National Disability Voter Registration Week Starts September 13
National Disability Voter Registration Week aims to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote. In the last election, an estimated 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote, and NDVRW organizers want to continue to raise the disability voice and civic participation across the country in 2021 and beyond.
Aphasia: A Commonly Misunderstood Communication Disorder
Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects two million Americans and occurs more often than Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
Study Affirms LGBTQ People are More Likely to Have a Disability than the General Population
The disability community intersects with every other minority group, and the LGBTQ community is no exception. But new surveys are revealing disproportionate findings.
6 Cliché Phrases That You’ll Never Hear Me Say -- A Guest Blog by 'Wheel Girl' Rachelle Chapman
A freak accident at her bachelorette party caused Rachelle Chapman to become a paraplegic. Through her blog, she embraces the opportunity to motivate others to find joy in every aspect of life, but she's not afraid to share her truth too. And that includes allowing herself to feel every human emotion... without guilt.
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.
How to Create a Lifelong Plan for Your Adult Child with Special Needs
Complicated planning can be simplified with the right support services.
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?
13 Myths & Facts Pertaining to People with Disabilities
Help debunk misinformation surrounding people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Graphics & Gratitude: How One Man's Life-Changing Disability Changed His Career and More
How a life-altering event inspired a new career...
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Am Sheriauna: A Beautifully Different Book about Disabilities
A true story that promotes positive conversations about differences.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Design for Disability Outfits Cerebral Palsy Foundation Models with Fashion Creators
Cerebral Palsy Foundation, an organization transforming lives through research, innovation and collaboration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...