Howie Mandel Issue

Howie Mandel ABILITY Magazine cover
Articles in the Howie Mandel Issue; Humor — Jockey: A Horse Tale (Pt. 1); 8 Win Win — Tickets to Ride; Ashley’s Column — Let the Racing Begin!; Senator Harkin — Where Are the Jobs?; DRLC — Rescue 411; Bad Boys — United Airlines, H&R Block; Hamill — Bodyslamming a Theater Near You; Frankentongue — How I Licked Tongue Cancer; Paralympics — A Leg Up on the Competition; United Palsy — The Power of Play; Zambia — Advocates for African Children’s Rights; Recipes — Tasty, Cancer-Fighting Dishes; Howie Mandel — Showered with Riches; Dyslexia — Tangled Up in Blues; ABILITY’s Crossword Puzzle; Events and Conferences. Jun/Jul 2011

United Cerebral Palsy — The Power of Play

Circa 2011 On Christmas Eve of 2007, I arrived in Los Angeles with my husband and our baby son. We had come from Sydney, Australia, with plans to spend six months in the United States. On behalf of St. Lucy’s School in Sydney, I was to spend my maternity leave researching schools and programs ... Read more

Bad Boys — United Airlines, H&R Block

Circa 2011 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The following are recent cases brought about from the EEOC. WELCOME MAT FOR MADISON An Oregon school district has been ordered to allow Jordan “Scooter” Givens to bring his trained autism service dog, Madison, to school with him. For ... Read more

Hamill — Bodyslamming a Theater Near You

Circa 2011 A director yells “Cut!” as his deaf actor continues to run up the street, the actor unaware the scene is over. This is a common occurrence on the set of of Hamill, a film for which members of the hearing and deaf worlds collaborated to create a project celebrating both. “We wanted ... Read more

Frankentongue — How I Licked Tongue Cancer

Circa 2011 In the final days of 2010, Ran Michels, a retail store manager in Southern California, had half of his tongue removed. It was then reconstructed using skin and flesh from other parts of his body. The following is Michel’s journal of his battle against cancer and his experience with treatment. A CRASH ... Read more

Paralympics — A Leg Up on the Competition

Circa 2011 It also became clear several of the US sprinters had been doing some hard work. This was most evident in the cases of Tatyana McFadden and Jerome Singleton. McFadden dominated the running events, winning four gold medals and a bronze, while Singleton came back to the United States as the fastest amputee ... Read more

Dyslexia — Tangled Up in Blues

Circa 2011 Growing up, I thought I was the only kid like me in the world. Many years later, I came to understand that my story is the story of millions of Americans who struggle with literacy. We all have some obstacle with which we’ve had to wrestle. What I finally figured out was ... Read more

Recipes — Tasty, Cancer-Fighting Dishes

Circa 2011 TUSCAN WHITE BEAN SALAD ON CROSTINI This elegant appetizer or flavorful side dish features healthy beans. Begin tossing ingredients together about 45 minutes before serving, so the salad can chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Aside from its star, the white bean, the tomatoes, onions, and parsley in this recipe are ... Read more

Humor Therapy — Jockey: A Horse Tale (Pt. 1)

Circa 2011 Felipe grew up around stables, where his father trained horses for more than 25 years. But Felipe’s dad was never considered a success, perhaps because of the names he chose for his thoroughbreds. (“Laggin’ Behind,” “Trottin Too Much,” and “Too Lazy To Run” were just a few of his brainchildren.) Even though ... Read more

Win Win — Tickets to Ride

Circa 2011 Win for Our Vets Recently, ABILITY Magazine joined forces with Window World, the nation’s largest replacement-window company, to sponsor the “Win-Win” Competition. The month-long promotion attracted more than 4,700 entrants, from which six lucky semifinalists were chosen to attend the 100th anniversary of the legendary Indianapolis 500. As in years past, winners ... Read more

Ashley’s Column — Let the Racing Begin!

Circa 2011 My racing season has officially started, so all of my practice and training is behind me, for now. My only focus is on my racing! The time has really flown since I started practicing for this year. I was involved with the Red Bull commercial, I did a short video skit with ... Read more

Senator Harkin — Where Are the Jobs?

Circa 2011 Dear ABILITY readers, Recently, I gave the keynote address at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Disability Employment Summit in Washington, DC. During my talk, I sounded the alarm on a disturbing trend: more than two thirds of Americans with disabilities are without a job, and adults with disabilities are leaving the ... Read more

DRLC — Rescue 411

Circa 2011 As recent events have demonstrated, natural disasters can have a particularly devastating—and, in many cases, lethal—impact on the disability community. Despite the best efforts of the US Civil Rights Divisons, this country is arguably no more prepared to meet the needs of residents with disabilities during a disaster than it was during ... Read more

Zambia — Advocates for African Children’s Rights

Circa 2011 Action breeds knowledge,” said Paul Mumba, an inclusive education consultant specializing in the policy regimen of Zambia. Last fall, his signature declaration served as the nucleus for Building Capacity for Inclusion in Africa, a 15-day expedition spearheaded by Mobility International USA (MIUSA). According to Mumba, many parents and educators throughout Zambia believe ... Read more

Howie Mandel Interview

Jun/Jul 2011 Howie Mandel may be fashionably bald now, but as a teenager he brushed his hair in the girl’s bathroom (where we met his future wife), used a blacklight to scour his room for germs, and took thousands of showers, owing to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Today Mandel says his off-kilter adolescence helped pave ... Read more

Where Are the Jobs?

Dear ABILITY readers, Recently, I gave the keynote address at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Disability Employment Summit in Washington, DC. During my talk, I sounded the alarm on a disturbing trend: more than two thirds of Americans with disabilities are without a job, and adults with disabilities are leaving the labor force ... Read more