Making History: A Disabled Astronaut Could Soon Go To Space

In what it hopes will be the first step toward sending a person with a disability to space, the European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen a person with a physical disability to be a part of its upcoming astronaut class. John McFall is a 41-year-old former British paralympic sprinter who is now a doctor. He… Continue reading Making History: A Disabled Astronaut Could Soon Go To Space

Holiday Hiring Is Challenging:

Although major companies like Amazon and Target have announced their plans to hire an additional 150,000 and 100,000 seasonal employees, respectively, seasonal hiring isn’t always as simple as it appears. Disabled people face numerous barriers when it comes to employment. The statistics also support this. The current disability employment gap in the United States is… Continue reading Holiday Hiring Is Challenging:

Transportation Challenges Impact Disabled People:

Kameron Beechum, 7, of Dickinson County, TN, is like most kids his age. You can find him indoors playing on his iPad when he’s not outdoors throwing a football. Kameron also has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a group of disorders that affect the motor or peripheral sensory nerves, resulting in muscle weakness and… Continue reading Transportation Challenges Impact Disabled People:

Beyond Remote Work:

According to a poll by researchers from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and the Kessler Foundation, a non-profit organization in the United States that helps people with disabilities, more organizations are now making reasonable accommodations. This is due in part to businesses being forced to confront a new normal: an increase in… Continue reading Beyond Remote Work:

The Maze Of Disability Benefits:

For people with disabilities who receive disability benefits, surviving can be a challenge. It is nearly impossible to live on meager monthly payments. I couldn’t live independently without my PCA. Unfortunately, gainful employment can also impact disability benefits. A.J. Kreig has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a wheelchair. Kreig graduated from the University of Minnesota… Continue reading The Maze Of Disability Benefits:

Independence Matters:

Jen Powley’s Halifax apartment is buzzing with activity as moving boxes burst open, and her new roommate plans an independent life outside the walls of a nursing facility. The scenario at a south-end condominium is the outcome of a provincially financed pilot project to transition younger Nova Scotians out of long-term care into renovated city… Continue reading Independence Matters:

Seniors With Disabilities Are Struggling With Inflation:

CW: Poverty: Lisa Beaty and Kim Hilton were prepared to sell most of their stuff before moving out of their three-bedroom, two-bathroom rental home on a recent wet afternoon in this little hamlet just outside Glacier National Park. Hilton was healing from a broken leg. He sat in his recliner and watched friends and relatives… Continue reading Seniors With Disabilities Are Struggling With Inflation:

How Adoption Shaped Me:

November is National Adoption Month here in the U.S. I was born in Kolkata, India. I came to the U.S when I was nine months old on June 29, 2000. Massachusetts will always be home to me. I grew up here, and it’s the home I remember. I am blessed to have a wonderful family… Continue reading How Adoption Shaped Me: