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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…

Recent stories of police brutality against individuals with disabilities demonstrate need for change in training programs

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs), cerebral palsy (CP), hearing and vision difficulties, and other disabilities can struggle with communication. They may have difficulties with problem-solving skills. They can also have difficulty following rules and obeying laws (1). They may struggle with interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, and general social skills. Or they may just…

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…

Year in Review: Disability News in 2018

Related Reading Timeline Of Disability Rights In The U.S. U.S. Disability Rights Advances and Setbacks: 2017 Year in Review Sexual Abuse of People with Intellectual Disabilities Involuntary Sterilization Of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview Michigan Is The Only State That Needs Intervention In Special Education, According To Recent Federal Report Sources: Feds: Students With Disabilities…

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…

Timeline of Disability Rights in the U.S.

Learn about some major changes to disability rights in the United States. Please note that this list is FAR from complete; rather, it is just meant to give our readers a brief overview of legislative changes that have impacted people with disabilities. If you think we left out an especially important event, please let us…

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…

Language Barriers and Medical Malpractice

One misunderstood word resulted in 18-year-old Willie Ramirez becoming quadriplegic. It was the year 1980. Ramirez had been enjoying a night out when he felt a sudden, sharp pain.  “It felt like someone was sticking a needle through my head,” he recounted in a recent interview for Health Affairs. Ramirez managed to drive himself to…