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China — Puppeteer With a Purpose

Wn hour-and-a-half from downtown Beijing, is a residential building in the Tai-Hing district, Ming Li lives with his performance troupe, known as Ming Li’s Shadow Puppet Group. He stands about 4’7, and speaks with a soft voice. On this day, as he greets me, he is concerned about keeping his dream alive: he owes one of the performers more ...
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William H Macy — Enjoying This Stage of His Life

This winter, ABILITY’s Chet Cooper caught up with William H. Macy for the first time in a decade. The last time the two spoke was on the heels of the actor’s 2002 cable film Door to Door, in which he portrayed Bill Porter, a real-life salesman with cerebral palsy. That project earned Macy two Emmys-one for his performance, and ...
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Children’s Book — by Dr. Doti

James L. Doti, PhD, has spent the bulk of his career at Chapman University in Orange, CA, serving as president for more than two decades, and before that as an economics professor for nearly 20 years-with a short stint as business school dean. In addition to writing two textbooks, he’s now making his mark-along with illustrator Lisa Mertins-in children’s ...
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Haitian Leader — Changing Attitudes on Disability

Gerald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, has no shortage of education: He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Harvard. He also possesses a wealth of public, private and nonprofit experience. Still, President Michel Martelly’s decision to appoint Oriol, who has spinal muscular atrophy, represents a paradigm shift for a ...
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My Brother — My Secret

We’re in mid set, occupying the Tuesday evening slot at Rusty’s, a semi-legendary jazz cafe cordoned off by railroad tracks and a woodsy backstreet in Toledo’s south end. It’s nearly a full house, crowd halfway receptive, not too liquored up, and my Telecaster guitar feels easy in my hands for a change as I blend with my quartet onstage, ...
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Kendall Hollinger — Allergies

Kendall Hollinger is a triple threat: ice skater, singer and spiritual warrior. At 16 she glides across the ice with a winning smile and plenty of tricks up her sleeves—all honed over the 11 years she’s made the rink her second home. Neither a broken bone, nor a rump-chilling fall fazes this California girl, a top skater in her ...
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China — A Family’s Story of Strength

In a family photograph, four people affectionately hold each other. The eldest man, Zhu Bangyue, needs the support of a cane as he stands behind three people with disabilities. To look better in the photo, he wears new clothes. He smiles wearily, while the other faces are expressionless. This picture only hints at the tragedy endured by the people ...
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HE Fahed Bin Al Shaikh — Autism in the UAE

As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gear up for a big 2013 conference on disability, His Excellency Fahed Bin Al Shaikh of Dubai works to raise awareness about autism in his part of the world. He and ABILITY’s Chet Cooper recently spoke via Skype. Chet Cooper: How did you start working within the autism community? HE Fahed Bin Al ...
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Amy Brenneman — Chiming In

Amy Brenneman is best known for her TV roles on Private Practice, NYPD Blue and Judging Amy, which was based on her real life mother, who was a state superior court judge in Connecticut. As the wife and mom of two, daughter, Charlotte, and son, Bodhi, Brenneman is heavily involved in her children’s school, CHIME. She favors its unique ...
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CSUN — This is Your Future

Brand new to ABILITY Jobs, I was honored and excited—okay shaken—to be invited to my first California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Conference in San Diego. It was also my first major crowd scene since my sensorineural hearing loss about seven years ago. With a scant two days’ notice, I got pulled into the deep end of the assistive technology ...
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Charles Limb, MD — Jazzology & Your Brain

Charles Limb is a medical doctor whose lifelong love of music inspired his career choice. He plays dual roles as associate professor of otolaryngology—head & neck surgery—at John Hopkins and is also a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. A talented saxophonist, he interweaves music and medicine through his innovative research into how creativity affects the brain. ...