COUNTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock: Despite the current scientific breakthroughs in our efforts to better understand intellectual and developmental disabilities, there is more room for improvement in how we statistically represent them. For instance, people who have autism and comorbid intellectual disabilities are often excluded from studies about the condition, even though they represent about half of […]

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NEW INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY DISCOVERED

Scientists have recently learned to diagnose a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disability that is particularly prevalent in societies where marriage between relatives is commonplace. Drs. Hugo Bellen of Baylor University and Stylianos Antonarakis studied five unrelated individuals from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and found they each had similar symptoms. In addition to intellectual disability, […]

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HALLOWEEN WITH A DISABILITY

By Michael Rock: Few celebrations are as important to American children as Halloween. However, there are often barriers that make it harder for children with disabilities to fully celebrate. Fortunately, they are easy to work around. This year, Target began selling adaptive costumes as well as themed wheelchair covers for those trick-or-treaters who have difficulty […]

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ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

Nationwide, there are countless opportunities to see and purchase artwork by artists with disabilities. San Francisco’s Mission District is home to Creativity Explored, a nonprofit art studio and gallery where artists with disabilities can create, share, and sell their art in a judgement-free environment. Washington, D.C. offers a studio with a similar concept called Art […]

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THE LIMITS OF DIAGNOSIS

By Michael Rock It is no secret that there are numerous benefits to getting a diagnosis for a developmental or intellectual disability when necessary. However, there is increasing evidence that the way many such conditions are diagnosed can easily be corrupted by the individual biases of those who make such determinations. A recent study found […]

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FLYING WITH A DISABILITY

By Michael Rock: It is no secret that air travel can be extremely daunting for people with disabilities. Those with mobility impairments have reported losing their wheelchairs or scooters or even having them returned damaged. While more legal protections for such passengers have emerged in the past year, their effectiveness is limited. Those with invisible […]

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ON THE DIVORCE MYTH

By Michael Rock It is often said that married couples whose children have developmental or intellectual disabilities will inevitably divorce, as in the recent case of former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her soon-to-be ex-husband Todd, whose youngest son, Trig, has Down Syndrome. Fortunately, there is no evidence that […]

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