Ive Ortiz

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The missing link: why disabled people can’t afford to #DeleteFacebook

Revelations about internet companies being negligent with our data have prompted a backlash against social media, but for many people in marginalised groups these networks are a vital lifeline<p>It’s 10.32 on a Friday night and I am staring at the glow of my iPhone screen. It is almost three hours …

Social Media

Hollywood's Diversity Push Snubs Actors With Disabilities

Eileen Grubba was working alongside other actors on a TV commercial when she realized the director's eye was caught by her uneven gait. He started …

Entertainment

For Some Moms, the Nest May Never Be Empty

I have a confession that may send some hate mail zinging my way, but here it is. I’m drowning in the deluge of articles, books, websites and Facebook …

Parenting

“Stop Pushing Your Kid to Be Normal”

It’s no secret that kids with ADHD are different — different from their same-age peers; different from society’s definition of “normal;” different …

Autism

The lady on the plane

I typically try to sleep or read when on flights. It helps to pass the time and also helps me have to avoid awkward, unwanted small talk with the …

Disability

An Open Letter from an Autistic Child in Meltdown, Written by an Autistic Adult Who Still Melts Down From Time to Time

A TPGA community member recently asked us what we thought of the McSweeney's post An Open Letter To Anyone Who Has Experienced My Son’s Meltdowns, …

Autism

The Overlap of ADHD and GAD

Thomas, R., Sanders, S., Doust, J., Beller, E., & Glasziou, P. (2015). Prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review …

ADHD

One type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have — and new research suggests intense workouts aren't the only option

To walk, or to run? That is often the question.<p>In other words, if you're looking to improve your health, is it better to commit to an occasional all-out sweat fest, or incorporate more walking and moving into your day?<p>A new study suggests there's an answer to this years-old conundrum: It doesn't …

Marathons

The Persistence of the Autism Unicorn

CDC finds autism rarely presents without multiple co-occurring conditions.<p>This week, my son Jonah, now 19, was diagnosed with epilepsy after …

Autism

Why 'Speechless' Matters to the Disability Community -- and the World

<i>Richard Ellenson is CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.</i><p>Tonight, the second season of “Speechless” comes to an end.<p>“Speechless” is a show that has …

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

When he turned 18, Greg Demer lost his right to vote because of his autism, joining thousands of other people with mental disabilities who were …

Disability

Stephen Hawking’s Disability Activism Was as Invaluable as His Science

“All of us know we can reach for the stars.”<p>The death of Stephen Hawking has prompted an outpouring of well deserved tributes that highlight his …

Disability

Schools Aren't Preparing Students With Disabilities for Active Shooter Scenarios

Holden Kasky had one last thing to do before meeting his older brother, Cameron, to go home from school. It was February 14, and he still had a …

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

On Oct. 4, 2013, Vanessa Fontaine's worst nightmare came to life. Despite having warned her autistic son Avonte's school that he was prone to wandering, he ran right out the door of his classroom -- past cameras and a security guard -- and vanished.<p>His remains washed up on the beach three months …

Whatever Happened to Arnaldo Rios?

The image of Charles Kinsey lying on the street, arms raised as he tried to calm his client, Arnaldo Rios, before police shot Kinsey in is a …

Shallow Sleep and Slow, Deep Breaths

It’s early in the morning, and I’m sitting in my living room when I should still be in bed, because Jack’s OCD overtook our night again. This has …

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Diabetes

The Stories We Don’t Tell: My Mom On Raising An Autistic Child And Why She’ll Never Write About Me

When I’m feeling particularly frustrated with my career, I offer to ghostwrite a memoir for my mom. It’s a slightly bitter, semi-serious joke. I’m …

The Ultimate Water Safety Guide for Children with Autism

The <i>National Institute of Child Health and Human Development</i> reports 36,500 out of every 4 million children born in the U.S. will come under Autism …

The Importance of Water Safety: Tips and Tools

Water safety is especially critical for children and adults with autism, as many individuals on the spectrum are drawn to water, some of whom are …

THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA – COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS AND MAINTENANCE OF FUNCTIONING - Dementia

7.1. INTRODUCTION<p>There are a number of possible ways to group and categorise interventions in dementia care, for example, by the type of treatment …

7 phrases every special-needs sibling needs to hear

I’m a special-needs sibling raising a special-needs sibling, which helps me remember to say the words to him that I wanted to hear myself. • <b><br>“You have</b> …

Parenting

#Relationships: Teaching Sex Ed To Students With Disabilities

The title for today’s lesson is written on the whiteboard of this Hartford classroom: #Relationships.<p>The youngest student, Rory, is 17 and in a …

“Suddenly, a Lifetime of Struggles Made Sense”

1 of 19<p>Adult ADD Is Real<p>ADHD was once considered a pediatric disorder, but it’s now clear that many children never outgrow their symptoms. In fact, …

Pediatrics

A Clash of Gray and Gold: A Reflection on Self-Pity

“What do you want to talk about today, Jack?” my wife asked our autistic eleven year old.<p>“Cars 2.”<p>Sara is good at this “work time” thing. She takes …

Spaced Out & Smiling

<i>Added on Sunday 08 November 15</i><p>Earlier this year we replaced my wardrobe with a bookcase and pre-sorted clothing.<p>Doing so has reduced my anxiety, made …

UPDATED: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.<p>On Thursday, the House of …

“What My Worst Days with ADHD Feel Like”

1 of 10<p>When My Thoughts Don’t Translate<p>I may look just like everyone else, but I know I’m different. I feel the most disconnected and dissimilar when …

Alzheimer's-related brain changes could start at 40

Scientists may have advanced our understanding of the brain mechanisms behind Alzheimer's disease, after uncovering a process that precedes the …

Dementia

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.The …

Autism