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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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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