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2022 Digital Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey Feingold

Join us for 3Play Media’s annual end-of-the-year Digital Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey

Thinktank to increase disability access to sport, recreation and tourism

In an Australian first initiative, Griffith convened close to 100 experts from a variety of sectors, knowledge backgrounds and experiences to co-create solutions that will increase participation and access to sport, recreation and tourism for Queenslanders with disability.

Sight Tech Global

Shaping new technologies to create a more accessible world for people with blindness and visual impairments.

The Group Fighting for Disability Justice in British Museums

‘Just having more spaces for people to sit and have a break without leaving would really help.’

Social Security Administration: Remote Service Delivery Increased during COVID-19, but More Could B…

COVID-19 prompted the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make dramatic changes in the way it delivers services and administers its programs. On March 17, 2020, SSA closed its offices to the public—providing limited in-person visits for individuals with certain critical needs—and expanded remote service delivery options. SSA increased its use of telephone, mail, video, and online services. Through 2021, SSA established policies at field offices to increase the use of inoffice appointments. SSA also worked with state agencies that process claims for disability benefits to offer video options for certain medical exams. In April 2022, the agency reopened field offices to walk-in visits from the public.

Doctors Are Failing Patients With Disabilities

Decades after the ADA passed, medical care still isn’t accessible.

How are Wheelchair Users Represented On Book Covers?

Though there has been some improvement, there's still a long way to go in how wheelchair users are represented on book covers.

Disability Justice

Books and articles and films by disabled, d(D)eaf, chronically ill and neurodivergent majority Black and brown people, many queer and trans, writing about fighting ableism, disabled lives, political struggles, communities and histories, sharing skills and organizing tactics and art, making revolution. This list was created by writer and disability justice cultural worker and organizer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, If you share this publicly, please do so with credit.

‘You Can’t Legislate Attitudes’

DJP Fellow Benedicta Oyèdayọ̀ Oyèwọlé Talks about the Deterioration of Rights for Queer and Disabled Nigerians.

Disability Justice: Left Off the Agenda

A candid discussion on how the Left in Canada has failed to centre Disability Justice in their work.

Public Thinker: Jaipreet Virdi on Disability History & Deaf Futures

“Disabled people have long made their own hacks.”

Millennials with Disabilities: A Large, Invisible Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential

Two phenomena contribute to the high number of Millennials with disabilities.

In We Deserve to Work, 15 co-creators aim to transform attitudes about employment for people with d…

Self-advocates created, researched, and perform in the new play.

Reclaiming Control: The History and Future of Choice in Our Health

This five-part series, Reclaiming Control: The History and Future of Choice in Our Health, examines how healthcare in the US has been built on the principle of imposing control over body, mind, and expression. The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade—which stripped millions of people with uteruses of bodily autonomy—is just the latest knot in a historical thread that includes experimentation on the enslaved, forced sterilization, and stolen stem cells. However, that legacy stands alongside another: that of organizers, healers, and careworkers reclaiming control over health at both the individual and systems levels. Published in five monthly installments from July to November 2022, this series aims to spark imagination amongst NPQ‘s readers and practitioners by speaking to both histories, combining research with examples of health liberation efforts.

Mariah Carey Remix, 25th Anniversary Edition (feat. Theodore Adorno and Lauren Berlant)

Thinking with Mariah, Adorno, and Berlant together allows us to reframe lovesickness through an anti-ableist lens.

Aymee J. Matson Admits to Attacking Assisted Living Patient

A 26-year-old Wisconsin woman who previously worked at an assisted living facility faces up to two decades behind bars after admitting to filming and distributing a video of herself beating a male patient.

'Disability is not a limitation': Who will be the world's first parastronaut?

According to the European Space Agency, the first astronaut with a physical disability could be announced as soon as Wednesday. People with physical disabilities were previously barred from one of the most exclusive and demanding jobs on the planet — and beyond — due to stringent selection criteria.

British Paralympian John McFall becomes European Space Agency's first disabled astronaut

The 41-year-old, from Frimley in Surrey, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 19 and went on to compete for Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.

Read an extract from 'The Autism-Friendly Cookbook'

"Many autistic people spoke to me about how they did not learn how to cook or prepare food because lessons were not accessible."

Disability groups sue D.C. over street redesigns

The plaintiffs say street redesigns, including proposed and existing protected bicycle lanes, violate accessibility laws.

Comcast's new remote control was designed with and for disabled users

Bigger, brighter, with a wristband and an audio instruction manual, the new large-button remote aims to improve TV watching for people with disabilities.

Latecomers to focus on disabled people’s romantic lives

Latecomers is funny, moving and radical in its portrayal of disabled people looking for romance.

Joe Strechay Helps Actors and Production Teams Accurately Portray Blindness

Joe Strechay has the kind of career many people dream about: working in the entertainment business. His job? Making sure that blindness is represented accurately, especially by actors who are sighted.

Disability rights movement and People of Color: a short history

The history of the U.S. disability rights movement is almost exclusively a history of white people. It rarely focus on the distinctive ways that people of color experience disability – Professor Jennifer Erkulwater explains why.

On television, disability is a tough sell

The show “As We See It” stars autistic actors playing autistic characters. Its eight episodes were a boon to building autism awareness, and they were great entertainment. So why was the show canceled?

As We See It Cancelled After One Season at Prime Video

The coming-of-age drama from Jason Katims follows the lives of 3 autistic friends.

Serious Antibiotic Resistant Infections Inching Up In England

Health officials have warned the number of severe antibiotic resisitant infections is on the rise, following a fall over the pandemic.

Missouri’s Sheltered Workshops Have a 2.3% Graduation Rate

Sheltered workshops are meant to employ disabled adults as they prepare to enter the regular workforce. In Missouri, these workers rarely graduate to higher-paying jobs.

Hope For A New Treatment On The Horizon For Zika Virus

An uncommon monoclonal antibody treatment for Zika Virus may be on the horizon in the wake of new research on the pathogen.

Dengue Fever: What You Need To Know About The Mosquito-Borne Virus Found In Arizona

Dengue, also known as breakbone fever, is spread through the bites of mosquitoes common throughout much of the United States.

“Existing Beyond the Pandemic, Why We Need Crip Utopias” Presentations and Book Launch Event, L…

On Wednesday 6 July 2022, I attended my first disability research event. Hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Disability Studies (CCDS) at Liverpool Hope University, the presentations and book launch brought together a range of academics, students, and other interested parties. The event combined a panel of three papers on “Lessons from the Pandemic” with a double book launch. Having spent the last year studying under the disability studies team at the university, I knew I would be attending an event which would be both thought-provoking and informative.

A World Without Dwarfism

A World Without Dwarfism, which aired on BBC 1 on 5 April 2022, investigated the controversy around Vosoritide, a new treatment for the most common form of dwarfism, Achondroplasia. The show questioned whether society should embrace a drug to treat and potentially prevent dwarfism. But that is nothing new. Before this drug, there was the more controversial treatment known as limb-lengthening, something I was offered as a child but refused and am grateful to my average-sized parents for giving me the choice. There are also hormonal treatments which have practically eradicated numerous forms of proportionate dwarfism.

Advertising as Activism: Exploring an Aesthetics of Debility in Kashmiri Human Rights Campaigns

Civil society collectives such as Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) created digital advertising campaigns to raise awareness internationally about human rights violations caused by coercive occupation in the Kashmir region. Pellet-emitting shotguns were introduced in 2010 as a non-lethal method of controlling aazadi (autonomy in Urdu) seeking Kashmiris, and were used with renewed vigour since 2016, resulting in disabling injuries to civilians. Protestors gathering peacefully to resist the Indian administration’s militarization of Kashmir and other ordinary citizens acquired injuries that made them visually impaired or facially disfigured. Activism via digital advertising campaigns enabled civil society groups to notify the world beyond the Kashmir region of the human rights violations and to demand justice in the form of international condemnation of the militarization. The article reads the imagery of blindness and sight that dominated two such campaigns, #KashmirBlindSpot (JKCCS) and #IndiaCan’tSee (Never Forget Pakistan), as inaugurating an aesthetics of debility (Puar). Two constituent aspects of debility aesthetics emerge through the analysis: the use of disability metaphors to raise awareness about injustice is inextricably related to contextual conditions of disablement. The second feature is that the aesthetics of such advertisements expose the problem of enforcing impairment as punishment for seeking emancipation from state control.

Cripmerch: Physical Impairment as Promotional Material in Popular Music

As promotional material sells the records of musicians to the public, it can also sell the musicians themselves as a brand. In the article, a rich history of musicians presenting physical impairments as a saleable commodity is identified and explored. This forms the basis for the introduction of a new term, cripmerch. Framed by critical material from disability studies, popular music studies, and promotional culture, the article examines the case studies of three physically disabled musicians: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, and bionic pop artist and singer Viktoria Modesta. The research findings are underpinned by two overarching themes. The first theme suggests that the self-representation of disabled musicians is hard to separate from novelty. The second theme is centred on disabled musicians either fully incorporating impairment in their personal and professional brand identity or distancing the personal from the professional. The analysis indicates that physical impairment can be highly visualized and be brought to the public sphere with relative ease. Conversely, the risk is that the popular musician is defined by their impairment, with the musical side being repressed.

Conforming to or Confounding the Beauty Myth: Femininity, Diversity, and Chromosomal Disorders

Despite being the largest marginalized identity group in the world, disabled people are routinely overlooked or ignored in the world of fashion, beauty, and advertising. With this in mind, the article examines the ways in which a model born with Down syndrome can be seen to reassert both the fragility and fixity of the female beauty myth, opening up broader debates about diversity and inclusivity in fashion and beauty advertising. This article considers the representation and popular reception of Madeline Stuart, who is a model with Down syndrome, with specific reference to her 2015 appearance during New York Fashion Week. Stuart is an important case study here because she is routinely penned as the world’s first professional model with Down syndrome, and her travel down the catwalk in question, which at the time of writing, has been viewed 161,000 times on YouTube, appears front and centre of her official website. The article examines the ways in which Stuart’s career, carefully constructed and circulated by her manager mother in lieu of an agent, both confirms and seeks to challenge existing stereotypes as they relate to femininity, disability, fashion, beauty, and body confidence, before concluding that although Stuart can be read as a game-changer in the fashion and beauty industry, the rigid ableist beauty myth still holds sway.

Kids Need to Be Able to Communicate with their Doctors

Bob Williams Testimony on behalf of CommunicationFIRST on the Rights of Children and Youth to Effective Communication and Quality Health Care in Pediatric and Other Health Care Settings.

What I Learned After Being Abandoned by Friends During Tough Times

"My friend group looks different than it once was, but it feels authentic to this moment in my life."

Paralympic athlete from UK in latest intake of ESA astronauts

John McFall, 41, becomes first astronaut with physical disability to be recruited by European space agency.

Supercrip in Motion: A Critical Visual Analysis of Promotional Materials for the Tokyo 2020 Paralym…

The article engages in a critical visual analysis (Schroeder) of promotional materials (animation and photography) for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It determines the extent to which promotional materials for the Paralympics drew on the “supercrip” stereotype, defined as a narrative wherein athletes “overcome” the “tragedy” of their impairments through personal courage (Berger; Howe “From Inside”; Silva and Howe). While animations of the Paralympics mascot “Someity” suggest that the supercrip remains a dominant narrative of disabled athletes in audio-visual and photographic media, they also begin to disconnect this stereotype from its individualized and medicalized connotations. Consequently, the animations shift focus to how the built environment can promote the social inclusion of disabled people. The article also analyses photographs of Japanese Paralympians in GO Journal, an online and bilingual magazine created by Mika Ninagawa and the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center. Photographs of Satoshi Fujimoto show the supercrip narrative intersecting with discourses of nationalism and militarism. Comparing photographs of Fujimoto and Mei Ichinose reveal how the latter’s presentation observes conventional beauty standards. Rather than replicating supercrip stereotypes, early promotional materials associated with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games appeared to push for more diverse representations of disabled athletes.

Beyond the Blues: Music in Antidepressant Medication Commercials

The article examines the soundtracks of audiovisual commercials for antidepressants, investigating the musical practices of advertising for the pharmaceutical industry. After introducing the topic of direct-to-consumer medication advertising and its regulation in the United States through the concept of “fair balance,” the article considers the role of music in direct-to-consumer (DTC) commercials. The concepts of congruence and incongruence between visual, narrational, and musical elements are presented, in application to the soundtracks of antidepressant commercials, with detailed multimodal discourse analyses of commercials for the prescription medications Zoloft, Cymbalta, and Latuda. Studying their audiovisual narratives and elements leads to the conclusion that music serves as a crucial yet hidden suasive component in corporate campaigns that strategically target people who experience mental distress. To the extent that the commercials present normative states of mind and lifestyles as ideals for people with depression, they can be understood as coercive and as a result, subjects for critical unpacking through Mad studies, particularly in relation to their role in perpetuating sanist narratives and a biomedical model of mental health.

Advertising and Diversity: The Framing of Disability in Promotional Spaces

Since it was founded in 2006 the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (JLCDS) has played a central role in spearheading cultural disability studies—a discipline that examines the representation of, and audience responses to, disability in culture. It is an honour to edit this special issue of JLCDS, which highlights the fascinating and complex ways that messages surrounding disability are constructed across multiple modalities (including visual imagery and symbols, written and spoken language, and music) in advertising and promotional materials. We believe that given their interests in appealing to diverse audiences, capturing the attention of new consumer groups, and portraying brands as forward-thinking and socially conscious, advertisers have great potential to produce progressive representations of disability. However, we also remain vigilant about the continued reinforcement of ableism in advertising. A prevailing issue, for instance, is that “advertisements that feature disability or people who have impairments are carelessly rendered inaccessible” (Bolt, “An Advertising Aesthetic,” 28). The successes and limitations of advertising and promotional campaigns that portray disability are captured in this special issue, which collates interdisciplinary research, theory, and concepts across advertising and media studies, cultural disability studies, feminism, mad studies, and music studies. This collection of research is enriched by global perspectives—including those from Canada, India, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US)—which illustrate how cultural ideologies and contexts impact the framing of disability in promotional spaces across the world.

Crip Theory and Creative Briefs: Interpreting Disability in the Creative Process

Brands, advertising agencies, and other partners collaborate through curated phases to create marketing and advertisements, but within this process, how does the creative brief shape disability inclusion or exclusion? By moving the conversation from interpreting disability representation in an advertisement or finished marketing piece, to analyzing disability at the onset of the creative process, these insights present a critical contribution to scholarship on disability, marketing, and consumer culture. Framed within crip theory, the research investigates how disability identity is—or is not—manifest in a creative brief within the creative process.

Paralympian Helene Raynsford was asked to sign ‘do not resuscitate’ form

Gold medallist who uses wheelchair says she was asked to sign form by non-medical professional.

5 Accessible & Trendy Gifts For Wheelchair Users

Having a wheelchair can enhance a person’s mobility. This Christmas, you can get gifts for wheelchair users that can allow them to carry, store, wear and use everyday items that can be attached safely and securely to their wheelchair.

Personal Assistance Services: Past, Present, and Future

Lisa Iezzoni discusses her new book, Making Their Days Happen: Paid Personal Assistance Services Supporting People with Disability Living in Their Homes and Communities

Rebecca A Withey: It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for signed song! (BSL)

To see the BSL translation of this article, thanks to Signly, please click on the signing hands icon at the bottom right side of the page! Then click on the text, then swipe or click on the play button to see it in BSL.

Fighting for Jack: Kim Gurney’s BSL battle to support toddler son (BSL)

To see the BSL translation of this article, thanks to Signly, please click on the signing hands icon at the bottom right side of the page! Then click on the text, then swipe or click on the play button to see it in BSL.

Walking in winter as an amputee

Hello! My name is Tiina and I'm a knee-x amputee from Southern Finland. I've been an amputee for almost 30 years now. I've been using Ottobock Genium since November 2021 and I'm loving it. It makes me feel safe and gives me countless possibilities to enjoy my hiking hobby. And it does so also during the winter and snow season in Finland. Something I would like to tell you a bit more about in the following blog post.

NOS Officially Unveiled At Key Industry Event

Nimbus Disability recently took centre stage at the vibrant Family Attractions Expo at Birmingham’s NEC which was a sparkling showcase of the exciting developments planned for the leisure and tourism industry across the UK and beyond.

One month of Better Places

It’s been just over one-month since my series of children’s picture books, Better Places, were officially announced. It’s been a whird wind of a time which I wanted to reflect on and share so here’s a quick recap.

Creating a disability smart world together

Join our half day online Global Conference (sponsored by HSBC) “Creating a disability smart world together.” The conference will run in the morning (10am – 1pm GMT) or afternoon (2pm – 5 pm GMT) so you can join us wherever you are in the world.

E-Tutorial about types of online content - YouTube

This video explains different types of content online. What is the best way to use online content, and how to get the best effect with the viewers.

50 Years After a Landmark Lawsuit, How Does NY Treat People With Developmental Disabilities?

We should never go back to the days of Willowbrook.

Private Equity Ownership of Nursing Homes Linked to Lower Quality of Care, Higher Medicare Costs | …

Nursing homes acquired by private equity companies saw an increase in emergency room visits and hospitalizations among long-stay residents and an uptick in Medicare costs, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Decades of neglect in nursing homes spur Biden plan for staff mandates

The industry opposes a federal minimum staff requirement, citing high costs and workforce shortages.

Lawsuit charging private-equity owned nursing home harmed residents crawls forward

As more private equity firms acquire skilled nursing facilities, often homes that already have a low rating by federal regulators, the North Carolina lawsuit represents just one attempt made by frail elderly residents to fight back against deep-pocketed investors.

Keith Wann sues TDF alleging racial discrimination over “Lion King” interpreting gig

Keith Wann sues TDF alleging racial discrimination over “Lion King” interpreting gig.

Rejecting Reverse Racial Discrimination Claim, Seventh Circuit Reminds Employers of Best Practices

In a case brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provided guidance on measures employers can take to avoid liability for reverse discrimination claims. Groves v. South Bend Community School Corp., No. 21-3336 (Oct. 19, 2022). The Seventh Circuit has jurisdiction over Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Background William Groves, who is white, worked for the South Bend Community School Corporation as an athletic director.

The Power of White Gaze: Erasure of Black Signers

Due to the popularity of my published article, The Power of the White Gaze: Erasure of Black Signers. So many Deaf people have making a request for my article to be translated into ASL for accessibility. I’ve asked three amazing Black signers to do their rendition for my lengthly article. Here’s the link to the ASL version of my article below.

Why it might be helpful for NJ police to know when a driver has autism

Proposed legislation would make it easier to alert officers, voluntarily, when someone has communication difficulties.

National Paralympic Heritage Trust to develop and share expertise of disability access

Following an Arts Council England grant, the NPHT will work with organisations on a digital toolkit and virtual exhibitions.

Disabled employee sues Twitter over Musk's ban on remote work

Twitter Inc owner Elon Musk's mandate that employees stop working remotely and put in "long hours at high intensity" discriminates against workers with disabilities, a new lawsuit claims.

Steve Spitz - Meet The Biz With David Zimmerman

Performing Arts Studio West Presents Meet The Biz With David Zimmerman Special Guest STEVE SPITZ “BEING OURSELVES”

The challenges and joys of embracing significant differences is something Steve Spitz understands

Steve Spitz knew early in his life that he differed from the other children in school. He learned differently, he processed in atypical ways, his mind wandered in class. That he grew up with a devoted family who loved him unconditionally was a blessing that softened the edges of challenges, yet it was only a short time ago that he was diagnosed as neurodiverse and went from embracing his differences to the power of understanding them.

Year of the Tiger, by Alice Wong: A Review

In a world that doesn’t take disability seriously when it should, and way too seriously when it doesn’t need to, Alice consistently hits the right notes and explains the pieces that matter.

Watch the 2022 Media Access Awards Livestream! (Captions)

‘Extra’ has partnered with the Easterseals and Media Access Awards to bring you the star-studded ceremony right here on Watch the livestream Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Our Lives Are Worth Living: Why I Am Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

The debate over physician-assisted suicide has gained prominence in the past year thanks to the continuous expansion of who is eligible for euthanasia in Canada.

Deaf Jesuit novice: Visit to Minneapolis parish by first deaf priest in U.S. offered ‘kind of a c…

Parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Minneapolis, about half of whom are deaf, had the chance to attend Mass Nov. 20 celebrated by the first deaf man ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the U.S., Father Tom Coughlin.  

Deaf and hard of hearing Gallaudet's drive to Division III playoffs

For Gallaudet, the hurdles range from not hearing whistles to not being able to change plays, but a dedicated group has learned how to excel.

Update from liberated Kherson, Ukraine. New judgement on involuntary termination of pregnancy - #In…

Overview of news, reports, policies relevant to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe.

Number of BAME people in music industry has dropped since 2020, study finds

Report by UK Music finds that ethnic diversity is down at all levels, suggesting that the disproportionate effect of the pandemic could be a factor.

Sign Language View In Teams Meeting Is Designed to Make Video Calls More Accessible For Deaf Partic…

Microsoft recently announced Sign Language View – a new meeting experience that is meant to make remote video calls on Microsoft Teams a lot more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing users. This experience, currently in public preview, has added the following elements to make sure deaf and hard of hearing participants have clear and easy view of sign language being signed by sign language interpreters on the call.

Event Recap: Diversability Unplugged: Disability and Web3

For our November Unplugged event, we hosted four expert panelists to discuss the basic applications and implications of Web3 for the disability rights movement.

The Importance of Belonging at Work for People With Disabilities

"It is evident she feels like she belongs when she talks about her work and her interactions."

FaceTime Has Captions! Here's How to Enable Them

FaceTime has Live Captions now! Here is how to enable the live captions in a FaceTime call - it's simple: first you make the call.

The War on Opioids and Chronic Pain Medication Is Taking Me From My Family

"When my chronic pain is well managed, I can function enough to care for myself and my family."

Two Exhibitions in Berlin Showcase Queer Beauty in All its Forms

'Queering Photography’ at C/O Berlin and ‘Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer’ at Schwules Museum explore representations of identity, gender, disability and sexuality.

How Accommodations aren’t cheating but are valuable tools

One of the biggest misconceptions about disability accommodations is that they are an unfair advantage. Many people view them as cheating or taking the easy way out. Individuals with disabilities who use such valuable commodities are considered to be using their disability as a crutch or enabling the person, not to work to their full potential. What so many people fail to realize is that these services are ways for people with disabilities to be able to learn, live, and participate in society. November is assistive technology month. During this month we highlight adaptive equipment that people with disabilities can choose. Some of these include speech-to-text, screen readers, IPADS, and reading pens. Using these types of technology and other accommodations can help a person with a disability to succeed. However, due to the negative thoughts that surround them, many people with disabilities are hesitant to use these services. When a person chooses not to use these accommodations, it makes life frustrating and difficult.

Canada’s euthanasia laws are a moral outrage

Death is now treated as a solution to life’s problems.

Chronically Ill, but ‘Dying of Poverty’

Madeline lives on BC disability assistance and fears she may have to choose to die because she can’t get needed income and care.

Global Challenges and Opportunities: Insights from G3ict’s Global Country Representatives

Accessibility and inclusion challenges and strategies can vary greatly across countries and regions. To support greater accessibility and inclusion worldwide, G3ict’s Global Policy Center has developed an extensive network of Country Representatives – accessibility experts and disability leaders who partner with local and national governments, civil society, and private sector stakeholders to create more inclusive societies and communities. This session will explore the current state of accessibility and inclusion with the G3ict Country Representatives from Kuwait, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Job Hunting & Mental Health

Searching for a job can be a stressful and emotionally draining process, which can worsen symptoms of mental health conditions.

What is Neurodiversity?

Kari - who has CP - addresses the questio of "what is Neurodiverstiy?" from her unique persepctive, including clips from people with Autism.

David Buxton wins at Signature Hall of Fame Awards

BDA’s former Chair, David Buxton, picked up an award at last Friday’s Signature Hall of Fame awards for his work on the BSL Act Now! Campaign.

Perfect Show for Rachel review – hit the Britney buzzer one more time!

From a control desk, director Rachel O’Mahony pushes buttons for songs, scenes and games in a fun, carefully crafted show staged by Zoo Co.

Deaths and abuse of people with severe intellectual disabilities and autism in Czechia - Respekt ma…

37-years old woman with intellectual disabilities was killed by a staff member of a "care" institution in Czechia, writes the weekly Respekt in an extensive article exposing multiple cases of abuse, and deaths.

Works For Me employment programme extending

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is extending its Works For Me (WFM) employment programme with My Sight Notts and MySight York becoming the first pilot hosts.

John Hicks

John has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. Since 2003 he has been working in the field of digital accessibility in France. His particular interests are in the effects of transformations (such as accessibility) on organizations and the notions of viability and communication as stipulated by the early cyberneticists (Ashby, Beer, et al). He has been with Atos in Paris since 2021 promoting accessibility both within the company as well as for clients, working towards compliance with the French RGAA law. He is also a keen follower of guitar circles and samba schools.

Ian Hamilton

Game accessibility specialist with a 16 year background in raising the bar for gamers with disabilities, though advocacy and awareness raising – writing, speaking, organising events, community building – and consulting, working with studios from the smallest indies to the largest AAAs, with publishers, platforms, industry and government bodies. Co-director of GAconf and coordinator of

How Accessible Technology Changed My Life (Guest Blog)

My name is Michael Taylor, and I am a marketing intern at UsableNet. I was also born with a rare retinal dystrophy known as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis. I'm a screen reader user, and I use technology daily. This blog is the first in a series.

Introducing Sign Language View for Teams Meetings

Today we are pleased to announce sign language view, a new meeting experience in Microsoft Teams that helps signers – people who are Deaf/hard of hearing, interpreters, and others who use sign language – keep one another prioritized on center stage, in a consistent location, throughout every meeting.

Enhance Your iMovie Videos with Captions

To ensure your iMovie videos are accessible, inclusive, engaging, and have the best reach possible, you should consider captions.

All You Need To Know About Text To Speech

Text-to-speech is becoming a widespread form of assistive technology. It especially helps people with vision issues to read and understand text content.

Technology for deaf children and young people | National Deaf Children's Society

Find out about technology that helps deaf children and young people at home, work or in education.

Persona Spectrums: Building for Inclusion and Accessibility

Recently, I attended a pilot workshop about inclusion. It was created by Sidebench, a UX and product development studio in Los Angeles, for the WITH Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities. One of the main goals of the workshop was to mentor designers like myself on inclusion. Sidebench and the WITH Foundation hoped to not only build greater empathy for the users they represented, but they also hoped to demonstrate how specific design tools could make design teams’ overall product efforts better for everyone from the first round.

Ability Drive™ - Drive your wheelchair with your eyes

Ability DriveTM is a drive control interface that enables you to drive a powered wheelchair with your eyes.

History of accessibility in gaming

The last decade has seen an incredible surge in accessible games and adaptive devices. But what exactly does that mean and how has it progressed?

10 Things to Know About Twitter’s Alternative Text for Images

Make your tweets more accessible: 10 things to know about Twitter's alternative text for images.

Adding Accessibility Features to Digital Health Technologies: Enhancing Inclusion and the Patient E…

A clinical trial population should mimic the patient population that will ultimately use the therapy that is being studied. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this has not always been the case and there have been negative consequences, such as instances where people with disabilities or of certain racial groups experienced adverse effects to approved drugs that were not tested on “people like them.”

Airbnb makes it easier to find wheelchair-friendly homes

"Adapted," which shows listings with features like step-free access, is one of six new search categories.

COVID-19 Disabled Everyone. Disabled People Knew What to Do

Experiences of disabled people during the pandemic highlight hard-won expertise.

WordPress 6.1 Accessibility Improvements

With WordPress 6.1 around the corner, this post brings together the many accessibility improvements and fixes to look forward to that might be hard to discover amongst the details of 500+ bugs and enhancements. As always, there’s more work to be done with accessibility requiring an ongoing effort and commitment.

Comcast Announces ‘Breakthrough’ New Xfinity Large Button Voice Remote For Better Accessibility

In what the company hails as an “industry first” development, Philadelphia-based cable giant Comcast announced the Xfinity Large Button Voice Remote.

We Haven’t Gone Anywhere!

Are you wondering where to spend your surfing time now that you’ve left Twitter? Are you wondering where you will now find out about cutting-edge biopolitical analyses in philosophy? Are you worried about how you can stay in the loop?

The airline passengers getting 'unacceptable' treatment

As aviation recovers from pandemic chaos, things aren't getting any better for one group of passengers. Travelers with disabilities report having their wheelchairs broken and being treated "like baggage" because of a system that is "not fit for purpose."

Coronavirus Australia: Workers told to stay at home as COVID-19 ‘variant soup’ drives wave

At least 79,700 people contracted coronavirus in the seven days to last Thursday, more than double the 33,600 weekly infections recorded in the final week of October.

Hospitals hitting capacity from RSV, flu, covid and staffing shortages

Hospitals across the United States are overwhelmed, and experts believe conditions will deteriorate in coming months.

Michael J. Fox Gets Honorary Oscar for Parkinson's Work at Emotional Ceremony

Fox was presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Award in Los Angeles Saturday.

Lauren Ridloff: 'I run to find peace,' says Marvel actress after finishing her first marathon

Actress Lauren Ridloff describes the "transformative experience" of running this year's New York City Marathon and how the sport brings her solace.

The ‘Great Breakup’ And Why Women Leaders Are Leaving Companies At Higher Rates

We are in the midst of a “Great Breakup," where women leaders are demanding more from work, and are more likely to switch jobs to get their needs met, according to the just-released Women in the Workplace Report 2022 from LeanIn.

Airlines can't seem to safely transport my wheelchair, but they've found a way to move horses by air

Disability advocate Peter Tonge says if airlines can transport a horse by air, they should be able to easily transport wheelchairs. "I call on the airline industry and all levels of government to treat disabled travellers with the dignity and respect that has been shown to horses," he says.

Assistive robotic arm shown to help boost independence of those with ALS in evaluation study

A recent study has demonstrated that assistive robotic manipulators can help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to remain independent.

Disabled employee sues Twitter over Musk's ban on remote work

Twitter Inc owner Elon Musk's mandate that employees stop working remotely and put in "long hours at high intensity" discriminates against workers with disabilities, a new lawsuit claims.

I have struggled with lifelong disability – and I need people to get out of their bubbles long en…

When I’m unable to get out of bed and can’t leave my house for weeks, I’d do anything to see a new face and hear new stories.

How Ellen Stirling Helped Make Chicago Wheelchair Accessible

On the 100th anniversary of Ellen Stirling’s The Lake Forest Shop, a fashion institution in Chicago, she takes us back in time to the beginning of her activism and social consciousness.

For Many Disabled Patients, the Doctor Is Often Not In

Some doctors avoid patients with disabilities, advocates say. And even when they don't, barriers to routine care abound.

Disabled travelers say airlines damage wheelchairs too often

Andrew Gurza said Air Canada damaged his wheelchair on a trip to San Francisco. Advocates say it's an all-too-common problem.

To calm anxiety, researchers find meditation as effective as Lexapro

Researchers compared a practice of daily mindfulness meditation to taking Lexapro to control anxiety symptoms. The meditators got equivalent relief, without the side effects.

Disneyland adds dolls in wheelchairs to 'It's a Small World'

Disneyland on Friday added two new characters in wheelchairs to its iconic “It’s a Small World" attraction, saying it wanted a "more accurate representation of diversity around the world.”

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students

A survey of disabled students found that some university accommodations they value became more widespread in the pandemic, like flexible course deadlines.

Making New York City Crosswalks Accessible For The Blind

The Electra Group is providing voice accessibility services in junctions for blind pedestrians and the visually impaired.

Why Accessible Sidewalks Fall by the Wayside

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act more than 30 years ago, most U.S. cities delay making accessibility improvements to sidewalks until activists bring them to court.

Cities and Feds Work on Accessibility Guidelines for Curbside Car-Charging Stations

In the race to add more electric car charging stations to city streets, Cambridge and Boston are taking steps to ensure the new infrastructure includes access for people with disabilities, despite a lack of well-established standards.

Devices, loud venues could cause hearing loss in 1 billion young people

Researchers compiled data from previous studies and found that recreational listening, such as on devices and at entertainment venues, posed a threat for those aged 12 to 35.

Markey introduces legislation to improve tech access for Americans with disabilities

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday introduced new legislation that aims to improve access to communications technology for Americans with disabilities to ensure they have equal opportunities in an increasingly online world.

How could future autonomous transportation be accessible to everyone?

When Brad Duerstock was 18, a spinal cord injury paralyzed his arms and legs, requiring him to use what control he had left in his hands to operate a power wheelchair.

Special needs students: An analytical approach to inclusion

The establishment of the European Higher Education Area led to changes in universities which mean today’s institutions are required to create accessible environments for all students and to train new generations of university teaching staff in educational inclusion. In this sense, the inclusion of students with special educational needs is the responsibility of all higher education institutions.

Disabled people 'don't feel welcome in nightclubs'

"The amount of people I've seen out in wheelchairs in nightclubs, I could count them - it's under 10."

Calgary's Next Economy: Included by Design is opening doors to improved accessibility

Sean Crump has spent years in Calgary dedicated to making local businesses more accessible.

Losing billions: Why are brands still not prioritising digital accessibility?

Inaccessible websites lose $6.9 billion a year to their accessible counterparts, yet digital inclusion remains under-addressed. We look at how brands can benefit from placing accessibility at the heart of their strategy.

Retailers should take steps to avoid black marks for accessibility on Black Friday

Black Friday falls on 25 November this year – eight days before the International Day of Persons with Disability. Retailers are aware their physical premises need to be accessible to all customers; but Covid has changed the way we shop. The Office of National Statistics notes that the percentage of online sales in the UK jumped from 18 per cent to 37 per cent during the pandemic. A recent survey found that in the UK, businesses lost more than £17 billion in sales in 2019 from disabled shoppers abandoning websites due to accessibility barriers.

Toronto mother spends days in van outside school in effort to provide accessibility

"I think she's the best mom in the world because no other parent would do this for their child," said Colette.

Music Festivals Are Notorious for Inaccessibility—This Organization Is Pushing for Change In 2023

"Working together we will drive through the change necessary to improve access for disabled audiences, artists, employees and volunteers."

Accessibility issues Preventing Disabled Attendees From Participating Fully at Film Festivals

When it comes to accessibility for the disabled IDFA, by its own admission, is falling short.

Barrie businesses downtown aim to become more accessible

One downtown Barrie business will be the first to receive a free deployable ramp to become more inclusive.

How a para-athlete worked on making a swimming pool accessible for everyone

Swimming is for everyone. Accessibility is an issue at most common swimming pools, ranging from those in hotels, schools, and even residential complexes. says national-level para swimming champion.

To help their daughter, they created a device that revolutionizes classroom accessibility

Mónica and Antonio have put their talent at the service of their daughter and many other people with visual impairment.

Salesforce Accessibility Execs Derek Featherstone, Catherine Nichols Talk Disability Inside And Out…

The goal of these [internal] resources, Nichols said, is to build camaraderie and morale, and give marginalized people the tools they need in order to feel their most comfortable and do their best work.

‘It opens people's eyes’: The growing Burlington-based movement to make the world more accessib…

Despite serious progress, the world can still be very challenging to navigate for those with a wheelchair.

Creating a More Accessible Internet: Context Matters

Stanford researchers explore how to improve AI-generated descriptions of online images for blind and low-vision users.

Literally underground: Problems with accessibility in UVM’s band scene

It’s dark and sweaty. There’s a concerning smell of mold in the air, but you don’t care. Music is blaring from the amplifier next to you and a mildly attractive guitarist is riffing on the band’s cover of “Mr. Brightside.”

How Robots Are Paving The Way For Increased User Accessibility

In a challenging regulatory environment, autonomous robots are not only achieving usability with the public; they’re achieving accessibility.

Why Should I Make My Cannabis Website ADA Compliant?

When President George W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, a new era of civil rights for the disabled was born.

Advancing Digital Accessibility in Academic and Workplace Education

There is a growing demand for graduates and professionals with the knowledge and skills to produce digital resources that are usable by people who have accessibility needs, including disabled and older people. However, job applicants may not have encountered digital accessibility in their academic and professional development programs. As a field of research and endeavor, accessibility education is relatively under-researched and undeveloped, leading to ad hoc efforts. Requirements for accessibility are absent from many structured education programs, such as program accreditation and curriculum and degree requirements. As a result, many professionals who have accessibility knowledge and skills are self-taught rather than formally educated or trained. With society’s growing reliance on technology and a growing demand for accessibility in the digital world, there is increasing attention and a growing body of knowledge around effective teaching and learning of accessibility in diverse disciplines and roles, giving rise to an emergent pedagogy to underpin digital accessibility education.

Why you need to monitor and report on accessibility—all the time

Aren’t you “done” with accessibility when you fix all the issues in an audit? While an accessibility audit is an important first step, the truth is that you’re just getting started once you finish your audit. You now have to maintain the progress that you’ve made with your website and application.

8 Disabled Influencers From Different Ethnic Minority Groups

We share 8 disabled influencers from different ethnic minorities from the world of literature, entertainment, comedy, fashion, public speaking and activism.

Google leader on building accessible and inclusive workspaces

Tracy Needles is leading the charge on building accessible spaces for all of Google’s offices.

Passengers with Disabilities: Barriers to Accessible Air Travel Remain

Air travel for people with disabilities can be very challenging. We testified about these challenges and actions that airports, airlines, and the Department of Transportation are taking to address them.

2022 ADA Lawsuit Report: Insights for Business Leaders

Our data from 2022 so far found that a few things were true across web accessibility lawsuits- read what they are and what we'll cover in our next report.

Digital stories celebrate disability pride

Online and in-person events premiere short films created by participants in Multisensory Studio.

An Employee’s Right to Assistive Technology

What are your rights as an employee with disabilities who needs assistive technology and how can you put it into practice in the workplace?

GitHub Accessibility

At GitHub, our mission is to accelerate human progress through developer collaboration.

5 Home Health Businesses Creating Accessibility Through Growth

November is National Home Care & Hospice Month, so here's a look at home health organizations who recently expanded services and accessibility through growth initiatives.

Towards Accessibility! RampMyCity, A Bengaluru-Based Start-Up, Is Making Cities More Accessible For…

RampMyCity has made over 300 public areas like workplaces, residential complexes, schools, colleges, and public parks among others, accessible to the differently abled.

Comcast Announces ‘Breakthrough’ New Xfinity Large Button Voice Remote For Better Accessibility

In what the company hails as an “industry first” development, Philadelphia-based cable giant Comcast announced the Xfinity Large Button Voice Remote.

Technology crucial to driving accessibility and inclusivity movement, says QSTP-funded startup

Bonocle using unique platform to bridge gap between blind and sighted communities in line with national accessibility initiatives.

Accessibility-focused proposal wins the Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm competition

The winner of the Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm design competition has been announced by the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the City of London Corporation, Culture Mile, and the Foundation for Future London.

RTA of Northeastern Illinois launches new website that prioritizes accessibility and usability

The new site features a refreshed brand for the agency representative of a forward-looking vision for the region’s transit system.

Microsoft Introduces New Sign Language View, Accessibility Preferences Pane For Teams

In a blog post published on Thursday, Microsoft announced a new feature designed for its popular Teams videoconferencing software called Sign Language View.

#NextUP: Achieving Accessibility in Academic Journal Publishing

At Chicago, our publishing technology team works with the University’s Center for Digital Accessibility to continuously improve the accessibility of our Journals website and our articles. Scholars with subscription access can easily and seamlessly use assistive technology to read articles directly on our Journals Division website. This, however, does not serve individuals without subscriptions who are qualified to receive access to copyrighted material under the Chafee Amendment (17 U.S.C. § 121). The amendment allows authorized entities to reproduce or to distribute copies of previously published, nondramatic literary work for use by people with print disabilities.

CBC/Radio-Canada is inviting you to take part in public consultations on accessibility

From November 2022 to January 2023, CBC/Radio-Canada has partnered with public libraries across the country to open a dialogue about the needs and priorities of people living with various types of disabilities. We are inviting you to take part in these 90-minute consultations, either online or in-person, as they will help shape the future of our institutions and the content we create.

Hungry? 7 Ways Google Can Help You Figure Out Dinner

Search with Live View arrives first in major cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Popular Hearthstone Accessibility Mod Ends Support

"Odd that Blizzard is not the one providing enough accessibility options."

Roberta Flack has ALS, now impossible to sing

The beloved singer Roberta Flack has announced through a spokesperson that she is battling ALS. The brain disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has made it "impossible to sing and not easy to speak," the spokesperson said in a press release on Monday.

A conversation with Samantha Baines, a deaf author, comedian, actress and broadcaster! (BSL)

To see the BSL translation of this article, thanks to Signly, please click on the signing hands icon at the bottom right side of the page! Then click on the text, then swipe or click on the play button to see it in BSL.

What It's Like Being a Black Woman With Anxiety

"While mental illness can be treated, my Blackness and womanhood are cherished parts of who I am."

First 10 inductees for Signature’s Hall of Fame announced

The sign language awarding body Signature revealed its first 10 inductees to its Hall of Fame last night, in an awards ceremony held at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Our place at the table: Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer exhibition

Curator Kenny Fries writes about queer disability, and an exciting new exhibition.


Interviews Media Access Award winner and Producer David Zimmerman.

Humanizing Monsters

was listening to NPR recently and an interviewer was talking to Thomas Hegghammer, a Norwegian professor of political science, who had just published an edited collection of essays/research studies called Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists. One of the interviewer’s questions was “Aren’t you afraid that your book will humanize jihadists?” This struck me as strange. Could seeing anyone as human, even someone who engaged in systematic killing, be harmful? We often describe the most horrific crimes, such as genocide in terms of one group viewing the other as less than human. We are all aware of Hitler’s genocidal actions against Jews, whom he believed were biologically inferior to what he called the Aryan race. When Hutus in Rwanda killed nearly a million of their Tutsi neighbors, they described them as “cockroaches.” Even the American founding fathers were only willing to count each African American slave as worth 3/5 of a White person. These are instances, not uncommon in history, when embracing an ideology that involved viewing others as less than full human beings led to systematic mistreatment, killing or enslavement of people. But should we then turn around and view those who subscribe to such ideologies as also less then human?

This Is Why Consent Doesn't Exist For Disabled Folks

“Forced Intimacy” is a term I have been using for years to refer to the common, daily experience of disabled people being expected to share personal parts of ourselves to survive in an ableist world.

Disabled employee sues Twitter over Musk's ban on remote work

A California-based engineering manager, who said Twitter fired him when he refused to report to the office, has filed a proposed class action against the company in San Francisco federal court.

Fireside Chat with Judy Heumann

In this episode, Judy Heumann discusses her personal story and key issues taking place in today’s accessibility landscape.

Experience: I lost my memory – and fell in love with my husband for the second time | Life and st…

When I see our wedding photos, it’s like looking at someone else’s.

The Pandemic's Dangerous Mental Health Effects on a Frontline Medical Worker

"We are all human, especially superheroes. We all crash and burn, some more than others."

Hunt cracks down on benefit claimants amid chronic shortage of workers

More to be asked to meet a ‘work coach’ but experts point to jump in long-term sickness due to gaps in public services.

Utilizing YouTube as a Chronic Illness Support Group

"These online connections may seem much deeper than they truly are."

Disability as a Creative Source with Molly Joyce

Composer and performer Molly Joyce has been deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “unwavering” and “enveloping” (Vulture). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident. The primary vehicle in her pursuit is her electric vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay that suits her body and engages her disability on a compositional and performative level. Her debut full-length album, Breaking and Entering, featuring toy organ, voice, and electronic sampling of both sources was released in June 2020 on New Amsterdam Records, and has been praised by New Sounds as “a powerful response to something (namely, physical disability of any kind) that is still too often stigmatized, but that Joyce has used as a creative prompt.”

Disability news and talk, What's in the Autumn Statement for disabled people?

Benefits are set to go up with inflation, according to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement, but what's in it for you if you're disabled? Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey get the crucial lowdown from Fazilet Hadid from Disability Rights UK.

Everything Is Better With Creators

rom The White House to Creator! Judy Heumann, often called “the mother” of the disability movement, has been a disability rights legend and activist since the early 1970s and has been present at almost every significant development and turning point in the movement.

On today’s #BeyondDisability episode, we’re incredibly honored to speak with Judy about her career shift from The White House to social media. We’ll also learn why she thinks social media is the best platform for Disabled and Non-Disabled creators to be an effective change in politics and media.

So, let’s jump into this episode as we explore the past, present, and, hopefully, bright future of the disability rights movement.

More caution in health services as cases rise

NSW Health has upgraded its COVID-19 risk rating to amber requiring masks to be worn in all hospital areas and visitor numbers monitored to protect staff and patients.

Nathan Clement: Para Swimmer and Cyclist

On today's episode, we are interviewing Nathan Clement. He represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympics as a swimmer and has more recently made the switch to become a para cyclist aiming for Paris 2024. We discuss the trials and tribulations of being a para athlete and the mental barriers he faced.

Tech jobs offering new opportunities for persons with disabilities

A team of workers at Makeables, an employment arm of disability service provider Multicap, are being trained to perform critical tolling technology verification activities.

Approaching disability justice education through an intersectional lens

As a Black disabled woman, it wasn’t until I was well into my late 20s that I heard of the term Black disability identity. Despite the knowledge I gained at school and at home about Black history, I have never considered blackness and disability as cohabiting. I always viewed them as separate and unrelated even though I identified as both. In retrospect how transformative it would have been to know that individuals involved in the civil rights movement and pioneers in Black history also had disabilities. That Moses herself—also known as Harriet Tubman was a Black woman living with a disability. How impactful it would have been to know that if someone like Harriet could set thousands of slaves free—and she had a disability. Imagine what I could do as a Black disabled woman living in the 21st century.

‘It’s undoubtably going to have a big impact’: inside three Arts Council funding cases

In our final set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding round, we speak to Ballet Black, Disability Arts Online and Camden Art Centre.

Visualization of disability in news photographs: an analytical framework

This article proposes a framework for analyzing visual discourses of disability in press photographs: the Visual Discourses of Disability (ViDD) framework. The development of this framework is based on an analysis of 670 news photographs of disability published in a Malaysian English-language mainstream newspaper. Within the ViDD, the authors propose the notion of perspectivization of disability: how elements in a photo are configured to frame the perspective of disability. These configurations can be placed on a cline, from perspectivizing to personizing. In addition, the cumulative attitudinal meanings in a news image can be placed on another cline, from enabling to disabling. The ViDD framework combines both clines to understand and explain how news photographs construe disability. This framework can serve as a tool for making informed choices in selecting and publishing images of people with a disability, and of disability.

Why Do People With Disabilities Have to Sue To Get Accessible Sidewalks?

Philadelphia just became the latest U.S. city to agree to begin the slow process of making its sidewalks accessible to people who use assistive devices — though some say the win would be more significant if people with mobility challenges weren't so often forced to sue to get basic access to the places where they live.

Fireside Chat with AbleGamers

Join 3Play Media for a fireside chat with the adaptive gaming innovators of The AbleGamers Charity.

US Olympic And Paralympic Committee Covered Up Abuse Of Athlete With Autism, Lawsuit Allegess

Paralympic swimmer Parker Egbert was repeatedly assaulted and raped by teammate Robert Griswold for over a year, and the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee was complicit and negligent in allowing it to happen, according to a lawsuit filed late last week in the U.S. District Court of Colorado.

Airbnb Using AI To Vet Accessible Rentals

Airbnb is turning to artificial intelligence to make it easier for people with disabilities to find rentals that meet their needs.

Pandemic, Staff Shortages Prompt Surge In Special Education Complaints

Maine schools are failing to provide legally required services to students with disabilities at record-high rates as districts struggle with staffing shortages made worse by the pandemic, according to complaint data and interviews with advocates and educators.

Disabled guest at Premier Inn abandoned in stairwell for an hour after fire alarm goes off

Exclusive: ‘It was the worst experience I have ever had as a wheelchair user,’ says Emily Morison.

Why the Story of Hans Heinrich Festersen—Gay, Disabled, and Murdered by the Nazis

Why the Story of Hans Heinrich Festersen—Gay, Disabled, and Murdered by the Nazis—Matters.

Sign Learner

Hover over the highlighted word above to see the corresponding sign in American Sign Language (ASL).

Disability Art as Activism - Thoughts on how the movement is moving

Disability Art is basically protest art, art that challenges the norms of the society in which we live. It’s the expression of barriers, the barriers that we face everyday, as individuals and as a community. I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Colin Hambrook on Disability Art and the community that has built around it. The thing that really struck me is just how important community is in everything we do. The way that society has categorised us as, ‘other’, ‘outside the norm’. It all means that we have to move together to be able to grow as a movement. The way that the art world works in itself is a barrier. The way that the more mainstream galleries are curated means that we as a community are less visible. If we are even considered to be shown in mainstream galleries. The spaces themselves are often physically inaccessible, to the artists and the public. Meaning that there are times where the artist can’t even get into the gallery to install their piece. This is completely ludicrous but it is something that we face on a regular basis. It is this stuff that we need to address. Like Colin, I think that the best way we can do that is by working together as a community, a collective. Coming together and setting up and running exhibition spaces ourselves, for people like us.

15 Inclusive Books By Disabled Women Writers

It’s an exciting time for inclusive literature as more disabled authors are entering the literary world, especially disabled women writers.

Airbnb highlight accessible holiday homes

Airbnb has just announced their Winter Release for 2022 and it includes some accessible additions.

New model to better support kids with disabilities

The Government is committed to designing a system that better supports our kids and young people with the highest needs, Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti announced today. 

Global digital accessibility report reveals processes and procurement need attention

The good outweighs the bad: 2022 attitudes to digital accessibility annual survey results.

Candoco: In Side Out review – an intimate night of new work

Fresh pieces by the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers open up its artistic direction.

Why Is The Employment Gap For People With Disabilities So Consistently Wide?

Why is it still so difficult for individuals with disabilities to find paying work, and for disabled people in general to participate more in the job market?

Vaccine Targeting Effects Of Fentanyl Developed By Researchers—It Could Help Tackle Opioid Misuse

The opioid is commonly added to recreational drugs, like cocaine or methamphetamine, resulting in overdose deaths.

Why The Global Helium Shortage May Be The World’s Next Medical Crisis

Industry, tech, and medical professionals must work together to suggest feasible strategies to tackle this critical shortage. More efficient and judicious use of MRI will likely be needed in the future to ensure sustainability.

Smoking Marijuana Is More Likely To Cause Emphysema Than Cigarettes, Study Suggests

Marijuana use among young adults reached an all-time high in 2021.

ALS, Dementia And Strokes Worsened By Climate Change, Researchers Find

As global temperatures rise, the risk of neurological conditions like strokes, seizures and migraines could increase, according to a review published Wednesday.

Renewing Covid's Status As A Public Health Emergency Was The Right Call. Here's Why

Public health law experts Lawrence Gostin and James Hodge explain the importance of the public health emergency declaration as Covid cases and hospitalizations begin to rise.

The Best Reason To Keep Up To Date With Boosters: Covid-19 Protection From Infection, Hospitalizati…

Until the development of long-lasting, “universal” coronavirus vaccines, our best strategy for protection against infection, hospitalization, and death is staying up to date with our booster shots.

Kevin McHale Refuses Glee Reboot: I Shouldn't Play Artie in Wheelchair

“Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy floated the idea earlier this month of a “Glee” reboot, saying enough time has passed since the Fox musical comedy’s original run that returning to the franchise is now more of interest to him. Should Murphy go ahead and reboot “Glee,” don’t expect to see actor Kevin McHale back as the lovable and loyal Glee club member Artie Abrams.

A Day With No Words by Tiffany Hammond, Kate Cosgrove

A must-read that belongs in every home and classroom, A Day With No Words invites readers into the life of an Autism Family who communicates just as the child does, without spoken language.

When your body... works

A surprising turn of events.

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