Continued from the Randy Travis Issue Chet Cooper: Is there a movie in the works about your life, Randy? Mary Travis: There’s been noise. They have a two-hour documentary. One hour of it was shot prior to the stroke, the second hour was shot after the stroke. We got the hour done before the ... Read more
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Ashley Fiolek, Day in the Dirt in Florida!
Utah has been pretty cold, much like every where else! We haven’t been going out too much just hanging in the house or with friends. The good thing about the cold weather is you don’t feel bad to stay inside and watch TV. I have been soaking up football playoffs, the SX (super cross) ... Read more
Tough Turkey, Stayin’ Alive — Long Haul Paul
In my 54 years on this planet, I’ve yet to be late for Thanksgiving Dinner. I’m not usually associated with giving up or giving in very easily either. I suppose that’s why I have managed to stay alive and ahead of all my life’s challenges. Whether it was my ten-year custody battle or my ... Read more
Greg Grunberg & Celebrity Friends Talk About Epilepsy and Beyond!
Greg Grunberg is known for much more than his roles in “Heroes” and “Star Wars.” Beyond his acting, production company and playing in celebrity cover bands, Greg Grunberg dedicates time to his passion of building awareness of people with epilepsy and other disabilities through celebrity podcasts, videos and other creative productions. ABILITY’s Chet Cooper, ... Read more
If you “Google” the definition of “epilepsy,” the result is more confusing than it need be. The basic definition of epilepsy is a condition in which a person suffers recurrent seizures. The reason the search result is so confusing is that instead of just saying “epilepsy is recurrent seizures,” the writers are trying to ... Read more
Wang Yuzhong — The Art of Chinese Seal Cutting
Wang Yuzhong was born in Beijing in 1958 and survived polio, Wang has persevered in the art of Chinese seal cutting for more than 40 years. In his young adulthood, his studies with Chinese seal cutting master Mr. Liang Yanyu gave him a foothold in traditional Chinese seal art. His further mentorship with Chinese ... Read more
Opening the Doors of Perception
A Young Deaf Woman Finds her Calling through Technology, Community and Education When the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) offered Sarna Shah an internship in 2018, she almost didn’t take the job. “I needed it,” she recalled as we spoke over Microsoft Teams in early 2022. “I really needed something. But I was ... Read more
Elizabeth Sammons — Citizen of the World
For over 30 years, the United States Information Agency ran cultural exchange exhibits in Russia, a project that spanned the bulk of the Cold War and ending less than a year before the break-up of the USSR. In all that time, Elizabeth Sammons was the only blind American woman to serve as one of ... Read more
All Wheels Up — Wheelchair Travel Safety
Michele Erwin is a mother on a mission. After experiencing the struggles of traveling by air with her son, who has spinal muscular atrophy, she had a “call to action” moment–something had to be done to make air travel accessible to the disabled community. Michele soon learned that there was not a single organization ... Read more
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Lu Randall earned a BS in art therapy and art education from Buffalo State College and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. From there, she relocated to Philadelphia, where she ran a day program for adults with chronic neurological damage. In ... Read more
With a resume spanning decades, Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq. has founded, headed or sat on the boards of more groups and organizations than one could hope to shake the proverbial stick at. A civil rights attorney and scholar by training, she served in the US Department of State from 2004 to 2009 as a Human ... Read more
Humor Therapy — Don’t You Dare Laugh!
So, these two Jews walk in a bar and… Oops let me try this. A Pollack and Catholic priest are in a plane and… Never mind. A drunk Irish man runs into a Mexican and says… I’ll leave that be. A black guy, a Chinese fellow and a gay Swede were driving down the ... Read more
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