Midland, Michigan Seeking Community Support for New Miracle League Accessible Baseball Field

The city of Midland, Michigan recently started a campaign to raise money for a new baseball field where people with physical and cognitive disabilities can enjoy accessible sports opportunities. This “Miracle Field” will be made of rubber and completely flat, which will make it easier for participants to move around. Traditional baseball fields can be…

An Ohio Couple Brings Attention to the Difficulty People with Disabilities Experience When Deciding to Get Married

Social Security Income (SSI) is an income supplement program for people who are aged, blind, or disabled, and have little to no income. The funds supplement basic needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter.  Unfortunately, as it stands, SSI benefits change when people marry. Because it is based on income, the funds will then be…

“Crip Camp” Documentary Premieres at Sundance

“Crip Camp,” the Netflix documentary about a ‘70s summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, took the Sundance Film Festival by storm this past weekend.  Camp Jened in upstate New York encapsulated a revolutionary spirit, much like neighboring Woodstock (1). But what was so revolutionary about it wasn’t just the hippie mindset of its patrons; it…

More Medical Students Disclosing Their Disabilities; University of Michigan Leading the Way in Accommodations

A study published in JAMA in November revealed that the percentage of U.S. medical students who disclosed their disability to their schools has risen dramatically over the last three years (1). In 2016, only about 2.7% of medical students disclosed their disabilities, whereas in 2019, roughly 4.6% of them did (2).  The survey noted that…

Michigan Radio Reports on Struggles of Student Loan Borrowers with Disabilities

NPR Michigan Radio’s Clare Lombardo reported in December that roughly 365,000 student loan borrowers were identified as possibly being eligible for loan discharge as a result of permanent disabilities that keep them from employment (1). These borrowers, however, have not gotten their due loan relief.  This most often happens because they aren’t aware they could…

Relationships Between Parents of Children with Disabilities

Child-rearing can have profound effects on marriages and relationships between parents. For parents raising children with disabilities, the effects may be heightened.  This is not to say that these relationships are doomed to failure. Many parents of children with disabilities report enduring, happy relationships, and some note that their parenting experiences strengthen their bonds with…

University of Michigan Researchers Invent Augmented Reality Game to Improve Inclusion of Kids with Disabilities

Recently, there have been notable advances in technology that allow kids with disabilities to engage in more equitable competitions with non-disabled peers. For example, the organization AbleGamers is working hard to promote adaptive video game technology, such as Microsoft’s new adaptive controller for Xbox (which you may recognize from this viral Superbowl commercial). However, when…

New York Program Provides Virtual Doctor’s Appointments for People with Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) often have a difficult time getting to doctor’s appointments, and may miss out on important medical services as a result. A recently-introduced program in the state of New York aims to change that. Premier HealthCare has begun to offer psychiatric telehealth appointments to those with I/DDs. The program…

Cancer Drug May Prevent Contractures in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury

Cerebral palsy (CP) and brachial plexus injuries both typically manifest in early childhood, as they are often caused by birth injuries (harm to a baby during or near the time of birth). These conditions differ in many ways, including that cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage/abnormalities which can be caused by traumatic birth…