Why Diversity?

Sometimes, all it takes is a different perspective to change EVERYTHING. Wanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer […]

Lego, My Lego!

What an incredibly clever idea to improve literacy and inclusion for children who are blind or visually impaired. Sighted children get to learn a code. Come on, Lego, you HAVE to make these. They’re way too cool…

Nurturing Dynamic Communities

Communities that are generative are always moving through five conditions – connecting, grounding, informing, discussing, and engaging – by way of convening and narrating. Convening and narrating are the core dynamic that supports generative communities, or communities that have achieved a dynamic of self-sustaining growth and vibrancy in harmony with other communities and their environment. […]

How Tech’s Biggest Names are Making Accessibility a Top Priority

According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people have some form of disability today. That’s one in seven people around the world who may look at technology as a way to make their lives more manageable. Take a look at how tech companies are building in accessibility right from the get-go. That will make […]

A New View of Life

16 minutes that may change how you view life… Having spent decades as an affluent but ‘typical, institutionalised, educated Western man’, the neurologist John Kitchin radically reassessed his life after finding that he was losing his eyesight and had grown unsatisfied in his work. Emerging from a bout of hopelessness with the realisation that all […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]