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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…

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…

Disability Non-Profit of the Month: Disability Rights Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the civil rights of Marylanders with disabilities. DRM advocates for, and provides legal services to, people with many different conditions: developmental delays, physical limitations, traumatic brain injuries, sensory issues, and more. The scope of DRM’s work is too broad to fully…

VocaliD: Creating Unique Voices for Nonverbal People

There are many forms of adaptive technology that give voices to non-verbal people. Famously, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is able to talk by moving only his cheek. He has an infrared sensor on his glasses that can pick up on muscle movement; this is connected to a computer with advanced word prediction software. Once he…