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In the Stacks: Independent Living

This week we’ll be at the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)! We’re looking forward to greeting the huge crowd of advocates, activists, educators, administrators, researchers, and professionals all focused on the full independence and participation … Continue reading

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How Will You Celebrate the ADA?

This month will mark the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation has changed lives and formed the basis for similar legislation in countries around the world. We’ve shared personal … Continue reading

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Tech is Everywhere, and Everyone Should Be Able to Use It – #GAAD 2017

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is this Thursday, May 18th. The goal of GAAD is to¬†spread the word about digital accessibility. Digital technology is everywhere: we work, play, and interact through websites, smartphones, tablets, apps, games, desktops, kiosks, and so … Continue reading

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Even with Arthritis, You Can #MoveinMay!

May is Arthritis Awareness Month as well as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which actually make a beautiful pairing: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercise has been shown to reduce pain and fatigue and improve … Continue reading

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Inclusion: The Importance of Being Seen

What does inclusion mean? More than just “being included” or “not being excluded,” inclusion provides a sense of belonging, feeling respected and valued for who you are. Inclusive communities work to prevent or remove barriers, physical or otherwise, so everyone … Continue reading

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OTs Can Help You Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” With every bite we take, we can make small food choices that improve our health. This week is also … Continue reading

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Dogs, and Other Animals, at Your Service

Last month, the US Supreme Court sided with the family of Ehlena Fry, stating that the family did not have to go through exhaustive administrative appeals when Ehlena’s school denied her request to bring her service dog, Wonder, into the … Continue reading

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Working Side-By-Side – DDAwareness17 and DSWorks

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). The theme for 2017 is Life Side By … Continue reading

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NIDILRR Seeks Reviewers for the 2017 Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition

NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. Expertise in these specific fields is sought: Spinal cord injury Traumatic brain injury Rehabilitation engineering, including bioengineering and mechanical … Continue reading

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Flowers, Chocolates, Romance…and Disability

Please note: Links from this post go to pages that may include frank discussion of sex and sexuality. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Across the country, couples are lining up to buy heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for each other or making … Continue reading

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