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Tim Villegas tells parents of children with disabilities what questions they should ask their school about equal access.

Many Ohioans with disabilities believe that Gov. John Kasich (R) is a bully whose recently proposed policy would be a blatant infringement of their civil rights, while also supporting the dated and dreaded institutional bias.

With the overall unemployment rate dropping below 6 percent for the first time since the Great Recession, the participation of people with disabilities continues to slip, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued byKessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Disability job training and employment initiatives support efforts to find work.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed over 20 years ago, and it made sweeping changes across the country. Accessibility and equality was suddenly everywhere. Entrances to public facilities, bathrooms, schools, how we are treated in the workplace, so many things changed, but taxis and how many should be made accessible in a city remains murky.

I know that I do not have a corner on the truth. While belief systems and worldviews tend to get mired in rhetoric, the big picture of inclusion (specifically inclusive education) is far more forgiving. My aim in this piece is to clarify a big misconception about what full inclusion really means.

For the past two years, Cyndi, a disability rights advocate from New Jersey, has been struggling to protect her 8-year-old son from a bully. The situation has been tough to resolve because both boys are classmates and both have autism, a disorder that significantly affects socialization.

Today, I took a walk to my local CVS, four blocks away from my house. The weather was warm and I was looking forward to finally getting out of the house.

Activities meant to simulate the experience of disability are so often lauded as moving, powerful, eye-opening experiences. With just a few hours in a wheelchair, wearing earplugs, or wearing a blindfold, people supposedly gain a deeper understanding of what life with a disability truly entails. I, for one, don’t buy it.

Last month, Kevin Ogar of Englewod, Colo. was like any other serious CrossFit competitor — insanely strong, a huge fan of the CrossFit community and ready to win money at the CrossFit games.

Here are four disability related charities that you should donate to now.