Disability

Entertainment

Struggling with Serendipity: The Aftermath of a Disability-Resulting Car Crash

The memoir 'Struggling with Serendipity' tells the true story of a mom's crisis, a daughter's paralysis, and extraordinary travels that carried them from a small town in Ohio to Seattle, Harvard, Capitol Hill, and around the world.

Health

What are Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions?

July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month. Organizations across the country unite to raise awareness and assist patients and families.

Lifestyle

How to Create a Lifelong Plan for Your Adult Child with Special Needs

Complicated planning can be simplified with the right support services.

Professional

Create an Accessible Workspace with these Disability-Friendly Pieces

Do you have the adaptive equipment and tools you need to be successful in the workplace?

Lifestyle

13 Myths & Facts Pertaining to People with Disabilities

Help debunk misinformation surrounding people with disabilities.

Education

What Parents Need to Know about Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Here's what you need to know about learning disorders before the new school year begins.

Health

How to Manage a Chronic Illness in the Summer Heat

High temperatures and long-term sun exposure can worsen side effects for some chronic conditions.

Professional

Etiquette Basics for Interacting with People with Disabilities in the Workplace (or Anywhere)

The D.C. Office of Disability Rights offers a two-fold approach to etiquette for interacting with people with disabilities: a humorous video and a serious do & don't list.

Health

7 Lifesaving Tips to Prevent Stroke and Stroke-Related Disability

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability. But you can reduce your risk with lifestyle changes.

Entertainment

Celebrities Pave the Way for Disability Conversations: Selma Blair is Talking About Multiple Sclerosis

There's a power to celebrities talking about their disability. It paves the way to much needed conversation and understanding! 

Tech

Rolling Through Paralysis with Innovative Technology

Have you ever imagined a lightweight device with the ability to make a paraplegic stand upright, move through doors with ease, and come to him or her at the touch of a button?

Entertainment

The interPLAY Orchestra Strikes a Chord with Inclusive Ensemble

Everyone is born with a musical gene, attests Paula Moore, a conductor who says she’s seen proof in both her personal life and professional life.

Professional

Sock Company Puts Best Foot Forward with Inclusive Workforce

Sometimes it takes years for a start-up company to attain profits. And sometimes, as with John’s Crazy Socks, a business realizes immediate success.

Entertainment

Microsoft Scores with Winning Super Bowl Ad Featuring Xbox Adaptive Controller

With a lack of touchdowns in the low-scoring game, many took to social media to declare Microsoft as the true winner thanks to its spot featuring the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Entertainment

9 Theater Companies Putting Actors with Disabilities Center Stage

Non-disabled actors play approximately 95 percent of television characters with disabilities in top ranked shows, according to a study by Ruderman White Paper.

Professional

7 Disability-Related Considerations When Interviewing For and Accepting a Job

Job hunts are generally stressful for all, and more so for those with disabilities despite employment rights. To align with an ideal employer, here are disability-related considerations when interviewing for and/or accepting a job offer:

Professional

Disability-Supporting Drink: How a Coffee Company Brewed Up an Inclusive Cause

For many coffee lovers, a cup of joe is just their main pick-me-up each morning but, for Diane Grover, coffee also supports a cause.

Education

The nonPareil Institute is Serving Adults with Autism

Plenty of programs and resources exist for children on the autism spectrum. But what happens when they grow up?

Professional

How to Create and Manage an ABLE Tax-Advantaged Account

ABLE accounts let disabled citizens save money in tax-exempt savings accounts. It enables them to save money and receive federal public benefits.

Professional

Understanding Your Voting Rights as a Person with a Disability

The disability community is a powerful voting block. During the 2016 election, voters with disabilities comprised approximately one sixth (16.67%) of eligible voters, totaling 35.4 million people.

Entertainment

Flame: The Blues and Rock Band

While there are a lot of popular mainstream musicians, Flame stands out from the rest of the pack.

Entertainment

The Documentary Changing Hollywood's Perception of People with Disabilities

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion is a documentary that discusses how Hollywood has portrayed members of the disability community for the past 120 years.

Health

Spencer's Sensory Shop: A Business Blanketed with Disability Research

Always creating or making something, Karen just happened to fall into creating weighted blankets as a way to help her autistic step-son, Noah.

Art & Design

I Am Sheriauna: A Beautifully Different Book about Disabilities

A true story that promotes positive conversations about differences.

Health

Exercise and Disability: Resources for Accessible Gym Equipment

Exercise is an important part of everyonone's health and well-being. Here are some resources for accessible gyms and home equipment.

Lifestyle

Creating Accessible Backyards & Outdoor Living Spaces

Time spent outdoors enhances self-esteem and mood, improves cognitive function and memory-related abilities, and increases attention spans among children with autism spectrum disorder, to name a few ...

Lifestyle

Tiny Homes Can Offer Big Accessibility Options for Seniors and Disabled

One may assume that tiny homes are ill suited for individuals with disabilities, more specifically those with physical limitations or wheelchairs. However, though customization, that’s not the case.

Health

Could a Group Home be Best for Your Child?

One brave family shares how residential treatment works best for them.

Health

Cervical Cancer Remains a Risk for All, Including Seniors

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. In 2018, about 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed and about 4,170 women died from the disease.

Seniors

Senior Living: The Difference Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

More than 80 percent of seniors plan to reside at home as they age, according to a recent survey conducted by the Retirement Living Information Center.

Fashion & Beauty

Creating Clothing for Functionality and Style

For most, putting on clothes is one of the many monotonous, five-minute activities done to start the day. But for those with disabilities, mainstream clothing can be a challenge to overcome each morning.

Lifestyle

Making a House a Home with the Echo & Google Mini

Say goodbye to the days of The Clapper. Home automation, technology that controls devices in the home hands-free, has been turned upside down and it’s been a windfall for the disability community.

Health

Perservering Through Paralysis

Although neurological disorders seem rare, many people may find themselves dealing with one at some point in their lives.

Entertainment

Changing Perceptions with Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company

Based in Los Angeles, California, this one-of-a-kind dance company is on a mission.

Professional

Temporary Ramps to the Rescue: Storefronts Made Accessible Thanks to StopGap Foundation

Luke Anderson, a civil engineer and the co-founder of the StopGap Foundation, a non-profit bringing accessibility to the world.

Professional

Secondhand Purchases Afford First (or Second) Employment Opportunities

Since its founding in 1902, Goodwill has operated with the philosophy of “not charity but a chance,” specifically focused on influencing the workforce.

Professional

Seeking Employment? A Disability Recruitment Company May Help

Bender Consulting Services has created employment opportunities for over 1,000 individuals, of which about 20 percent are disabled veterans.

Art & Design

One Dad's Vision for Daughter's Artistic Eye Patch

Layla loves Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She doesn’t just showcase her affection for the cartoon mermaid through clothing; she also wears a customized character-clad eye patch hand-drawn every day by her dad, Geof Grubb.

Fashion & Beauty

Target Hits the Bulls-Eye with Sensory-Friendly Clothing

As part of their ‘corporate responsibility,’ Target has integrated diversity and inclusion into its culture to better serve both employees and customers.

Art & Design

Dolls with Disabilities Play Up Uniqueness

Kids love playing with heroic toys, like firemen, astronauts and superheroes galore. While these characters certainly ignite imagination and joy, they can fail to showcase disabilities.

Fashion & Beauty

Design for Disability Outfits Cerebral Palsy Foundation Models with Fashion Creators

Cerebral Palsy Foundation, an organization transforming lives through research, innovation and collaboration.

Health

A Little Fashion Accessory Makes a Big Fashion Statement

Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign aims to address the nation’s number one birth defect, congenital heart disease, which affects about 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

Entertainment

Angela Rockwood: A Beautiful Role Model

Angela Rockwood by age 26, was newly engaged to actor Dustin Nguyen, content with her spiritually and launching an L.A. based acting career with small roles in The Fast and the Furious and the television series V.I.P. Then, in 2001, her life dramatically shifted.

Fashion & Beauty

eAerie Undergarment Line Uncovers the Untouched Beauty of "Real" Woment

The Aerie brand is geared toward younger women (teenagers and twenty-somethings), a demographic that often struggles with body confidence – regardless of whether one has a disability.

Education

Museum of disAbility History: An Inclusive Space of the Past, Present and Future

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to preserving and recounting the trials and triumphs of disability rights and persons with disabilities.

Education

Learning Disabilities Association of America Celebrates 55 Trailblazing Years

LDA, whose mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities among future generations.

Art & Design

The Beautiful Artistic Vision of a Blind Artist

Texas-native John Bramblitt proclaims, “I think I could draw before I could walk;” but he never envisioned his art hobby would become a career.

Sports

American Ninja Warrior Contestant Jimmy Choi Inspires Others with Parkinson's Disease

Jimmy Choi was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 at the age of 27. “The doctors told me that I would have about 15 good working years left, and that I should do whatever I could to prepare for my future.”

Education

Former Florida Senator Continues to Impact Education for Students with Unique Abilities

The disability-related efforts spearheaded by Former Senator Andy Gardiner continue to impact families well beyond his term.

Seniors

SilverSneakers Offers Free Fitness Programs for Seniors

Physical activity is essential to healthy living and, perhaps, especially so for mature adults. It can prevent and/or help control many health problems and also build and maintain strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and mental well-being.

Art & Design

Playmore Puts Fun in Functionality for Inclusive Playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds are helping to break isolation barriers and empower all children and their loved ones ─ with and without disabilities ─ to play together in an innovative environment.

Art & Design

Microsoft's Inclusive Design Program is a Much-Needed Culture Reboot

Microsoft is leading the way to do more in our overall culture through “inclusive design” by embracing diversity and disability to further innovation.

Lifestyle

Home Delivery Services Serve Up Improved Accessibility to Food and More

Home delivery services and subscriptions may provide convenient solutions for improved accessibility to food and much more.

Tech

Game-Changing Charity Plays Up Virtual Reality Experiences

Best friends founded Gamer’s Gift, a California-based nonprofit using video games and virtual reality to promote well-being and positive spirits, particularly among people with disabilities, seniors and hospital-bound and/or ill patients.

Lifestyle

Therapist Offers "Sexpert" Advice to People of All Abilities

Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, with a Ph.D. in psychology focuses on dating, relationships, intimacy and sexuality, particularly among people with disabilities.

Entertainment

Theater Breaking Through Barriers Making Theater Possible for All

Theatre Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) produces different types of plays: those that feature disabilities and other plays that feature Ike Schambelan’s interpretations of Shakespeare, where the actors showcase their talent.

Entertainment

How One Mom Rewrote the Movie-Going Experience with Sensory Friendly Films

A mom's determination for her daughter to go to a movie led to AMC and the Autism Society teaming up to launch “Sensory Friendly Films,” a monthly program for individuals on the autism spectrum and/or with other special needs.

Entertainment

'Breaking Bad' Star, RJ Mitte, is Breaking Disability Barriers

RJ Mitte, a spokesman for I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers With Disabilities), a campaign associated with the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity Association, RJ strives to improve industry access, inclusion and portrayal accuracy for all.

Entertainment

ReelAbilities Film festival Presents Inclusive Films and Conversations

ReelAbilities Film Festival, an annual celebration promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.

Health

Tune into the Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy has struck a chord within the field of medicine and is benefiting patients with diverse conditions, such as anxiety, autism, asthma, chronic pain, dementia, depression, end of life care, irregular sleep patterns, mobility issues, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

New 'Deaf Chat Group' Speaks to Benefits of Social-Based Learning

Sign language is based on the philosophy that vision is the most useful tool a deaf and/or hearing impaired person has to communicate and receive information...

Lifestyle

Love Match! Dating Websites for People of All Abilities

Dating can be challenging! However, in today’s digital world, exploring romantic partners via online dating has become the norm for many.

Lifestyle

Home Designer Gives Green Light to Accessible Blueprints

Susan P. Berry is an architectural consultant offering frameworks for both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on accessibility.

Sports

Meet Shaquem Griffin: The UCF Knight's One-Handed Superstar

The UCF football team recently wrapped up an undefeated 2017 regular season… Go Knights! For linebacker Shaquem Griffin, it was the perfect climax to his senior year.

Travel

Accessible Accommodations are Just a Click Away

Accomable, an online booking platform that houses accessible accommodations worldwide including homes, apartments, swaps and other rentals. The mission: To make accessible travel as easy, simple and straightforward as possible.

Tech

New Smart Toy is Game-Changer for Children with Developmental Disorders

Leka is an interactive and multi-sensory toy offering children with special needs the ability to play fun and educational games that motivate social interactions; increase motor, cognitive and emotional skills; and stimulate autonomy.

Health

Planning Ahead for Lifelong Care

Navigating support systems for individuals with disabilities can be overwhelming, especially since programs vary per state.

Health

Yoga Therapy is Flexible to Fit Everyone with Adaptability

Yoga provides physical benefits with movement; social aspect through the community of a group class or one-on-one with a yoga therapist; and, in some cases..., a spiritual aspect to find inner strength and inner peace.

Professional

Empowering America's Heroes to Begin New Ventures

Working the National Veterans Entrepreneurship program.

Health

Wired to Activate for a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The progression, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but he National Multiple Sclerosis Society is working hard to find answers...

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