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Posted: Wed, 11/02/2016 - 17:46 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: As the election draws near, we wanted to share this important new guide to state elections created by RespectAbility.

While the presidential election has taken up much of the news cycle, attention also is shifting to who will control the Senate. As such, RespectAbility has reached out to candidates running for Senate as well as Governor in the 2016 elections with the #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates for people with disabilities.

RespectAbility, founded in 2013, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to end stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities. Utilizing candidate responses to both the down ballot and presidential campaign questionnaires, RespectAbility has released 51 state voter guides.

Posted: Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:00 | The New Normal

There’s so much that has been written—and can be written—about the extraordinary, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching challenges of raising a child with autism. But I’m convinced that at least in our family, we get through the challenges—to the extent that we do—by leaning on our own version of lunacy, of laughter.

Posted: Sat, 10/29/2016 - 07:29 | Political Insider

Donald Trump is right about attempts to rig the presidential election, but he's dead wrong about who is doing it, why and how -- and he knows it.

The reality is it's a two-track campaign and the riggers are, as he well knows, Trump himself and the Republican establishment he hates so much.

Trump is trying to delegitimize any election that he doesn't win – a tactic he tried in the primaries until he started winning. 

Posted: Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:04 | The New Normal

Since March of 2015, six New York area synagogues have been focused on tangibly weaving the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fabric of their communities. The UJA-Federation of New York, with funding from the Leo Oppenheimer & Flora Oppenheimer Haas Foundation, piloted The Synagogue Inclusion Project, a groundbreaking 18-month pilot program to create a replicable, sustainable approach to integrating members of our community with disabilities. The pilot synagogue cohort included synagogues large and small, Conservative and Reform, urban and suburban. What bound them together was a stated desire to be inclusive of people with disabilities, but an underlying doubt that they were having the desired impact.

Posted: Wed, 10/26/2016 - 08:11 | Political Insider

Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie are accusing Democrats of resurrecting the dead to vote and importing illegal immigrants and sending them directly to the polls.

Of course, they have no evidence such things are happening except for their own delusional and malevolent imaginations.

They're talking about fighting a crime  -- voter ID fraud -- that the courts, academic studies and governmental investigations have repeatedly said is virtually non-existent.

Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:20 | Political Insider

Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign will be long remembered, but not for any reasons that will make the Republican standard-bearer or his party proud.

He reached a low point this week when he refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the November 8 election, sending shock waves throughout the political landscape. It was an unprecedented announcement and elicited an audible gasp from the audience at the third and final presidential debate Wednesday evening in Las Vegas.