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My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

The Struggle to Move Forward With Disability

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Life is about taking control. It's about rising above the challenge's we are given. If it wasn't for the hardships, we could never appreciate life's wonders and blessings. This is how I became a disability advocate.

Strong Words, But Where Is the Follow Up?

John Robinson | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
John Robinson

In a time when funding continues to be cut for disability programs in states, here is an opportunity to show economic growth for people with disabilities.

8 Misconceptions About Life With Paralysis

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

Unless you yourself are paralyzed or you know someone who is, how could you possibly know everything about our world? So I'm here to set the record straight on some common misconceptions.

A Chance Meeting With Nelson Mandela

Lateef McLeod | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Lateef McLeod

At nine I realized it was a grave injustice for Nelson Mandela to be locked in prison for 27 years since he advocated for all who inhabited the land that his ancestors lived for centuries have the freedom and democracy that everyone deserves in their home country.

Reluctant Reliability: A Glimpse Into Cerebral Palsy

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I wanted nothing more than to jump out of my bed, grab my phone, and text someone as fast as my chubby little fingers would allow. As with so many other scenarios like this, my cerebral palsy didn't present me with that option.

5 More Ways VA Is Helping Out Vets

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing some really good stuff for vets that no one hears about, catching up since 2009. I've helped, in a very minor way for several years, now I gotta do more, for VA, military families, and vets.

She's My Partner, Not My Sidekick

Sue Kerr | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

We notice when you call and ask for "Mr." Insert-either-last-name, and when you mention our husbands. We notice when your forms don't have an option for domestic partners.

WATCH: Special Needs Student Makes SportsCenter's Top Plays With Buzzer-Beating Basket

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

An Arizona high school basketball team made a very special substitution on Monday night. With time running out in the game, Glendale's Deer Valley...

Labeled 'World's Ugliest Woman,' Motivational Speaker Turns Hate Into Love

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Lizzie Velasquez is one of three known people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight and has caused bli...

Painting a Happier Picture for Children

Anthony Lake | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Anthony Lake

But before we let these haunting pictures of children's suffering create a sense of hopelessness, we should recall the wonderful things that the world has made possible for children over the last year.

My Poverty, Like My Asperger's, Is Not a Myth

Whitney Bradley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Whitney Bradley

I'm lost, suffocating in poverty, and I have a disability that is the primary cause of that. My credit is so bad I can't even get a cell phone contract. I work incredibly hard and I am incredibly skilled. But what I can't do is shake hands and make eye contact all day. And because of that I've been homeless more than a few times.

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.

Extra Thanks for VBA Workers From Your Nerd-in-Residence

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

(the Winston-Salem VARO before and after pictures, showing VBMS kicking in for real...) The Dept of Veterans Affairs does a lot of different thing...

Using Language, Intention, and Awareness: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

I Can't Get My Nursing Loans Discharged Due to Disability

Steve Rhode | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I went to nursing school in 1990-1993 and acquired a federal student loan. After working as a nurse fo...

How-to: Shopping in a Wheelchair

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

Love it or hate it, 'tis the season for shopping! Between black Friday and last minute Christmas Eve deals, sales are too good to pass up, right? But ...

Reflecting on Life After Becoming Paralyzed

Chris Waddell | Posted 02.20.2014 | Good News
Chris Waddell

For the second 20 years of my life, I apologized to myself and to others for my accident. I apologized as I competed, trying to gain back the recognition that the accident had taken away.

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.

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Paid family leave insurance won't overcome all the obstacles that workers face when coping with a medical challenge. For the most vulnerable groups, however, paid time off for care will be time well spent.

A Christmas Gift of Hope and a Future

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

The adoption process has taken its toll on me emotionally. Nothing prepares you to be away from your family for six weeks, and in a country where you feel deaf, mute, and illiterate.

I'm the Daughter of a Quadriplegic

SPINALpedia.com | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
SPINALpedia.com

My only concern when my dad was first injured in a car accident was whether or not he would live. I was told pretty early that he had broken his neck,...

I'm Disabled But Can't Get Rid of My Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I was hit by a drunk driver, suffering several acute compression fractures in my neck and back, ribs, di...

The Least

Carole Ganim | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When we see her day after day, week after week, year after year, we wonder why. Why is she here? What possible reason is there for Sara to be alive?

Online Career Fair for Veterans With Disabilities

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

Since September 2011, more than 40,000 veterans have been hired through the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fairs, and more than 600 employers have participated.