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Writing and Disability: Powerful Together

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Approaching two decades worth of experience in using my writing ability to find my place in the world, I believe more than ever that the relationship between writing and disability is one that can be powerful for the disability community on a large scale.

6 Lessons from my Liberation Song

Lisa Anderson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Lisa Anderson

For reasons that I can only attribute to the grace of God, my poor, black, queer, disabled self began to experience God as an aching, yearning Presence that longed for ME through those messages

More Than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Gus, who overtly expresses room for belief in God, bites it at age 18, leaving his moribund girlfriend and freshly blind friend to mourn in the wake of his death. Is this what "all things working together for good" looks like from God's perspective?

Boys in Chairs: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Crips and Gimps Excite Me!

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I remember the first time it happened. I must have been 21. This guy and I were making out, and all of a sudden he stopped me and said, "Oh, yeah, your wheels are so hot." I remember being thoroughly freaked out.

An Internship With Impact

YAI | Posted 07.18.2014 | Impact

As the day progressed, runners, walkers, and volunteers flocked to the registration area where I was working. It became organized chaos. Before long, the entire park was filled with bright yellow and orange shirts emblazoned with the YAI logo.

One Family's Journey and Joy: The 2014 Special Olympics Makes More Than One Kind of Impact

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon something wonderful happening in Central New Jersey: it was the 2014 Special Olympics. Of course, I've heard of the g...

In Defense of People Who Need Caregivers: Disability Should Not Erase Dignity

Emily Ladau | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

Parents of kids with disabilities have an immense presence on the Internet. Not a day goes by during which I don't come across stories from their perspectives, often sharing the experiences of caregiving for their children.

A Positive Attitude Is Much More Than A Smile

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPeople with positive attitudes get mad, just like anyone else, and they don't spend their days with a smile plastered on their faces covering up their frustrations. A positive attitude is someone who is proactive, who finds a desire within themselves to create positive change.

Are Disabled Americans Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Right-wing wars of disinformation and demonization can be a wonder to behold, but the attacks on disabled recipients of Social Security benefits have been especially mean-spirited.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

How I Found Inspiration In The Typical

Christie Taylor | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWil is not typical because he has 47 chromosomes, while all the other children in his classroom have 46. In other words, Wil has Down syndrome, and his classmates do not. Seeger is not typical, because it's not common to hear kids share these everyday types of conversations with Wil.

I Look At You, And I Am Inspired Only For My Son

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Seidman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI find inspiration in teens and adults with cerebral palsy doing everyday things. If I saw an adult with cerebral palsy in a pool swimming, I'd be psyched. I am inspired because of the hope they give me that Max will do the same when he is older.

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

Jess Wilson | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBrooke is not inspiring because she is autistic. She is inspiring because she lives her life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance.

"Inspiration Porn" Objectifies People With Disabilities

Ellen Painter Dollar | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Painter Dollar

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdmire me for what I do -- for writing well, raising decent kids or having a lovely garden. But don't admire me just for existing, just because I live a mostly unremarkable life with scars and a limp and a history of dozens of broken bones.

Leveling The Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young And The Dangers Of "Inspiration Porn"

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends
Erin M. Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen you do something unexpected or out of the ordinary, it rarely starts out as such. You do it because you want to or because it could lead to a better way of life. You're not thinking about the lasting impact it may or may not have on people, or how they will react to your decision to do something crazy.

WATCH: This May Be The Single Greatest Lie We've All Been Sold About Disability

TEDTalks | Posted 07.11.2014 | TED Weekends

Being disabled doesn't automatically make you a noble inspiration to all humanity, says Stella Young. In this very funny talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."

What's So Special About Special Needs?

Carol Glazer | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Carol Glazer

Like many people with intellectual disabilities, Jacob speaks with few filters, often saying the one thing in the room that everyone is thinking, but no one else dares to say.

Just Play

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Old Forge had many shortcomings, but one of its greatest accomplishments was providing a place where kids with disabilities were just kids.

The Misadventures of Dating When Queer and Crippled: The Art of Rejection

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

In my dating experiences as a Queer Cripple, any time I have been rejected, I have never really been given one of the safe stock answers, but instead I have been hit with a barrage of honesty -- typically, a direct result of my crippledness.

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

Bill Quigley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

The Day I Took a Knife to School, and How It Changed Me

Mary J. Moss | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

"I might as well be invisible," I thought. I was sitting in my wheelchair in the locker room while the other kids played a sport in gym class. I could hear them and wondered how long it would take for anyone to find me. I felt so alone. I thought I was a burden to my family, and I felt hopeless.

9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Lisa Copen

It's summertime! And it seems everyone must be playing beach volleyball or experiencing their perfect vacation. It is easy for the chronically ill person to feel left out.

Making Time to Make a Difference

YAI | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

I don't define myself solely by my job. For me, it's just as important to use my time outside of work in ways that are fulfilling. In my spare time, I volunteer with the YAI Network.