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My Educational Experiences with Attention Deficit Disorder and Why Accommodations are So Crucial

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. The global pandemic has affected each of us in ways no one could have imagined. It has exposed the structural failures of…
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Call for Stories: Share your experiences to highlight the value of educational accommodations

In response to pandemic-related school closures, the U.S. Department of Education was considering waiving part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities. While…
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Why A Teacher Carrying a Disabled Student on His Back Shouldn’t Be News

Once again, an abled person recently went viral for including a disabled person in everyday activities.  That means it’s (*checks calendar*) a day ending in Y. This time, a teacher is being lavished with praise for volunteering to carry Ryan
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Who’s Missing From Conversations About School Accessibility? Disabled Parents.

“Mommy, you’re coming to my robotics presentation right?” my son asked. My son had been in an after-school robotics class for the last ten weeks and they were doing a “big presentation” on the last day of class. My son,…
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Deaf Access to Sex Ed with Bethany Gehman

Language barriers, inaccessible media, and ableist stigma continue to prevent Deaf youth from accessing both formal and informal opportunities for sex ed. Bethany Gehman shares her experience as a Deaf sex educator.…
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Pardon Me: Helpful, But Unhelpful – DO-IT 2019

Let's face it, people can be awkward, even with the best of intentions. Abby and Nathan share tips on what to do (and not do) when you see a disabled person that might need help.
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Pizza For All – DO-IT 2019

Everyone deserves a home slice - including people with disabilities. Make sure to include everyone in your community.
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Accommodations for Unseen Issues – DO-IT 2019

Whether you see us or not, we’re still here. Check out a new video by DO-IT Scholars about accommodations for less visible disabilities!
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The Fact that IDEA Might be Fully Funded by 2023 Isn’t an Accomplishment. It’s a Disgrace.

In the 1955 Brown vs. the Board of Education case, the court stated: “Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments….It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today, it is a principal instrument…