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Jonathan Thompson, 28, leases a 2015 Dodge Caravan that's been modified to be wheelchair accessible as part of an Uber program designed to increase ride availability for passengers with mobility issues. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

Uber Improving Access For Wheelchair Users

In an effort to get more accessible vehicles on the road, the popular ride-sharing service is offering financial incentives to drivers.

September 23, 2016
Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, stars as J.J. DiMeo on ABC's "Speechless." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)

Aside From Laughs, ‘Speechless’ Committed To Raising Awareness

As the debut of ABC's "Speechless" brings cerebral palsy to the forefront, those behind the show are looking to help people directly affected by the developmental disability.

September 20, 2016

Accessible Housing Units Often Few And Far Between

When those with disabilities can't find accessible housing, they can end up homeless or living in housing projects that are far away from their communities, advocates say.

September 20, 2016

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Fifth-grader Owen Chaidez, 10, plays during recess at Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove, Ill. Chaidez, along with his mother, raised $600,000 to build a wheelchair-accessible playground at his school. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents, Nonprofits Unite To Create More Inclusive Playgrounds

Passionate parents and nonprofits are taking matters into their own hands rather than waiting for cash-strapped communities and school districts to make playgrounds ADA compliant.

September 19, 2016
Kyla Kenedy, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler and Minnie Driver star in ABC's "Speechless," which premieres Sept. 21. Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays J.J. who is more severely impacted by the developmental disability and is nonverbal. (Nicole Wilder/ABC)

Through Cerebral Palsy, ‘Speechless’ Looks To Get People Talking

The creator of the new ABC comedy "Speechless" is drawing from personal experience growing up with a brother with special needs to show a family that makes things work despite challenges.

September 14, 2016
The A&E series "Born This Way," which features seven young adults with Down syndrome, won the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

‘Born This Way’ Scores Emmy Win

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

September 12, 2016

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Community For Adults With Disabilities Not Without Controversy

A housing project for people with intellectual disabilities plans to break ground soon, but critics question whether such segregated facilities should be able to receive public dollars.

September 9, 2016
Nearly 20 percent of the American population has a disability, but a new report finds that the top-grossing Hollywood films fail to depict that reality. (Unsplash)

Top Films Seldom Feature Characters With Disabilities

An analysis of last year's 100 top-grossing Hollywood films finds that people with disabilities are rarely portrayed and, when they are, they often have minimal roles.

September 8, 2016

City To Spend $200 Million To Settle Accessibility Complaints

In what's being called the "largest accessibility settlement ever reached involving affordable housing," millions will be spent on apartments for those with disabilities.

September 6, 2016

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Facebook Post To Michael Phelps Wins Support For Man With Disability

With a comment on Facebook for his hero Michael Phelps, a swimmer with autism is garnering his own following.

August 30, 2016

Brazil’s Finances Prove To Be A Hurdle For Paralympics, Too

Even before the curtain went down on the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil was slashing what it intended to spend on the Paralympic Games, the sports competition for athletes with disabilities.

August 26, 2016

Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016

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