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It's an Accessible Life: My 24/7 Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

What happens when a group of accessibility specialists get together? Well, even if you never wondered, let me tell you about a conference I attended recently with a group of like-minded professionals.

The Ice Bucket Challenge and a Cold Dose of Reality

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Now that we've spent the second half of the summer watching our Facebook news feed fill up with our "friends" doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the question of what was really accomplished comes to mind.

Modernize Disability Benefits So People With Disabilities Can Work

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As companies like Walgreens, AMC, EY and others have found, employees who have disabilities are extremely productive, highly loyal and less likely to quit. If we find the right jobs for the right people, it will boost companies' bottom line.

3 Hilarious Moments That Could Only Occur When You Are 'Copulating and Crippled'

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

We may not all have the same types of sex as each other, but I guarantee that each and every one of us will have an embarrassingly comical, post-coital story to share with our friends over a greasy spoon breakfast the next morning.

I Am Vulnerable Because I'm Disabled, Not Because I'm a Woman

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

Violence is violence, no matter how much we categorize, justify or classify it. When one's level of vulnerability plays a role in violence, however, it doesn't matter who you are, or whether you can stand or sit.

Why I Study LGBTQ and Disability in Social Work

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I have been involved with the LGBTQ population since the age of 16. I was tired of feeling like the outsider among my peers and community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

The Real Social Problem Behind Telling Kanye West to Shut Up for Telling Wheelchair Users to Stand Up

Emily Ladau | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

Emphasis on the value of standing has continually proven problematic for me. Consider, for instance, a typical day at an American school. Slouching, slumping and staying seated in school were interpreted as disinterest or disrespect -- much the same logic that likely fueled West's insistence that every single person in the venue get on their feet.

People With Disabilities Share The Cruel Things They've Been Told

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact

"What a shame you’re in a wheelchair, you’re so pretty!" a complete stranger once told record-breaking Paralympic swimmer Karni Liddell. But t...

Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Harshada Rajani

I'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.

"I Woke Up Like Dis": Why My Disability Is the Sexiest Thing About Me

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As I have entered into my "Drewliciously Dirty Thirties" I have begun to realize that I can be sexy, not in spite of my disability, but because of my disability.

My Response To A Mean Old Woman

Debra Jenkins | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Jenkins

It's my responsibility to keep my mind and heart open to our ever-changing world if I want to remain an active participant in it. I refuse to allow myself to become as closed-minded as you, Old Woman. I will keep up and join in... or I will get out of the way.

Crisis Leadership, My Robotic Legs and the Frontiers of Innovation

Mark Pollock | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Mark Pollock

I don't want to stay in my wheelchair, and I don't want to die young, and I don't think I or anyone else paralyzed should have to anymore. I think we can create the cure.

My Response to the Kanye West Disability Debacle

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As someone who lives with a pretty noticeable disability, the Kanye West incident really struck a chord with me. As a Disability Awareness Consultant, I operate with the knowledge that many people need the tools to understand disability, and that is okay.

Every Parent is an Advocate

YAI | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

How to Talk to Kids About Disability (and Voldemort)

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.

When A Little Girl Felt Sorry For My Son

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

I felt it more than I heard it. Deep in my stomach, in that place right below my breastbone. The place where I keep all my fears and my sadness. I felt it like a kick in the ribs.

Dare to Be 100: Danger Ahead -- Fat and Frail

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

When we think of a person as being frail we generally presume that he or she is skinny. A recent article published in the British Geriatrics Society J...

Cerebral Palsy and a Wheelchair: Two Things That Won't Stop Andrew From Going to a Gay Club (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-09-05-20140903AndrewMorrisonGurzasmall.jpgAfter an awkward conversation with the driver of the special wheelchair-accessible bus about where he was going, and then entering the club through the freight elevator, Andrew had an experience that reminded him that he's different from an already-different group.

Who Is to Say What Is Wrong and Right

Gary Arnold | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Gary Arnold

While the lives of dwarfs may often be typical, dwarfism is not, occurring at a rate of one in every 10,000 births. Because it is rare, the diagnosis can be a surprise to new parents not expecting a dwarf child. But resources are available.

'Kelly and Cal': A Fresh Look at Disabilities in Film

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Kelly is having a tough time with her newborn, but more so, she is having trouble assuming the role of a mother. She is not just affected by her hormones and lack of sleep, but also by the devastating change in her life.

Dating & Disability in the Digital Age - Point, Click, Cripple

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Many of us have resorted to online dating. It seems easy enough, right? No transit woes, no access issues... problem solved. If only things were that simple. Dating with a disability in the digital age comes with its own unique set of challenges and scenarios.

How Can I Get Rid of My Private Student Loans if I'm Disabled? It's Actually Easy.

Steve Rhode | Posted 11.02.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I have had Federal and private student loans. I have Total & Permanent Disability discharge of the Feder...

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...

Disability Today and John Scalzi's Great, New Novel 'Lock In'

David M. Perry | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
David M. Perry

One of the advantages of fiction, however, is that it can leap ahead of the complicated, messy, process of technological innovation and speculate about the cultural consequences of change. That's very much the case with Lock In.

How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits can be tricky and time-consuming, but you can help yourself by doing your homework and getting prepared.