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Isn’t He Lovely — Stevie Wonder

For more than five decades, Stevie Wonder has been a powerful musical force. He’s won 22 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million albums and singles. Wonder, who’s been blind almost since birth, is a committed advocate for people with disabilities, a courageous political activist, and a compassionate philanthropist who’s hosted the House Full of Toys fundraiser to ...
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Timothy Shriver — Special Olympics

Timothy Shriver is the chairman of Special Olympics, which provides year-round training and competition in 180 countries for millions of athletes with intellectual disabilities. His late mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the organization, and his father, Sargent Shriver, was a former US Ambassador to France. (President Kennedy was his uncle, and journalist Maria Shriver his sister.) Recently Shriver and ...
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Paula Pearlman — Let’s Go Further to Protect People

There is a powerful movement in the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). During a recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, civil rights, veterans and disability groups, along with business organizations, passionately urged the Senate to ratify the treaty and prevent another defeat. This was on the heals of ...
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Excerpt — Human Rights

Foreword – Ambassador Don MacKay, Chair Ad Hoc Committee The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, marked the end of a long journey by civil society. For many years the international disability community had tried to persuade States that a new convention was required ...
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United Nations Partners with ABILITY to Raise Awareness

ABILITY Awareness in conjunction with the United Nations’ Department of Public Information hosted a panel discussion: The Art of Engagement, on Friday July 19th as part of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The panel described as, an entertaining approach to building awareness through music, theater, humor and various visual arts stimulates attention to an ...
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Harkin Voices Support for Ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Sen. Harkin: “Good Morning.  I would like to thank Chairman Kerry and the Committee ...
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Geri’s Survivor Guide

Because I was on a sitcom called The Facts of Life, and because I know the actress Lisa Whelchel, I have received tons of e-mails asking me if I am aware that Lisa will be on upcoming episodes of the CBS reality series, Survivor. Well, of course, I was aware of it, and I support Lisa 100 percent. On ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...
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A Concussion Tests Her Ability

I just wrapped up my last season racing the WMX (Women’s Motocross) Outdoor National series. We had eight rounds of racing and our last race of the season was held at a track in Lake Elsinore, CA. At the beginning of the year, I announced that this would be my last season racing in this particular series, so I ...
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Humor — All in the Family

Every five years or so something happens in the family that brings all the relatives together. It’s usually a wedding, funeral or holiday meal. Recently, my cousin got married so that put everyone together for a weekend. Some of these folks I hadn’t seen in ages. I attended many of their weddings years ago and now some were with ...
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United Nations Accessiblity and Assistive Technology

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature in March 2007. There were 82 country signatories to the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the ...
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Golf Pro — One Arm, Limitless Possibilities

Golf has been a progressive experience for Matt Lees, just as it is for most people who play the game. There was no ah-ha moment for Lees when his scores dropped dramatically. But the patience he has shown—and consistent improvement—since he was 11 years old has him now playing at a professional level. This year, Lees spent spring and ...
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Joe Mantegna — When Life Flips the Script

Joe Mantegna isn’t so much a movie star as a character actor. Since his debut in the 1969 Broadway production of Hair, he’s diligently perfected his craft. Over the years, he’s added writer, producer and director to his credits, along with his roles as husband to wife, Arlene, and father of grown daughters, Mia and Gia. Mia, his oldest, ...
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Chinese Art — Raw Beauty of the Innocents

They are a group of artists with autism, and their art could almost be classified as art brut, a French term meaning “raw or rough art.” Art brut was a label coined by artist Jean Dubuffet in 1945 after visiting mental hospitals in Switzerland, where he was deeply moved by the patients’ paintings and sculptures. He considered their work, ...
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Road Trip — MS Changes a Biker’s Course

When the call rang into the bluetooth in Paul Pelland’s helmet, he was in the middle of the infamous 2003 Iron Butt Rally with some of the best endurance riders in the world. The rally spans the continental United States, and challenges the 100 chosen entrants to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. The competition tests a rider’s capacity ...
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Charlie Kimball — Racing Against Diabetes

Security is tight and a veil of secrecy permeates throughout the caravans of massive, 18-wheelers at the Long Beach Grand Prix. What’s at stake is the protection of each team’s coveted racing technology, for one change in the engineering can alter the outcome of a race. But secrecy aside, on this particular day, members of Team Kimball, including the ...

Interviews During the United Nations 5th States Session on the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities

From international business leaders like Adobe; to country representatives of Chile and Egypt; to a non-governmental organization leader from Qatar, each speaking about their views of moving forward in advocacy, policy and technology during the UN CRPD 5th States Session. Interviews include: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility at Adobe Systems; Tom Smith, Ephox Corporation; Mohamed Bahaa Eldin Chaheen ...

Safak Pavey of Turkey interview

First Lady Michelle Obama, Safak Pavey of Turkey and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards in Washington, DC. Pavey, one of the honorees, is a journalist, writer and politician. She is a member of the Parliament representing Istanbul. She is the first Turkish member of the United Nations Committee on the ...