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

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

Accessibility and Inclusion: ‘This is who we are’ – PBS KIDS, a model for all media

A tiger mom and Daniel Tiger stand in a field of sun flowers.
For more than 50 years, PBS has strived to be as accessible as possible to a broad audience, and they have paid particular attention to including children with a variety of disabilities. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina Sturm spoke with Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt, about PBS KIDS’ efforts to make their shows ... Read more

Meet Haben Girma: disability rights advocate and first deaf-blind Harvard Law School graduate

Haben, who has long black hair falling over her shoulder and wears a dark blue dress, stands at a table and has her hands on her BrailleNote to read what former President Obama, who stands on the other side of the table and wears a black suit, types on a keyboard. Lined up behind former President Obama are several people including former Vice President Biden.
On September 7, 2019, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is packed. People with service animals, wheelchairs, crutches, and all kinds of assistive devices find their way to a special event at the Book Passage, a community bookstore with a 40-year history in the Bay Area. Surrounded by ceiling-high shelves with colorful books, the small room ... Read more

CHIME – a Charter School with it’s Thinking Cap On

CHIME - A School With All the Bells and Whistles
Recently, Alejandra Delaporte of ABILITY’s operation in South America visited CHIME, a charter school in California’s San Fernando Valley that promises quality education for all. She spoke with Annie Cox, the executive director of Early Education Programs, and Erin Studer, executive director of Charter School Programs. Alejandra Delaporte: Tell me a bit about how CHIME ... Read more