disability rights

Women in wheelchairs throwing basketballs (© AP Images)

Wheelchair basketball heals athletes

American Jess Markt has trained wheelchair basketball teams around the world and sees the benefits it has for the players and their societies.
Young woman writing in classroom with model skulls and human body (© Ricky Carioti/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Students with disabilities excel at American universities

At American universities, students with disabilities get accommodation and support in addition to access to great academics.
Melania Trump waving (© Maciej Gillert/Gallo Images/Getty)

First lady to attend Invictus Games honoring wounded soldiers

Melania Trump will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2017 Invictus Games, honoring wounded servicemen and women from 17 nations.
Woman in wheelchair speaking from stage (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Activists look to U.S. as they promote disability rights

After visiting the U.S., Grace Jerry and Juan Angel de Gouveia used what they learned about disability rights to make changes in their own countries.
Young girl at typewriter and two other people in classroom (© Brian Messenger/Perkins School for the Blind)

Meeting the world’s need for teachers of deaf-blind children

A U.S. school has launched a global effort to train 1 million teachers with the skills to help deaf-blind children fulfill their potential.
Illustration of people with disabilities using mobile devices to navigate a city street (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Smart cities work for people with disabilities

Smart cities, which use technology to improve access for people with disabilities, are finding that the changes help all their residents.
People watching President George H.W. Bush signing document (© AP Images)

Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.
Woman racing in wheelchair (© AP Images)

How the Americans with Disabilities Act levels the playing field

When a Paralympic athlete was told she couldn't race for her school team, she filed a lawsuit and won, with help from the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Woman hanging from strap in gym (State Dept./University of Tennessee/Jaron Johns)

These athletes prove disabilities are no bar to sports

Vibhas Sen, Keit Jaanimägi, Ali Abu El Nasr and Zabdai Zamuel have proven that disabilities do not hinder their sports.