Hope Dworaczyk Issue

Hope Dworaczyk issue

Articles in the Hope Dworacyzk Issue, Feb/Mar 2012; Humor — The Parent Trap; Ashley Fiolek — Teaching the Next Generation of Riders; Eleonora Rivetti — Italian Motocrosser Makes a Pit Stop; Sen. Tom Harkin — Keeping All Students Safe; Haiti — Rebuilding After the Quake; Qatar — The Fifth International Shafallah Forum; Chris Wells — Deaf and Blind Student Earns PhD; Patricia Shiu — Holding Contractors to a Higher Standard; Documentary — Traveling the World on Two Wheels; Recipes — Excerpt From the Forks Over Knives Cookbook; Hope Dworacyzk — An Eclectic Career; Smothers Brothers — How They Won a Trip to Washington; Assistive Golf — Jack Nicklaus Designs a Course for Vets; Book Excerpt — How Do You Use Your Body?; ABILITY’s Crossword Puzzle; Events and Conferences.

Hope Dworaczyk

Hope Dworacyzk has been a runway model, a Playboy Playmate and a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, where she won $40,000 for her favorite charity, Best Buddies. The nonprofit organization promotes a volunteer movement that creates one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and development disabilities. ABILITY’s Chet Cooper recently caught up ... Read more

Haiti – Rebuilding After the Quake

In Haiti, two years out from the massive 7.0 earthquake that affected more than 3 million people, the focus has shifted from rescue mode to rebuilding. ABILITY’s Pamela K. Johnson spoke with Elizabeth MacNairn of Handicap International, a non-governmental organization based in Europe; Keren Odeah Johnson, her sister who works for the United States ... Read more

Qatar – The Fifth International Shafallah Forum

The Fifth Annual Shafallah Forum focused on crisis, conflict and disability, and attracted the First Spouses of more than a dozen world leaders, along with roughly 250 attendees from around the world. The event was hosted by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned in Qatar at the Shafallah Center for Children with ... Read more

Recipes – Excerpt From the Forks Over Knives Cookbook

In this excerpt from the book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the authors tout a meatless diet filled with grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes—items often relegated to side dishes. If you’re trying to find a way to reduce or eliminate meat from your diet this year, or simply to eat more ... Read more

Holding Contractors to a Higher Standard

Within the US Department of Labor, Patricia A. Shiu directs the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Her team makes sure that contractors who do business with the federal government adhere to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities for both job seekers and wage earners. Recently, OFCCP proposed new rules that will compel ... Read more

Chris Wells – Deaf and Blind Student Earns PhD

Christopher Wells is a can-do kind of guy. Recently he graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a PhD in chemistry. Deaf and legally blind as a result of nerve damage sustained when he was born two months premature, he grew up to be a topnotch student, and even interned ... Read more

Beyond the Chair – Traveling the World on Two Wheels

When Andrew Shelley decided to quit his job and backpack around the globe, he didn’t plan to have cameras tag along. But his friend Dusty Duprel realized that Shelley’s journey could make a powerful story. So the first-time director/producer pulled together the team to shoot, edit and produce the 91-minute film Beyond the Chair. ... Read more

Eleonora Rivetti – Italian Motocrosser Makes a Pitstop

Motorcycle enthusiast and ABILITY’s editor- in-chief, Chet Cooper, was impressed when Eleonora Rivetti sped past him at Pala Raceway in Pala, CA, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Cooper caught up with her after the ride and discovered that she was an Italian motocrosser. They sat and talked about her riding background. Once ... Read more

Humor – The Parent Trap

I just returned from a three-week visit with the parents in Florida. Every year I see them over the holidays to collect my presents, and remind myself of why I fled there in the first place. This trip, my father picked me up from the airport, and on the ride back to the house ... Read more

Keeping all Students Safe

Protecting Students in the Classroom Dear ABILITY Readers, Last month, I introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, a bill to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint practices in schools. All too often, we hear heartbreaking stories about children being injured or even killed because of risky and inappropriate “disciplinary” tactics used at ... Read more