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One Inspirational Gay Couple On Being Foster Parents To Disabled Youth

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

A father and mother are still typically presented as the desirable norm for family life: usually portrayed laughing along with a couple of smiling, ch...

Republican Ironies

Kelly James Clark | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

I have just returned from watching Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and couldn't help reflect on the ironies of the Republican Party.

Quadriplegic Man Robbed Of His Only Way To Communicate

Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

When a heartless thief stole an iPhone from William Washington, he wasn't just robbing him of a smart phone. He robbed this quadriplegic man of his...

The Poor, the Elderly, the Disabled Stand to Lose the Most

Marc Joseph | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Marc Joseph

In reality, giving has got to come from the heart, not because you are saving some money in taxes. In actuality, though, movements by the government to guide how we live and spend our money are a major influence on how non-profits get funding.

GOP Opposition Downs Treaty Despite Support Of McCain, Other Republicans

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after...

South African Taxi Driver Is Disabled and Poor -- Yet Ready to Start a Social Enterprise

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Mpondo has been driving the streets of Cape Town for nine years. In 2009, he was hijacked by two youngsters who shot a bullet from his shoulder through to his chest. With the help of neighbors and friends, Mpondo adapted his taxi to his disability.

Student Loans: New Rules for Disabled Borrowers Are Big Breakthrough

Lilly O'Donnell | Posted 01.21.2013 | College
Lilly O'Donnell

Under a new set of rules, adopted earlier this month, the Education Department will recognize Social Security award letters as proof of disability, streamlining the process immensely.

N.Y. Man With Cerebral Palsy Lost Wheelchair, Income, Van To Sandy

Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact

When Frank Murtagh’s Long Beach, N.Y., home flooded in Superstorm Sandy, he lost his independence. Murtagh, 53, uses a specialized electric wheelcha...

'The World Is Missing Out on a Whole Lot:' Conversation With Disability Rights Scholar Ashley Volion

Ada McMahon | Posted 01.02.2013 | Impact
Ada McMahon

Nothing hurt this 28-year-old academic from Lafitte, Louisiana as much as having to defer pursuing a Ph.D. in Disability Studies in Chicago because Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals denied her request to provide care there.

Disability Vote Could Decide Election

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, "Nearly one in five people in the U.S. have a disability." This includes people like my son, Roman Reed, paralyz...

Goodwill's Charity Racket: CEOs Earn Top-Dollar, Workers Paid Less Than Minimum Wage

John Hrabe | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
John Hrabe

An American multi-national corporation, which accepts millions of dollars in government funds, pays its top executives more than half a million dollars per year in total compensation, while simultaneously paying some of its employees less than the federal minimum wage.

Did Bank Of America Really Do That?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

Daniel Herrmann, whose right hand, arm and leg were disabled in a car accident, had a good thing going at Merrill Lynch. The company gave him a left-h...

Passengers Behaving Badly On Southwest?

George Hobica | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It seems like everyone is trying to get first dibs at the overhead bins and choice seats these days...

Root for Team USA: Paralympic Highlights

Bonnie St. John | Posted 09.08.2012 | Sports
Bonnie St. John

There's still time to enjoy some of the most amazing feats of athletic achievement: The London Paralympics 2012! As a winner of 3 Paralympic medals, I know firsthand the dedication to training and perseverance required to compete at this level of sport.

Disabled and Disenfranchised

Rebecca Schleifer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Schleifer

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngState efforts to restrict voting access have dominated election news this year. What hasn't been mentioned in is their discriminatory impact on people with disabilities.

WATCH: Pup Born With 3 Paws Serves As 'Spokesdog' For Disabled

Posted 08.23.2012 | Impact

Though Pirelli -- a handsome golden retriever-- was born with just three paws, he’s still fulfilling his mission to lead a life of service. Cani...

Gadgets That Can Help Older Golfers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.30.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any golfing gadgets or equipment that can help senior golfers? My 78-year-old dad loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands makes griping the club difficult. He also has a hard time bending over to tee up or retrieve the ball. Is there anything out there that can help?

Is It Offensive to People with Disabilities When People Post Inspiring Pictures of People with Disabilities?

Quora | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Cristina Hartmann, lawyer by day, writer by night Yes, it is offensive because it mythologizes peo...

Disenfranchise the Disabled? Republican Laws May Deny Vote to the Blind

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Are you, or is someone you love, among America's thirty-five million voters with a disability? If so, you hold power in the 2012 elections. If the...

Why President Obama's Health Care Law Is a Big Win for the Disabled Community

Carla Lohr | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Carla Lohr

Obamacare may not be perfect. Nothing will be the 'be all and end all' for everyone, but for the disabled community, it finally puts us in a position where we have a fighting chance at a decent life -- one where we can find employment and say goodbye to government assistance.

Court Rules Cabs Don't Have To Accomodate The Disabled

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 06.29.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court struck down a ruling Thursday that would have required New York City to give taxi licenses only to vehicles that a...

Florida Gun Law Gives Disabled Vet the "TSA Treatment"

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.08.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

That any individual, let alone a disabled vet who served his country and community, would be sentenced to 20 years in prison based on these facts would be funny if it weren't so sickening.

Obama Avoiding Controversy Over Pool Access For Disabled

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is sidestepping an election-year confrontation with the hotel industry and other pool owners to give them more ...

Nonviolent and Community Action Produces Results in Mideast

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Injustice is recognized, clear attainable goals are identified, comprehensive plans are assembled, hard work is invested over a long period and the public is involved. All this is done without violence, with strong determination and active effort and follow up.

Disability-Related Housing Complaints Soar

AOL Real Estate | Teke Wiggin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact

AOL Real Estate: Eleanor Smith vividly recalls the first time she experienced housing discrimination. Then in her 30s, Smith and a friend had be...