DEVELOPMENTS IN HOUSING

By Michael Rock As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities age, one of the biggest fears their parents often experience must confront is where their children will live when they are no longer able to care for them. In some places such as Canada’s Ontario province, government-funded housing for people with such conditions is not […]

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JUDGEMENT-FREE ENVIRONMENTS

By Michael Rock: One near-constant that people with disabilities and their loved ones face at some point or another is the pain of judgement at the hands of strangers while in public. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of spaces that are designed or adapted in a way that allows people with disabilities to be […]

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CAMPING FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock: Summertime can be difficult for children with disabilities and their families. While parents usually work during the summer months, many summer camps are unwilling or unable to be as inclusive of campers with disabilities as they should be. Fortunately, there are numerous programs throughout the US that are specially developed to accommodate […]

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LOOKING TOWARDS THE 2020 ELECTIONS

By: Michael Rock As the 2020 presidential campaign has begun, there are many questions about how the candidates will address issues specific to people with disabilities. A recent Rutgers University study showed that in the 2018 midterm elections in which a record 53 percent of eligible voters came to the polls, voters with disabilities were […]

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WHEN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SAY “I DO”

By Michael Rock For many people, marriage is an important development over the course of life. Unfortunately, people with disabilities experience social, legal, and financial discrimination if they want to get married. Stigma and misconceptions surrounding people with disabilities are just one reason why they have a harder time getting married than those without disabilities. […]

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PARENTING WITH A DISABILITY

By: Michael Rock Being a parent is a challenging job. For parents with disabilities, it can be even more daunting. According to the latest research, the United States is home to anywhere between 2.9 million and 4.1 million parents with disabilities. Many such parents say the unique struggles they face raising their children are primarily […]

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SELF-DEFENSE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

By: Michael Rock There isn’t a completely foolproof way to avoid dangerous situations. As a result, learning self-defense techniques can come in very handy. People with developmental and intellectual disabilities are much more likely to find themselves in situations where they will experience physical and/or sexual abuse, due in no small part to the fact […]

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THE POWER OF KINDNESS

By Michael Rock Kindness is an important attribute for anyone to demonstrate to others. Tragically, people with disabilities may not experience it as frequently as those without due to deeply-ingrained stereotypes. Just a few basic acts of kindness that people with disabilities will appreciate can include socializing with them, respecting their boundaries, including them in […]

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