me. As a Disability Awareness Consultant, I operate with the knowledge that many people need the tools to understand disability, and that is okay.

Every Parent is an Advocate

YAI | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
YAI

I am the mother of two adult children. My son, Daniel, had severe asthma as a child. My daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with a complex seizure disorder, intellectual disabilities and social anxiety issues.

How to Talk to Kids About Disability (and Voldemort)

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.

When A Little Girl Felt Sorry For My Son

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

I felt it more than I heard it. Deep in my stomach, in that place right below my breastbone. The place where I keep all my fears and my sadness. I felt it like a kick in the ribs.

Dare to Be 100: Danger Ahead -- Fat and Frail

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

When we think of a person as being frail we generally presume that he or she is skinny. A recent article published in the British Geriatrics Society J...

Cerebral Palsy and a Wheelchair: Two Things That Won't Stop Andrew From Going to a Gay Club (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-09-05-20140903AndrewMorrisonGurzasmall.jpgAfter an awkward conversation with the driver of the special wheelchair-accessible bus about where he was going, and then entering the club through the freight elevator, Andrew had an experience that reminded him that he's different from an already-different group.

Who Is to Say What Is Wrong and Right

Gary Arnold | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Gary Arnold

While the lives of dwarfs may often be typical, dwarfism is not, occurring at a rate of one in every 10,000 births. Because it is rare, the diagnosis can be a surprise to new parents not expecting a dwarf child. But resources are available.

'Kelly and Cal': A Fresh Look at Disabilities in Film

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Kelly is having a tough time with her newborn, but more so, she is having trouble assuming the role of a mother. She is not just affected by her hormones and lack of sleep, but also by the devastating change in her life.

Dating & Disability in the Digital Age - Point, Click, Cripple

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Many of us have resorted to online dating. It seems easy enough, right? No transit woes, no access issues... problem solved. If only things were that simple. Dating with a disability in the digital age comes with its own unique set of challenges and scenarios.

How Can I Get Rid of My Private Student Loans if I'm Disabled? It's Actually Easy.

Steve Rhode | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I have had Federal and private student loans. I have Total & Permanent Disability discharge of the Feder...

Revealing Portraits Unveil The Sexual Lives Of People With Disabilities (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts

Note: The following post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments. We live in a world where standards of beauty are brutally c...

Disability Today and John Scalzi's Great, New Novel 'Lock In'

David M. Perry | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
David M. Perry

One of the advantages of fiction, however, is that it can leap ahead of the complicated, messy, process of technological innovation and speculate about the cultural consequences of change. That's very much the case with Lock In.

How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.28.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits can be tricky and time-consuming, but you can help yourself by doing your homework and getting prepared.

From Crane Operator to Artist: How a Homeless Man Is Transforming His Life

Liz Powers | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Liz Powers

As my mailbox becomes inundated with flyers advertising extravagant Labor Day sales, I can't help but think about all of the people who became unemployed in the recession. How have their lives transformed over the last six years? Where are they now?

Discovering a "New" City Near Manhattan: The Rebirth of Jersey City

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.28.2014 | New York
Cathy Chester

As we neared the turnoff for The Holland Tunnel we saw miles of cars tied up in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Suddenly my husband shouted, "What's Plan B?" I immediately answered, "Take the exit for Jersey City."

Dating With Disabilities

YAI | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
YAI

At the end of my last blog, which was about Seeing Beyond Disability, I mentioned a social connection of mine that might progress. Since that post, my relationship has done just that, and I have spent some time thinking about dating and disability.

Illinois Ranks Low on Quality of Life for Disabled People

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.25.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

For the eighth year in a row now, Illinois has been at the bottom of an annual study that rates how well each state in the U.S.'s Medicaid programs serve its citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Self-Defense Breeds Confidence, Strength for Instructor and Students With Disabilities

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Adaptive self-defense is simply modifying typical movements to what an individual with a physical disability can do. Besides the traditional moves, students are taught to use their wheelchairs and crutches as defense mechanisms to escape.

Revisiting the Pain of Mental Illness in America: What Can We Learn From Robin Williams' Suicide?

Carol Glazer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Glazer

We need to show all of America's nearly 43 million people with mental illness the same compassion and empathy we've shown Robin Williams. They all deserve to live a full life, all of us need to benefit from what they have to give, and it can be done at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives.

iPhone App Connects People With Cerebral Palsy

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

Frantz Alexis has cerebral palsy. At times, he found it difficult to find other people with CP with whom to connect and share common experiences. The ...