“I wanted to get back to what I was doing, you know, I just wanted to carry on with life.” – Natalie Du Toit Natalie Du Toit is a South African swimmer, Commonwealth Games and Paralympic gold-medalist, and Olympian. At the age of 17, she lost...

“My wheelchair should never have been a barrier to higher education.” Although Disabled Spectator is dealing with accessibility issues at public events and venues, it's important to understand that accessibility affects every part of daily life. Infrastructure, technology, and systemic structures like higher education, for example,...

We recently stumbled across these 11 Facts About Physical Disabilities from DoSomething.Org. The following is a summary of some of the facts that stood out to us the most. After reading our summary, click on the link above to read all eleven facts. In the comments...

College Choices Disability-Friendly Colleges Ranked College Choice has released its annual ranking of the most disability-friendly colleges and universities in the United States. Schools on this list have gone beyond the minimum legal standard described in the ADA and Vocational Rehabilitation Act. These schools consider the needs of students...

What's your June Reading List? Here's ours. Every first week of the month, Disabled Spectator publishes a reading list of our favorite disability and accessibility related articles. We look for insightful, interesting, controversial, heartbreaking, well-written, or enjoyable articles that provoke thought, conversation, and emotion. This post looks at...

“It seems that Hollywood’s exclusion of actors with disabilities is so entrenched that it not only doesn’t draw public censure, but it doesn’t even warrant lip service.” - Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation The film and entertainment industry has failed the disabilities community...

The BBC has put £1 million per year towards hiring journalists with disabilities This past February, the BBC announced a new drive aimed at recruiting, training, and developing journalists with disabilities. The initiative was first reported on in May of 2016. As part of sweeping efforts to diversify...

What I learned about accessibility at Yankee Stadium By Samantha Bold My brothers, who are twins, were both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. It's a disease that deteriorates the protective covering of nerves. Multiple sclerosis affects everyone differently but for my brothers, it has taken...

“Too often we react to diversity instead of planning for it” – Jay Dolmage on creating equal classrooms   This recent pedagogical study looks at how educators sometimes fail to plan for students with disabilities. This results in unequal learning environments that favor the perceived majority. Citing examples of instructors...

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