An Open Letter to Medical Students

For any child, the agents of nurture—parents, clinicians, therapists, educators—are there to help keep her future as open as possible. That way, the child, when she is ready (when she is no longer a patient, no longer a child) can begin to find her own way, and to choose the meanings for herself. One parent’s […]

The Gender Gap

Who’s that in your database? The findings from a study by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute didn’t surprise me, but I found the article useful. Perhaps you will, too: WSJ The Gender Gap in Charitable Giving. P.S. But that said, what’s really important about the people in your database are their desires, beliefs, and values.

Here’s to Your Health

I believe in health, don’t you? Well, like you, I have a desk job, and now the medical community is telling us that too much sitting is killing us. People who sit too much have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Not to mention back pain… Ouch! Well, I’m going to share […]

How Celebrities Can Help

Celebrities have a ready-made fan base that helps raise awareness for a cause, but in some cases, they can also dispel misperceptions and inspire solutions. When the NFL’s Steve Gleason developed ALS, he had the connections to make a difference in improving the quality of life for others with disabilities. He embraces life and focuses […]

I Give Them an A+!

Creative and inclusive app developers are solving problems for people with disabilities. Math problems. Well, they’re not actually solving them, but… well, let me explain. They’re making math accessible, tying it to relevant information about the world, and making it self-paced. Progress is trackable, so there’s less need for a separate test. Now, was that […]

Reason for Hope

Do you ever wonder if we’re actually making progress? Sometimes a little creative data visualization can bring inspiration. Take a look at Hans Rosling’s amazing 2010 video showing us how much progress we’ve made and how far we need to go.

Disability is the Largest Minority

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, and she’s really good. Her TED Talk, “I’ve got 99 problems…palsy is just one” explores her personal story as a young Palestinian-American with cerebral palsy and dreams of becoming a daytime soap actor. The biggest take-away from her presentation is that the real “disability” is people’s inability to understand what […]

Facebook Practices Universal Design

No matter how you feel about Facebook, (and I have friends who range from proudly proclaiming “I have NEVER used it!” to “Yea, I’m addicted!”), you have to hand it to them for not leaving out a significant segment of the population — people with disabilities. When products and platforms are designed with ALL potential […]

The Future of Disability

I work with many nonprofits that assist people with disabilities. As a nation, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA, and yet we are only now asking the very hard questions about what it all means. This fascinating conversation delves deeply into the many perspectives and philosophies regarding the impact of new technology […]

DIY Toolkit

tashland / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND I work with a number of small nonprofits that are always looking for ways to improve their internal capacity so they can continue to do their good work. I came across this handy, free reference recently that is too good not to share. Download, enjoy, and let’s get to […]

Use It or Lose It

Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, writes about how today’s nonprofits need to develop an attitude of co-creation with those they serve — or miss out on a crucial resource and get left in the dust… The investment is in the faith placed in those with whom you are in common cause. The integrity […]

Live with Intent, by Design

What does a poorly designed car or article of clothing mean to the purchaser? What does the design of a counter or the entrance of a building mean to someone using a wheelchair? How do people’s perceptions of someone with a disability change when the person is involved in designing their own environment? In 2015, […]

Mind+Machine

How will technology augment our capabilities in the future? John Hockenberry hosts an intriguing panel discussion with Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard at the 2015 World Science Festival.

Seeing the Light

Seattle leaders recognized that significantly more street lights were out in poorer parts of the city, and this situation offered more opportunities for crime. The “process” for getting them fixed was through citizens’ complaints — a low-priority for the city, with barriers from citizens that include: lack of trust/hope in government, language/cultural barriers, etc. By […]