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
Last week, one user on reddit posted a thread asking for comments from people with disabilities. Nearly 10,000 people responded to the thread, “Disabled people of reddit, what is something we do that we think helps, but it really doesn’t?” The Washington Post has compiled a round-up of the 14 most common suggestions. Read more on Wonkblog.
A news anchor for an ABC affiliate station in Houston describes her experience in living with multiple sclerosis for the past 20 years and how she has maintained a positive attitude throughout. Read more.
KD Smart Chair, a manufacturer of power wheelchairs, recently released an infographic that visualizes the facts, numbers and figures about the wheelchair industry. The infographic provides some interesting background on the history and use of wheelchairs in the U.S. and around the world. http://kdsmartchair.com/blogs/news/18706123-wheelchair-facts-numbers-and-figures-infographic
ESPN’s Impact 25 tells the stories of men and women who made a difference for women in sports over the past year. In this entry, Amy Purdy talks about her battle with bacterial meningitis that destroyed her hands and feet. Read more.