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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ON RELATIONS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock Many people find it unnerving to interact with law enforcement officers. For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, these sentiments can be amplified due to the nature of the deficits they face. Ignorance about disability and its intersection with the law from police can further exacerbate possible tensions. A strong example of […]

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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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