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Dating With Disabilities

YAI | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 ...

5 Reasons Why Going on a Date With That Disabled Dude Will Totally Be Worth It

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It goes without saying that the majority of people are simply unaware to some of the things that we crips have to contend with. We are no better or worse than other dating options. That said, I want to review some reasons that make a date with a cripple really is amazeballs.

To The Typical Siblings

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You are perhaps more mature than someone your age. You've probably had more responsibilities than most of your peers. I guess in some ways you've lived a different life, life impacted by disability.

Robin Williams: A Discussion of Disability and the Duty of The Media

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

No one will ever know why Robin Williams took his own life. That is not for us to know. However, for us to even entertain the suggestion that disability was the primary contributing factor is shameful, telling and chilling all at once.

Seeing Beyond Disability

YAI | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
YAI

When I asked a friend what she considered "being disabled" meant, she said she considered it being human. Her answer started to shift my view of having a disability to one of having a shared experience in relating to disability, especially in seeing the hidden disabilities in others around us.

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.

Working Out at the (Implicit) Fitness Center

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Negative caricatures of aging are far too prevalent in our culture -- and they are harmful. Simply telling people to think positively about aging doesn't work, because the mind is very good at thwarting such explicit lessons. There may, however, be a more subtle way to mitigate the deleterious effects of such caricatures.

Yes, My Adult Son with Down Syndrome Lives at Home

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

The first thing you should know is this: My son Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to, but because we want to live together.

A Dream We Are ABLE to Enact at Last

William Daroff | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
William Daroff

The ABLE Act is a necessary measure to ensure equality and independence for all Americans. It signifies that our country values the rights of all individuals and recognizes the potential within each and every one of us. The time is right, and the time is now, to make this dream a reality at last.

How to Find the Best Reacher Grabber Tool

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground?

Why I Am Not Touching the Story About the Abandoned Baby With Down syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

Now, I don't know what is true or not. I think there are three people in this world that know exactly what happened there and unfortunately, they are not issuing a joint statement.

Improving Voting Access for New Yorkers With Disabilities

Letitia James | Posted 08.07.2014 | New York
Letitia James

With more than 900,000 people in New York City living and working with disabilities, it is important that they are able to exercise their voting rights without impediments.

The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation, and Access

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Diana Samarasan, Disability Rights Fund By Beverly Bell August 5, 2014   Diana Samarasan is founder and director of the Dis...

My Personal Introspection into FSHD Muscular Dystrophy

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Our bodies are our vessels that contain our energy, our souls. Vessels we are in charge of filling with beautiful moments, positive experiences and personal enlightenment's towards finding oneself.

The Case of the Clingosaurus Cripple

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Soon-to-be lovers, friends or others, know that when I text or call you immediately following our hang out, I'm not trying to be clingy or needy, I am simply ensuring that the potential normalcy I am feeling doesn't crumble to the floor.

How Much Insurance Do You Need In Retirement?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.30.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Insurance is only worth the money if it truly protects you and your finances. At this time in life, as you approach retirement or semi-retirement, it's wise to re-examine your current policies. That way you'll know that you have what you need -- and you're not wasting precious dollars on what you don't.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

Statement on the 2014 Social Security Trustees' Report

Bob Greenstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Social Security is the most effective and successful income-security program in the nation's history. Policymakers should design reforms judiciously so that it remains so.

The ADA at 24: Honoring the Unsung Heroes

Bill Destler | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Bill Destler

For most college students, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the law of the land their entire lives. But the road to get to this point was a long one, paved by men and women who most have never heard of.

Awaiting the 2014 Social Security Trustees' Report

Kathy Ruffing | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ruffing

Social Security's trustees will release their annual review of the program's finances on Monday, and while we're not sure what the report will say, the trustees last year estimated that Social Security's combined trust funds will be exhausted in 2033.

Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability; it could be physical or it could be psychiatric and requires you to take medication. Imagine that based on that diagnosis, a judge decides you are unfit for custody of your child.