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RV Parking Ban Effecting Homeless and People with Disabilities

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, Disability Rights Advocates, and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County filed a class action lawsuit against the city to strike down a law that bans RV parking within city limits, on behalf of five Pacifica residents who reside in RVs. Lawsuit Condemns City’s Effort to Banish ... Read more

Gallaudet University’s Virtual Challenge

For 150 years, Gallaudet University has been a trailblazer and foremost authority on deaf and hard of hearing education worldwide. Soon after COVID-19 took hold in early 2020, Gallaudet transitioned its campus to remote classes and was faced with challenges to provide it’s typically in-person student services. One of those services was Gallaudet’s Job ... Read more

CJ Jones Crossword Puzzle

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Conversation with Ian Harding about ableism, disability language, future film projects and most kept secrets (part 2)

Ian Harding is an actor, teen choice award winner, author, and passionate bird lover. Besides being known for playing Ezra Fitz, a controversial character on the show Pretty Little Liars, the 34-year-old is a passionate advocate for people with lupus, an empathetic son to a mother with the chronic condition, and an ally to ... Read more

Dubai — Access in Progress

As Dubai builds a global community surrounding tourism and innovation, it strives to focus on accessibility to welcome all global travelers. Access Dubai invited ABILITY Magazine to check it out. Knowing the UAE’s high degree of safety protocols in place made it easy to accept an invitation during the 2020 COVID-19. Before visitors can ... Read more

Humor Therapy — Lockdowns Bringing Me Down

The COVID-19 lockdowns have been worthless. We’ve been shutdown for months, and more people than ever are sick. The virus is like, “You really think you can hide from me? Do you know who I am? I’m the virus, dammit, and I’ll find you wherever you are. You’re not dealing with some chump here. ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — I Got Married!

As usual, I have been very busy! I hate to just be sitting still. It makes me crazy. I even started doing Bite Squad deliveries because I have been so bored, and I like to experience meeting different people. I know, I am a nut. Haha! On December 5th, I got married. I was ... Read more

Ted Kennedy Jr. — Following his Calling

The Kennedy name is one of the most recognized families in the world. Generations of historic successes and tragic lows. One theme continues, that of public service, be it politics or nonprofit leadership. One family member who is living up to his heritage is Ted Kennedy Jr., son of Senator Ted Kennedy, brother of ... Read more

Long Haul Paul — The Three Wise Men

We all know the very old and famous story of the three wise men. They were not perfect, but their words are as relevant today as they were so many, many years ago. “Oil. Oil. Oil my jaw.” A wise, heartfelt request squeaked out by the Tin Woodsman in the Wizard of Oz. As ... Read more

Our First Interview with Christopher Reeve

We, at ABILITY, were delighted by the invitation to interview Christopher Reeve. We were anxious to know about his personal progress. He has been consulting with physicians worldwide, and we knew of his full agenda working on behalf of cures for diseases of the central nervous system—a great many speaking engagements, television appearances and ... Read more

China’s Yang Erlang: Drawing her World on Batik Wear

The “Night of China” show in London Fashion Week of 2020 unveiled a series of costumes of a Miao ethnic minority group from Danzhai, Guizhou. On the blue background of rough fabrics, the batik designs were visually created to tell of the Miao ancient stories passed down from generations. While the western fashion makers ... Read more

Donna Duarte — An educator, public speaker, and deaf and disability rights advocate, identifies as Deaf+

Donna Duarte identifies as Deaf+. She is an educator, public speaker, and deaf and disability rights advocate. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. Donna has had the unique opportunity to attend college and university as both a temporarily able-bodied student and as a person who is both Deaf and has disabilities. Those divergent experiences, including her ... Read more

CJ Jones — comedian, actor, writer, director, producer

? For the entire world, 2020 brought new challenges. For CJ Jones, 2020 brought opportunity to live his passion. Having a decades long career as a deaf comedian, actor, entertainer, writer, director and producer, Jones is using his wealth of knowledge and experience in the entertainment industry to give back. He’s seen the need for ... Read more


Dec/Jan 2010-11 — Born with congenital visual impairment, musician Lachi brings sweet sounds to the masses. Lachi’s band, which shares her name, is made up entirely of musician’s with vision-related disabilities. Lachi has been touring the East Coast and lighting up venues like The Knitting Factory, Ella Lounge, and New York University, where she ... Read more

ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride

As the nation ramps up to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA30) on July 26, 2020, the 50-member ADA Lead On “Core Production Team” (in front of and behind the camera/keyboard) and 22 ADA Generation bloggers, influencers and signal boosters are focused and determined to set the record straight, flip ... Read more

Emergency Preparedness for the Most Vulnerable Californians. Plan B?

Recently, my family had a scare. We had a fire threaten our property, our home in the mountains of Jamul, an unincorporated town in San Diego County. Contrary to most assumptions, potentially losing our houses on the property was not the actual scare. The scare was that my brother, Joaquin, who experiences severe autism ... Read more

Adam P. Schleifer Releases Robust Plan to Increase Benefits, Fight for Civil Rights and the ADA

Schleifer running for Congress, pledges to fight for: increased federal benefits for disability community, fight civil rights abuses and discrimination in schools and workplace, and invest in ADA-compliant infrastructure. https://www.facebook.com/AdamSchleiferNY/photos/pcb.165982924885035/165982644885063/?type=3&__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARCxzsRLP1ngAG-ib69jEXj9pvVB3waq27_fi9FAJdP6l7PHk8MeS11p_Mw0-a-RKxDTHmS-DUBJNCXR&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDAc9rrI14QDS8tR8fWokGAXLl77sJEKpyIdWMwPro0p8w48qadIzKisyY_60osD7mL0ZLhnDPatTc05hFpN0YWyUhdGVAZq0dJ25ASu2UGCIfxlamkmg8_qAt6RgDNvFfbV_dqTPdsKoCWR9SsWNnYwFDXyeTY_DwTTzeG20dYrOR320EQfl3E76XHnWSzvQp5pWMGxHJUappvh50a0p2NaTCoiYqMjdbKlBS7Rr4zQCQFjxAXC2BCY3A9fNNzkGKDpPK3ZD6jHv4aerHI55KvBJRA6Rcs0erYkju_yFDOUTw-w0tNjzjjOKqU18HMBSmNlQd_-gGmY18FY_FkdC8 White Plains, NY – On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA), Adam P. Schleifer, a Democratic candidate for ... Read more

Daryl Chill Mitchell

Aug/Sept 2010 Daryl “Chill” Mitchell is something of a Renaissance Man. His career as an actor, director, producer, writer, musician, public speaker and comedian might strike others as overwhelming, but to Mitchell it’s all part of the game. For years, he enjoyed recurring roles on shows like Veronica’s Closet, Ed, and The John Larroquette ... Read more