Ali Stroker Issue

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The Power of Music in Early Childhood Development

Kim Cunningham, MS OTR, has been an early childhood occupational therapist for more than 20 years. Realizing the need to make occupational therapy fun and easy for parents, Cunningham developed Hands on Fun, a program that provides resources, tools, and activities geared toward the healthy development of kids. ABILITY Magazine’s Lia Martirosyan spoke with ... Read more

US Senator Alex Padilla and the Bipartisan Mental Health Caucus

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla was appointed as the first Latino Senator from California, filling Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat. Sen. Padilla won the seat in the following election. During his time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has championed mental health issues, drawing from personal experience and his life in public service. Sen. Padilla, both ... Read more

Ali Stroker — Award Winning Actress, Author, Singer & New Mom

Ali Stroker is an American actress and singer who made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Ali is also the first person with a disability to be nominated for and win a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in ... Read more

Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks — A Journey Toward Sobriety

Jared Weeks is a musician best known for founding the rock band Saving Abel in 2004 with bandmate Jason Null. Their first single, “Addicted,” was released in March of 2008 and quickly rose to popularity, landing on the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 40 charts. Weeks left Saving Abel in 2013 to pursue a ... Read more

Long Haul Paul — Yamaha Revs My Heart and Helps MS

My last column was about looking forward to getting some MotoMedicine as I headed out in December for my final road trip of 2023. I was invited to attend Yamaha’s media event for the newest version of the bike I am currently riding; the Tenere 700. Yamaha was hosting two small groups of journalists ... Read more

The Woke Left has Taken Away People in Wheelchairs Hiding Their Legs Under a Raggedy Blanket

America used to be a place of freedom. A place where you could call an adult man “stumpy Stewie” because he lost his hand in a factory accident. And a place where you could send neurodivergent women to the hysteria ward just for funsies. Wheelchair users back then had the decency to cover up ... Read more

Howie Romans — Innovative TI’TAINS to Play while Learning 

Mid-lockdown in December 2020, Howie Romans was inspired to create TI’TAINS, an interlocking construction toy that focuses on sustainability and accessibility. Made with biodegradable materials, TI’TAINS supports gameplay for blind or low vision players in a multitude of settings including table top role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. TI’TAINS further supports accessibility in ... Read more

Full Radius Dance — Disability Integrated Modern Dance

Full Radius Dance is a physically integrated dance company founded in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. The collaborative dance space encourages all body types to perform, learn and create while pushing the boundaries of equity and accessibility within the dance world. With flexible choreography and class structure, dancers are able to transpose the movements to ... Read more

Emily Korir — Australia and Kenya’s Stroke Awareness and Disability Advocate

After a severe stroke left her on life support, Emily Korir fought to regain her independence through a rigorous rehabilitation program. Post-rehab, Korir was faced with a new challenge–finding accessible housing. Recognizing an enormous deficit in accessibility and disability support, Korir founded BET Group Global, a company dedicated to supporting persons with disabilities with ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — Grand Rapids

My mom has been coming to Michigan to visit my grandma who is sick. So, it has been nice to see her more often since I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan now. I made her drive down to Florida with me for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I would not have to drive alone! We ... Read more

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