I Am Vulnerable Because I’m Disabled, Not Because I’m a Woman

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Erin Kelly reveals the detrimental impact of gender stereotyping on both men and women with disabilities.

Code Blue Handicap Parking Sign

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Erin Kelly takes a look at the path of action in New York’s changes to the handicap parking sign.

The Warrior Poet and the Apprentice

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Erin Kelly reflects on her unexpected arrival at The Good Men Project, and how Cameron Conaway changed her life with one e-mail.

The Golden Loop in The Golden Circle

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Erin Kelly examines how author Simon Sinek’s “Golden Circle” model for success and leadership can be applied to individuals with disabilities.

Winds of Change: Are You Being Rude to People With Disabilities Without Knowing It?

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Erin Kelly looks at a series of ads intended to help people learn to be more comfortable interacting with folks with disabilities, and to help nurture empathy.

Step By Step: A Brother’s Lesson in Love, Empathy and Giving Back

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Hunter Grandee recently completed a 40-mile walk in his hometown with his brother in an attempt to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. Erin Kelly examines the lesson we can all learn from his efforts.

Weighing the Scales: When Crime Collides With Humanity

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When is disability fraud okay? Evidence suggests David Disney’s actions were justified. Erin Kelly weighs in and offers a fresh perspective.

Shaping the New Face of Fear

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We live in a world where crimes of injustice occur every day, whether we’re aware of them or not. However, I think we need to make an honest effort to educate ourselves about certain things, such as bullying and the hidden depth of violence that it brings, in order to truly be moved by them enough to take action.

One Mile at a Time: Connor and Cayden Long

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These true champions redefine brotherhood.

Beyond Recess: When Disability Plays a Role in the Decline of Education for Students in the US

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, reflects on her experience as a disabled student, and the striking increase of young people who aren’t getting the education they deserve.

Cody Mulligan: Behind the Eyes

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, explores the fundamental lessons that can be learned from Cody Mulligan, the first blind amateur wrestler.

The March of India: Living in the Shadow of a Disability

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, explores the impact of the thousands of disabled Indians who protested in New Delhi for the right to be counted as equal.

When Dolls Can Dream

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, explores the impact of one little girl’s courage to petition for the manufacturers of American Girl dolls to make a doll with a disability.

100 Words on Love: The Unexpected Hero

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You’ve quietly inspired me.

When the Sun Shines on My Necklace

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, reflects on the impressions her grandparents left in her heart.

Of Walls, Bridges and Friendship

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Erin Kelly’s cerebral palsy built a wall that she believed no one could break through. These five stories come from five of her closest friends who made the choice to break through that wall and redefine friendship.