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Around 8% of the population experience swallowing difficulties. from shutterstock.com

Many people have a hard time swallowing. Here’s how that affects their lives

We don't often give our eating habits much thought but the 8% of the population with swallowing disability need to plan carefully to ensure their food is the right texture and eaten at the right pace.
Colleges and universities have been challenged to create more inclusive environments for disabled students. Monkey Business Images/www.shutterstock.com

College students with disabilities are too often excluded

The case of a student with Down Syndrome who was denied entry into all eight of the sororities at her school illustrates a broader problem of exclusion for college students with disabilities.
Communication involves a lot more than words. from www.shutterstock.com

We can all help to improve communication for people with disabilities

There's a lot we can do to make society more accessible for people with communication disability.
Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s. Shutterstock

It’s time to stop exposing people to the dangers of Facilitated Communication

Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s to help people with disabilities communicate, but it has since been shown to replace the voice of the person with that of the facilitator.

We can’t just leave it to the NDIS to create cities that work to include people with disability

The NDIS is set to reshape Australian cities. But to achieve meaningful participation of people with disabilities, urban communities and services will also need to take action.
A computer-generated voice was essential to Hawking’s participation in the world around him. AP Photo/John Raoux

Stephen Hawking as accidental ambassador for assistive technologies

You can probably hear Hawking's famously computer-generated voice in your head. His example showed tech as a tool that enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to the world.

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