William H. Macy Issue

Articles in the William H. Macy Issue; Senator Harkin — Rethink Childhood Restraint Practice; Ashley Fiolek — Sending 2012 Out With a Bang; Humor — Trying to (Maybe) Be More Loving; Children’s Book — Rewriting a Difficult Childhood; My Brother — My Secret; China — Puppeteer With a Purpose; Long Haul Paul — New Column by a Biker With MS; DRLC — Making the Obamacare Fair for All; William H Macy — Enjoying This Stage of His Life; Geri Jewell — Last Minute 2013 Resolutions; Haitian Leader — Changing Attitudes on Disability; A Mother’s Poem — My Daughter’s Ability; marketability — An eSSENTIAL Insert; ABILITY’s Crossword Puzzle; Events and Conferences…

Last Minute 2013 Resolutions

If the world had ended in 2012 as scheduled, we’d all be off the hook from making New Year’s resolutions. But as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the world kept on turning, and here we are in 2013. If you’re like me, you rang in the year with at least one resolution, possibly ... Read more

New Column by a Biker With MS

Most men’s midlife crises involve something fast and shiny-or there’s another woman. My midlife crisis involved being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Along with the meds I was prescribed, I decided that my therapy would include a million mile motorcycle journey. I chose to embark ... Read more

Sending 2012 Out With a Bang

During the crazy Christmas and New Year’s rush, I still found time to head out to California to do a photo shoot for Alpinestars. They flew us in to Zaca Station in Los Olivos, CA, about an hour northwest of Santa Barbara. When Chris from Alpinestars picked me up from the airport, he was ... Read more

China — Puppeteer With a Purpose

Wn hour-and-a-half from downtown Beijing, is a residential building in the Tai-Hing district, Ming Li lives with his performance troupe, known as Ming Li’s Shadow Puppet Group. He stands about 4’7, and speaks with a soft voice. On this day, as he greets me, he is concerned about keeping his dream alive: he owes ... Read more

William H Macy — Enjoying This Stage of His Life

This winter, ABILITY’s Chet Cooper caught up with William H. Macy for the first time in a decade. The last time the two spoke was on the heels of the actor’s 2002 cable film Door to Door, in which he portrayed Bill Porter, a real-life salesman with cerebral palsy. That project earned Macy two ... Read more

Children’s Book — by Dr. Doti

James L. Doti, PhD, has spent the bulk of his career at Chapman University in Orange, CA, serving as president for more than two decades, and before that as an economics professor for nearly 20 years-with a short stint as business school dean. In addition to writing two textbooks, he’s now making his mark-along ... Read more

Haitian Leader — Changing Attitudes on Disability

Gerald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, has no shortage of education: He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Harvard. He also possesses a wealth of public, private and nonprofit experience. Still, President Michel Martelly’s decision to appoint Oriol, who has spinal muscular atrophy, represents ... Read more

My Brother — My Secret

We’re in mid set, occupying the Tuesday evening slot at Rusty’s, a semi-legendary jazz cafe cordoned off by railroad tracks and a woodsy backstreet in Toledo’s south end. It’s nearly a full house, crowd halfway receptive, not too liquored up, and my Telecaster guitar feels easy in my hands for a change as I ... Read more