Tag: disabilities

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal talk with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization advancing opportunities so 57 million Americans with a disability can fully participate in all aspects of community. She shares her personal story struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, and what drew her to this cause. She reviews the various kinds of disabilities that people live with, and the strides our society is making to integrate and accommodate disabled citizens into everyday life. She offers thoughts on how well K-12 education generally serves students with special needs, and improvements she would like to see. She discusses how disabilities contribute to students’ achievement gaps in schools and colleges, and what can be done to educate people about and help remediate this. They also explore how assistive technologies and artificial intelligence can be used to help people with disabilities, and the importance of showing students with disabilities examples of great historical figures, heroes, and celebrities with disabilities who were able to accomplish remarkable feats and overcome their challenges.

Stories of the Week: 50CAN’s Derrell Bradford connects the dots between election outcomes in New Jersey and Virginia and parents’ dissatisfaction with their children’s in-person learning time in those states. A Wittgenstein Centre report covered in EdNext shows just how significant a role educational advancement plays, especially among women, in raising the standard of living and civic engagement in developing countries.

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There is a terrific Wall Street Journal article today about the increasing number of people living with a disability who are entering the workforce. One man applied for more than 300 government jobs with no success before landing a job as a bartender near Gallaudet. Now he owns his own craft brewery. I am curious to […]

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Accommodating Autism at Disney Parks?


When parents learn that a child has autism, it may be both a relief to understand the source of the symptoms and alarming to consider how to cope with them. Children on the autistic spectrum can be challenging and unfamiliar situations can be especially difficult. For those reasons, I can understand why a parent would do everything possible to help their children adapt to situations that are beyond their usual day-to-day experiences.

But in spite of parents’ desires to help their autistic children, I believe the demands that are being made of the Disney Corporation are excessive and unreasonable.

Recently, a lawsuit against Disney was resurrected, stating that Disney had not made reasonable accommodations for customers with autism, who find it difficult to wait in long lines. In the original lawsuit, a summary judgment was issued for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. A federal appeals court ruled that the “underlying issues” weren’t resolved and that the case had to go to trial: