Melissa Shang is only in 8th grade but she’s already written a highly-rated novel and led an online petition that went viral. The young, talented writer and wheelchair user recently wrote an opinion essay for the New York Times that defends her preference for a positive perspective while writing about characters with disabilities. Check out her essay ‘Stories About Disability Don’t Have to Be Sad’ by clicking here.
An article from The Baltimore Sun says The Kennedy Krieger Institute, a research facility focusing on pediatric developmental disabilities, has a therapeutic program that teaches patients with paralysis how to scuba dive. One therapist even theorizes that the pressure of deep water affects how nitrogen is circulated through patients’ tissues and improves their sensitivity.
NY Times reports Hideto Kijima, a disabled rights activist who is partly paralyzed, said he was told by staff of a Japanese airline that he could not board because the small plane was not wheel-chair accessible. The episode has drawn significant public attention and the airline, Vanilla Air, has since apologized. Read more.
Philadelphia Inquirer writer Jason Laughlin shares his experience with physical disability and online dating. He found that the response to his online dating profile changed when he added photos that showed his disability. Read more
Ecuador’s presidential front-runner Lenín Moreno, who is paraplegic, has connected with other people with disabilities, energizing the group who feel that they have been “ostracized for generations.” Read more
In impoverished areas of Brazil, new parents are dealing with the effects of the Zika virus on newborns. Read more
Melissa Blake examines the lack of female characters with disabilities on TV, writing, “Women with disabilities exist beyond mere props used to teach some worldly lesson.” Read More
People with disabilities in Boston are speaking out about accessibility after snowstorms. Read more
In a LinkedIn post, one woman writes why “overcoming disability” shouldn’t be the main theme in disability journalism, instead, she calls for more stories that celebrate disability as an experience. Read more
Uber and Lyft are facing lawsuits in several different states over discrimination against people with disabilities. Now, advocates want better access and equal service for disabled riders. Read more