disability

  • We all have our challenges, some big, some small, and some that require assistance. As a blind man, I know firsthand the importance of reliable technology, not just for the use of completing chores, but also for mingling with everyone else. Here are seven apps for people with disabilities that enhance anything from socializing to buying groceries.

  • For the past three weeks I've been physically disabled, unable to leave my apartment by myself. I've been using a walker for mobility — I'm hoping that my doctor will allow me to switch to a cane sometime next week. A physical therapist comes over three times a week to help me get my bad leg back into shape. I have an orthopedic chair in my shower stall as I can only stand on my own for a few seconds at a time. Stairs are particularly dangerous for me.

  • Depression is common. But more common is the fact that, as a society, we don’t openly talk about depression and its impact on our communities. And while depression is very debilitating, and is recognized as a disability by the Americans with Disability Act (A.D.A.), its constant misunderstanding causes people who suffer from it to be misjudged.

  • Monday, Oct. 19 marks the first day of early voting — even so, more than 2.5 million Floridians have already cast their vote by turning in their ballots by mail, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

  • People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States, according to the Current Population Survey. Still, despite the considerable size of this community, people with disabilities have had minimal representation in film. For three decades, the international disability film festival Superfest, which this year is being co-presented by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and the Lighthouse for the Blind San Francisco, has given both emerging and established filmmakers a place to present edgy and new perspectives on disability on the silver screen.

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    For most young people, adolescence is a time filled with fashion and romantic concerns. For Alex Koren, his teen years were the beginning of a quest for equal access for the hearing impaired.

  • In February 2017, Leah Gardner attended a community dinner at the LightHouse of San Francisco’s headquarters on Market St. She was one of 20 or so people who sat around a table and listened to Laura Millar, the LightHouse’s new Sexuality Health Programs Coordinator, share her vision of having a contingent at the annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade.

  • While sex and disability are two topics rarely discussed together in popular culture, thanks to dating and hookup websites, people with disabilities are finding communities where they can not only chat about sex, but also enjoy the occasional booty call.

  • To put it simply, dogs are amazing. Whether they are begging for food with those piercing eyes, or smothering you with wet kisses, they make it impossible not to smile.

  • Six Black transgender women have been found dead in the past two weeks. Three of them during Pride Month.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require a pool lift be installed at Wilton Station, but David Ferebee thinks principle should have compelled the condo association to provide one.