The Journey – Embracing Inclusion

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 2:51 pm

One of the privileges I anticipated upon becoming an adult in the ‘70s was that of voting. I knew the struggles of my ancestors and looked forward to stepping into the voting booth to make my voice heard. I was able to step into the booth for over 20 years until a benign spinal cord tumor in 1995 created some paralysis and limited my mobility. Instead of walking into the booth, I now had to roll into the booth.

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 2:04 pm
By Andres Munoz
 
I was adopted from Dallas, Texas and brought to Idaho when I was three and a half years old, after going through a traumatic brain injury at the age of 10 months. The brain injury left me with memory problems, cerebral palsy on the left side of my body, and a lack of depth perception in my right eye. I am fortunate that I still have great verbal skills.
 
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:26 pm

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2014) - Wheelchairs and rugby might not be an obvious connection to many sports fans, but for members of the Buckeye Blitz quad rugby team it is a part of daily life.  The semi-professional quad rugby team, made up of athletes with physical disabilities, plays the intensely physical game entirely from wheelchairs, demonstrating that the sport originally referred to as “murderball” is not for the timid.

Wed, Aug 13, 2014 4:39 pm

By Rebecca Darling 

You know that feeling you get when you have not seen someone in a long time? Yeah, that overpowering tingling sensation that moves rapidly from one foot to your fingernails. That is how I describe my anticipation of the 2014 National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) Conference. From July 10-13, 2014, I reunited with my favorite pale and blonde family in sunny San Diego, California.

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:41 am

By Jane Imbody

People with developmental disabilities face many barriers every day – from physical barriers in buildings to systemic barriers in employment.

But it’s the attitudinal barriers that might be the most difficult to overcome.  Our attitudes can keep us from understanding and appreciating someone’s full potential and what he or she offers. Too often we focus on what a person can’t do. 

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