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Dear Parents: No, I Won't Run Your Child Over With My Wheelchair

Emily Ladau | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

But then, you heard your son's questions and you cut him off. You told him "She could run you over!" as you laughed a condescending laugh and pulled him away. It seems you entirely missed the point of what could have been a perfect teachable moment. And it stung.

The Christmas I Died -- Briefly -- Only To Wake Up With A Greater Sense Of Purpose

Richard L. Burns | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

'Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house, happiness reigned. The year was 1968 and as usual I was busy with clients on the phone, when suddenly, a headache, like I've never had before, struck me. I went upstairs to lie down and rest with my young son watching over me. Then to the hospital I went and my life to heaven, for I died, to awake with new purpose and intent.

Why The Hell Do I Deserve This?

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

I don't think I would have had the time to study what I've always wanted, start my own business, travel the world, give lectures in lots of different places and publish a children's book, without knowing that the most limited thing I've got is my time here on earth.

The Dreaded Christmas Concert

Sue Robins | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Sue Robins

Planning for success is all about perspective: it is a kids' Christmas concert, not a Broadway show. I need to take my own advice: most of all, relax and enjoy -- your kid is awesome just the way they are.

Keeping it Real on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

On December 3rd 2014 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Keeping it Real (KIR) Foundation in collaboration with the Niger Delta Coalition of Persons with Disabilities observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014.

I'm A Person With A Disability And My Body Is Not A Mistake

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Kristin Duquette

But as inner turmoil may come and go, I've come to realize that my body is pure, specifically designed, and not left to be abandoned. That my body is a dimension of myself, and something of power and strength.

Good News in Dog Land

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

In a few short months I will publish a new memoir with Simon and Schuster. It's about my life with my first guide dog " Corky" and it details the remarkable gift-a daily gift-that a guide dog really is. Here is how I describe our first meeting.

The Hospital Isn't a Warzone, and I'm Not a Warrior

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

One can continue to call patients "brave" and "fighters" all they want, but this often reinforces the idea that they must live up to the expectation of being strong.

Tom Harkin and the Ladder of Opportunity

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

This week Senator Tom Harkin delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate after 40 years of public service and profound leadership on disability issues. His landmark work on the Americans with Disabilities Act dramatically increased opportunities for people with disabilities.

My Life at Frost Valley YMCA

YAI | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Cody is one of the many people who have benefited from YAI's Mainstreaming at Camp Program, which offers inclusive, safe and caring summer camp opportunities to children with disabilities in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA.

What Happened to Romania's Irrecuperables?

John Feffer | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, the issue that catapulted Romania into the headlines in the West, after the rise and fall of Ceausescu, was the country's orphanages. Journalists and foreign health care workers were appalled to discover the condition of babies and children in the many state-run institutions in the country.

The Art of Asking: Needing Help When You Just Want to Be 'One of the Boys'

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is in these moments that I have to come face to face with my disability, and the anxiety around what that might mean can be all consuming.

Police Deliver Groceries To Grandma Caught Shoplifting To Feed Family

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.12.2014 | Good News

This kindhearted officer's unique approach to enforcing the law meant helping someone who needed it most. Helen Johnson, of Tarrant, Alabama, went...

Let's Pass the ABLE Act

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

Every parent wants their child to have a shot at the American Dream. For the parents of a child affected by a severe disability such as Down Syndrome or autism, that hope for a secure future is no less powerful.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities

Karyn Twaronite | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Karyn Twaronite

Here are some steps companies can take to demonstrate that they choose to be inclusive. Because building an environment where everybody can succeed is not just a normal part of doing business, it provides a competitive advantage.

A Voice of Disability Lost

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I was saddened to read on Monday morning of the passing of Stella Young. She was a woman I never had the chance to meet, but I learned of her when a couple people sent me a link to the video of the TED Talk she gave earlier this year, "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much."

The Place of the 'Able' in Disability Activism

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

While the voice of the "able" is very welcome in a discussion of disability, those who actually deal with disability and discrimination should not be afraid to speak up and voice their opinions and concerns.

I Temporarily Had A Physical Disability

xoJANE | Posted 12.04.2014 | Women

I learned a lot by having Löfgren syndrome. It taught me how strong and resilient people with disabilities can be, but more importantly, it taught me that people with disabilities don't want my pity -- they want respect and solidarity, just like any other person does.

The Future of Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports
Eli Wolff

The future of sport is going to involve athletes with and without disabilities competing in sports together. Sports traditionally designed for athletes with a disability present a tremendous opportunity to also open up to include all participants -- both those with or without a disability.

Curiosity Never Killed the Cat

Alyssa Silva | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Silva

Let's begin by pointing out the obvious. I'm different and look different, in which case I find it completely normal that a child gets curious. In fact, I believe their curiosity is a great thing because without being curious and never asking, they'll never know.

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.