Celebrity Interviews

US Senator Alex Padilla and the Bipartisan Mental Health Caucus

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla was appointed as the first Latino Senator from California, filling Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat. Sen. Padilla won the seat in the following election. During his time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has championed mental health issues, drawing from personal experience and his life in public service. Sen. Padilla, both ... Read more

“Dead End Drive” short film, long on talent

A fun sized short film “Dead End Drive” is LIVE so if you’re hungry for some entertainment, it’s just a click away. Starring ABILITY Magazine friends Tobias Forrest, Eileen Grubba and Austin Basis. Executive producer David Zimmerman and directed by Alexander Yellen. Video with Captions: Video with Audio Descriptions:

Selma Blair Interview

Acclaimed actress, best-selling author and disability advocate, Selma Blair is teaming up with renowned fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi, to launch a line of accessible fashion on QVC. Blair, who has been actively working to build awareness about MS since her own revelation in 2018, is bringing her advocacy to stylish apparel. This new collaboration ... Read more

Firebuds — Disney Junior Shines Spotlight on Disability Inclusion

“Firebuds” weaves disability and health topics into many of its storylines, and characters with disabilities are featured in several episodes. Disney’s commitment to disability inclusion is also evident in the casting of actors with disabilities to voice select “Firebuds” characters. ABILITY Magazine caught up with Sammi Haney who voices “Piper” and Henry Shipp, the ... Read more

Col Needham — Founder of IMDb—A Movie Lovers Hollywood Story

British software engineer Colin Needham’s fascination with movies began at the tender age of 5 when he won a coloring contest to see a movie in a theater. His passion with films lead him to start a diary to keep track of movies he watched and catalogue all of the details connected to its ... Read more

Meet the Supercrips

Want to see a disabled character on the big screen played by a genuinely disabled actor? Want to get into NFTs? SupercripNFT is helping audiences do both by crowdfunding an original film from the filmmakers behind “Bottleshock”, “Shoot ‘Em Up” and the newly released “Coffee Wars” with gameable NFTs and a new blockchain currency. ... Read more

Melissa Manchester — Celebrating Her 50th Anniversary Making Music

A career spanning 50 years, singer-songwriter, actress, recording artist, Grammy award-winning Melissa Manchester has multiple albums and counting. Manchester has had her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Kenny Loggins, to name a few. She is a wonderfully energetic artist with roots firmly planted in music and a talented family encompassing all avenues ... Read more

Kenton Hall – My Bipolar and Getting Where I Needed to Be

Kenton Hall is a singer/songwriter, filmmaker, author, and proud dad of twin daughters, and he has just released his double album “Idiopath” and “Omniopath,” featuring 33 1/3 tracks. Hall also has bipolar disorder, diagnosed after he ran away from his abusive parents from Canada to the UK as a teenager. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina Sturm ... Read more

Chandra Wilson – From Grey’s Anatomy to CVS’s Mitochondrial Anatomy

Dear theater, Grey’s Anatomy, and everything Emmy nominated Chandra Wilson fans! ABILITY is happy to share our interview with Wilson. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she is an upbeat, positive, light of a human. Drawn to the stage from a very early age, seems like theater was her first love and something she ... Read more

Join the Livestream of Katy Perry at the True Colors Festival along with 100 artists of ABILITY

When Bono said, “Music can change the world because it can change people,” he could have been talking about the True Colors Festival (TCF) and its message of inspiration and inclusion. TCF is an international performing arts festival that puts the spotlight on differently-abled artists. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has showcased ... Read more

Tammy Duckworth — Senator, Soldier, Advocate, Mother

Grit and determination have been driving forces throughout Senator Tammy Duckworth’s life. As a young child, Sen. Duckworth experienced the bombs and shelling of war while living in Cambodia during the Vietnam conflict. Her father, a WWII and Vietnam Veteran, was working there as an aid worker for the United Nations. Sen. Duckworth and ... Read more

Pete Buttigieg — Building a Better & More Accessible America

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is addressing both the climate crisis and need for accessible transportation, both of which disproportionately effect people with disabilities. DOT is creating avenues for cleaner and more accessible transportation through legislative funding and providing grants for improvements and grants to fund innovative technologies. With 32 years since the ... Read more

Cherylee Houston — Writers and Performers with Disabilities & EDS

Cherylee Houston is a British actress known for her roles as Izzy Armstrong in BBC’s Coronation Street and as Maz, a character in Houston’s BBC Radio 4 comedy series Tinsel Girl. Both characters show the power of authentically cast disabled in the entertainment industry and bring awareness to their audiences, especially young actors with ... Read more

Norman Lear — Even This I got to Experience

On a foggy morning in Bel Air, California, ABILITY’s columnist, actress Geri Jewell and interviewer David Zimmerman, found themselves driving through a gated property and down a long driveway to a sprawling home redolent of royalty… Hollywood royalty, that is: the home of legendary TV producer and writer Norman Lear. The creator of groundbreaking ... Read more

Diana Elizabeth Jordan — In the Spotlight

Actor and self-described “artivist” Diana Elizabeth Jordan is having quite the moment. Her one-woman show, “Happily Ever After”, debuted at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year. This year, she was selected out of thousands to take part in the WarnerMedia Access Talent Spotlight Program. Jordan, diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2, which mildly ... Read more

Celeste Thorson — Writer, Producer, Actor and Advocate

Celeste Thorson advocacy spans women’s rights, diversity, environment and disability awareness. She is the ultimate expression of diversity herself. Celeste’s mother is of Lebanese, Spanish, French Huguenot and Apache Mescalero Native American descent. Her father was born in South Korea and was adopted as a young child by the Thorson family in Colorado. On ... Read more

Randy Travis Part II—Life, Laughter, Importance of Music in Therapy.

Continued from the Randy Travis Issue Chet Cooper: Is there a movie in the works about your life, Randy? Mary Travis: There’s been noise. They have a two-hour documentary. One hour of it was shot prior to the stroke, the second hour was shot after the stroke. We got the hour done before the ... Read more

Katie Leclerc — ABC Family Star on Ménière’s Disease

Circa 2011 As star of the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, actress Katie Leclerc calls upon her own fluctuating hearing loss to infuse her role with a dash of reality. She plays Daphne Vasquez, a deaf teen who meets the family she never knew she had, and gets to share the screen with ... Read more

Federico Martello interview with Lia Martirosyan

Straight out of Italy, into the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Singer, composer, and author Federico Martello loves opera, which he’s studied for years, but his passion for music is broader, spanning genres and centuries. With a style echoing classical, jazz, pop and soul, he resists the confines of a single path and goes ... Read more

Katie Porter — Congresswoman Making a Difference

U.S Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) of Orange County, CA grew up in Iowa watching Sen. Tom Harkin and learning about the ADA. Rep. Porter sees the rights of people with disabilities that have yet to be fully realized. Serving her second term in the House, Rep. Porter is known for whipping out her dry ... Read more