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Deaf, gay and HIV positive activist battles against stigmaupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 06:48:00

It's been 11 years since John Meletse, a deaf, gay South African man, first learned he was HIV positive.

Woman takes bungee jump in wheelchairupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 10:30:00

A group that organizes extreme sports for disabled people helps a paraplegic woman bungee jump off a Canadian bridge.

Woman takes bungee plunge in wheelchairupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 10:30:00

A group of men hoist a woman in a wheelchair over the railing of a bridge in Whistler, British Columbia, and let go.

Disability law should cover pregnant workersupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 11:00:00

In most of the country, employers can force pregnant workers out of the workplace when their pregnancy interferes with their normal job duties.

Disabled adults held captive speak outupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 13:09:00

Three of the four mentally disabled people police say were kept in a basement boiler room describe the ordeal. KYW reports.

Authorities: More charges filed in Philly captives case updated: Fri Oct 28 2011 13:09:00

Additional charges were filed Friday against three of the four Philadelphia defendants accused so far in the so-called "dungeon case," officials said Friday.

4 disabled adults locked in basementupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 10:12:00

A gruesome discovery in Philadelphia of disabled adults locked in a basement. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Travel with disabled kids is a challenge worth the effortupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 09:45:00

Twelve-year-old Peter Mance knows every street before he sets foot in a city.

CNN Hero: Richard St. Denisupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:48:00

Since 2008, Richard St. Denis and World Access Project have provided hundreds of wheelchairs to people in rural Mexico.

Free wheelchairs give new life to rural Mexicansupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:48:00

For decades, Richard St. Denis has advocated for the rights of Americans who, like him, are living with a disability.

A coach to help with ADHDupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:10:00

Students with ADHD can benefits from a coach as Ninette Sosa explains in the Health Minute.

CDC: Autism, ADHD rates on the riseupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:10:00

The proportion of children and teens in the U.S. who have a developmental disability such as autism has increased 17% since the late 1990s, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fortune: Should you reveal a disability during the job search?updated: Mon May 09 2011 17:59:00

Dear Annie: I have an unusual problem, but I hope you and your readers can give me some pointers. The situation is this: I suffer from fibromyalgia, which occasionally (about twice a month, on average) is so painful that I literally can't move.

Swiss authorities: Social worker admits to 114 sexual assaultsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 09:47:00

A social worker in Switzerland has confessed to sexually assaulting more than 100 disabled children and adults, authorities said Tuesday.

Police: 2nd disabled victim talking in L.A. sexual assault probeupdated: Sat Jan 15 2011 00:50:00

The second of ten or more severely disabled victims whose sexual assaults were captured on videotape has come forward -- a development the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is touting as progress in their burgeoning probe of what they say were years-long assaults of defenseless women.

Anonymous tipster meets with police in disabled raped caseupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 22:03:00

The anonymous tipster who launched a massive investigation into the videotaping of alleged sexual assaults of severely disabled women in care homes came forward and met with authorities Sunday, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said Monday.

Blind pop star campaigns on disabilityupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 09:53:00

Metin Senturk is a Turkish pop star and chat show host, with his own weekly television program on music and celebrity gossip, and nine albums to his name.

Hilton agrees to improve facilities for the disabledupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 16:55:00

The Hilton hotel chain has reached an agreement with the federal government to make changes in about 900 hotels nationwide to further accommodate guests and visitors with disabilities, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Georgia agrees to change handling of mentally ill in state hospitalsupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 15:40:00

An estimated 10,000 Georgia residents suffering from mental illness or developmental disabilities may no longer be segregated in state hospitals that set them apart from the community, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Important updates to Disabilities Actupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 19:45:00

President Obama announces sweeping improvements to the ADA on the 20th anniversary of the legislation's passing.

I'm a person, not a conditionupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 19:45:00

As I sat on the White House lawn 20 years ago and watched President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, I knew it was a grand day for disabled people. However, I also knew that we still had a long way to go.

Obama marks 20th anniversary of landmark disabled rights lawupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 19:43:00

President Barack Obama commemorated Monday's 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing an executive order to increase government employment of disabled people.

Are disabled still at risk in disasters?updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 13:20:00

Benilda Caixeta, who was paralyzed from her shoulders down, was one of many residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, still trying to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. But despite her repeated calls to the local transportation system that served people with disabilities, as well as to 911, help never arrived. She was found dead in her apartment several days later, floating next to her wheelchair.

Disabilities debate rages 20 years laterupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 11:43:00

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, he addressed concerns the sweeping civil rights law would be ''too vague or costly, or may lead endlessly to litigation.''

Vehicle designed 'from the ground up' for people in wheelchairsupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 01:59:00

Two decades ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, becoming a hallmark of American civil rights legislation.

For disabled parents, challenges are bonding pointupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 10:42:00

When Sarah Kovac watches her son, Ethan, crawl or grab objects, she feels proud, but also has mixed emotions. Already, the 8-month-old has abilities Kovac never had.

Diapering with feetupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 10:42:00

Sarah Kovac has a disability that impedes the use of her arms and hands. That's why she uses her feet to change diapers.

Paralympics offers a vision of 'what's possible'updated: Sat Mar 20 2010 20:15:00

Ever since he was a child, Jasmin Bambur dreamed of going to the Olympics. In college, he played competitive handball and was close to making the national team that would take him to the big games.

Families struggle after cuts for disabledupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 12:07:00

While many children her age are learning to print their letters, Karson Brewster is struggling to master a baby's belly crawl.

Surviving with lessupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 12:07:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan shows us the real-life consequences of state budget cuts in these tough economic times.

Web accessibility no longer an afterthoughtupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 08:08:00

Yahoo's Victor Tsaran knows how much time Web designers spend agonizing over color and font-width choices when laying out an application. So when he started Yahoo's accessibility push two years ago, he had a tough time arousing sympathy for engineers grousing about how much extra time was needed to create accessibility features.

SI.com: Josh Gross: Grandfather's wisdom continues to motivate heavyweight Hamillupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 14:50:00

One day, prior to the seventh anniversary of Stan McCoy's passing, Matt Hamill saddled up to his grandfather's gravesite in Loveland, Ohio, looking for a conversation. Born deaf, Hamill never had occasion to hear the wise man's words, though the pair seemed to have little problem communicating.

Feds indict 26 in alleged scheme to defraud FCC program for the deafupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 18:50:00

Federal authorities on Thursday indicted 26 suspects in nine states in a wide-ranging scheme to defraud a program intended to help the deaf.

Deaf users loose valuable link with Sidekick outageupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 19:06:00

When the T-Mobile Sidekick started having data problems two weeks ago, it was a big pain for nearly all of the company's roughly 800,000 subscribers.

Helen Keller statue to be unveiled at Capitolupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 18:35:00

It was a moment vividly depicted in the movie about her life: 7-year-old Helen Keller, holding one hand under a water pump as her teacher spelled "W-A-T-E-R" into her other hand.

Study: Disabled more likely to be victims of violent crimeupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 01:45:00

People with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to be victims of violent crimes than are people without disabilities, according to a government study released Thursday.

Commentary: Kennedy a champion for disability rightsupdated: Sat Aug 29 2009 10:53:00

The disability rights movement has lost a giant in our global struggle for equal opportunity, human dignity and self-determination. Sen. Ted Kennedy's leadership as a disability champion was part of a broader commitment to civil and human rights.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies at 88updated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:51:00

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday, the Special Olympics said. She was 88.

Disabled punk band fights for right to partyupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 12:04:00

A disabled punk band has launched a campaign to fight for the rights of disabled people to be able to party late.

Amputees in Liberia find hope in footballupdated: Fri May 15 2009 07:57:00

On a dusty pitch in the middle of the capital of Monrovia limbless young men play football as though their lives depended on it.

Group helps disabled with interviewing skillsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 14:03:00

Unemployed people with disabilities are having increasing trouble finding a job.

Nondisabled job seekers taking jobs of disabledupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 14:31:00

Samuel Welsh's chances of landing a job before this economic downturn were already slim.

China: Man starts eatery for disabled sonupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 20:40:00

Zhao Jiuhe sweeps the floors at his dad's restaurant, chats with customers and waitresses whom he calls "older sisters," and clears the tables.

For the love of a childupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 20:40:00

A father opens restaurant so his disabled son can work. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

Liyana band inspires hopeupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 06:58:00

A band of disabled musicians from Zimbabwe hopes their message inspires hope. CNN's Isha Sesay reports.

Zimbabwe musicians inspire through songupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 06:58:00

Her powerful voice resonates through the music hall, delivering an unlikely message of hope.

SI.com: Baseball Prospectus: Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame?updated: Mon Jan 12 2009 11:53:00

The Hall of Fame voting results will be announced later today. As always, there's been no end of the debate regarding who should be voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with supporters and detractors of various candidates throwing numbers around willy-nilly, all too often attempting to compare players across eras without any real regard for how to account for the dramatic variations in more than a century of baseball history -- variations that make comparing a player from the current offense-heavy era to ones from the pitcher-friendly 1960s or the Deadball era a futile effort without some understanding of context.

'Saturday Night Live' not funny, says N.Y. Gov. Patersonupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 10:26:00

New York Gov. David Paterson said Monday "Saturday Night Live" went too far in its portrayal of the legally blind governor over the weekend.

NY governor upset with SNLupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 10:26:00

New York Gov. David Paterson, who is legally blind, is not happy with how SNL portrayed him over the weekend.

Time.com: Advocates Push for Voting Rights for Mentally Ill updated: Fri Oct 31 2008 19:00:00

Advocates are working to change that with a nationwide effort to make sure those with mental disabilities know their rights and exercise them on Election Day

FSB: Why disabled techies rockupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 09:01:00

At age 20, Mark Loeffler was a former high school jock who worked as an hourly laborer at a tropical plant farm in Hawaii. Then one afternoon, vacationing with his parents at a lake in Michigan, Loeffler dove off the end of a dock and snapped his neck.

Biden's comments on special needs kids called 'new low'updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 11:53:00

Sen. John McCain's campaign rebuked Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying the Democratic vice presidential nominee had "sunk to a new low" by raising a debate over who cares more for special needs children.

Palin's prioritiesupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 11:53:00

How has Sarah Palin handled Alaska's finances? Jessica Yellin examines her record.

Time.com: Research Aims to Put Tongues in Control of Devicesupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 12:00:00

Scientists hope to add one more ability to the tongue and turn it into a computer control pad

Commentary: Critics of 'Tropic Thunder' are missing the pointupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 14:39:00

It is hard to imagine that DreamWorks and Paramount, the companies behind "Tropic Thunder," did not foresee some sort of reaction from activist groups.

FSB: Must your business accomodate a customer's pig on a leash?updated: Wed Jul 02 2008 13:41:00

The Americans with Disabilities Act is about to get a major facelift. For small business owners, this means a raft of new regulations, and some familiar questions: What do I need to do to comply with the ADA? Do I risk a lawsuit if I don't make changes?

Yoga's appeal broadening to disability communityupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 10:36:00

A middle-aged woman arrives at yoga class, a guide dog beside her wheelchair. She slides onto a mat on the floor and begins warming up with help from the instructor, stretching her knee and leg muscles to the side.

Crafting a Business Planupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 05:40:00

Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.

Disabled girl's parents defend growth-stunting treatmentupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 15:25:00

It's been a year since the parents of a severely disabled child made public their decision to submit their daughter to a hysterectomy, breast surgery and drugs to keep the girl forever small. Today, the couple tell CNN, they believe they made the right decision -- one that could have a profound impact on the care of disabled children worldwide.

FSB: Tax credits for hiring disabled workersupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 09:44:00

Dear FSB: My company recently bid a manufacturing job, and one of the requirements is that the parts must be powder-coated. To powder coat the parts, we can use a company that employs mentally disabled workers and is a nonprofit. My question: is there any tax advantage to my company for having them do the secondary work?

CNN Heroes finalists: Medical Marvelsupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:32:00

A orphan from Kenya, a health care activist in Las Vegas and a quadriplegic in India have been named CNN Heroes finalists for their work as "Medical Marvels."

Medical Marvel finalistsupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:32:00

Meet the three CNN Heroes finalists in the Medical Marvel category: Ann McGee, Peter Kithene and S. Ramakrishnan.

Creating awarenessupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 07:53:00

The disabled children of the Musoma Engineering Project are rehearsing for celebrations on World Disability Day.

Reaching out to Musoma's disabledupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 12:31:00

Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.

Time.com: Disabled Serbians in Harsh Conditionsupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 02:35:00

Conditions for disabled citizens in Serbian orphanages and hospitals are deplorable, a new study finds

All aboard in Tanzaniaupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 09:32:00

Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.

Mother's hysterectomy bidupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 22:04:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports on one mother's struggle to give her severely disabled daughter a hysterectomy.

Mother seeks girl's womb removalupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 22:04:00

A mother is seeking to have the womb of her severely disabled daughter removed to prevent the 15-year-old from feeling the pain and discomfort of menstruation.

Yoga for the youngupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 11:45:00

Yoga is being used to reduce stress and anxiety in an Atlanta area school. CNN's Judy Fortin has more.

Attitudes change as Special Olympics come to Chinaupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 19:38:00

Natalie Williams, a 21-year-old Special Olympics basketball player from Kentucky, says she's never really been treated like a true athletic star. But that was before she came to the Games in China, which has undergone a major change in its treatment of the mentally disabled.

Lizzie's blog: Something Swahiliupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 05:44:00

Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.

Lizzie's blog: Arriving in Musomaupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 07:36:00

Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.

Be The Change: Lizzieupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 10:50:00

Meet Lizzie Cameron, who is spending a year working in Tanzania, teaching disabled children and teenagers

Vermont trails make outdoors more wheelchair-accessibleupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 23:11:00

Like many Vermonters, Deborah Lisi-Baker enjoys the outdoors. "I've always loved the wilderness and the woods. It's very serene. It clears your head just to get to appreciate all the sounds and colors and shapes."

School teaches students to swim by knowing their different strokes updated: Wed Aug 15 2007 01:04:00

When Melina Slotnick was 6 years old, she nearly drowned.

Searching for a lost sisterupdated: Fri Aug 10 2007 03:46:00

Searching for a lost sister

Families get help finding loved ones lost in institutionsupdated: Fri Aug 10 2007 03:46:00

One day in 1957, when Jeff Daly was 6 years old, his little sister, Molly, disappeared.

Online a virtual business option for disabledupdated: Wed Jul 11 2007 08:16:00

If you have a new product or service and want to hold a launch party, Simon Stevens is your man. He'll take care of the logistics. He'll provide a DJ and live musicians. He'll take care of the security, too, discouraging obnoxious types from ruining the event.

Report: 'Pillow angel' surgery broke lawupdated: Tue May 08 2007 13:26:00

A hospital that performed a controversial procedure that stunted the growth and sexual development of a profoundly disabled child violated Washington state law by sterilizing her, according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

Disability community decries 'Ashley treatment'updated: Thu Jan 11 2007 15:17:00

David is a young man with severe cerebral palsy. He can't walk, he can't talk, he can't sit up by himself, but he can blog. This week, David blogged about Ashley.

FSB: No Limits!updated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

After he had driven four hours to buy a wheel-chair that would allow him to play tennis--and was ignored by the salespeople at the company that made it--John Box was so angry that he decided to do ...

FSB: Why the Disabilities Act Exasperates Entrepreneursupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

A young man with cerebral palsy went out for breakfast at the Blue Plate Café in Memphis. He arrived in a wheelchair, accompanied by a service dog to help him with tasks such as opening doors. The ...

State lawmakers call for changes in Bush education planupdated: Wed Feb 23 2005 17:12:00

Federal law has forced the nation's children to meet rigid academic performance standards that create "too many ways to fail," a bipartisan panel of state lawmakers who reviewed the No Child Left Behind Act said Wednesday.

Follow your noseupdated: Wed Sep 29 2004 06:45:00

Using a computer will soon be a lot easier for disabled people, thanks to a hands-free device created by Canadian researchers.

Money Magazine: Fair Play You love all your children. But does that mean you should leave the same amount to each of them?.updated: Thu Jul 01 2004 00:01:00

In her 12 years as a paralegal, Marlene Foth of Concord Township, Ohio had heard more than her fair share of horror stories featuring families devastated by inadequate estate planning. "You name it...

CNNMoney: Fair playupdated: Tue Jun 15 2004 16:26:00

In her 12 years as a paralegal, Marlene Foth of Concord Township, Ohio had heard more than her fair share of horror stories featuring families devastated by inadequate estate planning.

Supreme Court ruling on disabled surprises some observersupdated: Fri May 28 2004 11:03:00

Years from now, when people look back on the legacy of the Rehnquist Court, federalism -- the relationship between the national and state governments -- will surely be one of the most talked-about areas of law. Over the past decade and a half, in a number of important lines of cases, the Court has reined in federal power -- ostensibly to protect the autonomy and vitality of state and local entities.

Jobs for disabled means a good dealupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 01:11:00

Any ethical company will tell you its policy is to employ people with disabilities, but actually incorporating them into the workforce is another matter.

Fortune: Overcoming Dyslexiaupdated: Mon May 13 2002 00:01:00

Consider the following four dead-end kids.

Fortune: Readers Weigh In on the ADA and Finding Mentorsupdated: Mon Jul 05 1999 00:01:00

Picking up where we left off last time (June 21) with astute comments from readers, let's start with an irksome irony: According to many of you human resources managers and consultants out there, c...

Fortune: WHY HAMLET NEEDS HELP, THE SUPREMES COPOUT AGAIN, THE LAW THAT ALWAYS WORKS,AND OTHER MATTERS.updated: Mon Jul 10 1995 00:01:00

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Fortune: WHY CHAOS REIGNS IN WASHINGTON, DEATH OF A PR MAN, EXTORTION IN THE COURTROOM, AND OTHER MATTERS.updated: Mon Jun 26 1995 00:01:00

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Fortune: Wall Street eyes China, the view from third base, an opening for epistemologists, and other matters. THE ADA GRAVY TRAINupdated: Mon Jun 28 1993 00:01:00

A year ago, when we last gaped incredulously at the Americans With Disabilities Act, it was just beginning to take effect for companies with 25 or more workers, and nobody knew exactly what it mean...

Fortune: How to attain a negative GNP, the judges hang tough, workers and their companions, and other matters. DISABLING LEGISLATIONupdated: Mon Jun 15 1992 00:01:00

Easily the most wonderful moment in the history of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) occurred on the Senate floor late in 1989 when Congress was debating the act, which will soon become ope...

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