Boxer Derry Matthews tells The Guardian why he started a boxing class for people with disabilities and why he wants it to catch on worldwide. The initiative was born out of a social media friendship. Read more
The Wilderness Discovery Resort For the Disabled will stay open for at least 20 years, thanks to a campaign from a small community in Minnesota. Read more
A partnership between crowdfunding site GoFundMe and the Special Olympics has launched nearly 500 campaigns from athletes, teams and delegations hoping to compete in the 2017 winter games. Read more
In an interview with The McGill Daily, Paralympic swimmer Sarah Mehain shares her perspective on disability in the media, accessibility in school athletics and having an invisible disability. Read more
The New York Times’ travel section interviews the authors of a new book on traveling with a disability. Read more
With the kickoff of the Rio Paralympics, one author explains why “inspiration” isn’t the right word to use in media coverage. Read more
Members of the media are encouraged to avoid specific words in covering the Paralympics. Read more
Former Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand delivered a moving speech at his graduation in May despite his keynote invitation being rescinded just a few weeks earlier. LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a football game against Army in 2010, took to Twitter to express frustration after being uninvited to speak at graduation. Rutgers officials insisted it was a matter of miscommunication– LeGrand would still be able to make a speech but former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean was the official keynote speaker.
Meanwhile, Kean said he’d donate his speaking fee to create a scholarship fund for LeGrand. Read more.
The best web sites for vision-, hearing- and motion-impaired users have been announced by 7-123 Software. The Salem, Mass. software company released its seventh annual winners list on March 31. The web sites were reviewed to recognize noteworthy contributions to the accessible gaming community. Read the list here.
Derrick Coleman, fullback for the Seattle Seahawks and first legally deaf player on the NFL, surprised a couple of his biggest fans with tickets to the Super Bowl. Coleman surprised nine-year-old twins Riley and Erin Kovalcik while the girls were taping a segment for Good Morning America. The girls, who are also hearing impaired, had written Coleman a letter that went viral expressing their admiration of his accomplishments despite having a disability. Read more.