Lainie Kazan Issue

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Looking For Love in All the Right Places? — Dating Sites

Circa 2008 A few months back, I was charged with writing about dating websites. Not just the standard variety, but those specifically created for people with disabilities. As one who considers dating to be personal, and who advocates full-inclusion, the fact that relationships were being targeted to such a select, segregated community was difficult ... Read more

Spinal Cord Injuries — New Possibilities

Circa 2008 The Second Look Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) offers people with all levels of spinal cord injury, including those who rely on ventilators, a care-management update to identify the latest and best therapies available to help them embrace the best life possible. No matter how old your injury, Second ... Read more

Lainie Kazan — Four Decades In the Spotlight

Circa 2008 In show business, you don’t say “good luck,” you say “break a leg.” But one day, when Lainie Kazan was running along the beach with her dog, while taping a TV show, she literally fell and broke her leg. It still turned out to be pretty good luck: The injury brought attention ... Read more

DRLC — Got Cancer? Know Your Rights

When people hear the words “you have cancer,” they quickly become overwhelmed. People think about their health, their family, their mortality. What they don’t think about is the legal labyrinth they may face ahead. The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, was ... Read more

Quid Pro Quo — A Film About the “Wannabe” Disabled

Circa 2008 For just a moment, try and get past the shoes: Burgundy-on-black Spectator wingtips in a shop window that Isaac Knott passes daily in the new film, Quid Pro Quo. After wrestling with the idea of buying the shoes for several days, one day he springs for them, feeling a warm tingle as ... Read more

Martin Klebba — Larger Than Life

Circa 2008 Some of his best-known films include Hancock and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and there are plenty more where that came from. When ABILITY’s Chet Cooper caught up with Martin Klebba, the popular actor was in preproduction for a new movie, in post-production for four more, and had just completed a ... Read more

Cambodian Sports — Athletes With Disabilities Rule!

Circa 2008 ‘I thought you said this was disabled volleyball. Oh wow!’ With serves, blocks and spikes zipping around his camera gear, the international wire-service journalist, who had flown six hours to Phnom Penh to cover the 2007 National Standing Volleyball League, couldn’t quite believe that the majority of the athletes on the court ... Read more

All Revved Up — Teryx Off-Roading in Iowa

Circa 2008 Asthma is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airways occasionally constrict, become inflamed, and are lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers. These episodes may be triggered by such things as exposure to an environmental stimulant such as an allergen, environmental ... Read more

Mobility Issues — Try A Trike

Circa 2008 As is the case with many motorcycle owners, Larry Curry only rides when it’s pretty outside. But unlike most riders, he has his wheelchair with him when he goes out for a spin. Just a year ago, Curry would never have thought he’d be able to ride a motorcycle, let alone one ... Read more

Managing Pain — The Latest On Headaches

Circa 2008 You were probably wondering where headaches would pop up in this pain series. Well, now seems as good a time as any. Few people go their entire lives without a headache, some experience them quite often, and still others suffer the debilitating variety. If I go too long without eating, my blood ... Read more

Humor — Get Off the Couch and Get a Hobby

Circa 2008 Have you ever thought of picking up a hobby? I have a friend whose hobby is thinking of hobbies that he would like to start. It’s been 20 years and he’s yet to take up a hobby, so I guess he really enjoys his hobby. You see, hobbies take time and effort ... Read more

Green Pages — Solar Garden Lighting; Vegan Shoes

Circa 2008 OUTDOOR ILLUMINATIONS Everyone loves a beautifully lighted garden, especially during the summer months, but do you really need the lights on all night? How much is that costing you? How does “nada” sound? Enter solar garden lights. These handy lights charge all day and will keep your garden or walkway glowing beautifully ... Read more

Senator Harkin — Global Disability Rights

Circa 2008 LET’S BEND TOWARDS JUSTICE Dear ABILITY Readers, I often tell people that the day the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in Congress, was the proudest day of my legislative career. This was landmark Civil Rights legislation, a long-delayed Emancipation Proclamation for millions with disabilities. It said “no” to the exclusion and discrimination ... Read more

Headlines — Colorful Wheelchairs; Aid For Medical Bills

Circa 2008 NEW SPIN ON WHEELCHAIR STYLE Move into the fast lane in a wheelchair with arresting colors and improved strength. Made of an advanced composite material, they’re available in Cobalt Blue, Razor Red, Triton Yellow and Pearl White. The new collection, called the Spartech X-CORE SX, also has stronger ribs inside each spoke ... Read more