MUSIC AND DISABILITY

By Michael Rock Few things bring people together as music does. For people with disabilities, especially children, access to music has numerous benefits. Such benefits include improved relationships between children and their parents, greater auditory, literary, language, and social skills, greater fine motor abilities, increased memory, lower rates of fear and higher thresholds for pain, […]

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INCLUSION IN RELIGIOUS SPACES

There are perhaps fewer things that are as instrumental to developing people’s sense of purpose, community, and ethics as religion. Unfortunately, people with disabilities may find themselves marginalized in or excluded from houses of worship and other holy institutions. According to a recent study, people with disabilities marked by social deficits are less likely to […]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDIA REPRESENTATION IN DISABILITY ADVOCACY

By Michael Rock As the importance of diversity in media is increasingly recognized, there are still challenges regarding representation of people with disabilities. About 15% of the global population has a disability. This segment is more likely to live in poverty and experience social exclusion than those without disabilities. Proper media representation can play a […]

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CHALLENGES AND HOPES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock Despite the prestige of a college degree in an increasingly competitive job market, college students with disabilities are faced with a number of disadvantages compared to their peers without disabilities. According to current laws, colleges and universities are not required to offer the same supports for students with disabilities as schools are. […]

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THE LIMITS AND FUTURE OF MASS TRANSIT FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock Despite the need for people with disabilities to access mass transit, many of the current options are inadequate for them. Despite the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, various forms of public transportation currently pose challenges for this key demographic. Specialized paratransit is limited in some […]

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DRIVING WITH A DISABILITY

By Michael Rock In the United States, there are few skills as commonly associated with independence and autonomy as the ability to drive a car. Unfortunately, numerous structural obstacles, such as impairments in learning and decision-making as well as the prevalence of vehicles that are not accessible to drivers with physical disabilities, can make learning […]

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SPORTS FOR ALL

By Michael Rock There are many benefits to playing sports. They can promote physical health and fitness as well as social and leadership skills. Unfortunately, common perceptions of people with disabilities, such as that they are “weak” or “incapable”, can make it harder for people with disabilities to participate and excel in them. Fortunately, there […]

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