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Puja Changoiwala

5 August 2018

India

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Web applications designed for people with disabilities have helped users to live fuller lives and reduce the stigma attached to living with a disability. The apps have spread information, make education more effective...

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Dawn Kawamoto

6 July 2018

United States

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Governments and schools are investing in technology to better serve people of different abilities. Innovations include text-to-911 for deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens, robotic telepresence for remote students, and t...

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Natasha Gardner

1 July 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Disability activists have used nonviolent direct action for decades, including lying in the street to protest inaccessible public transit and crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capital to support the Americans with Dis...

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Priti Salian

14 March 2018

India

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Organizations in India are providing avenues for the disabled to participate in sports such as mountaineering, biking, and scuba-diving. A disabled person is matched with an able-bodied person and the two collaborate ...

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William Kremer

17 December 2017

London, England

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When you step on an airplane, you might not be thinking about people who use wheelchairs, neither are airlines. People who need to use wheelchairs have faced a number of challenges on airplanes, like lost and damaged ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 December 2017

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Children with disabilities often feel excluded in amusement parks where they are prevented from going on rides, and they don't feel included with the other children. Morgan's Wonderland amusement park and Morgan's Ins...

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Alia Stearns

5 December 2017

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A startling 70% of blind persons in the United States are unemployed. The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is helping shift the understanding of what types of jobs are available to this population with a revolutionary ...

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Lidija Pisker

7 June 2017

Czech Republic

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An organization in the Czech Republic has hired "sexual assistants to help disabled Czechs explore their sexuality and satisfy their sexual needs" as part of an initiative to decrease the stigma around people with dis...

The Daily of the University of Washington

Alex Visser

4 May 2017

Washington, United States

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Individuals with disabilities often struggle to find dentists that will see them, even just for routine exams. At the University of Washington Medical Center, dentistry professionals are changing this practice through...

The Guardian

Priti Salian

10 March 2017

Mumbai, India

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For those whose disabilities hinder their dating lives, matchmaking apps can help build connections. In India, the dating app, Inclov, serves as a tool for those with disabilities to create meaningful relationships an...

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Soni Sangha

14 December 2016

United States

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Companies like Good Karma allow people with autism to use apps to communicate through pictures and icons. Yet, the apps require users to do a lot of complicated movements, some of who may not have that mobility. Howev...

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Marie Wilson

7 October 2016

Naperville, Illinois, United States

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Part 3 of the Caregivers Crisis series: In light of a shortage of state group living facilities in Illinois, one family is partnering with a non-profit to retrofit their home into a safe, independent living space for ...

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Angus Chen

1 July 2016

Geel, Belgium

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Institutionalizing the mentally ill can exacerbate their symptoms, while dehumanizing them and taking away opportunities for agency. For centuries, the town of Geel in Belgium has a government-funded program that plac...

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Tracy Tullis

17 June 2016

Canada

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Standard interrogation, the Reid Technique, which includes badgering and lying to suspects until they confess, is psychological torture, especially for the young and mentally frail. In order to combat false confession...

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Beejoli Shah

15 June 2016

Surendranagar, Gujarat, India

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Since 1995, Pragnachaksu has paved a path to empowerment for blind women in India, offering academic and vocational classes in addition to braille instruction. The school provides free housing and tuition for girls lo...

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Amy Yee

4 May 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of research — an ethical failure. New projects are illuminating autism’s diverse shades and aim to provide care to all members of society.

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Don Hudson

11 April 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Camp K in Utah provides job counseling and training for teens with special needs, helping them to bridge the gap between high school and the professional work force.

Center for Public Integrity

Amy Isackson

10 December 2015

San Bernadino, California, United States

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Police officers in schools can turn minor disciplinary indiscretions into criminal justice matters and foment the school-to-prison pipeline. To lower arrests, some California districts have imposed formal limits on po...

Inc. Magazine

Zoe Henry

17 November 2015

Stony Brook, New York, United States

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It is very difficult for people with disabilities to find work. Specialisterne is a Danish company that trains high-functioning autistic employees for IT jobs and partners with IT companies to get them hired by alteri...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chris Serres

11 November 2015

Middlebury, Vermont, United States

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Vermont is one of the most advanced states in the country when it comes to disability inclusion and activism. The state stopped funding sheltered workshops in 2002 and chose instead to send that money to individuals t...

The Week

Kimberly Alters

15 October 2015

Carrollton, Georgia, United States

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Many mental illnesses appear during an individual's college years, yet few colleges have effective mental health programs. The Jed Foundation created a framework for universities to follow to address student's need su...

GOOD Magazine

Jennifer Hattam

13 March 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

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With the recent large influx of refugees, crumbling infrastructure, crowded streets, and struggling social services, bing disabled or homeless in Istanbul means facing serious challenges to carving out a dignified lif...

Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold

20 August 2014

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In the United States 20 percent of prisoners have a mental illness. San Antonio law enforcement and mental health workers pooled their resources and worked together to create a one-stop center for the mentally ill to ...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

12 June 2014

Barrow, Alaska, United States

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People affected by fetal alcohol syndrome disorder are more likely to be convicted. In Alaska, one court provides convicts with FASD counselors and patience, making the court system more equitable and hoping to reduce...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

5 November 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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Milwaukee County’s mental health system put more resources in expensive emergency care rather than invest in programs that offer continual care. As a result, Milwaukee County identifies nine solutions from other citie...

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