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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DISABILITY AND DEPRESSION

By Michael Rock Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses that people experience. Frequent as it is among the general population, those with developmental and intellectual disabilities are more likely to suffer from it. In one long-term study conducted by researchers at Guildford, England’s University of Surrey, 18.3% of people with cerebral palsy […]

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Access to Health Care

By Michael Rock It should be common sense that people with disabilities need access to quality health care like anyone else. Unfortunately, various factors can render it inaccessible to them too often. Some people with autism may experience difficulty communicating with doctors and other medical staff. Those who can communicate are not infrequently misunderstood or […]

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INCLUSION IN VIDEO GAMES

By Michael Rock Over the past several decades, video games have emerged as a major form of both art and entertainment. Though they are very popular among segments of the disability community, video games are not infrequently inaccessible to them for a number of reasons. Despite such challenges, efforts to better include people with disabilities […]

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