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Shereen Alnowais — Corporate Social Responsibility

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the most significant oil producers in the world. Since declaring independence from the United Kingdom in 1971, the UAE has relied on its hydrocarbons to support its economy. Today its oil and natural gas makes the UAE one of the world’s wealthiest nations, ranking it eighth in the world. Production of ...
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China’s Mao Di — Clap Happy

Music lovers close their eyes to savor a performance, which seems to make the melody and charm linger. But if all the actors on stage had their eyes closed during a performance how would that affect the audience? In fact, there is a troupe in Tianjin, China, where most of the actors perform with their eyes closed. The majority ...
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Leveling the UAE Playing Field

About 20 percent of United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals living in Dubai report having disabilities and more women are affected than men by about five percent, according to a 2012 study by the Dubai Health Authority. The UAE is a country made up of seven emirates (including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, its capital) and is located on the Arabian ...
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Scotty Enyart — PhD the Hard Way

I’m a few months away from attaining the highest degree in academia, the culmination of an 11-year journey. I’ve spent six years earning a bachelor’s in psychology; two pursuing a master’s in social work; and another three getting a PhD in international psychology, which focuses on multicultural research and practice. That time doesn’t include the two and a half ...
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Anaphylaxis or Anaphylactic Shock…

is a type of allergic reaction where the immune system has a severe, potentially fatal reaction to otherwise harmless substances from the environment. The reaction begins within minutes or even seconds of exposure, can quickly lead to airway constriction, skin and intestinal irritation, and a change in heart rhythm. In severe cases, it can result in total airway obstruction, ...
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DRLC — Federal Wellness Programs

From First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, to personalized medicine research, to workplace wellness programs, there is a growing trend in our society to focus on preventing illness. In fact, in 2011, the Surgeon General issued the nation’s first National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, which ...
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Tony Spineto — You Say Club Foot, I Say Marathon

Tony Spineto’s body pulsated with pain. He only had 100 more yards to go in the final stretch of the Ironman Arizona competition, but it felt like 100 miles. He gave it everything he had because after five months of training, there was no way he could come up short. “As I turned into the finisher’s chute,” he recalls, ...
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MADA — Global Assistive Technology

Chet Cooper of ABILITY Magazine traveled to Doha, Qatar and met members of the country’s Assistive Technology Center – also known as Mada. He sat down with Ahmed Habib, head of communications, as well as Anirban Lahiri, senior assistive technology specialist. Danielle Zurovick, PhD, joined in the discussion. Chet Cooper: Tell me about the idea behind Mada. Ahmed Habib: ...
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Scott Baio — Happy Days

Over nearly four decades, Scott Baio has carved out a career on TV. In the mid-70’s he played Chachi on the long-running TV series Happy Days, which led to the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. He went on to star on TV’s Charles in Charge and later the medical mystery drama Diagnosis Murder. Although he received two Emmy Award nominations ...
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MIT — Leveraged Freedom Chair

Out of a small seminar at the Massachusetts Institute of flobal (MIT), a team of inventors created a product that’s gone global. Natasha “Tish” Scolnik, entrepreneur and graduate of the Cambridge, MA-based college, remembers the mechanical engineering course taught by Professor Amos Winter from about five years ago: it centered around wheelchair design. At the end of the term, ...
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FREEJ — Grandmothers Rule

Dubai based animator Mohammed Saeed Harib created the most successful animated TV series in the history of the Middle East. He recently spoke with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper about his nonstop work pace, the charity he started with his sister and working on the hit show.   Chet Cooper: Can you give me some background on FREEJ, your characters and ...
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EMPOWER — Global Inclusion

The Department of State (DOS) in Washington, DC, recently invited ABILITY Magazine for a visit. There we witnessed strides toward inclusion of people with disabilities and the impact the United States is having around the world. We were hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which is best known for promoting understanding through such programs as ...
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China — A Coach with Passion

Run!” A shot rang out and a group of kids wearing competition jerseys darted towards the finish line. Suddenly a kid stopped in the middle of the track, the coach shouted from outside of the field, “Don’t stop! Faster!” The runner replied that he wanted to wait for his competition. What Yu Cai Zhang just witnessed happened in the ...
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Governor Markell — Blueprint to Employment

On the eve of his recent national summit to help America build a more inclusive workforce, Delaware Governor Jack Markell spoke with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper and Marge Plasmier about his driving passion to bring more Americans with disabilities into the labor force and boost their career outcomes. Marge Plasmier: What you’re doing is very important. Governor Jack Markell: Thank ...
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Q&A with a PA

Recently and coincidentally, after a fire alarm went off in his office building, I was finally able to steal Physician’s Assistant (PA) Paul Barlow away from his busy schedule for a few moments for this candid interview. Mr. Barlow is part of the highly-skilled professional team that oversees my multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment. He also speaks at MS patient ...
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Beyond Silence—Deafness in India

As she listened to the president’s welcome address at San Francisco State University (SFSU) a few years back, graduate student Vidyut Latay noticed something that she’d never seen before, back home in India: a sign language interpreter. Standing next to the president, the person helped carry the administrator’s message to those audience members who could not hear it. It ...
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Eva Feldman, MD, PHD — ALS and Stem Cell Therapy

Eva Feldman, MD and PhD, works closely with her research team to seek cures for some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including Alzheimer’s, diabetic neuropathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. The latter causes progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and respiratory difficulties. As a neurology professor at the University of Michigan (U of ...
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Pet Power

From the day I came home from the hospital as a newborn in 1956, my family’s had pets. Back then it was a gold German Shepherd named Kim. In my first two years, she was as much a part of our household as my parents or two older brothers. Though Kim was technically not my sister, she was my ...
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Die Laughing

Recently I found out that I’m dying. The news really dampened my day. My doctor says that everyday I’m alive, I get closer to death; he predicts I may not make it past 90. Wow, dying. Now it’s all I can think about. Fortunately my spirits are high. As God is my witness, I’m gonna beat this thing. Death ...
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Kickin’ up Dirt

When I first started as a professional motocross racer about five years ago, women used to have to park outside the racing area. Later, when they started to include us in the sport, we were able to move in and park where the men parked. Initially, women didn’t get any TV coverage, but then highlights of our events were ...