There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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What everyone should know about ableism.
Kathleen R. Bogart Ph.D.
Racial and gender minorities are underdiagnosed with autism. This Autism Acceptance Month, let's move beyond the "white boy model" to accept minorities into the community.
Most psychology courses do not teach about America's largest minority group: disabled people. New research shows that covering disability in psychology classes can reduce ableism.
Disability representation in sports is often limited or patronizing. Here's how we can change representation to fight ableism.
Books like Dr. Seuss's classic "The Sneetches" can teach children important lessons about inclusion.
People with different rare diseases experience similar mental health challenges such as depression and stigma. We can help them more efficiently by developing cross-disease support
Disabled adults face increased stigma-related experiences, more extreme isolation from formal and informal support systems, and exacerbated worries about severe illness and death due to COVID-19.
Adaptation to disability differs whether you were born that way or became that way. Comparing congenital vs. acquired disabilities may reveal crucial information about resilience.
This beautiful new memoir about growing up with Crouzon syndrome explores beauty, disfigurement, identity, and trauma.
Facial disfigurement is a globally neglected psychosocial and human rights issue.
Disabled people are underrepresented in the field of psychology due to systemic barriers. The Disability Advocacy and Research Network is building a much-needed community.
Young children with disabilities are often denied independent mobility devices. One innovative program provides adapted ride-on toy cars for active mobility and play.
Disability Pride Month is the perfect time to come out as disabled, especially if you have a non-stereotypical disability.
Research confirms that the moral model of disability is prevalent in rural Botswana and elsewhere. Lessons from the field provide suggestions to promote disability equity.
A new study finds that rare disease involves many levels of stigma. People with rare diseases were blamed, invalidated, or avoided, and faced systemic access barriers.
Pandemic adaptations could level the playing field for people with disabilities, such as those with facial paralysis.
Grocery stores’ COVID-19 senior hours are also designed to keep people with disabilities safe. Despite good intentions, they may fall short of that goal.
During Facial Palsy Awareness Week, learn about expressive diversity from a professor with facial paralysis.
1 in 10 Americans has a rare disease but most have no mental health support. On Rare Disease Day, advocate for psychological support for rare disorders
Consumers are asking brands for authentic disability representation. Nike has a new “hands-free” shoe inspired by disabled people. Did it get representation right?
A psychologist with Moebius syndrome explains why people with facial paralysis are misunderstood on many levels. Understanding expressive diversity can make us all better humans.
A lesson on the models of disability reveals how films like "The Witches" can perpetuate stereotypes. It's time to put the “evil disabled person” trope to bed.
New research shows which types of social support benefit people with a rare disease, and how they could be increased.
People with facial differences are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act from hiring discrimination, although they may not know it.
With more employers using virtual and AI interviews, people with facial paralysis may be at a disadvantage. Here's how to reduce hiring bias.
Disability pride was the foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On the 30th anniversary of the ADA, why is disability pride still rare?
Wearing face masks for the first time? Lessons from a psychology professor with facial paralysis on how to communicate with limited facial expression.
Kathleen Bogart, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She researches the implications of living with disability, rare disorders, or facial differences.