Shandi Finnessey Issue

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Christopher Reeve — His Work Lives On

Circa 2005 Just forget about the cape for one minute, please. Quit picturing that red flowing material that guided him where he wanted to go. No more blue tights. No more red knee-high boots. No more red bikini bottom. No more gold belt. No more capital S as a breastplate. No more. For just ... Read more

United Nations Update — Back on Track

Circa 2005 Previously, in the second session of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, the member states adopted a resolution establishing a working group to prepare a convention plan (draft convention) for presentation ... Read more

Fashion — New Products and Events

Circa 2005 Leslie Smith, a war survivor and below-knee amputee, serves as the senior communications specialist for the United Service Organizations (USO). Two years ago, Smith developed a blood clot in her left leg at the end of a six-month Army National Guard deployment to Bosnia, and after a severe allergic reaction to medication ... Read more

Shandi Finnessey — Interview with Miss USA

Circa 2005 When 26-year-old Shandi Finnessey put on the $200,000 diamond and pearl Mikimoto crown to become Miss USA, she also put on the role of ambassador, with an invaluable opportunity to touch the lives of people around the world. The former Miss Missouri has visited the local heroes of New York City’s police ... Read more

Fighting Back — The Importance of Self-Defense

Circa 2005 One summer evening in Tucson, Arizona, I was on my way home from the university after staying late to finish an assignment. It was about eight thirty and the sun was almost at rest behind the Tucson Mountains. When I was about halfway to my destination, I noticed a figure standing on ... Read more

Steel & Lace — Epilepsy, A Private War

Circa 2005 How ironic to be courageously barreling through life—seemingly with rhythmic ease and strength—and within a moment find myself shaken into a frailty that few comprehend or understand. I am a woman of steel but also as fragile as lace. In my life, few are privy to this duality, and until recently I ... Read more

Headlines — UCP Guide, DOL, DOJ, Cancer Breakthrough

Circa 2005 CANCER NEWS BREAKTHROUGH FROM GLAKOSMITHKLINE Preliminary trials have shown an experimental vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline to be 100 percent effective at protecting against the two strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) responsible for most cervical cancer cases worldwide. In a study led by Diane Harper, MD, of Dartmouth ... Read more

Paralympic Games — Record-Breaking Results

Circa 2005 One-hundredth of a second. One-hundredth of a second is, by all means used to clarify measurements, virtually no time. By the time you think about 0.01 seconds, it’s already passed a hundredfold. Blink and you’ve missed it. It takes 0.01 seconds for lightening to travel from a cloud to the earth. During ... Read more

National Council On Disability — Recommendations

Circa 2005 The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency working with the President and Congress to increase the inclusion, independence and empowerment of Americans with disabilities, has recently prepared two extensive reports for the federal government related to consumer choice in health care and promotion of accessibility and universal design. Accessibility ... Read more

Breast Cancer — Important Information

Circa 2005 Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, affecting one in every eight women at some point in their lives (a total of two million U.S. women currently). It accounts for one out of every three cancer diagnoses in women. About 200,000 women—and 1,500 men—are ... Read more

Employment — Psychiatric Disabilities and the ADA

Circa 2005 ENSURING FREEDOM TO COMPETE IN THE WORKPLACE Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 extended federal protection from discrimination on the basis of disabilities—including hidden disabilities—to the private sector workplace, thereby establishing the freedom for all Americans to compete on a level playing field. Among many hidden disabilities, psychiatric ... Read more

Brittany Maier — A Gift of Music

Circa 2005 Witnessing a miracle in this day and age is a rare occasion. Some may go searching for them, but most of the time they happen unexpectedly. Brittany Maier, now 15, is blind, autistic and has a rare and remarkable gift for music. I first came to know of Brittany via the website ... Read more

Youth Conference — Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Circa 2005 Emerging young leaders in the disability community share one overriding similarity: the world may be big, but their goals are bigger. Earlier this year, a handful of young adults aged 18 to 33 seized the opportunity to share their insights about the direction of the disability movement with established international disability leaders ... Read more