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An all-terrain wheelchair designed for use in developing countries

Red and black wheelchairIn the rural areas of developing countries, traveling long-distances over rough terrain is often an essential aspect of going to school or maintaining a livelihood. While people who are able-bodied often walk or bike over these distances, people who use…
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People-first language becoming more common in rehabilitation communities

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People First Language
The use of people-first language is spreading to the rehabilitation community. People struggling with addiction have been finding the same feeling of marginalization as people with disabilities in regards to language. People-first language refers to structuring phrases…
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Documentary explores boy’s autism through his twin sister’s eyes

Two children sit on beach with backs toward camera, girl with her arm around boy who wears a superhero capeAccording to Avery Medvin, her twin brother Xander is going to be a superhero when he grows up because he is good at “helping people.” This is just one aspect of Xander explained in the documentary the twins’ mother, Jenn…
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Restaurant owner offers free hugs with every meal

Headshot of Tim HarrisTim Harris prides himself on owning the “World’s Friendliest Restaurant,” offering not just food, but free hugs to every customer. Supported by family, Harris opened Tim’s Place: Breakfast, Lunch, Hugs, in 2010, and became the first restaurant owner with Down…
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Ableist terms on Thought Catalog

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Ableist Language
An article titled “15 Crazy Examples of Insanely Ableist Language” on Thought Catalog, has named some of the ableist terms that people use on a daily basis. The author, Parker Marie Molloy, starts by saying that the words…
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