Living life to its greatest potential despite a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
More than ever, individuals with the severe neuromuscular disease are empowered to live actively and independently. Nine-year-old Justin Dionne (bottom right) was diagnosed with SMA at age four but has been able to enjoy a full, active life that includes extracurricular sports and travelling with family.
Disability Champion’s winter round-up
Before many of us take our Christmas and New Year break, I would like to look back and give you an update on what has happened in the disability space in recent months.
Lizzie Velasquez Pleads For End To Cruel ‘FaceTime Prank’ On TikTok
She urged parents not to teach their kids to fear people who are different. Author and disability advocate Lizzie Velasquez called out the prank on her own TikTok account on Sunday. It involves telling someone they’re going to FaceTime with somebody they know, and then instead showing them a photo or video of someone intended to shock or scare them — like a mug shot, or a video of a disabled person. Velasquez came across someone using her own image, as a way to scare a child.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder on being a rockstar with ADHD
Shaun Ryder, who is best known for being the lead singer in the bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in 2020.
Beyond Compliance: Accessibility in Multifamily
In the multifamily industry, we have all heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have policies in place for it. It is referenced, stated, and explained in our training courses, onboarding materials, and development plans.
‘What will my child become?’
My differences were thought of as less ‘cool.’ I was the target of bullying, both verbal and physical.’: Man with cerebral palsy says ‘you are more than the struggles you face’
I’ve received the results of my accessibility audit – now what?
So, you’re just getting started on your accessibility journey and you’re wondering what your first few steps should be. Great! Know that most organizations typically start with an accessibility audit, which provides a benchmark for their digital content.
Making A Strong Case For Accessibility
Imagine yourself as someone with a visual disability. Cataracts, or totally blind even. A site is not accessible because of many factors, willing and unwillingly. Accessibility may have been attended to at the end of the project or not in the budget, or maybe they just didn’t practice it. You can’t access the vital information on the site because it’s not accessible to people with visual disabilities.
Paralyzed by a rare virus as a teen, Grace Fisher from Santa Barbara is now inspiring others through music
Imagine being at your 17th birthday party and being suddenly struck by a rare virus, which left you paralyzed within hours – that’s what happened to Grace Fisher from Santa Barbara, who is now the subject of an inspiring documentary.
Blind and deaf man can’t communicate on a flight until teen girl reaches for his hand
Well, this story is about just that. One man and one teen happened to be in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time. Their serendipitous and unforgettable connection on a 5-hour-long Alaska Airlines flight went viral, touching the hearts of more than 1 million people.