China — Love and Albinism

Title: Stories of Love and regret. Image: A young woman with a dark sleeveless dress stands illuminated by the sunlight against the dark green leaves behind her.
Hunted in East Africa for their body parts and portrayed as scoundrels by Hollywood, people with albinism are often deeply misunderstood around the world. A rare genetic disorder, albinism is the absence of pigment in the skin, hair and iris of the eyes. And with it comes a host of physical hurdles—low vision, rapid ... Read more

LILY BANDAK — A Clear Focus

Bandek photograph. The glowing sun illuminates the bay as it drops deeper into the burnt orange sky beyond the horizon as a Ferris Wheel and palm trees reach above the dark landscape. Silhouettes of seagulls swoop in the foreground.
Photographer and advocate, Lily Bandak, and her colleague, San Diego State University professor and administrator Caren Sax, recently spoke with ABILITY’s Lia Martirosyan and Chet Cooper about ringing the link between travel, education, photography and disability into focus. Chet Cooper: Tell us about your photography background. Lily Bandak: My family is from Bethlehem in ... Read more

Dia — Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies

Glamorous photo of Dia with natural hair and a large red flower.
Diana “Dia” Gaitirira learned American Sign Language (ASL) as a teenager back in Palm Bay, Florida, where her childhood church had an enticing social calendar: “They would make these announcements:‘Deaf Ministry picnic next week,’ or ‘Deaf Ministry volleyball.’” So Gaitirira (pronounced guytareera) used the international symbols for, “Can I play volleyball with you guys?” ... Read more