Current events and issues for the disabled community.

No one begrudges a wheelchair user who pulls their conversion van into an accessible parking space. But what about people with disabilities that you can't see?

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Current Events and Policy: Making a Difference in the Community

When the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1991, civil rights activist Justin Dart, Jr. said, "It is the world's first declaration of equality for people with disabilities by any nation. It will proclaim to America and to the world that people with disabilities are fully human; that paternalistic, discriminatory, segregationist attitudes are no longer acceptable; and that henceforth people with disabilities must be accorded the same personal respect and the same social and economic opportunities as other people." more

Join the Movement! Vote With Heart!

October 27, 2016

Amidst one of the most divisive elections in American history, an initiative has been set into motion which calls the disability community to unite and pledge to #VoteWithHeart.

We’re the Superhumans

September 13, 2016

Against a big band musical score performed only by musicians with disabilities, this fun video trailer features Rio’s Paralympic athletes doing what they do best…racing, swimming, jumping, shooting, competing and striving to exceed even their own expectations.

When Disaster Strikes

August 4, 2016

The old adage, "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst," is not paranoia, especially not for the disability community. Take your first precautionary steps with this article; then meet with emergency experts at any Abilities Expo.

Waiting for Kellisa’s "Mile High Miracle"

June 22, 2016

Dad to a child with disabilities marvels at the unbelievable 'phenomenon' taking place in our friendly skies. People who require a wheelchair to board his flights miraculously DO NOT NEED IT to deplane!

Abilities Expo Enhances Attendee Experience with NEW Abilities Meet Up Zones

May 26, 2016

At Abilities Expo Chicago, attendees and experts from our vibrant disability community can connect, share experiences and learn from each other in this fun, informal meeting space.

Colleges Resolve to Improve Employment Outlook for Students with Disabilities

May 26, 2016

Despite protections, the job market for grads with disabilities can be problematic. Forward-thinking colleges have established programs to help pave the way to gainful employment.

Abilities Expo Expands to Canada

April 28, 2016

In response to an overwhelming demand from the disability community and the industry and serves them, Abilities Expo Toronto will launch January 20-22, 2017!

Best and Worst Places to Live for People with Disabilities

March 18, 2016

The top 150 largest cities in America have been judged for disability friendliness! Spoiler alert, Toto! If you are not living in the #1 city, you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Olivia Wilde PSA Challenges Perceptions of Down Syndrome

March 18, 2016

This Hollywood A-lister plays the alter ego of a young women with Down Syndrome in the compelling online film, 'How Do You See Me?'

Is Our Addiction Policy Needlessly Killing People?

March 15, 2016

Could we learn a few things from the rest of the world in treating those with disabilities, diseases and disorders?

Observations from a Silent Wheeler

March 15, 2016

Though he acknowledges overall improvements in accessibility, this wheeler takes a hard look at his own home turf for what has fallen through the cracks.

My Uses of the Word Cripple, and Other Labels

February 4, 2016

“The Grumpy Cripple” weighs in on free expression and questions the importance of labels. Do they get in the way of what is really important?

Wheel Talk Wheel Issues: Finally, a Talk Show that Matters to the Community

January 10, 2016

Whether you know her as Ms. Wheelchair California or Ms. Hotwheels, Margarita Elizondo has launched a new forum to include, inform and inspire wheelchair users.

Abilities Expo Goes to Washington

December 1, 2015

The nation's #1 event for the disability community is coming to the DC Metro Area! We can't wait to see you there!

No Charity

November 28, 2015

Do employers still have lower expectations of the disability community, providing jobs out of a sense of altruism instead of for their acumen?

Los Angeles Abilities Expo Earns Top Honors

November 12, 2015

Abilities Expo has been selected as the 2015 Top Public Event! And we owe it all to you!

Civil Disobedience: Why It's My Choice

October 12, 2015

Activist Mark Johnson shares his view on why nonviolent confrontation works to create lasting change.

Make Your Voices Heard! Sign Petition to Stop Medicare Cuts!

September 24, 2015

Reimbursement rates for complex rehab wheelchair accessories and seating systems are about to be on the Medicare chopping block. Sign this petition to stop it!

Overreaching Medicare Proposal Mobilizes Amputee Community

September 18, 2015

One prosthetic per lifetime? It's no wonder lower limb amputees have taken to Washington to put a stop to this proposal before it becomes law.

It's Time to Cure Paralysis

September 18, 2015

The Miami Project's clinical trials currently in progress are moving science toward a cure for paralysis.

Victoria Arlen: Rockin' Her Disability

August 31, 2015

After being trapped for years in a vegetative state, she rejoined the world with a vengeance and went on to take the Paralympic gold in swimming. Meet the unstoppable Victoria Arlen.

This forward-thinking legislation combined with impressive leaps in assistive technology has gone a long way in levelling the playing field for people with disabilities. And though no one denies that significant progress has been made for and by the Community, the general consensus is that we still have a ways to go.

Our hats are off to the courageous men, women and children out there who, thumbing their collective noses at complacency, continue to strive and make a difference for people with disabilities.