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Special Education: A Hindrance to Disability Acceptance

“Special education” seems like a little bit too sentimental a name for something with such a utilitarian purpose. In my years of personal experience with the public education system, I have never found reason to describe the experience as special.…
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Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

I am an immigrant with a disability. When I was five years old my parents decided to move our whole family from Mexico including five kids, two of whom have a disability, to the United States. My mother still talks…
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Disability and Tokenism: Why No One Can Speak On Behalf of Everyone

Why is it that so many people look at a single person from a minority group and automatically assume that they represent the group as a whole? Nowhere does this issue, known as tokenism, seem more prevalent than in higher
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Why Archer’s Challenge Misrepresents the Experience of Wheelchair Users

“As you saw, it’s a lot of coordination involved between moving the chair, pointing to maps and of course using the weather clicker,” Chikage Windler, chief meteorologist at CBS Austin, explains about her experience of using a wheelchair on the
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Higher education still presents barriers to students with invisible disabilities

Finding the perfect college that matches your individual needs is a struggle – and one that can be especially difficult for students with invisible disabilities such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If a university does not provide…
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UN releases new guidance on inclusive education

The United Nations committee tasked with enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is calling on countries to meet their educational obligations to students with disabilities.
“Enabling inclusive education requires an in-depth transformation of education systems in …
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University of Maryland expands captioning services at sports stadiums, website

Building on negotiations stemming from a lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf in 2013, the University of Maryland has announced new measures to make its sports events more accommodating to people whom are deaf and hard of…
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Mother of child with Down Syndrome sues YMCA

Denise Watts’s 6-year-old son, Steven Heffron, was excited for summer camp at the Greater Miami Valley YMCA in Ohio, where he could join his classmates from his elementary school. But the YMCA denied Heffron access to its camp’s morning session,…
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University accidentally bans sex with people with disabilities

On its face, Armstrong State University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy [PDF] clearly bars consensual sex with people with disabilities. The policy, which went into effect in September 2014, states that “persons who have a physical and/or mental impairment are unable…