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
Haifa 3D, a nonprofit organization in Israel, founded by Yacov Malinovich and Yoav Medan, originally started as a maker studio. In 2015, they changed their focus and started printing prosthetic hands…when one of Yacov’s students, a doctor, opened him up to the idea. The group joined the global E-NABLE movement which uses modern 3D printers and open source files of hand designs to print these prosthetics. While the original hand designs used by E-NABLE have certain minimal functional requirements of the prosthetics wearer, the Haifa… >> Read More
Oftentimes, when summer comes, parents and kids alike are excited to go to the amusement park or waterpark (well, parents may be less excited). Kids with disabilities and special needs, however,… always able to enjoy the fun, because these parks don't accommodate their needs. Well, now one does, thanks to Morgan’s Inspiration Island is an extension of Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas. The theme park was specifically built to be inclusive of all guests, including those who use wheelchairs. According to The Huffington Post, "guests with special needs are… >> Read More
The other night, I gave our children our framed ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) and told them to “make it more beautiful.” Without hesitation, they took the paints and brushes from my hands…and eagerly went to work transforming the legal document into a Jackson Pollock-ish masterpiece. I was amused to see the three of them working together so well, but the finished product left me speechless and overcome by a sense of peace. I had finally solved the problem of what to do with the voided contract.… >> Read More