ABILITY Magazine Emoji Issue with Jing Ge

Blind Ladies — We are not here to see, but to be seen

Statistics show more than 17.3 million blind people in China, meaning that one out of 100, cannot see or even know what they themselves look like whether they smile, are in tears or totter this way and that. But it doesn’t prevent them from embracing beauty as they come to understand it. Among them ... Read more

The Future of Motorcycles

Having a progressive and often disabling diagnosis certainly makes me wonder about my future. My financial future and retirement, my physical and mental decline and how multiple sclerosis (MS) may affect my relationships with family and friends. As an avid motorcyclist now using my riding passion for a purpose, one of the questions I ... Read more

Humor Therapy — Who Needs People?

We are quickly becoming an anti-socializing world. Talking to each other has now become a major burden. I don’t believe it’s because we have become boring, people have always been boring. I think it’s from becoming distracted. Things have taken the place of people. We can no longer compete with smartphones, Netflix, and drugs. ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — Babes in the Dirt 5

Hope everyone’s spring/summer is starting off great! It’s super hot here in Florida right now, it’s weird because it was kind of chilly for a really long time, which is not normal in Saint Aug, but this last week was a scorcher! Today it was 95, but “felt like” 102 🙂 So last column ... Read more

Paul Basagoitia — Red Bull’s Film “Any One of Us”

Professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia was at the pinnacle of his profession. He competed with the best in the world, flying down steep terrains and pitching off cliffs in harrowing aerial maneuvers. He traveled widely and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Crankworx competition for slopestyle. But all of this would end in ... Read more

NeuroNode — EMG Based Communications and Control System

While interviewing Australian, entrepreneur Peter Shann Ford my memory kept repeating the late Senator Robert Kennedy’s quote, “Many men see things as they are and ask why, I see things as they aren’t and ask why not?” Resembling comedian Shecky Greene. Ford and Greene share another common trait. They are geniuses in their professions. ... Read more

Native Hotels — Accessible Tourism

Meet NATIVE, an organization that specializes in helping hotels create accessible environments for people with disabilities. NATIVE—which stands for the Network of Accessible Tourism for an Inclusion Valued Economy — consults with hotels and monitors their progress toward accessibility in every stage of a traveler’s experience, from check-in to check-out. This includes applying embossed ... Read more

Jack Chen — His Vision of Adventure

A lawyer in Google’s New York offices in Chelsea, Jack Chen navigates two train stations, the subway and busy sidewalks as his daily workday commute. A graduate of Fordham Law School, Chen started as an associate patent counsel at Google in 2010. In 2014 he became the company’s product counsel in charge of Chrome: ... Read more

Excerpt: ‘where fairy tales go’ by Annette Ross

January 2000 “Do you know what has happened to you?” he asked, as if he was anxious to deliver the bad news. “Not fully,” I replied. “You may never walk again,” he said somberly. “Do you know what a spinal cord injury is?” he asked. I didn’t, but knew instinctively it wasn’t good. He ... Read more

Dr. Jing Ge — The Study of Emojis

How do you feel? What are you doing? Where are you? Emojis, tiny images people use instead of words when texting on smart phones and social media, are the answer. But what do they really say? How do we know? Why are they used when it sometimes takes longer to find the emoji than ... Read more