Here’s what Ukrainians with disabilities face as we cope with war

The author, who is blind, recounts life under bombardment in one of Ukraine’s hardest-hit cities, evacuation challenges, and how aid groups can help.

Video: Disability & Philanthropy: From the Telethons of the Past to Disability Justice Today

Enjoy watching Sandy Ho, Ryan Easterly, and Bridgit Antoinette Evans as they explore the troubled history of fundraising's harmful representations of disabled people and how they incorporate disability justice into their philanthropy work today.

Podcast: "The Journalism Salute"

The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do. Susan LoTempio & Kristin Gilger from the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

A moment that changed me: after losing my hearing, newspapers helped me find a way to cope

The psychological effects of going deaf as a child were unbearable. But after stumbling across a front-page headline, reading the news helped me discover new worlds.

Beyond Awareness Introduction

Is it appropriate to talk about disability? Is there a way to respectfully talk about disability? What words do I use when talking about disability? How do I teach kids about disability? Why do I feel awkward when I talk about disability? Are there any good resources out there to teach me about disability? This show will serve educators, parents, and community members who strive to learn and/or teach about disability in a research-based and respectful way, moving beyond simple awareness, and diving into inclusive and socially responsive conversations.

Reproductive Justice for Disabled Women: Ending Systemic Discrimination

As access to reproductive rights continues to shrink in the United States, disabled women struggle to gain visibility around their rights and needs.

Don't Call Disabled People 'Differently Abled'

"What is so bad about being disabled?"

Toxic positivity harms the disabled community

It can't be the one state of mind to rise above all others.

We Need to Change How We View Disabled People

Michelle Friedman, a blind disability advocate, shares her story and strong opinions on what it means to be disabled.

How "Differently Abled" Marginalizes Disabled People

Some people, including people who would conventionally be categorized as disabled, use phrases like "differently abled" to refer to disabled people. This phrase is used because it supposedly humanizes disabled people by focusing on our abilities rather than on our impairments. Those who prefer the phrase "differently abled" often see the terms "disabled" or "disability" as potentially hurtful or offensive. "Dis" means "not," so the argument goes, so calling someone "disabled" must mean that a person is "unable to do anything," "incapable of ever doing anything functional or useful or desirable either by others or by themselves," and therefore, it is wrong to call people disabled.

22 Ways My Friends Accommodate My Mental Health Conditions

"My friends do their best to help me feel safe."

12 Physical and Mental ‘Red Flags’ You’re Entering a Depressive Episode

"It’s like a rumble of thunder from that scary-looking cloud on the horizon. There’s a storm coming."

Signs You’re a Codependent Person – and How to Break Free

"It’s OK to need other people, but you deserve to stand on your own."

Affirmations and Journaling Prompts for Chronic Illness Self-Advocacy

"You have the power to take charge of your healing and become a strong self-advocate!"

Instagram & Body Dysmorphia: How Heavily Edited Photos Cause Mental Illness & Ableism

Social media has been a blessing for many, especially those of us with disabilities who often find it difficult to access various physical spaces due to access barriers. But, like most Internet mediums, social media represents a double-edged sword that has the power to ostracize and isolate as much as it can uplift and connect. For instance, Instagram has been especially linked to increased body dysmorphia, depression, and other mental health disorders for users.

Why I've Struggled With My Body Image as a Woman With a Disability

"Who gets to decide what perfection is?"

Contemplating Beauty in a Disabled Body

My looks don’t fit into classical ideals of order, proportion, symmetry. So what was I looking for in that gallery in Rome?

12 Simple, Easy Health Tips That Are Actually Helpful

No yoga, we promise.

Maya Chupkov — Becoming a Proud Stutter

Maya Chupkov has been stuttering all her life and faced many challenges because of her speech pattern. However, instead of hiding her disability, she is now using her podcast Proud Stutter to shift the narrative around stuttering. ABILITY’s Karina Sturm speaks with Maya Chupkov in an interview for ABILITY Magazine’s new podcast about her work to raise awareness for people who stutter.

Destigmatizing Mental Health: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Did you know that about 4-6% of the U.S. population has ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD, is a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to focus, pay attention, or manage their behavior. The condition is usually diagnosed in childhood and causes very high energy levels, but it can be managed by lifestyle changes, behavioral treatment, and/or medication. There are three main types of ADHD.

Destigmatizing Mental Health: Dyslexia

Welcome to the first episode of Hidden Heroes, a series about celebrating the strengths of learning disabilities and mental illness. In today’s video, we are exploring the experiences of people with dyslexia as well as some of the hidden advantages that we may not see at first glance. We hear today from three different people. One is Dr. Ari Goldstein, a psychologist working with people with dyslexia or ADHD. Another is Mr. Dean Bragonier, founder and executive dyslexic of a nonprofit called “NoticeAbility” which aims to aid and empower students with dyslexia. Finally, we have Ryland Gordon, engineering major, operations analyst of a solar company, and owner of a YouTube channel where he gives tips for people with dyslexia. And, of course, we’ll also be meeting today’s Hidden Hero.

What actually is brain fog?

Dr Sabina Brennan shares the science behind why people who are chronically ill are more likely to experience brain fog, what it is & what we can do to help.

People with vision disabilities up to four times more likely to suffer mental health problems

Research by international development organisation Sightsavers, University of Ilorin, and the Kogi State Ministry of Health, in Nigeria has revealed links between vision disability and poor mental health.

Why I’m Not a Fan of Autism Awareness Month as Someone on the Spectrum

"You can be aware of a condition and still have prejudice."

Hannah Gadsby navigates the mirror maze of trauma as an autistic, gender queer comedian

Hannah Gadsby explores the unique challenges and gifts of being an autistic, gender queer outsider. Her memoir charts her path to comedy success – navigating trauma and self-knowledge along the way.

Autism Acceptance Month 2022: Understanding & Celebrating Invisible Disabilities

Every April, the world comes together to celebrate Autism Acceptance & Awareness Month. As inclusion advocates, it’s an important time to reflect on not only what autism is but more importantly, to remind ourselves that autism isn’t linear and that each person with autism has their own unique strengths and needs in different areas.

Autism Acceptance … of Communication Stress?

Grant Blasko is a member of CommunicationFIRST’s Advisory Council. He is 19 years old, autistic, a full-time user of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and is a student in the state of Washington. Grant has collaborated with numerous institutions on issues relating to both autism and meaningful communication and educational access, including most recently, the CAST Universal Design for Learning team, New York University, and the University of Washington.

16 Things Autistic Pride Means When I Look in the Mirror

"It means seeing myself as a person first with significant value."

Jordyn Zimmerman’s Remarks to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

The following is the text of CommunicationFIRST Board Member Jordyn Zimmerman’s invited remarks to the US Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on April 14, 2022. The remarks were invited as part of the IACC’s first session in years focused on the communication support needs of autistic people. Jordyn was the only autistic AAC user who was invited to present at this three-hour session.

Bob Williams’s Invited Comments to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

CommunicationFIRST was one of five entities and individuals invited to deliver three-minute “oral” public comments to the US Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on April 14, 2022, before the IACC’s first session in years devoted to the topic of the communication support needs of autistic people. CommunicationFIRST’s Policy Director, Bob Williams, delivered these comments on behalf of CommunicationFIRST. The text of CommunicationFIRST’s full formal written comments to the IACC can be accessed here.

Sibling TikTok duo breaks down stereotypes of autism

Ryan McGuire, who was diagnosed with autism at 3-years-old, and his sister Brittany share a rare glimpse of life dealing with autism on TikTok with their videos that spread a message of autism awareness. Ryan says TikTok has helped ease his anxiety, saying, “I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and into the fire.” Ryan also gets a special surprise from his favorite Knicks player, Derrick Rose!

For people with Down syndrome, a longer life, but under a cloud

Up to 90 percent of people with the genetic condition develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Hallmark debuting romance with lead character having Down Syndrome

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is diversifying its content.

Jamie Brewer to Star in Will Arbery's Corsicana at Playwrights Horizons

Tony winner Sam Gold directs the world premiere of Arbery's deeply personal play.

Jared Leto Pretended to Be Disabled on "Morbius" Set

Jared Leto is coming under fire for his latest attempt at "method acting."

'Awoke' sheds light on the real issues for people with disabilities

“Awoke” is a film that lies in the middle ground: It refuses to take on the conventional storytelling of a protagonist with disabilities that feature an exceptionally talented character who overcomes their limits to achieve their goal or realizes the true meaning of friendship with a non-disabled character. Rather, "Awoke" is about the mundane life struggles that people with disabilities face, from everyday interactions and stereotypes to finding places to eat that are accessible.

Video: Media Should Seize Accessibility's Infinite Possibilities: Infillion's Rossi

Traditionally, when it comes to digital content, "accessibility" has been treated as a box-ticking exercise, a fringe consideration for satisfying a small pool of users.

Why Music Videos Present A Unique Opportunity For Disability Inclusion

Due to their short form, shareability and sheer emotional resonance – music videos can captivate audiences in uniquely powerful ways. It’s vital that this important genre isn’t overlooked when discussing greater disability inclusion and representation within the entertainment industry as a whole.

How The Grammys Got Accessibility Right, And What They Could Have Done Better

Lachi, a blind award-winning vocalist, writer and community leader, has dedicated her platform, career and craft to amplifying disability culture, promoting inclusion, highlighting intersectionality and advocating for accessibility in the music industry.

Disability in Theatre: Strategies for Combating Ableism by Meeting Actors’ Access Needs

Within the past few years, the theatre industry has begun to confront its ongoing lack of representation. While representation of disabled people has not been at the forefront of the conversation, it nevertheless is a side of the same coin of an industry that centers white, cisgendered, abled, and heterosexual voices.

‘People were always trying to fix her’: the ‘blind enchantress’ who wowed Mozart

Maria Theresia von Paradis’s piano bewitched the Viennese court – but she was tormented by quacks proffering remedies she didn’t need. Now a disabled theatre team are turning her life into opera.

Mandy Harvey: A Voice For Change

Mandy Harvey is an award-winning singer & songwriter who gradually lost her hearing as a result of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

It’s About T.I.M.E.: Music For All!

It’s about time for music to be inclusive. It’s about time for bands to be made up of people with disabilities. It’s about time that music is for all. It’s about time for T.I.M.E.: a UK-based charity on a mission to bring music to everyone! ABILITY Magazine’s journalist Karina Sturm spoke with co-founder Rob Fillary and musician and T.I.M.E. participant Gary Walker about the charity and the different programs.

An embodied Manifesto: Disabled bodies liberating the arts, Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

For this issue of Danspace’s Online Journal, Núñez proposed that he and his collaborators would create a “Manifesto,” that could uniformly state the intentions of their work—to always center the perspectives of visually impaired people in audio description practices. Please listen or read, below, to find out how this Manifesto ultimately unfolded into something quite different.

Disability, Art, Therapy, and Community with Bri Beck

Justin and Kennedy interview Bri Beck, a disabled art therapist.

A year ago a new TikTok feature changed the game for its deaf users. Now, 'DeafTok' is a thriving a…

DeafTok videos on TikTok can be humorous, educational, and raise awareness, and their creators are gaining millions of views.

Etsy sellers strike is 'make-or-break’ for LGBTQ+ artists and those with disabilities

Many sellers who live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities were already struggling before the e-commerce site’s latest fee increase.

Why Leaders with Disabilities Bring a Secret Weapon to the Negotiating Table

When it comes to being a business leader with a disability, rather than feeling insecure about your limitations, take advantage of three character traits you have developed as a result of overcoming obstacles and use them to effectively negotiate.

Accessibility Why You Need to Work Toward Progress Not Perfection

Accessibility is not all-or-nothing. Here's a gentler, more effective way to approach accessibility with progress, not perfection.

Mindset Matters: Contemplating the Future of Accessibility

The writer Dan Senor in his book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle wrote that “it is a story not just of talent but of tenacity, of insatiable questioning of authority, of defining informality, combined with a unique attitude towards failure, teamwork, mission , risk and interdisciplinary creativity”. Last week, I was fortunate enough to be part of a select group to participate in a five-day program known as the Global Accessibility and Inclusion Summit, or GAILS for short, sponsored by Access Israel, a non-profit organization whose main mission is both to promote accessibility and inclusion throughout the State of Israel and to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Yet, throughout the summit, what became abundantly clear was not just the structure of the event, but the fact that Israel provides such fertile ground for exploring the ever-changing scope and definitions of accessibility.

The 4 W’s of Digital Accessibility (and How to Begin)

This blog outlines the 4 basic W's of digital accessibility: who, where, when, and why you should improve the accessibility of your websites and apps.

Does Your Website Have Any of These 10 Most-Cited Accessibility Issues?

Equal Entry audits hundreds of web pages, from retail shopping sites to news aggregators to custom web apps that solve custom problems. We manually navigate your sites with a keyboard and screen readers, we interact with every one of your controls, and we use automated tools where useful.

Accessibility on a budget: how small agencies can make big improvements

Chloe Johnson is editor of Conscious Being, a magazine by and for disabled women and non-binary people. Here, she says financial constraints are no excuse for failing to meet accessibility standards, and details how smaller agencies are making big improvements.

Technology excludes accessibility for all

There is technology for people with disabilities but it is often out of their budgets.

A playlist with all the individual talks fully captioned

Two days of talks and networking exploring accessibility for gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA'S accessibility SIG.

Including Disability

As an extension of the Disability Summit, the Including Disability series provides cross-disciplinary, cross-disability, and cross-sectional examinations of large-scale social, technological, cultural, and legal barriers faced by disabled people and offers innovative approaches to eliminating these barriers. Too often issues of disability are neglected in discussions of diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality. The Including Disability series gives voice to disabled people and perspectives in considerations of promoting equity and inclusion in employment, education, civic participation, healthcare, commerce, and other vital contexts. We welcome submissions from researchers, educators, students, advocates, artists, and professionals, from disabled people, family members, allies, and accomplices. A peer-reviewed outlet Including Disability welcomes ideas for volume topics and submissions for consideration.

Why accessibility bugs are a good thing and how to handle them

Hint: “Fix the bug” is probably the least important item on the list.

Why is it Important to Improve the Accessibility of Your Website

With digital technology advancing rapidly, businesses are now expected to have smart and user-friendly solutions implemented across all processes – from software and applications to the website. To keep up with the ever-changing expectations of the consumer, many businesses use software quality assurance testing services, which allow them to spot potential failures and optimise their processes. These tests typically include overall performance and usability, web and mobile testing, security checks, and accessibility testing.

Making a Case for Self-Description: It’s Not About Eye Candy

Over the past few months, there’s been some debate on including self-descriptions in meetings and presentations. The opposition has come from individuals within the Blind community both directly and in response to questions from non-Blind people seeking to understand the effectiveness of the practice. Is it performative, or is it access, or a combination of both?

'Equality, accessibility and inclusivity’: CEO Trace Network Labs

In the metaverse, every avatar will be customised according to their creators' needs, Rao tells

Catch the free video game accessibility conference

Running free online this Monday and Tuesday, the GAconf Europe brings developers and players together to discuss accessibility in video games.

D&D character sheets for players with dyslexia

Free to download D&D character sheets designed and tested to be easier to read and understand.

NextSense Wants to Get in Your Ears and Watch Your Brain

Born from Alphabet's "moonshot" division, the startup aims to sell earbuds that can collect heaps of neural data—and uncover the mysteries of gray matter.

The Wheelchair Users Helping Make Space Flight Accessible

Inside a zero-gravity research flight to make space flight more accessible for people with disabilities.

Accessibility and resilience: Rebuilding a society for all bodies and needs

By joining the forces of the disability rights movement and environmental activism and using the hard learned lessons of both we can strive to dismantle existing systems of oppression and build a new society where accessibility, resilience, and sustainability are fundamental values, rather than afterthoughts.

The therapeutic power of scuba diving

For divers with disabilities and PTSD, scuba is a form of therapy that inspires travels around the world.

Survey reveals concerns over disabled access in hospitality industry

Nearly three in four guests 71 believe that there is a lack of accessibility in the hospitality industry a survey has revealed.

Why the pedestrian dignity movement should be your next accessibility cause

Decenter cars and recenter humans, says the person behind a viral TikTok account.

​Accessibility Anxiety

Just because a place SAYS it's fully accessible doesn't mean it is.

This New Yorker is using TikTok to document the best public bathrooms in city

A cheeky New Yorker is going viral for the helpful information she shares on TikTok about public bathrooms in the city.

The Most Common Questions About Flying With A Disability The News

If you have a disability and are looking for tips on how to fly with ease, this article is for you. Here we'll answer some of the most common questions about flying with a disability.

Call for action on care charges, after woman’s suicide was linked to council’s invoices

Disabled activists are calling for local authorities to take urgent action, following an ombudsman ruling that a disabled woman took her own life after being wrongly sent a string of invoices demanding payment of care charges she did not owe.

4 Mighty Members Share the Best Conversations They've Had About Their Health

"I not only feel seen, but I feel like she wants to see me and makes active efforts to do so.”

Study: Nearly a third of children with disabilities have experienced violence

Abuse ranges from being struck by a family member to cyberbullying. A study reports that nearly a third of children with disabilities have experienced such violence. And that's surely an undercount.

Disabled Americans Push to Improve on COVID-Era Policies

Flexible work schedules, paid sick leave, and expanded access to health insurance would help all Americans, they argue.

People with a disability stranded in bed for hours due to home care worker shortage

Australians living with a disability warn a shortage of home care workers is "failing" people and leaving some without help for critical daily tasks.

Disabled Scot with brain injury ‘dumped’ at hospital after 24/7 care package suddenly cancelled

Severely disabled Andrew Barras has now been admitted to the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital after ScotNursing terminated his home care service with just three days notice.

US likely 'dramatically undercounting' current COVID-19 resurgence, experts say

Since last summer, dozens of states, alongside the federal agencies, have opted to scale back on regular COVID-19 data reporting.

She went to one doctor, then another and another

Plagued by long covid's mysterious symptoms and bouncing among doctors, the 28-year-old wonders, "Is this going to be the rest of my life?"

The Grief of 1 Million COVID Deaths Is Not Going Away

Millions of people are still mourning loved ones lost to COVID, their grief intensified, prolonged, and even denied by the politics of the pandemic.

Easing Covid Restrictions: What Does it Mean for Disabled Students?

For many, the Government lifting most Covid restrictions has been a welcome relief. But for those who are disabled and immunocompromised, it represents a scary step into a world now fraught with risk.

For disabled women of color, telehealth has been a pandemic lifeline

In the push to return to normal, waning telehealth options put disabled BIWOC at risk.

Is India accessible for all and ready to see the powers of people with reduced mobilities?

As per 2011 census, 2.1% of India's population, about 2.68 Cr people have disabilities. It's certainly much higher in 2022, with 13.4 million in 15-19 age group.

Kenyan artist is making art accessible to the visually impaired

Tina Benawra hopes to raise funds for eye cataract surgeries for children aged between 2 to 12 years old through the sale of her art.