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Boys in Chairs: Body Image, Boyfriends, Sexuality and Self-Image -- What It's Like to Be Inside Our Intersectionality

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

To our potential suitors: Please remember that we too are often scared of how you'll react to our disabilities, and we are constantly dealing with the echoes of systemic oppression.

Disability Doesn't Need Your Pity

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Although it is assumed a misfortune to have a disability to handle within your life, there really should be no shame or pity in having one. Those of us with disabilities are proven to have superior skills to adapting to our environments.

This Paraplegic Boy Just Wants To Be Able To See The Stars Again

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact

When Arlaeeh Galindo passed a car accident on her way to work in February 2012, she had no idea the incident involved her then-3-year-old son, Zakkary...

What You Should Know Before Requesting a Third Party to be Named Guardian of Your Adult Child

Chana Frid | Posted 04.11.2014 | Fifty
Chana Frid

Often, parents will request to be appointed their child's guardian. Sometimes, though, due to extenuating circumstances, parents may request that a different individual or organization be appointed instead.

I Wish You Could See What I See

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Love changes things, even perspectives. I know it changed mine.

I Came Out, Now How Do I Get In? The Dilemma of Being a Queer Crip

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

My biggest fear at the time (two weeks prior to my 16th birthday) was not my family's reaction to admitting that I was gay, but rather the thought that I was both disabled and queer, and how hard this particular intersection would be to accept.

The Power of My Palsy: What It Means to Be a Token of 'Inspiration' to a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

What we need to start doing as persons with disabilities is embracing this difference and realizing that (despite our knee jerk reactions to do otherwise) when someone calls us an inspiration, or told us how courageous we are, we need to start thanking them, because they are also reminding us just how powerful we in fact are.

Watching Frozen With My Daughters: Disability As Superpower and the Power of Sister Love

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

Like Elsa, Claire was born with something that makes her different. Something that puts her life at risk, something that many might think she should be ashamed of or at least try to conceal and minimize as much as possible.

Saved by a Cup of Joe

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

Phil was a 40-year-old cop with 18 years on the force. I saw him in psychiatric consultation after an incident one night in Bridgeport. While on p...

Uniting Disability. Let's Create Change

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

We as humans have the technology, and the ability. Apparently not the desire. We could be transforming sick , injured, and disabled people into healthy, happy, accommodated, valuable, and contributing members of society.

Dating Without a Voice: A Tale of Dating With a Jaw Wired Shut (Part 3)

Eric Barry | Posted 04.03.2014 | Chicago
Eric Barry

It's fascinating being unable to speak. Every interaction becomes completely reliant on non-verbal communication. Every touch, every facial twitch seems imbued with meaning.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

Allison Hertog | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

Charter schools and special education. Two concepts antithetical to each other? Not in my book. A handful of public charters are already doing a bang-up job educating kids with disabilities, I swear.

Dating Without a Voice: A Tale of Dating With a Jaw Wired Shut (Part 2)

Eric Barry | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Barry

A recent accident, which we're still piecing together, left me with my jaw and cheekbones broken, two teeth removed, a metal plate in my chin, and my ...

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Words, Words, Words: A Humanitarian Impasse

Elizabeth MacNairn | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth MacNairn

At a humanitarian impasse, we sit. We have been here at this Syrian crossroads for three years now waiting for diplomatic follow-through from the international community and growing wearier all the while.

Dating Without a Voice: A Tale of Dating With A Jaw Wired Shut (Part 1)

Eric Barry | Posted 03.25.2014 | Chicago
Eric Barry

I contemplated what exactly I'd say to women, how I would reach out now given my condition. Would I give recognition to it or let my bloodied and wired mouth speak for itself?

Doin' Disney With a Disability (And Why I'll Never Go Again)

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

It was finally time to do Disney. My brother was getting remarried in Florida, I've somehow crept into my early 40s, and I don't travel much and like...

Swimming For Wellness With Multiple Sclerosis

Cathy Chester | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

As a health advocate, I'm often called on to speak with patients who are newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I listen to their stories, and answe...

Turning Adversity Into Strength: Madeleine's Journey From Losing Her Hearing to Creating a State of the Art Vintage Store Fantasy

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum | Posted 03.21.2014 | Style
Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

With the resoluteness of her Jackie O canary ensemble, Madeleine has faced hardships that'd make Whatever Happened to Baby Jane seem like a family comedy.

Disabled Is the New Black

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

It's our imperfections that make us unique, special. Those "flaws" are what make you, you. We ourselves need to stop perpetuating the beauty myth and start by embracing the gift of the human condition in all of it's fragile versions.

Preventing Disabilities: A Collective Responsibility

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Poverty and disability form a vicious cycle. People with disabilities are more likely to end up poor. Poverty increases a person's vulnerability to disabilities and disabilities increase a person's vulnerability to poverty. This vicious cycle must be broken.

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Nomin Dari

Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is also the recipient of the first Fulbright Scholarship awarded to a blind Mongolian student.

Unnecessarily Dependent: Consequences of Denying the Mobility Challenged

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Why are we intentionally making things so much harder for those who already have more to deal with because of their disabilities, injuries, and/or limitations? It's just like kicking someone when they are already down!