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Stroller Shopping vs. Wheelchair Shopping

Liz Jackson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Liz Jackson

Upon reading the definitions for "wheelchair" and for "stroller," I started to feel like they weren't really all that different. They are both described as chairs on wheels, just intended for different people.

Inclusion Gone Too Far: Cal State and InterVarsity 'Derecognition'

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In the massive California State University system, as at some other universities, new anti-discrimination rules for student groups mean it can no longer be required that the president of the Christian student fellowship is Christian.

The Frightful Mask of Prejudice on Halloween

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

On Halloween we have the opportunity to interact with the Christ in our midst as we extend radical hospitality to our neighbors and strangers. Will Christ be allowed into our neighborhoods this Halloween?

Is it Really a New Year?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Jay Ruderman

In the High Holiday prayers we say, "May we all blend into one community to do Thy will with a whole heart." We can never be whole unless we are one community, with everyone having an equal seat around the table.

Mabou: September, 2014, New York City

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 10.11.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

During my career as a "Hollywood photographer" I have been blessed to meet many amazing people of great accomplishment, who have achieved fame through talent, dedication and spirit.

As a Mother of a Son With Down Syndrome I Would Vote for More Acceptance

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

For the first time ever, my son had ordered his own meal and was understood. As the three of us sat at the table basking in his moment, I noticed my son's attention was drawn to the table behind us. First, he was smiling and then he wasn't. He was frowning.

Donning Costumes and Shedding Stereotypes in the Desert

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Ritu_Sharma

I'm probably the last person anyone would expect to say this, but this year I went to Burning Man. Friends had been trying to get me to go for years

The Show Won't Go on: Kanye West Halts Concert Because Fans with Disabilities Wouldn't Stand

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

During his Yeesuz tour, Kanye West refused to perform his music until each and every person in attendance was on their feet. It doesn't seem that Kayne considered those among his fans may have been differently-abled.

Happily Never After

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Steinberg

No one will ever be one hundred percent of what you want them to be or idolize them to be. An actor or actress is just one small part of a show, and their lives outside of that show exist in whatever way they chose to live. If you don't agree with what they are doing, how they act, or how they live that life, it's time to start questioning why you follow or idolize them.

Psst! Disability Competitiveness: Pass It On!

Bonnie St. John | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Bonnie St. John

Just because I have a disability -- my right leg was amputated when I was 5 -- doesn't make me an expert on issues relating to disability and employment. Like everyone else, I have to work at educating myself on facts and realities for people with disabilities.

Please Segregate My Special Needs Child

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Inclusion is a wonderful idea, and should always be the goal whenever it is reasonable. But inclusion must not be treated as an inflexible ideology.

'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks.

Are Diversity and Inclusiveness Really Possible?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The challenge today is that the same practices that excluded minorities are still prevalent, but we don't have a name for it. As diversity and inclusiveness have become ubiquitous buzzwords, I wonder: Is it really possible to create a playing field that gives everyone a fair chance?

5 Ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

The best example you can set for your students is to be a great leader. Use inclusive language, make the classroom a place for safe dialog by allowing students to have conversations that presents questions, but is without judgment.

Helloooooooooooooo STRATEGY

Sylvana Storey | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Sylvana Storey

Do the behaviours that are visible in the culture lead us towards achieving the organisations objectives, serving its purpose, living our values and enhancing our ways of working?

Keep Calm and Let It Go

Bishop Prince Singh | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Bishop Prince Singh

After the recent announcement of the Church of England Synod's decision to approve the appointment of women bishops, I couldn't help but say to myself, "Keep calm and hurry up already!"

It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.

Authenticity Offers Its Own Beauty

John Friedman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Authenticity is what turns a pretty picture into a priceless work of art. Likewise it is what people look for -- or should -- in their personal relationships. I believe this holds true for our relationships with businesses as well.

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Jamie McGonnigal

When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus "progressives," we're doing something wrong. I loved Netroots Nation in Detroit this year, but we need to do better as a community.

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Better Branding?

Michael Ramah | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

As the sophistication and creativity of marketing communications increases, a message of inclusion resonates with tremendous impact and deep emotional connection. And as it does, it creates a powerful loop.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

Al Mohler Is Right About One Thing When He Says, 'No Third Way!'

Ken Wilson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.

A Step in the Right Direction: New Commitments to Disability Inclusion in Refugee Settings

Sarah Costa | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.

Creating a New Normal: White Men at the Diversity Table

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Colette A.M.Phillips

White men could be the most important group to ensuring that diversity and inclusion truly works. By ensuring that they are engaged, interested and invested players in diversity and inclusion conversation America will forge a new normal.