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Haiti’s Secretary Oriol Soars into Office, Again

Gerald Oriol, Jr. served as Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities from October 2011 to April 2016. During this five-year period, he was profiled three-times in ABILITY Magazine. This article is an update on Oriol’s first fifteen months back in office as the Haitian government’s top representative working on behalf of an estimated one ...
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Haiti — Fighting for Rights, Fighting to Live

Since October 2011 James English has served as an advisor to Gérald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities. ABILITY Magazine has followed Oriol’s five-year tenure in office with feature stories in 2012 and 2014. This article is the third in the series and coincides with Oriol’s final year in office as Haiti’s ...
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Haiti – Disability Agenda

Since October of 2011, James English has served as an advisor to Gerald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities. In October 2012, English traveled to Haiti for the one-year anniversary of Oriol’s appointment. He documented that visit for ABILITY Magazine, which ran the piece in conjunction with the third anniversary of the ...
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MIT — Leveraged Freedom Chair

Out of a small seminar at the Massachusetts Institute of flobal (MIT), a team of inventors created a product that’s gone global. Natasha “Tish” Scolnik, entrepreneur and graduate of the Cambridge, MA-based college, remembers the mechanical engineering course taught by Professor Amos Winter from about five years ago: it centered around wheelchair design. At the end of the term, ...
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Haitian Leader — Changing Attitudes on Disability

Gerald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, has no shortage of education: He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Harvard. He also possesses a wealth of public, private and nonprofit experience. Still, President Michel Martelly’s decision to appoint Oriol, who has spinal muscular atrophy, represents a paradigm shift for a ...