Disability Rights

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.
Ivan Castro and Karl Hinett finish the Boston Marathon (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Wounded veterans run back-to-back marathons for a cause

Two wounded veterans are running multiple marathons in a week, in Boston and London, to spark conversations about mental health.
Man in wheelchair at rally with others holding signs (© AP Images)

How 150 Americans took over a building and changed disability law

Forty years ago a law gave civil rights protections to people with disabilities. But activists fought for those rights with a monthlong sit-in.
Man and puppet (© AP Images)

A Muppet with autism to debut on Sesame Street

Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet with autism who will make her TV debut April 10.
Person skiing (Special Olympics USA)

Special Olympics athletes climb onto the world stage [video]

More than 2,600 athletes from over 100 countries are in Austria to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Learn about it here.