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ABILITY Magazine and ABILITY Corps at the UN’s CRPD: Talking Unconscious Bias

United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD/COSP10), ABILITY Corps and ABILITY Magazine hosted a panel titled: Unconscious Bias, Perceptions and Non-inclusion. Panelists consisted of: Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; a faculty member at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights; and the co-director of ...
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United Nations – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (9CSP CRPD)

Panel: Tec Talk: Brilliant New Designs in Assistive Technology, Ease of Use & Multi-media (L to R) Lia Martirosyan, Rowee Benbenishty, Paul Albano, Chet Cooper, Sophi Kravitz and Dr. Bryan Wolynski The panel focused on innovations in assistive technology, ease of use and multi-media; Discussions aimed toward increasing inclusivity in community and work environments. Speakers presented current and future ...
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United Nations CRPD – Comments

Comments on the United Nations Convention on Right for Persons with Disabilities by Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance; Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, RespectAbility USA; Marcie Roth, Office of Disability Integration FEMA; Stig Langvad, Disabled People’s Organizations- Demark and Alex Lebois, G3ict during UN conference.    
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United Nations CRPD “Social Media and Disabilities” Panel

While we started late due to Lenin Moreno, Vice President of Ecuador, running over on his panel (he had a lot to say—all good), our panel therefore had much less time, but was well received. The audience ranged from those just getting into social media to those who are encouraging reticent team members to use it. Discussion topics included ...
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Jane Seymour From the Heart

Jane Seymour has lit up the big screen for decades. Audiences first swooned over her classic English features as the James Bond girl in Live and Let Die and later in Somewhere in Time, a sci-fi romance in which she played the love interest of actor Christopher Reeve. She has built a robust career headlining countless films, Broadway stage ...
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Katherine Beattie – Skate Park Fun

By day, Katherine Beattie is a television writer whose name graces the credits of big hits like NCIS: New Orleans and Californication. But when she’s not shredding up her keyboard, she’s shredding up something else—skateparks. And she’s promoting using a wheelchair. Katherine Beattie isn’t just known for her work in television. She’s also an experienced WCMX star, recognized as ...
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Assistive Technologies in a Changing World

ABILITY Corps panel discussion during the United Nations 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD Lesley Ann Gibbons: Which one is the shampoo? Advances in “anytime, anywhere” technology that holds significant promise for people with visual disabilities. My name is Lesley Ann Gibbons. I was raised in the United Kingdom, then I’ve lived the last seventeen years in the ...
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Qatar – The Fifth International Shafallah Forum

The Fifth Annual Shafallah Forum focused on crisis, conflict and disability, and attracted the First Spouses of more than a dozen world leaders, along with roughly 250 attendees from around the world. The event was hosted by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned in Qatar at the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. Coming on the ...
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Dr. Ricardo Guinea – Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Around the world there are vastly different ways people with mental health issues receive treatment. At worst, they’re removed from their families and institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals, given sub-par treatment and alienated from society. But the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), an international non-governmental agency, is working diligently to educate countries and practitioners around the globe about a ...
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World Bank – Film Screening at the United Nations

At the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June, ABILITY Magazine, ABILITY Corps and the World Bank co-hosted a panel and two film screenings. The attendees were shown two short films, A Different Approach, about the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and a film by panelist James Sullivan called This is What Happens ...
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RUDERMAN — A Family with a Strong Foundation

Jay Ruderman is president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide and educating Israeli leaders on the American Jewish community. Recent he spoke with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper and Lia Martirosyan about his philanthropy across a range of initiatives. Chet Cooper: How did the Ruderman Family Foundation, get started? Jay Ruderman: The ...
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Itzhak Perlman — Musician, Maestro, Advocate

Tune in to your local classical radio station anywhere in North America, and it won’t take long for someone to mention the name Itzhak Perlman. It is rare for a musician in the classical genre to become the rock star that Perlman has become. Known for the tremendous emotion he exudes through each string he caresses, he has taken lead in dominating the title ‘virtuoso ...
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Hans — Museum of the Mind

ABILITY caught up with Hans Looijen, who heads up Het Dolhuys, the museum of the mind in Haarlem, Netherlands, when he was attending an Integrated Art Exhibition in Wuhan, China. His museum explores the boundaries between what they consider to be normal, abnormal, as well as deviant behavior. Looijen is also chairman of the International Madness & Arts Foundation. ...
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Freedom to Choose

FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF COMMUNITY LIVING Dear ABILITY readers, At a recent roundtable of the Senate HELP Committee, Emmanuel Smith described the challenges he faced growing up in Iowa with brittle bone disease. All his life, he feared that if he were to incur an injury, it would limit his independence and force him into a nursing home. The ...
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CRISIS, CONFLICT…—Bangladesh Excerp

People with disabilities are among the most adversely affected during conflict situations or when natural disasters strike. They experience higher mortality rates, have fewer available resources and less access to help, especially in refugee camps, as well as in post-disaster environments. Already subject to severe discrimination in many societies, people with disabilities are often overlooked during emergency evacuation, relief, ...
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Possibilities of ADA — Harkin

Dear ABILITY readers, Thanks to the progress we’ve made since passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 20 years ago, millions of people have grown up proud of who they are, confident that the doors of opportunity are open to them. This landmark legislation was a major victory for equality, and helped to change the lives of ...