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

Elin, a female muppet with long black hair sits in a wheelchair.
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

Meghan O’Rourke and The Invisible Kingdom

A woman with long brown hair sits on a chair in a living room. She wears blue jeans and a brown sweater. Behind her is a large window.
Living with complex chronic health conditions is like living in The Invisible Kingdom, according to Meghan O’Rourke’s new bestseller with the same title. O‘Rourke is a journalist, poet, author and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Whiting Nonfiction Award, and the May Sarton Poetry Prize, among others. ... Read more

Lachi: Fighting for accessibility and inclusion for musicians with disabilities

A Screenshot of a diverse group of people on Zoom
Lachi is a blind singer and songwriter. However, more than that, she is advocating for talent in the music industry. A few weeks ago, she was part of the 2021 Grammy.com panel on disability and inclusion. Together with renowned violinist Gaelynn Lea, Oscar-nominated songwriter Siedah Garrett, singer and guitarist Ryan Nelson, hip-hop artist Namel ... Read more

Finding a new purpose: Jonathan Ayers donates 20 million to protect wild cats

Saving the Wild Cats by Jon Ayers
After a spinal cord injury, successful businessman and previous IDEXX CEO Jonathan Ayers has found a new purpose in protecting wild cats. Ayers recently teamed up with Panthera, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing innovative strategies to save the world’s wild cat population, and donated $20 million for wild cat conservation measures. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina ... Read more

New study finds brands must prioritize accessibility and inclusivity to reach people with disabilities

reaching people with disabilities
It’s no secret that people with disabilities aren’t always considered when it comes to the accessibility of different services, whether that’s a missing ramp in front of a restaurant or a lack of ALT texts for images online. Current Global, MAGNA and IPG Media Lab conducted a study to determine where the access barriers ... Read more

Disability, Sex and Adult Toys by and for People with Disabilities

Step, a person with shoulder long, brownish hair with red tips, and a beard smiles slightly. They are wearing a grey shirt.
Disclaimer: The following content is for a mature audience due its images and language. “Why are you of all people writing this article?” some of my friends asked me. Good question. As a native German, I grew up in a small, Catholic town in Bavaria – a very conservative city. Sex was the last ... Read more

Let Your Voice Control Your Phone — Google’s Beta Update for Voice Access

Google Voice Access
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Google has rolled out an updated version of Voice Access, available in Beta, that is easier to use and available to more people. Voice Access, which was previously available on Android 11, is now available globally to devices running Android 6.0 and above. Google launched Voice Access ... Read more

A Doll Like Me — Every Child Should Feel Included

A baby in a colorful outfit sits next to her doll with a limb difference
Children with disabilities don’t often see themselves represented—and if they do, it’s commonly an inaccurate or even harmful portrayal, as the movie ‘The Witches’ has shown in recent weeks. Amy seeks to change this through her work at ‘A Doll Like Me.’ She creates dolls that resemble their owners: children with a variety of ... Read more

Athletes with disabilities competing at the IRONMAN: successes, failures, inclusion and accessibility

Roderick, a young man with short black hair and a black hat is smiling and holding his IRONMAN medal up proudly
The IRONMAN triathlons are among the most physically and mentally demanding endurance challenges on the planet. Athletes from every corner of the world compete: many fail, others succeed. ABILITY Magazine spoke with Tricia Downing, Roderick Sewell, Minda Dentler and Carlos Moleda about their athletic achievements as paratriathletes. Additionally, Bob Babbitt, founder of the Challenged ... Read more

Challenges and Chances: Navigating the US Healthcare System with a Chronic Condition

A woman with short brown hair sits in a kitchen. She is wearing a black hat, large earrings and a black shirt with white polka dots
“Do I have cancer? This thought had been on my mind for months. I could have received answers immediately, but my insurance kept denying the MRI necessary to rule out cancer. I am just one of many people fighting for their rights within the US healthcare system every single day.” ABILITY Magazine speaks with ... Read more

Why this election is crucial for people with disabilities

Among voters with a disability, health care is a priority.
LISTEN TO THE ARTICLE HERE  (We would love to know if you find this audio narrative an enjoyable option) November 3, 2020, might become one of the most important days in American history, especially for people with disabilities. It may decide over whether a person with a chronic illness or disability will have access to ... Read more

‘Lego Oma:’ German grandma creates Lego ramps to access buildings and imagination

Mona loves her new ‘Frozen’-themed ramp: A small child with shoulder-length brown hair in a wheelchair gives Rita, a woman with short blonde hair and also in a wheelchair, a thumbs up.
Most Germans have heard of Rita Ebel, better known as the ‘Lego Oma.’ The 62-year-old lady with the short blonde pixie cut and a Hessian dialect is known all over the world since her wheelchair ramps made entirely from Lego have become a tourist attraction in the city of Hanau, Germany, and beyond. Rita ... Read more

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

Bryan Russell, a man with short brown hair stands arm in arm with a woman with short brown hair. The woman holds his head between her hands and smiles.
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

Online ABILITY Job Fair for Job Seekers with disABILITIES

Recruiters from Aetna, Facebook, United States Secret Service, Fred Hutch and more met hundreds of job seekers with disABILITIES.  The ABILITY Job Fair is an online accessible face to face video platform and partners with abilityJOBS.com and ABILITY Magazine. Accessibility Features: Screen reader compatibility • Speech to text in real time • Sign language ... Read more

Arkansas Group Finds Half of State’s Polling Stations Lack Accessibility

Justin Dart Jr
As Americans, there are certain freedoms that empower us and grant us the ability to directly impact change. Our freedom of speech and our right to assemble are big ones. So too is our rarely-touted ability to access information freely. But one element of our freedom outweighs the others combined in sheer importance, directly ... Read more