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Disability Rights

Clans, Cults and Tribes: From Family to Deaf Culture

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, dedicated to provocation, has produced an excellent version of Nina Raine's Tribes. It might appear to be a play about an 'issue,' deafness in this instance.

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.

Deaf Culture in Hollywood

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Think about the last five movies you saw. Were there any deaf individuals in them? When was the last time you saw a deaf weather person delivering the forecast?

Campaign Launched to Generate White House Invitation for U.S. Power Wheelchair Soccer Team

Santiago Halty | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Santiago Halty

In 2011 the United States Power Soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup title, becoming the only U.S. soccer team to win back-to-back World...

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

Sochi Paralympics Should Level Playing Field for All Russians With Disabilities

Andrea Mazzarino | Posted 03.05.2014 | Sports
Andrea Mazzarino

Without concrete improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities, the strength and independence of Paralympic athletes may seem to the Russian public more like the exception than the rule.

A Matter of Worth

Janet Froetscher | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

One of the most dramatic findings of this research is that only 44 percent of adults with intellectual disability aged 21-64 are in the labor force. This compares to 83 percent of working-age adults without disabilities who are in the labor force.

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

Making Inclusion a Reality

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

People with disabilities live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, shop at our stores, but too often, we don't know them.

New York Fashion Week Features First-Ever Model In Wheelchair

Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

By Maggie Freleng, Women's eNews NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--The fashion industry is coming under steady pressure to widen the spectrum of beauty ideal...

The Mobile Issues of the Disabled

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

We need to do a hell of a lot more to help those in the disability community into their own independence. One way to start is accessible, reliable, affordable transportation so that we can dream again.

Advocating for Your College Student With Autism

Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

Transitioning to a self-advocating adult takes time for any child. To expect students with autism to miraculously and suddenly be able to do this without extra support will guarantee the failure of many.

Autism and Disclosure: Is Virginia's 'Autism' ID Card Ethical?

William Stillman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
William Stillman

Kathie Snow, a disability rights advocate, brought to my attention a recent news item about Senate Bill 367 in Virginia. The bill would require a bar code on driver's licenses and identification cards that can be scanned to reveal if a person has autism.

The Deaf Community Demands More

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Unfortunately, both state and federal agencies have neglected to establish consistent standards for interpreters, allowing unlicensed and uncertified individuals to do great disservice to deaf citizens.

Roll in My Chair

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

As a wheelchair user and college student, I became frustrated with how the general public perceives and treats people with disabilities. In 2011, I founded a program called A Day in a Wheelchair on Trinity College's campus.

Community: A Gift for the Jewish Future

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

Inclusion means ensuring everyone can access Jewish institutions and activities, and understanding that each one of us has a role to play so that all people are welcome and can participate meaningfully.

Halfway There

Robert Slayton | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Robert Slayton

Thanks to the United Spinal Association, New York City is about to see a big improvement in the disabled community's access to taxi cabs. There is still a long way to go, however.

Gripping Photos Prove That People With Disabilities Know No Limits

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact

Medical and technological advances have opened up more opportunities than ever before for the more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. ...

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America

Judith E. Heumann | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Judith E. Heumann

Hundreds of thousands of American parents and disabled people have fought hard to bring about the dramatic changes that have occurred in our country over the decades. But what about the parents and disabled people in other countries who face the same kinds of challenges?

Cooperative Progress on Disability Rights is Needed

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

As it is often cited in the US in various contexts, we should not leave anyone behind. Progress in our societies will be meaningful when it provides dignity to all and when it is inclusive.

10 Majorly Successful People With Disabilities

Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact

By Tiffiny Carlson, the Mobility Resource Everyone has hardships they encounter in their lives, but when someone with a disability is able to overc...

This Video Will Change The Way You Look At Deaf People

Human Rights Watch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Human Rights Watch

(Sydney) – Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximizes their potential....

What It Really Means To Be An Advocate For My Daughter

Robert Rummel-Hudson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Robert Rummel-Hudson

Sometimes I feel fear when I ponder Schuyler's future, but with that fear also comes something that looks and feels very much like hope. It's the hope that society can undergo a kind of sea change.

Hey Employers: If You Build It, Job Seekers With Disabilities Will Come

Barbara Otto | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Barbara Otto

People with disabilities are really the last frontier for workplace equality. They represent millions of working-age Americans who just happen to have a disability. And they're ready, willing and qualified to work.

At the Delacorte

Mona R. Washington | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Mona R. Washington

Avid theatre goers form two lines outside Central Park's Delacorte Theatre. One line is very short, and the other is very long. MAN ONE and WOMAN stand in the middle of the short line, chatting. MAN ONE drains a water bottle, as WOMAN sips a jumbo coffee.