Loni Anderson Revisited Issue

Loni Anderson Issue

Articles in the Loni Anderson Issue; Senator Harkin—The ADA Generation; Ashley Fiolek — No More Red Eyes; Humor — Holiday Cheer; Paula Pearlman — Let’s Go Further to Protect People; Geri Jewell — Congress Needs a Reboot; Long Haul Paul — Stella! ; Twins — Sisters and Lupus; Excerpt — Human Rights; Jack Eyers — Modeling his Way!; China’s — Ye Tingfang; Loni Anderson — Caring for You; Rebecca Tripp — A Natural Tree Hugger; Magical Meeting — Drs. Scott and Wiener; ABILITY’s Crossword Puzzle; Events and Conferences.

New Research — Disability and the Workplace

A recent State of the Science conference in Washington, DC, highlighted new findings in the area of disability and employment. The event, presented by the Employer Practices Rehabilitation Research Training Center (EPRRTC), offered initial findings that could help inform the way employers approach employees with disabilities. The following research may have immediate applications: EMPLOYEE ... Read more

Rebecca Tripp — A Natural Tree Hugger

Growing up on the rugged coast of Maine, with mountains, fields, forests and wildlife around every turn, I developed a deep love of the natural world at a very young age, and a strong desire to preserve it as I grew to understand the innumerable and increasingly devastating threats it faces. Despite having earned ... Read more


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and causes obstruction to airflow in the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include chronic coughing which is often associated with excess production of mucus in the lungs. Other symptoms can include wheezing, chest tightness, and inability to breathe out or exhale completely. ... Read more


With or without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), attempting to ride a million miles by motorcycle is impossible without the help of friends. Friends with connections are even better. “Hey Rob, I’d really like to get together soon to discuss how your company can help out with my Endless Road Tour. Do you ... Read more

Congress Needs a Reboot

While I was born with cerebral palsy, which is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I feel blessed that I do not have a more tragic disability-like members of the United States Congress, who recently had trouble finding a way to keep the government running. When I was in the ... Read more

Paula Pearlman — Let’s Go Further to Protect People

There is a powerful movement in the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). During a recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, civil rights, veterans and disability groups, along with business organizations, passionately urged the Senate to ratify the treaty and prevent another defeat. This ... Read more

Holiday Cheer

Christmas again. Can you believe it? It seems like just last year we had Christmas. I really enjoy this time of year: decking the halls, hustling and bustling, Rudolph and Herbie taking on the Abominable Snowman and, of course, all the yummy treats. In fact, it’s the only time of year you feel good ... Read more

No More Red Eyes

In my last column, I wrote about a difficult flight experience. Well, the bad luck seems to be following me! Recently, I needed to travel back east from California for an event. I was asked to give a speech at the University of Vermont for Deaf Awareness Week. I felt honored and excited about ... Read more

The ADA Generation

Dear ABILITY readers, Many of the stories in this magazine are a testament to the progress our nation has made since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet for numerous Americans who came of age since the law was enacted in 1990, one stubborn challenge remains before we can achieve full ... Read more

Twins — Sisters and Lupus

Identical twins Talia Moore and Sherita Carthon are both in the public eye, both have bubbly personalities and both face the recent onset of a chronic condition. Sherita, a graphic designer and public speaker, remembers the day a little over a year ago when she was diagnosed with lupus. The condition varies from person ... Read more

Excerpt — Human Rights

Introduction – Maya Sabatello & Marianne Schulze, editors The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD” or “the Convention”) entered into force on May 3, 2008. It is the first human rights treaty to be adopted after the end of the Cold War; the first one to be adopted since the highly ... Read more

Magical Meeting — Drs. Scott and Wiener

Two doctors, one the Director of a center and the other an addictionologist, met serendipitously years ago through a mutual acquaintance. Diane Wiener, PhD, LMSW, and Ericha Scott, PhD, were introduced through independent encounters with Ramona Johnson, a retired nurse and world traveler. Dr. Wiener met Johnson on a plane; Dr. Scott met Johnson ... Read more

China’s — Ye Tingfang

Born in November 1936 in southern China, Professor Ye Tingfang is a famous scholar and translator. Before he retired from the Foreign Language Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, he translated major works by Franz Kafka, Dylan Matt and other modern Western scholars. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University ... Read more

Jack Eyers — Modeling his Way!

What if the only thing getting in the way of you, was quite frankly, a piece of you? Dig deep into how far you would go in making sure that nothing gets in the way. In your way of moving closer to how you envision your life. While most of us were pondering the ... Read more

Loni Anderson — Caring for You

Recently, ABILITY’s Chet Cooper, Lia Martirosyan and Nancy Villere met up with actress and activist Loni Anderson who talked about growing up with parents who smoked; the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and the difficult challenges that caregivers often face. And an exciting snowmobile ride down memory lane during Connie Stevens’ Jackson ... Read more