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Proposed RISE Act Helps Youth with Disabilities Transition from High School to College

In May, senators introduced a bill called Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower, or the RISE Act, S.1585, which would benefit students with disabilities who are attending college (1). The RISE Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Act (HEA) (2). At present, the documentation of a disability that served students in secondary school does…

Maryland parents say they aren’t getting due process in special education disputes

In the United States, public schools are required to pay for a variety of special education services in order to ensure that all students receive a “free and appropriate public education.” Among other things, these services may include the help of a paraprofessional, accessible transportation, occupational therapy, or even private school tuition (in cases where…

Spotlight on Accessibility: The Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo, located in Royal Oak, Michigan, is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing 230 different species. The Detroit Zoological Society, the group that operates the zoo, is a leader in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, humane education, and environmental sustainability. Beyond such achievements, the Detroit Zoo stands out in the crowd for its…

AbleGamers: breaking down barriers for people with disabilities

When people outside of the disability community think of “accessibility,” they may picture wheelchair ramps, large bathroom stalls, or designated parking spaces. However, these are just some very basic aspects of accessibility: it really goes far beyond the entrance and use of public places. Even in virtual worlds, accessibility is important. Mark Barlet, a veteran…

Beautiful Me

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Beautiful Me, a fashion show for adaptive clothing sponsored by Easterseals and the Miracle League of Michigan. The show was intended to model adaptive clothing for children and young adults with disabilities who may have difficulty getting dressed or undressed, or may need specific types of fabric…

Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview

Thousands of Americans with disabilities have undergone sterilization procedures without providing informed consent. Beginning in the early 1900s, supporters of the eugenics movement sought to sterilize those with cognitive impairments in order to “cleanse” the human gene pool of “undesirable” traits. This was sanctioned by many state governments, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court…

Attending College with a Disability

There are a range of campus and university services available to students with disabilities who attend college. Learn more about what they are, how to access them, and more here. What to expect Most colleges and universities have disability service offices and accommodations in place for students with disabilities. However, higher education institutions aren’t required…

4 Kids Shows and Movies Featuring Characters with Disabilities

Children with disabilities often are severely underrepresented in movies, books, and pop-culture. If they are featured, the portrayal can often be inaccurate and the character is often played by a person who does not have an intellectual, developmental, or physical disability. In recent years the film and television industry has been making strides towards more…

Research Update: Vacuum Extractors and Forceps Are Both Associated with a Higher Risk of Shoulder Dystocia

Vacuum extractors and forceps are both tools that can be used to assist with a vaginal birth. In developed countries, vacuum extractors have become much more commonly used than forceps, and in certain situations are the safer choice. However, this tool also involves serious risks. For example, some studies have found an association between the…