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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

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

Special Olympics World Games 2019; 200 Countries, 7.5K Athletes, Millions of Viewers

THE EVENING CEREMONY SIGNALS START OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES ABU DHABI Parade of Athletes from record number of nations, accompanied by Special Olympics Chairman Dr Timothy Shriver, Heads of State, VIPs, celebrities and representatives of the Special Olympics movement, met with huge applause as they entered arena His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed ... Read more

World Wide Web — 30th Anniversary

The World Wide Web was invented by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, British scientist, during his time at CERN The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. In 2013, CERN launched a project to restore this ... Read more

Web4All 2019 Personalising the Web with Accessibility Travel Scholarships

 The W4A conference May 13/14 Travel scholarships for the Web4All’19 conference for students with disabilities and any students doing accessibility research. The conference will feature presentations on computer accessibility research followed by a 2-day industry supported hackathon: There are 3 exciting opportunities for students (Applications Closed): * Free travel, room, and registration – IBM Award ... Read more

Georgia Aquarium Becomes World’s First Certified Autism Center Aquarium

With so much mainstream media attention focused on autism in the past several years, it’s surprising more tourist destinations aren’t doing all they can to accommodate visitors on the autism spectrum. For parents, vacation planning can be a nightmare as they seek out attractions that are fun while remaining mindful of their childrens’ needs. ... Read more

Molly Shannon

Actress/comedian Molly Shannon is one of funniest performers on television, film and stage. Shannon worked in restaurants while trying to get her comedy career off the ground. In 1995, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. She stayed on the show for six years, leaving in 2001. Shannon has appeared in such films ... Read more

New Netflix Series Cast Young Girl Wheelchair User in a Leading Role 

We can’t announce who it is yet, but someone who reached out through ABILITY Magazine just got cast in the NetFlix “The Power of Dude” show! _________________________________ CASTING: A new Netflix series is searching for a young girl that is a wheelchair user to play one of the lead characters.  She must authentically use a ... Read more

Visions for the Future of Mobility at CES

Five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis. The Challenge invited engineers, innovators, ... Read more

Easterseals in Bloom at the 2019 Rose Parade

Easterseals’ 100 year anniversary celebration kicks off with a Rose Parade float representing the nearly 1.5 million people with disabilities Easterseals serves throughout the country. For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. Through the days and hours of the float construction, Easterseals CEO, Angela ... Read more

Elizabeth Taylor – Taylor Made

“Since I was a little girl, I believed I was a child of destiny…” For the last several years, however, the superstar, 62, says she’s tried to court a life that’s a little less extreme black and white, and more, say, on the gray side.And, indeed, the great triumphs and tragedies that were Elizabeth ... Read more

Mayors from Berlin, New York, Chicago and Amman Launch Cities for All Campaign

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This Global Compact gathered city leaders and mayors from Berlin, New York, Chicago and Amman for a signing ceremony signifying their commitment towards inclusive and accessible cities for persons with disabilities and older persons. This ... Read more

A More Accessible Instagram

Instagram has introduced two new improvements to make it easier for people with visual impairments. There are more than 285 million people in the world who have visual impairments will benefit. First, is an automatic alternative text so you can hear descriptions of photos through your screen reader when you use Feed, Explore and ... Read more

Review: Netflix Doc ‘Quincy’ Explores Life and Career of Quincy Jones

Unless you hail from some small village never before visited by outsiders, and this is one of your first times ever using the Internet, chances are you’ve heard music written, performed, arranged, and/ or produced by Quincy Jones. And if you happened across any popular music from the twentieth or twenty-first century in that ... Read more

Texas School Board Votes to Remove Helen Keller from History Curriculum

Many Americans cringe when they see the Texas School Board in a news headline. And this headline, sadly, is no exception. On Friday, the Texas School Board voted on changes that will affect students in Texas of every grade, with the purported goal of “streamlining” social studies curriculum. Amid their pending changes is the ... Read more

Amy Purdy — Super-abled

By her own admission, Amy Purdy loves a challenge. A Paralympian snowboarder—she holds a bronze and a silver medal—she’s confronted and conquered her own impossible many times over. But snowboarding wasn’t always a given for her. A nearly lethal case of Bacterial Meningitis at 19 left Purdy fighting for her life. In a two-and-a-half ... Read more

Dr. Hans Keirstead: Fighting to Cure Cancer, and Fighting for California

Interview Preview: Dr. Hans Keirstead If you were to write a fairy tale centered around a living personification of the American Dream, Dr. Hans Keirstead would be as strong a contender for the protagonist’s role as any you could hope to invent on paper. Born and raised on a farm in British Columbia, Keirstead ... Read more

World Bank – Film Screening at the United Nations

At the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June, ABILITY Magazine, ABILITY Corps and the World Bank co-hosted a panel and two film screenings. The attendees were shown two short films, A Different Approach, about the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and a film by panelist James Sullivan ... Read more

Sports — Diplomacy to Touch the World

For the hundredth time, she wrapped her hands tightly around the barbell and breathed in deeply. She pushed the weight up over the rack and waited for the signal from the judge. For a moment, she blocked out every other thought and concentrated on only one task: bringing the weight down onto her chest ... Read more

ABILITY Magazine and ABILITY Corps at the UN’s CRPD: Talking Unconscious Bias

United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD/COSP10), ABILITY Corps and ABILITY Magazine hosted a panel titled: Unconscious Bias, Perceptions and Non-inclusion. Panelists consisted of: Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; a faculty member at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human ... Read more