A still from the DRI film in Mexico, showing Leonardo tied to his bed. He is wearing a read sweatshirt and is sitting in a wheelchair.

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Orphanages Where Children With Disabilities Are Abandoned

A dozen children with cerebral palsy lie on thin mattresses on the floor of a spacious room. A smell of cleaning products unsuccessfully masks the scent of urine.  Nearby, five children are tied to a rough metal frame. They are bandaged from the waist to the ankles, their hands bandaged too, looking half mummified in an…
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a dark hallways leading to an exit that is open and showing a silhouette of a person.

Motivational Monday: The Best Way Is Always Through

The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost, A Servant to Servants) Later in his life Frost said that if he could sum up life, with all of its highs and lows, it would be these three words: “it goes on.” It’s not so much that we must endure and accept a situation as a…
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Disability voters

Freedom Friday: Hillary Clinton Outlines Vision Of More Job Opportunities For People With Disabilities

People with disabilities make up a potentially potent political coalition: A study this month from two Rutgers professors projected that more than 35 million people with disabilities would be eligible to vote this year — roughly one-sixth of the electorate. More than a quarter of the electorate either has a disability or shares a household with…
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Brick building with a Family Dollar sign on the front of the building. A car is parked in front of the store.

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Man With Down Syndrome Sues Family Dollar After Being Forced To Leave Store

John F. Garcia, a 50 year-old man with Down syndrome, and a group of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities went on a trip to a family dollar store with the caretaker, Lisa Pacheco.  When they arrived at the store, the manager exclaimed, “Oh no, you’re not coming in her are you?  You can’t come in! You…
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Lidia talking and is wearing burgundy boots, a red top and white skirt with patches with a TED sign in the background

Motivational Monday: The Beauty Of Being A Misfit

Misfit people — we don’t always know how to hope or say yes or choose the big thing, even when it’s right in front of us. There’s a myth in most cultures about following your dreams. It’s called the hero’s journey. But I prefer a different myth, that’s slightly to the side of that or underneath it. It’s called the misfit’s myth. And…
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