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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DINING ON THE SPECTRUM

By Michael Rock For most families, eating out at a restaurant is a relatively simple and enjoyable pastime. However, when family members have autism, a trip to the restaurant can be a much more challenging ordeal. Whether it’s specialized dietary needs, sensory overload, or the fear of being judged by other diners, numerous things can […]

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FOR THOSE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WORKPLACE OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUE TO GROW

By Michael Rock Despite the centrality of meaningful employment to thrive in our society, people with disabilities experience various obstacles to contributing their talents to the workforce. At about 20% of the population, people with disabilities are the largest marginalized group in the United States. Despite their size and diversity, they still experience significantly higher […]

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Autism-Friendly Fun

By Michael Rock Everyone likes to be entertained. Unfortunately, many of the common attributes associated with autism, such as sensory issues and stress stemming from unexpected changes or upsetting content, can make it harder for people on the spectrum to fully enjoy themselves in certain situations. There are several benefits to venues providing autism-friendly entertainment. […]

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Connections to Care

By Michael Rock Caring for an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability is often a challenge. Whether it’s addressing their unique educational needs or ensuring they’re housed and given the attention they need once they reach adulthood, the day-to-day care required can be stressful for their families or other caregivers. A recent study conducted […]

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