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A Shared Vision of Access

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
D. Michael Lindsay

When we invest a great deal of thought and energy in something -- whether that's finishing a classic tome like Moby-Dick, or, say, conducting a massiv...

Struggling to Change What You're Given

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Seventeen-year-old Theresa Tran is one of this year's winners of the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio's Beat the Odds® scholarships after overcoming tough odds including physical disability, the death of a beloved sibling, and a father who suddenly abandoned the family.

The Gift My Disability Gave Me

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Sometimes the only way we are able to change our perspective is because our perspective is changed for us.

Teetering on Eviction's Edge While Congress Delays Unemployment Benefits

Donna Sprague | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Donna Sprague

We are at a loss as to what we will do now that the unemployment has just run out. We live month to month. We really do not want to become homeless, but if something doesn't give, that is where we will end up, without even a vehicle to sleep in. In Ohio, in winter.

Loving Real Inclusion

Micaela Connery | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Micaela Connery

I experienced inclusion before I knew the word. Growing up, Kelsey was my cousin, not a person with a disability we had to include. She had things tha...

A Jewish Approach to the Differently-abled

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Why should people who have so much to deal with feel that they need to hide their personal struggle with their disability or that of someone in their family?

The Misadventures of Dating When Queer and Crippled

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

While you're thinking: "I've never been with a PwD before," I'm thinking, "I've never been with someone who was REALLY okay with my disability." You: Who takes care of him? Me: Will they help me if I need it? How do I ask?

5 Things I Want You to Know About Multiple Sclerosis And Me

Cathy Chester | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

The month of March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, an effort to help expand knowledge, support and understanding about the disease. I wrote this short piece to educate others about what it feels like to live with MS and a disability.

Because of DadMom: Troubling Messages in Ads About Parenting

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

How can people who may not have amazing dads in their lives grow up to be or expect to co-parent with amazing dads if we don't see dads being normal and amazing in our lives?

The March of India: Living in the Shadow of a Disability

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

There's a certain level of uncertainty that comes with having a disability, but I've never feared for my own life simply because I'm in a wheelchair.

Special Needs Parents, You Are Not Invisible

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You parent a child with special needs and sometimes you feel alone and invisible. But you are not. Today, I want to tell you that I see you.

5 Things I Would Say to My Younger Self About Having a Disability

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

When the rare invitation comes along to do something else, you might be reluctant to skip what you had planned for something that may or may not work out well. Do it.

Making Inclusion a Reality

William Daroff | Posted 04.22.2014 | 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.

Study Reveals Dangerous Consequence Of Sitting Too Much

Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty

Long hours chained to your work desk could really be harming your health, a new study reveals. Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg Schoo...

Sometimes Bankruptcy Discharges Student Loans

Brad Reid | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Brad Reid

In reviewing reported cases over the last eight months that directly addressed student loans in the context of bankruptcy, almost one-third of these court decisions allowed a discharge. There are several lessons to learn from these recent decisions.

WATCH: This Artist Overcame Adversity To Make Art That Will Blow You Away

TEDTalks | Posted 04.16.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

phil hansen embrace the shakeHamburger grease. Frozen wine. Live worms. These are just some of the materials artist Phil Hansen uses to create his stunning artwork. Find out how limits fuel his creativity and see his unbelievable creations for yourself.

My Daughter Who Almost Wasn't

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

I however share a more intrinsic view. My child, even unborn, is a person of their own. Because her life itself is life, growing and developing, albeit within my body, but still her very own.

Four Things I've Learned From Running a Disability Film Festival

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

When we started ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, over six years ago, all I knew was that there were important and powerful films that were not getting enough exposure and deserved a platform.

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.

Somewhat Deaf and Completely Scared

Doug Zeigler | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Zeigler

At the behest of my wife, I went for a hearing test to determine how much hearing loss I had... with her accompanying me. I'm not ashamed to say (now) that scared the shit out of me. In this weird panic, I was worried she'd see how bad it is was and say, "Screw this!" and leave me.

For People With Disabilities, 2014 Is the Year to Think Big

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I am going to build a recreation center for people with disabilities in the suburban area of Philadelphia. I have a vision of part gym, part night club, part game room, part living room.

Disability and the Starfish

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Did you know that roughly 20% of the U.S. population is disabled and on Disability? That's nearly 11 million people. If a population that size formed a state, it would be 8th largest in the U.S..

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.

5 Things I've Learned From Having a Disability

Alyssa Silva | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Silva

You get to decide how you want to handle those hardships because you are the pilot on this journey. You can either feel sorry for yourself and all of your troubles, or you can learn to move on and lead a life of happiness. The choice is up to you, and only you.

Daniel Koffler Fuses Old Practices With New Technology, and Offers 5 Key Tips for Students Struggling With Learning Disabilities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Daniel and his team are experts in assisting students with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.