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Norman Lear — Even This I got to Experience

On a foggy morning in Bel Air, California, ABILITY’s columnist, actress Geri Jewell and interviewer David Zimmerman, found themselves driving through a gated property and down a long driveway to a sprawling home redolent of royalty… Hollywood royalty, that is: the home of legendary TV producer and writer Norman Lear. The creator of groundbreaking ... Read more

Lia Martirosyan — Music and Laughter

It’s true, in an instant, your life can change; an accident, a ruptured aneurysm, blunt trauma to the head, a cancer diagnosis. With Lia, it’s been slow, temperamental and undiagnosed. Her blasé attitude makes one wonder if she’s just used to her body’s deception. She isn’t, she just knows where her energy is best ... Read more

Our First Interview with Christopher Reeve

We, at ABILITY, were delighted by the invitation to interview Christopher Reeve. We were anxious to know about his personal progress. He has been consulting with physicians worldwide, and we knew of his full agenda working on behalf of cures for diseases of the central nervous system—a great many speaking engagements, television appearances and ... Read more

Mandy Harvey — Perfect Pitch

All Mandy Harvey ever wanted was to be a singer. But that dream was nearly eclipsed by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder that left her profoundly deaf, unable to hear a sound. At the time, Harvey, a Colorado State University freshman, was studying vocal music education, and training for the career she’d always ... Read more

Volker Eckl — Lead user experience engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is continually improving the user experience ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Leading the charge is Volker Eckl who started as a German Wikipedia contributor in 2004 joining the Wikimedia Foundation in 2015. Throughout his career, he has been building user interfaces to empower people to be more creative and productive ... Read more

A Doll Like Me — Every Child Should Feel Included

Children with disabilities don’t often see themselves represented—and if they do, it’s commonly an inaccurate or even harmful portrayal, as the movie ‘The Witches’ has shown in recent weeks. Amy seeks to change this through her work at ‘A Doll Like Me.’ She creates dolls that resemble their owners: children with a variety of ... Read more

Ian Harding opens up about ‘Pretty Little Liars’, lupus and Germany — Teil Eins (Part 1)

Ian Harding is an actor, teen choice award winner, author, and passionate bird lover. Besides playing Ezra Fitz, an attractive, yet controversial character in the series, Pretty Little Liars, he is also known for his parts in Ford v Ferrari (2019) and Adventureland (2009). The 34-year-old is a passionate advocate for people with lupus, an empathic son to ... Read more

John Sie

Dec/Jan 2011-12 When their granddaughter was born with Down syndrome, Anna and John Sie became keenly aware of a lack of resources for her as well as others around the globe with her condition. They decided to take action, establishing research facilities at Children’s Hospital Colorado through the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. ... Read more

Linda Crnic Institute and the Sie Center clinic

Dec/Jan 2011-12 Though Down syndrome affects people around the globe, money to research the condition lags far behind that of breast cancer or autism. Despite advancements in rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, families of children with Down syndrome continue to battle against diminished expectations. Thanks in no small part to the efforts ... Read more

Regina Hall Interview with Chet Cooper

April/May 2010 Issue Though best known for her roles in the hit Scary Movie series and on television’s Ally McBeal, some of Regina Hall’s proudest work takes place well away from the glare of Hollywood. An avid volunteer for the care of senior citizens and an advocate for more public awareness of scleroderma, Hall, ... Read more

Christopher Reeve — The Tribute

Please, let’s forget about calling him Superman just this once. More appropriate labels would be pioneer, warrior, father and husband. But the actor-turned-activist, who died from heart failure October 10 at the age of 52, will forever be remembered as the man who portrayed the title role in the 1978 film Superman and its ... Read more

Christopher Reeve on The Practice

ABILITY had a chance to speak with Christopher Reeve on the set of the TV show The Practice. Chet Cooper: Over the past few years, you have been progressively making the transition to disability advocate. How does participating in an episode of The Practice correlate with your goals? Christopher Reeve: My overall aim as ... Read more

Kirk Douglas — Interview with Chet Cooper

Born December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, the son of illiterate Jewish-Russian immigrants, Issur Danielovitch, who would become Kirk Douglas, was driven to leave behind the poverty of his hometown. He won a wrestling scholarship to Saint Lawrence University and worked as a wrestler in summer carnivals in order to meet school expenses. ... Read more

Mazhar Adli, CRIPSR and DNA Magic

CRISPR—no, it’s not a new cutting-edge kitchen gadget for low fat diets, rather it was first recognized by Osaka University researcher Yushizumi Ishino in 1987, who found sequences of interrupted repeats in microbes was unusual because repeated sequences are typically arranged consecutively along DNA. Evidence then came that CRISPR is an adaptive immune system. ... Read more

Interview with Diahann Carroll

Interview with Diahann Carroll with Chet Cooper and Jeffrey Lane: Circa 2000 Intro by Bob Reed In the entertainment field the dream of every performer is to have his or her work recognized with a nomination for a major award. For movie actors the biggest prize is the Academy Award, otherwise known as the ... Read more

Fern Field – Her Approach, a Winning Achievement

When “Maude’s Reunion” aired on February 21, 1977, none of us who worked on the show knew it would set off a domino effect that would change our industry’s perception of people with disabilities. And I, working as a first assistant to the executive producer, Rod Parker, certainly didn’t know it would launch a ... Read more

The Future is Coming — There’s No Way to Stop It

­­The future is coming and there’s no way to stop it. For close to 10,000 years the horse was the main mode of transportation, until we hit the 20th century, then, the horse was demoted to just a gambling vehicle. Within a hundred years we went from the horse and buggy to the automobile ... Read more

YogAbility a Therapeutic Approach to Yoga for People with Disabilities

A highly personalized approach, yoga therapy is based on an assessment of an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and psychological state. A therapist develops an individualized plan so a student can practice yoga tailored to his or her specific needs and that, over time, alleviates pain and enhances well being. The YogAbility Institute in Santa ... Read more

Make an Effort to Remember the Good Things

I am among millions of people who was thrilled to see 2017 go bye bye. It was not a year that I will ever look back on and think, “Gee, I wish I could live that over again!” Yet, even knowing this, I still find myself from time to time going back anyway: in ... Read more

Should I Change my Latitude?

The New Hampshire winter started off pretty darn cold. December’s temperature never went above freezing, and the first snowfall is still on the ground, way at the bottom. Living in New England makes riding a motorcycle year-round a slightly unintelligent choice for transportation. Last year I found myself on one of New Hampshire’s scenic ... Read more