Actors with Disabilities Help Diversity in Hollywood

A growing number of Studios, Casting Agents, Organizations, Film Festivals know about the future of inclusion with abilityE SAG-AFTRA, Casting Society of America, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Paramount, 20th Century Studios, DreamWorks Animation Television, Lionsgate/Starz, Cinestate, Google, CBS, Bunim/Murray, EmpowerHouse, Final Draft, KMR, Focus on Ability Short Film Festival, ReelAbilities, Easterseals, RespectAbility and many more. ... Read more

Many disabled millennials struggle to build credit, a Unicorn and John Legend might have the answer!

Many people with disabilities struggle to build credit, a Unicorn might be the answer. It’s called the “Unicorn card” and boasts no fees, no interest, spending on future paychecks, customizable settings, credit optimization, self-destructing account numbers, a solid metal card, and the card doesn’t cost anything to users. John Legend has backed startup — ... Read more

abilityE — Disability Talent Source for the Entertainment Industry

Casting offices are looking for actors with authentic disabilities — shifting from actors acting if they have a disability. After posting your free profile on keep an eye out for messages about casting calls. A few possible questions you might have: abilityE is free to performers/talent/actors The site is built for performers/talent/actors with disABILITIES Performers/talent/actors ... Read more

Inclusiveness and Apathy in the Workplace

Fostering Culture Change to Combat Apathy in the Workplace: A Discussion on Inclusiveness The United States is well versed in what to say in order to appear as if actions are being made toward positive change. Paying so-called “lip service” to topics of critical experience comes naturally, and is in fact seen as a ... Read more

Fake Mask Exemption Cards Lie about ADA Rules as Freedom to Breathe Citizens Fight with Health Rules and Science

Face coverings seem to have become a staple in today’s world. Celebrities can be seen sporting Gucci coverings, while others have turned their sewing skills into small businesses. Posts have gone viral showing their effects in reducing viral spread. However, despite how simple these cloth coverings may seem, there is controversy erupting regarding the ... Read more

Max Blake joined the Carolina Hurricanes

Max Blake joined the Carolina Hurricanes junior sled hockey team just a few months ago and finished a spectacular season-opening tournament. He scored eight goals in five games, including a hat trick (three goals in a single game) that left a positive impression on coaches and teammates back in January. He was excited to ... Read more

The Greatest Story Never Told… Yet — Tough Sledding: The Movie

Filmmakers Shed Light on 2002 Sled Hockey Quest for Paralympic Gold It was fall 2001. The United States national sled hockey team was finishing one of their first training camp weekends, which were grueling four-day marathons on the ice as the team paraded around to different cities once a month in preparation for the ... Read more

Meet Haben Girma: disability rights advocate and first deaf-blind Harvard Law School graduate

On September 7, 2019, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is packed. People with service animals, wheelchairs, crutches, and all kinds of assistive devices find their way to a special event at the Book Passage, a community bookstore with a 40-year history in the Bay Area. Surrounded by ceiling-high shelves with colorful books, the small room ... Read more

Netflix’s ‘The Healing Powers of Dude’ Sophie Kim and abilityE

Sophie Kim is a 13 year old junior high student. She sings in the school choir and enjoys spending time with her friends and her dog, Kiwi. Sophie’s life changed last year when she suddenly became a professional actress. Netflix decided to cast a young actress, who authentically uses a wheelchair, in one of ... Read more

Angela Williams, CEO of Easterseals —100+ Years of Service

Jamie was four years old when he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He could barely speak until he became part of a therapeutic program. Jayne, the mother of ten-year-old Neil, who lives with autism, struggled to balance her son’s needs with her own before finding a group of people that shared her experiences. ... 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

Trust Me, I’m Sick – Documentary

A documentary series on chronic illness by the community and for the community ‘Trust Me, I’m Sick’ is a short documentary series directed by Sarah Stewart, which portrays different aspects of living with a chronic illness by following five Los Angeles residents throughout their daily lives. The film’s director teamed up with the non-profit ... Read more

Tulsi Gabbard Interview

From our interview with Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard, we will post a series of short segments discussing; traumatic brain injury #TBI, Post-traumatic stress disorder #PTSD, why she’s in the race, grey hair and this first post on #aloha

Wang Lu and Her “Upper Hand” in Talk Shows

“Because no matter what script I came up with, the audience would cast an eye over my right hand.” So Lu changed her strategy: “Instead of having them wonder about my hand, it would be better just to ‘wave it off’ with a few explanations. Only then could I get their attention back to ... Read more

Karah Behrend and the Rebelle Rally

Karah Behrend is all about breaking down barriers. She’s an adaptive athlete who not only completed the grueling eight-day, off-road Rebelle Rally—her first time ever—but the medically retired Air Force veteran placed second. With Behrend behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, made accessible with hand controls to accommodate her, and her teammate ... Read more

John Robison — Neurodiversity in the Real World

Looking at John, you might not peg him for someone who built flaming guitars for the rock group, KISS. The buttoned up shirt and bowtie are more in line with Bill Nye the Science Guy. John Elder Robison is certainly someone with multiple layers who will never fit into one box. The opening Keynote ... Read more

The Peanut Butter Falcon — Actor Zack Gottsagen & Advocate Shelley Gottsagen

An actor with disabilities is born to a disability rights activist. It seems like a far-fetched Hollywood script, but, in reality, it’s 100% true. Meet the Gottsagen—Zack whose breakout role in Peanut Butter Falcon has put him on the map and his mother, Shelley, whose activism for disability rights predates her son. ABILITY Magazine ... Read more


Writer’s Café — Submitted by Peter MacQuarrie —  Chances are you find it challenging to be disabled. But the U in you is where you need to focus effort. Everyone on Earth will experience difficulties in life. Some are small; some are huge. No matter your limitations, I am here to encourage you to ... Read more

“Stay Alive” Helps At-Risk Populations Choose Life Over Death by Suicide

Suicide rates in young people are climbing at an alarming rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the U.S. suicide rate has jumped 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, and suicide is now the second-leading cause of teen death. These statistics are the impetus for new suicide prevention documentary Stay Alive, ... Read more

Alarming DRI report: US Border and Mexico, detention, abuse, and death of children & adults with disabilities

Disability Rights International (DRI) released the report At the US Border and Segregated from Society, documenting the improper detention, abuse, and death of children and adults with disabilities detained in institutions in Mexico in the State of Baja California. These findings demonstrate the serious risks faced by any child or person with a disability ... Read more