disability

Photo Essay

These Students Designed Functional and Stylish Clothes for Disabled Seniors

Open Style Lab's summer program at Parsons School of Design pairs engineers, designers, and therapists with a person with a disability to make accessible clothing, tech, and wearables. We took a look at this year's showcase.
Elizabeth Renstrom
8.24.18
The Least You Could Do

100 Ways to Show Up for People with a Chronic Illness

For one, please stop suggesting we smoke weed.
Maggie Levantovskaya
8.14.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

As a Sex Worker With a Chronic Illness, FOSTA Means Losing My Medical Care

In a nation lacking universal healthcare, recent legislation effectively cut a thread by which many disabled people climbed out of poverty.
Zia Moon
6.18.18
My First Time

How Sex Changed for Me After Embracing My Disability

In her teens, Kelly used sex to show that she was like everyone else. But after accepting her disability, she learned to enjoy sex even more.
Kelly May Perks-Bevington
4.5.18
history

The Queer, Disabled, and Women of Color Suffragettes History Forgot

Campaigners from marginalized communities played a critical role in getting women in the UK the right to vote—but their contributions have been erased. We spoke to several historians trying to change that.
Ella Braidwood
2.5.18
NSFW

What It's Like to Party When You Have One Arm

Until I realized my disability could become an edgy accessory, I spent college dodging frat guys mesmerized by the fact that I was born without a left arm below the elbow.
Dayna Troisi
4.18.17
Interviews

What Grief and Loss Look Like, in Photos

What does it mean to lose something, or someone, dear to you? Photographer Clare Hewitt was mourning the death of her grandmother when she met a stroke victim who had lost part of her sight.
Sarah Waldron
1.10.17
Sex

German Political Party Suggests Paying for Disabled People to Visit Sex Workers

A spokesperson for Germany's Green Party has proposed a scheme that would allow disabled people to pay for the services of sex workers. We asked a disability rights campaigner about the proposal.
Sirin Kale
1.9.17
Interviews

The Underwater Adventures of a Paraplegic Scuba Diver

Elena Prous was 24 when she broke her neck in a traffic accident that left her paralyzed from the arms down. Seven years on, she's also one of the world's few paraplegic scuba divers.
Patricia Rafael
8.1.16
sports

Confessions of a Cheating Disabled Athlete

I never thought it would be possible for me to feel athletic, but soon I realized I loved to win.
Dayna Troisi
6.4.16
Culture

Meet the Instagram Stars of the Down Syndrome Community

A new generation of social media stars with Down syndrome are coming to prominence online, challenging myths about their condition to thousands of fans.
Emalie Marthe
3.29.16
Sex

Hot Wheels: The World of Wheelchair Fetishists and Disability Devotees

When I said on my dating profile that I use a wheelchair, I discovered the world of devotees—men and women who are turned on by disability, paralysis, and Jimmy "Lobster Boy" Darling from "American Horror Story."
Venessa Parekh
3.18.16