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William “Rick” Singer, front, is alleged to have helped some families secure fake learning disability diagnoses. Here he exits U.S. federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. college admissions scandal means more skepticism of genuine invisible disabilities

Abuses of disability diagnoses cheat students with disabilities who are now more likely to face skepticism about their diagnoses.
Although 90 per cent of Canadians believe accessibility is a human right, our behaviour says something different. Recently, an Alberta woman was turned away from a grocery store for slowing down check-out. Shutterstock

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

Disability is a sensitive topic. Fear of saying the wrong thing prevents people from having important conversations about disability. Here is a guide to get past those barriers.
For many individuals with spinal cord injury, restoring autonomic functions – such as blood pressure control, bowel, bladder and sexual function – is of a higher priority than walking again. (Shutterstock)

Electrical stimulation technique helps patients with spinal cord injury

Researchers have successfully used 'epidural spinal cord stimulation' with patients to improve bowel function, restore blood pressure control and increase upper-body exercise capacity.
Since the Great Recession, the employment rate has gone up — but some rural groups lag behind. Josh Sorenson

Rural people with disabilities are still struggling to recover from the recession

There's a notable disparity between the rate of employment for people with and without disabilities, especially in certain pockets of the US.
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.
A disabled farmer with his buffaloes at a rice field in Vietnam. The latest data show the exclusion of people with disability from the workforce results in a loss of potential GDP of between 3% and 7% per year. www.shutterstock.com

Six problems that exclude disabled people in Indonesia from public life

The failures to implement inclusive policy stem from various barriers created by both individuals and the government.
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.

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