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Texas School Board Votes to Remove Helen Keller from History Curriculum

Many Americans cringe when they see the Texas School Board in a news headline. And this headline, sadly, is no exception. On Friday, the Texas School Board voted on changes that will affect students in Texas of every grade, with the purported goal of “streamlining” social studies curriculum. Amid their pending changes is the ... Read more

Hans Keirstead: Business Leader, Neuroscientist, running for Congress

Dr. Hans Keirstead is a neuroscientist and founded AIVITA Biomedical, a company focusing on cancer—and facial cosmetics and beauty in order to fund their cancer work. Keirstead was the first in the world to purify cancer stem cells and use them in an immunotherapy for cancer. With the same underlying technology, Keirstead is the ... Read more

Dr. Hans Keirstead: Fighting to Cure Cancer, and Fighting for California

Interview Preview: Dr. Hans Keirstead If you were to write a fairy tale centered around a living personification of the American Dream, Dr. Hans Keirstead would be as strong a contender for the protagonist’s role as any you could hope to invent on paper. Born and raised on a farm in British Columbia, Keirstead ... Read more

Canon at the United Nations

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World Bank – Film Screening at the United Nations

At the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June, ABILITY Magazine, ABILITY Corps and the World Bank co-hosted a panel and two film screenings. The attendees were shown two short films, A Different Approach, about the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and a film by panelist James Sullivan ... Read more

Sports — Diplomacy to Touch the World

For the hundredth time, she wrapped her hands tightly around the barbell and breathed in deeply. She pushed the weight up over the rack and waited for the signal from the judge. For a moment, she blocked out every other thought and concentrated on only one task: bringing the weight down onto her chest ... Read more

ABILITY Magazine and ABILITY Corps at the UN’s CRPD: Talking Unconscious Bias

United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD/COSP10), ABILITY Corps and ABILITY Magazine hosted a panel titled: Unconscious Bias, Perceptions and Non-inclusion. Panelists consisted of: Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; a faculty member at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human ... Read more


Los Angeles welcomed BMW in honoring four women who #Payit4ward, co-hosted by MADE Magazine. On a sunny afternoon, after people had the opportunity to test drive classy BMW’s, we shared mimosas and got to know the women being honored. The four women have made an impact in the business world and their communities: Kalika Yap is ... Read more

Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA to Open First US Hospital for Patients with Down Syndrome

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA has announced its plan to open a hospital in the United States dedicated to caring for patients with Down syndrome. Within a three-year time frame, the organization hopes to open the hospital doors, becoming the first-ever hospital in the United States to specialize in the care and treatment of ... Read more

Inactivity, Isolation and Impact on Daily Life are Top Concerns for People Living with Lupus

World Lupus Federation issued a global report for World Lupus Day highlighting the life-altering effects of lupus and the challenges people with lupus face every day. Almost half of people living with lupus responding to a recent poll* indicated that they worry the most about physical inactivity and social isolation due to the debilitating ... Read more

Bulletproof and Mental Health–Justin Peck

To say Justin Peck lives life at full-throttle would be inadequate. Yes, he’s a champion off-road motorcycle and race truck driver; yes, he’s a serial entrepreneur with numerous businesses including his own racing team; and yes, he outworks just about everyone on and off the track. But perhaps among his more noteworthy achievements is ... Read more

Lessons From Israel’s Experience with its National Health Insurance Law and Possible Implications for the U.S. Affordable Care Act

  The key elements and objectives of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law (hereinafter – “the Israeli Law”), which has been in effect since January 1, 1995, are by and large similar to those of the U.S. Affordable Care Act (hereinafter – the U.S. Act”). There are however some fundamental structural differences between the laws ... Read more


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Simple Seat-Better Lives–If You Build it, They Will Poop!

One of the challenges of living in a country littered with the remnants of war is that you can inadvertently set off a landmine, lose a limb and possibly even your life. When students at the University of San Diego heard about the experience of one landmine survivor visiting from Uganda, they became determined ... Read more

BLAKE LEEPER — Fast and Furious and Fun

Blake Leeper stood at the starting block in London and listened as the public address announcer began introductions for the 400 meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Before the announcer even began to speak, the crowd of 85,000 exploded with an escalating roar. But it wasn’t for him. “In Lane 4, from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius.” It was a ... Read more

CHRIS HENDRICKS — Music to my Ears

Sedona World Wisdom Days, held over Martin Luther King weekend last January, were magical. With the stunning red rocks and sacred landscape as a backdrop, attendees gathered to listen to the insights of such inspirational speakers as legendary TV producer Norman Lear, singer-songwriter Indie.Arie, and ABILITY’s own columnist, actress Geri Jewell. Jewell and frequent ABILITY contributor, David Zimmerman, made the trek to ... Read more

United Nations CRPD – Comments

Comments on the United Nations Convention on Right for Persons with Disabilities by Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance; Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, RespectAbility USA; Marcie Roth, Office of Disability Integration FEMA; Stig Langvad, Disabled People’s Organizations- Demark and Alex Lebois, G3ict during UN conference.    

CDC media briefing on autism spectrum disorder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.

Advanced technology being used for printed articles to be heard

Magazine editorial can be listened to in several languages. Watch this short video to see how to use your own smartphone to access articles. This may be the new standard for printed magazines. 1st Magazine to VOICEYE Code Editorial from ABILITY Magazine on Vimeo.