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AT&T & Gallaudet University Make Football More Inclusive with First 5G-Connected Helmet 

From inventing the modern-day huddle in 1894 to serving as the global leader in education for deaf and hard of hearing students today, Gallaudet University has long been a pioneer for innovation. Deaf and hard of hearing athletes have a long history of breaking barriers and proving their innovation and talent on the field.  ... Read more

Meet Elin, The German Sesame Street’s First Muppet with a Disability

A muppet with a disability moves into the German Sesame Street: Elin. She is a young girl who likes tinkering with tech, talks a bit much, sometimes mixes up words and uses a wheelchair. Elin is now a permanent and regularly appearing character in “der Sesamstraße” on the German TV channel Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR).  ... Read more

Christoph Glötzner, the Young German Paralympian, Racing Towards Gold!

60, 59, 58 – Christoph Glötzner can see the countdown ticking down on the large black clock right in front of him. 57, 56, 55. He’s wearing a yellow and black suit and holds ski poles in each hand with mini skis attached at their ends. The athlete in front of him had just ... Read more

Join the Livestream of Katy Perry at the True Colors Festival along with 100 artists of ABILITY

When Bono said, “Music can change the world because it can change people,” he could have been talking about the True Colors Festival (TCF) and its message of inspiration and inclusion. TCF is an international performing arts festival that puts the spotlight on differently-abled artists. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has showcased ... Read more

Athletes from Russia and Belarus Banned from Competing in the 2022 Winter Paralympics

In a statement on the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) website published on March 2, 2022, the IPC shares their “sympathies for the Ukrainian athletes” and their “delight that the full delegation of the Ukrainian Paralympic Team arrived safely in Beijing.” They also emphasized that Russia needed to be held accountable for the breach of ... Read more

Bob Woodruff — War Journalist and the Explosion that Caused His Traumatic Brain Injury

Circa 2007 As he traveled through Iraq with a U.S. military unit early last year, World News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff was severely wounded by an insurgents’ improvised explosive device. His new book, In An Instant, chronicles that experience. Both he and wife, Lee, his co-author, contribute journal entries about the 36 days he ... 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

The Paralympics: Competition in Goalball, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Para-cycling and much more

Team USA already won three medals, with their first medal secured by Para cyclist Shawn Morelli, who raced to silver on Wednesday, August 25. Morelli started a streak of three, and hopefully many more medals to come in the following days of competition.  As a Para cyclist, Morelli isn’t a novice. She has already ... Read more

Autism Awareness: Easterseals and Rafi Nova develop sensory-friendly masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all our lives in many ways. However, it hit people with disabilities exponentially harder. They have been neglected in decisions for vaccine distribution; they have been harmed by triage protocols, all while following strict rules on isolation and distancing. Especially people on the autism spectrum have faced many challenges ... Read more

ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride

As the nation ramps up to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA30) on July 26, 2020, the 50-member ADA Lead On “Core Production Team” (in front of and behind the camera/keyboard) and 22 ADA Generation bloggers, influencers and signal boosters are focused and determined to set the record straight, flip ... Read more

How YAI, Next for Autism and Cure SMA are supporting their members during COVID-19

ABILITY Magazine contacted three large organizations and their members about the changes in how they operate during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. YAI, located in New York State, discussed their current situation in their housing facilities as well as their COVID-19 database, which offers information for people with (intellectual) disabilities. NEXT for AUTISM described what ... Read more

Adam P. Schleifer Releases Robust Plan to Increase Benefits, Fight for Civil Rights and the ADA

Schleifer running for Congress, pledges to fight for: increased federal benefits for disability community, fight civil rights abuses and discrimination in schools and workplace, and invest in ADA-compliant infrastructure. https://www.facebook.com/AdamSchleiferNY/photos/pcb.165982924885035/165982644885063/?type=3&__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARCxzsRLP1ngAG-ib69jEXj9pvVB3waq27_fi9FAJdP6l7PHk8MeS11p_Mw0-a-RKxDTHmS-DUBJNCXR&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDAc9rrI14QDS8tR8fWokGAXLl77sJEKpyIdWMwPro0p8w48qadIzKisyY_60osD7mL0ZLhnDPatTc05hFpN0YWyUhdGVAZq0dJ25ASu2UGCIfxlamkmg8_qAt6RgDNvFfbV_dqTPdsKoCWR9SsWNnYwFDXyeTY_DwTTzeG20dYrOR320EQfl3E76XHnWSzvQp5pWMGxHJUappvh50a0p2NaTCoiYqMjdbKlBS7Rr4zQCQFjxAXC2BCY3A9fNNzkGKDpPK3ZD6jHv4aerHI55KvBJRA6Rcs0erYkju_yFDOUTw-w0tNjzjjOKqU18HMBSmNlQd_-gGmY18FY_FkdC8 White Plains, NY – On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA), Adam P. Schleifer, a Democratic candidate for ... Read more

Justin Dart Remembered — Humanitarian, Leader and Friend

Editor’s note: In recognition of a great humanitarian, leader and friend, we present “The Resurrection of Justin Dart Jr. : A Quest for Truth and Love,” which was written by Mari Carlin Dart and originally appeared in the Diahann Carroll issue of ABILITY Magazine. Also included are additional comments from Dr. Fred Fay and ... 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

Quincy Jones — The Quintessential Life of Harmony

Oct/Nov 2011 Quincy Jones’ music-industry reign spans more than six decades. He’s taken home a phenomenal 27 Grammy Awards, and found winning formulas for the likes of Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. A major multimedia presence, he produced TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, created Vibe magazine, and co-produced the movie The ... Read more

John C McGinley — Down the Right Path

Dec/Jan 2011-12 While John C. McGinley is best known for roles on TV’s Scrubs, and the films Wall Street and Platoon, he also works to raise awareness about Down syndrome, stop verbal bullying and promote better opportunities for people with disabilities. He and ABILITY’s Chet Cooper recently met up at McGinley’s home in Malibu, ... Read more

Bob Saget Interview with Regina Hall and Chet Cooper

Apr/May 2011 Since losing his sister Gay to scleroderma, Bob Saget has served on the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s board of directors, and today hosts the organization’s charity-packed benefits around the country. He sat down with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper and Regina Hall to discuss his upcoming benefit, “Cool Comedy/Hot Cuisine,” and shared insight into how ... Read more

The Silent Cherry Blossom Season — Wuhan

Located in central China, one of the six megacities, Wuhan, has become globally known as the epicenter of the COVID-19 since Jan.. On the confluence of the Yangtze River and its largest tributary, the Han River, the city was historically divided into three different regions/towns, named Wuchang, Hankow and Hanyang ever since the East ... Read more

‘El Candidato’: A documentary about Bryan Russell, the first man with Down syndrome to run for public office.

When a filmmaker, such as Ryan Marley, and a disability rights activist, like Bryan Russell, team up, good things are about to happen. In this case, the documentary film ‘El Candidato’ that portrays Bryan Russell, the first man with Down syndrome running for public office. ABILITY Magazine interviewed both of them about their future ... Read more