Joe Mantegna Issue

Joe-Mantegna

Articles in the Joe Mantegna Issue; Senator Harkin — US Budget Must Reflect Our Values; Ashley Fiolek — A Concussion Tests Her Ability; Humor — All in the Family; Web Widget — Accessibility Works; Chinese Art — Raw Beauty of the Innocents; Geri’s — Survivor Guide; Golf Pro — One Arm, Limitless Possibilities; Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course; Charlie Kimball — Racing Against Diabetes; Joe Mantegna — When Life Flips the Script; Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson — Crusader For Autism; DRLC — Beware Genetic Discrimination; Betsy Valnes — Connect the Dots in Disability Circles; ABILITY's Crossword Puzzle; CRPD — Information and Communication Technologies; Events and Conferences...
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Geri’s Survivor Guide

Because I was on a sitcom called The Facts of Life, and because I know the actress Lisa Whelchel, I have received tons of e-mails asking me if I am aware that Lisa will be on upcoming episodes of the CBS reality series, Survivor. Well, of course, I was aware of it, and I support Lisa 100 percent. On ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...
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A Concussion Tests Her Ability

I just wrapped up my last season racing the WMX (Women’s Motocross) Outdoor National series. We had eight rounds of racing and our last race of the season was held at a track in Lake Elsinore, CA. At the beginning of the year, I announced that this would be my last season racing in this particular series, so I ...
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ABILITY Award — Accenture and Prudential

For over twenty years, this publication has championed the emphasis of ability both inside and outside of the workplace. ABILITY Magazine Best Practices Award is designed to single out and celebrate those business practices that have a high level of commitment to inclusion and ingenuity, demonstrate positive results in their efforts, and possess the potential to inspire other organizations. ...
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Humor — All in the Family

Every five years or so something happens in the family that brings all the relatives together. It’s usually a wedding, funeral or holiday meal. Recently, my cousin got married so that put everyone together for a weekend. Some of these folks I hadn’t seen in ages. I attended many of their weddings years ago and now some were with ...
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United Nations Accessiblity and Assistive Technology

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature in March 2007. There were 82 country signatories to the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the ...
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Golf Pro — One Arm, Limitless Possibilities

Golf has been a progressive experience for Matt Lees, just as it is for most people who play the game. There was no ah-ha moment for Lees when his scores dropped dramatically. But the patience he has shown—and consistent improvement—since he was 11 years old has him now playing at a professional level. This year, Lees spent spring and ...
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Joe Mantegna — When Life Flips the Script

Joe Mantegna isn’t so much a movie star as a character actor. Since his debut in the 1969 Broadway production of Hair, he’s diligently perfected his craft. Over the years, he’s added writer, producer and director to his credits, along with his roles as husband to wife, Arlene, and father of grown daughters, Mia and Gia. Mia, his oldest, ...
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Chinese Art — Raw Beauty of the Innocents

They are a group of artists with autism, and their art could almost be classified as art brut, a French term meaning “raw or rough art.” Art brut was a label coined by artist Jean Dubuffet in 1945 after visiting mental hospitals in Switzerland, where he was deeply moved by the patients’ paintings and sculptures. He considered their work, ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...
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Charlie Kimball — Racing Against Diabetes

Security is tight and a veil of secrecy permeates throughout the caravans of massive, 18-wheelers at the Long Beach Grand Prix. What’s at stake is the protection of each team’s coveted racing technology, for one change in the engineering can alter the outcome of a race. But secrecy aside, on this particular day, members of Team Kimball, including the ...