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Test Your Disability IQ

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Maybe going back to school is so much on my mind that I couldn't resist writing a mini exam. Do you know fact from myth in the realm of disability information? Have some fun with the following ques  

The Game of 'Top That Woe'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
When my friend Christine was driving her sister to radiation treatments three times a week, she spent a lot of time waiting in a room with others experiencing serious illness either first- or second  

Kevorkian Is No Humanitarian

0 Comments · Monday, June 25, 2007
Stephen Drake, research analyst for Not Dead Yet, a Chicago-based disability rights organization, wonders aloud if the media is suffering some collective amnesia or, worse, a dismissal of standards   

Don't Hold Up the Talking Books

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Our elected officials are, of course, just humans like the rest of us, sometimes wise and sometimes not. Sometimes they make a decision based on the information available and later change their mind  

The Sit-in That Ended Segregation of the Disabled

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I'll begin with a quiz. What major American event celebrated its 30th anniversary this week? Bonus question: What group was responsible for the longest "sit-in" protest, taking over a federal buildi  

Grace and Common Sense at Security Check

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Even before 9/11, airport security was sometimes traumatic for me. Since then, it has more than once propelled me to a stage of near meltdown. But today it was almost a pleasure, and I'll tell you w  

Perceptions of Mental Illness Can Prove Deadly

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
In Los Angeles last week, a 24-year-old man was shot three times in the chest and killed by a Los Angeles police officer. The man, who lived in a 15-person psychiatric facility, had schizophrenia. H  

Talk to Us; Disabilities Don't Make People Inanimate Objects

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
It used to surprise people at times when my 3-year-old would order for herself in a restaurant. It was important to me to teach all my children to speak for themselves, rather than be spoken about o  

Cash Is in the Eye of the Beholder

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
It's a question that I have been asked thousands of times: "How does a blind person identify money?" Unless a person has enough residual vision to identify money by sight, the only way blind people  

Disabilities Need Not Preclude Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Lisa Molyneux is in her 16th season as the leading scenic artist for Playhouse in the Park. Wayne Hambrick is one of 15 full- and part-time people on her team. Jane Seymour, actress and artist, was   

Disability in Your Life? Vote!

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Less than three weeks to go until we get another chance to put the money where the mouth is or, as revered disability rights leader Justin Dart Jr. was so fond of saying, "Vote as if your life depen  

Answers to the Disability Quiz

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Harry S. Truman had been president for less than six months when Congressional Resolution 176, proclaiming the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week," was passed. It  

Invisible Disabilities Are No Less Real

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The U.S. Census Bureau says there are 54 million Americans with disabilities. It's a number I refer to fairly frequently and a number that sometimes raises eyebrows, not to mention questions. How c  

Use Language to Put the Person Before the Disability

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I received a letter not long ago from a reader who took offense at a reference I made to "special needs." All kids have special needs, I wrote; and this parent of a child with autism was furious tha  

Movie Theaters Becoming Inclusive

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 21, 2006
When I was growing up, I had only one friend who was blind. Gayle lived across town and went to a different school, but we had far more in common than limited visual acuity, being more or less typic