Posts tagged "disability"

Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post) A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family, in her…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 10, 2015

Kanye West Stops Concert To Tell A Fan In A Wheelchair To “Stand Up”

Holy FACEPALM. Last night at a concert in Sydney, Australia, Kanye West stopped the music to call out a few fans who hadn't gotten to their feet when he told the crowd to stand up during a performance of the song "The Good Life." Only, these fans didn't rise to their feet in defiance of…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 14, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Now I See You Author Nicole Kear On Going Blind In Her 20s

Buying your first piece of IKEA furniture. Backpacking around Europe. One-night stands. Splurging on dinner Friday night and spending the rest of the week eating ramen. These are just a few of the things most of us expect of our 20s. Something that isn't on anyone's list? Slowing going blind from a degenerative eye disease.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2014

Girl Talk: 4 Questions For Guys About Dating Someone With A Disability

I've always prided myself on being a pretty fearless person. I was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a genetic bone and muscular disorder, and spent much of my childhood in and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals. I’ve survived some 26 surgeries. I’ve worked through the dark days following my father’s suicide. Oh, and let’s not…

By: Melissa Blake / May 16, 2014

10-Year-Old Girl Petitions American Girl For Disabled Doll In A Wheelchair

This is 10-year-old Melissa Shang. In addition to being completely adorable and obsessed with American Girl dolls, Melissa also suffers from muscular dystrophy. She has Charchot-Marie-Tooth disease, which means she cannot feel sensation in her arms, legs, hands and feet and to get around in a wheelchair. Along with her sister YingYing, Melissa is petitioning American Girl…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Blind Man Falls On NYC Subway Tracks, His Service Dog Jumps Down After Him

There is one nightmare that every New Yorker is terrified of experiencing: falling (or getting pushed) onto the subway tracks. For Cecil Williams, 61, that nightmare became a reality on Tuesday when he fainted while standing on the 125th street platform and fell down onto the tracks. But, see, Cecil Williams is blind. So right…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Little Girl With Deaf Parents Signs Christmas Carols During Holiday Concert

Today's most adorable child in the world award goes to this little girl who signed all the holiday songs during her school's concert for her deaf parents in the audience. One of my best friends is a CODA (child of deaf adults) and said watching this brought tears to her eyes because it harkened back…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Autism Awareness Advocate Carly Fleischmann

Carly Fleischmann has co-authored a book with her father, starred in a film, has 97,000 followers on Facebook, and will attend the University of Toronto in the fall. She also has autism and is nonverbal. But what she can do is use technology to communicate; she's been communicating using computers since she was 10 year…

By: Mary Odell / July 8, 2013

Bill Introduced To Help Military Sexual Assault Survivors Get Disability Benefits

Yesterday afternoon, two Democratic politicians introduced the Ruth Moore Act, a bill to support former service members who survived sexual assault in the military. Veterans Affairs has long rejected disability claims of military sexual trauma (MST) for troops who were raped by colleagues and now need assistance. According to the Service Women's Action Network, only…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

Frisky Mail Bag: How To Write About Disabilities

Last week in Today's Lady News, I posted about a man in Connecticut who had his sexual assault conviction overturned by a court. Richard Fourtin, Jr. had raped a woman with severe cerebral palsy; she cannot speak and has little body movement. The sexual assault conviction was overturned on the grounds that it could not be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2012

Miss Montana Alexis Wineman Could Be The First Miss America With Autism

Meet Alexis Wineman, 2012's Miss Montana who is headed to the Miss America pageant this January. This year, Alexis will truly be unlike all the other pageant competitors: she was diagnosed with autism at age 11. Alexis spent her childhood learning to cope with with the effects of autism, including having difficulty socializing with her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2012

Girl Talk: I’m A Lesbian Mom

When I think about Mother's Day, I usually picture a dad in plaid pajama pants destroying the kitchen with his kids in a clumsy effort to make his wife breakfast in bed. There is flour everywhere, kids are enthusiastically beating something in a bowl and Dad is putting a single red rose in a vase.

By: Jaime Jenett / May 11, 2012

It’s Time To Cry: Watch A Deaf Woman Hear For The First Time

Oh hai. Have you cried yet today? That's all going to change when you watch this video of a 29-year-old deaf woman hearing for the first time thanks to a hearing implant. Grab a tissue ... no, grab two. [YouTube]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Girl Scouts Help Develop A Prosthetic Hand For 3-Year-Old Girl

A Girl Scout troop in Iowa, who calls themselves the Flying Monkeys, helped develop a prosthetic hand for a disabled three-year-old girl named Danielle. Geez, I wonder what kind of badge they earned for that! [The Mary Sue] A straight Republican by the name of Madeleine Koch, age 24, spoke out on against Minnesota's impending…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn't stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she's also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe] In the wake of gossip blog Gawker'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2010