Disability Voting Rights: Fast Facts

The following laws are in place to ensure that people with disabilities can vote in the U.S. Title II of The Americans with Disabilities Act: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires state and local governments to ensure that individuals with disabilities have full and equal voting opportunities, including site selection, voter…

How Doctors with Disabilities Improve Patient Care

Approximately 20 percent of Americans have some sort of disability, but as few as 1-2 percent of doctors do (1, 2). Moreover, most of these doctors became disabled after completing training (2). Only about 1,500 medical school students in the U.S. are currently receiving accommodations for a disability (3). University websites indicate that they aren’t…

New Treatment for Cerebral Palsy: M2 Macrophage Transplantation Improves Motor and Cognitive Function

Cell transplantation is a promising new avenue for treating cerebral palsy (CP). Previous research has shown that stem cell therapy can help children with cerebral palsy; a study published this month indicates that treatment with macrophages may also be effective.  Essentially, macrophages are cells that can repair damaged brain tissue and blood vessels, thereby enhancing…

Large Head Circumference At Birth Increases Risk of White Matter Damage and Cerebral Palsy

One of the major risk factors for cerebral palsy (CP) is damage to the brain’s white matter. In preterm infants, white matter damage often stems from asphyxia (oxygen deprivation), but in term infants the cause of damage may occasionally be difficult to determine. However, new research by Arne Jensen and Bert Holmer, published in Obstetrics…

Why Are Sign Language Interpreters Going Viral?

The Good Sign language interpreters have been in the spotlight lately. Videos of Holly Maniatty, who has interpreted for hip hop artists like the Wu Tang Clan, Eminem, and Jay-Z, have been very popular among people with and without hearing impairments. To watch Maniatty at a Snoop Dogg concert, click here. Maniatty seems to take…

Adaptive Dining Utensils and Dishware

People with cerebral palsy and other conditions that affect motor control often struggle to use traditional dining utensils and dishware. Spastic reflexes, as well as issues with strength, range of motion, and dexterity can make it difficult to eat and drink without spilling. Some people with motor impairments require assistance from others at mealtimes. Adaptive/assistive…

Texas Is Failing Children with Disabilities

In recent years, the Texas government has been shockingly indifferent to the needs of children with disabilities. The state legislature has greatly restricted access to vital educational and medical resources, leaving thousands of parents in a quandary – to put it very mildly – over how to provide for their children. Moreover, the state government…

Sexual Abuse of People with Intellectual Disabilities

In recent months, the pervasive nightmare that is sexual assault has been gaining some much-needed public attention. The #MeToo movement, which was originally started by activist Tarana Burke about a decade ago, went viral in October. People began sharing their personal stories of assault and harassment on social media, or simply posting “Me, too,” so…

Grandparenting a Child with a Disability

Much like expectant parents, grandparents-to-be often assume that the baby they so eagerly await will be healthy and free of any significant challenges. When that turns out not to be the case – when a grandchild is diagnosed with a disability or injury – it can be very distressing. Grandparents may also feel confused about…