We just found out which American states take the worst care of their kids--and some of the statistics are really alarming, especially when it comes to the large percentage of kids going hungry or…suffering serious neglect. And the overall picture is grim. Did you know that as a country, we are in the top ten worst in the world for our rate of child poverty? Almost one in three kids here is below the poverty line. Why don't we talk about this more, and why isn't it a… >> Read More
J.K. Rowling, aka everyone's favorite fantasy writer, found out the hard way that social media has a dark side--and can often make us react without thinking as much as we should.
So, what happened?…She initially accused Trump of ignoring 3-year-old Montgomery Weer, a boy with spina bifida who uses a wheelchair, during an event last month at the White House. To Rowling, it seemed like Weer wanted to shake Trump's hand, and Trump ignored him. But apparently, according to Weer's mom, that's not what happened. Rowling originally tweeted (in… >> Read More
Calling anyone "retarded" is wrong and terrible (and a completely unnecessary thing to ever say, ever). It's especially awful when it's thrown at a 4-year-old boy with special needs. The boy was…called "retarded" at a Yankees game by an irate adult last week, and now he won’t stop repeating the word, according to the boy's dad. Danny DiMarco said the event has deeply traumatized his son, Luciano, who was shaking and crying as the man yelled him for kicking his chair at Yankee Stadium. According to… >> Read More
Now that it's official that the Senate voted to go forward with the Obamacare repeal, there are going to be a lot of protests. Like, a lot. Just today, Mic reported that hundreds of protesters with…ADAPT, an organization that fights for Americans with disabilities, protested at the lobby of one of the Senate office buildings. If the Senate proceeds to the repeal vote, the organizations’ protesters said they will occupy the Hart building until “police arrest [them], one-by-one.” ADAPT spokesman Adam Prizio said: “At 2 p.m., a few hundred of us will… >> Read More
Alec Baldwin, and the team for the forthcoming film “Blind,” recently caught flak for his casting as the lead.
Why? Because he plays a novelist who loses his sight in a car crash. This has…caused many to call out the fact that it's simply another example of choosing someone without any special needs to play someone who actually has a disability, as if people with disabilities can't play themselves. In particular, the Jewish organization that fights for disability rights, The Ruderman Family Foundation, has led the cause. Jay Ruderman,… >> Read More