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Disability Rights

Every Parent is an Advocate

YAI | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
YAI

I am the mother of two adult children. My son, Daniel, had severe asthma as a child. My daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with a complex seizure disorder, intellectual disabilities and social anxiety issues.

Revealing Portraits Unveil The Sexual Lives Of People With Disabilities (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts

Note: The following post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments. We live in a world where standards of beauty are brutally c...

Defending My Son's Life to Richard Dawkins

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

I'm not telling any parent what they can or can't, should or shouldn't do. I'm telling Richard Dawkins he's wrong to make that blanket statement as well. Sadly, more wrong than I believe he has the capacity to know. But I wouldn't deny him life because of it.

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.

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.

The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide

Ana Acton | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Ana Acton

We all must take a skeptical look and acknowledge the role that money and power play in end-of- life decisions, and how assisted suicide is being used by some health care companies and decision-makers to increase their bottom line by denying treatment.

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.

And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

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

Emily Ladau | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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.

Are Disabled Americans Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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.

What's So Special About Special Needs?

Carol Glazer | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

The Rights of the Down Trodden

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Development isn't just about constructing roads, markets, school and proving electricity and schools, it's also about ensuring that the poorest of the people are well catered for.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

Inclusion for All

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Having interpreters at music venues, fairs or outdoor events may seem like a small detail, but for those who rely on ASL, it can make a huge difference.

Inspired By His Paralyzed Wife, This Combat Vet Created A Line Of Badass Wheelchair Tanks

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact

If life gives you lemons, Brad Soden will likely tell you to make lemonade. He's just a no-excuses type of guy. "People in wheelchair's got a probl...

End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women's Rights

Kriti Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Kriti Sharma

A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

Carol Glazer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Carol Glazer

Hiring people with disabilities is not about charity, nor about setting a lower standard of performance, nor even about taking any greater risk than with any other hire. Corporate America will harness the creativity, talent and problem solving abilities of people who spend their lives navigating a world that wasn't built for them.

People Who Have Experienced Discrimination To Haters: 'Kiss My A**'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact

A group of people who have experienced discrimination has issued a strong statement to the people who judge them. It goes like this: "Kiss my ass."...

Clans, Cults and Tribes: From Family to Deaf Culture

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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.