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Etiquette Basics for Interacting with People with Disabilities in the Workplace (or Anywhere)

The D.C. Office of Disability Rights offers a two-fold approach to etiquette for interacting with people with disabilities: a humorous video and a serious do & don't list.

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Lifestyle

Your Taste Buds Will Salute These Patriotic Picnic Snacks

Feel good -- literally -- about patriotic celebrations with these healthy, feel-good recipes.

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Education

Twice Exceptional, Doubly Disadvantaged? How Schools Struggle To Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

Parents say it’s often impossible to find schools to educate bright kids who have disabilities. Now some are fighting to change that.

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Professional

20 Self-Employment Ideas for Seniors to Take Charge of Their Destiny

It's never too late to follow your dreams! Seniors can find happiness with second careers.

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Travel

Tips for Visiting Theme Parks with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Armed with pre-planning advice and practical tips, you and your family can enjoy a truly magical day together at a theme park.

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Education

7 Health & Wellness Self Management Programs for People with Disabilities

Through a self-management education (SME) program, you can do the things you want to do and live a healthier life.

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Travel

People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Access Pass to National Parks

The Access Pass is a FREE pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.

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Health

7 Lifesaving Tips to Prevent Stroke and Stroke-Related Disability

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability. But you can reduce your risk with lifestyle changes.

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Lifestyle

20 Exceptional Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms with and without Disabilities

While mothers deserve to be praised every day, Mother’s Day, of course, lends itself to the occasion. Here are Mother’s Day gift ideas for exceptional mothers with and without disabilities...

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Health

Savor Every Gluten-Free Bite at these Celiac-Friendly Restaurants

Celiac disease doesn't have to hinder social eating. Dine at restaurants catering to gluten-free and other allergy-friendly diets.

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Lifestyle

American Legion Auxiliary Addresses the Needs of Caregivers Supporting Military & Veterans

May is Military Appreciation Month! American Legion Auxiliary is a longstanding organization supporting active military families and veterans.

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Health

The Blunt Lowdown on Medical Marijuana for the Disabled and Seniors

Cannabis culture has grown significantly overall. Medical marijuana has sparked much debate, but physicians and patients alike (including those with disabilities and seniors) assert it is a holistic treatment option offering vast benefits.

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Lifestyle

Egg-Allergy? Dye-Allergy? Here are Egg-cellent Easter Adaptions for Inclusive Celebrations

Don't skip Easter traditions because of food allergies. Hop to these alternatives...

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Lifestyle

8 Ways to Make Easter Egg Hunts Accessible

Easter egg hunts should be fun as well as inclusive for children with and without disabilities.

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Entertainment

Celebrities Pave the Way for Disability Conversations: Selma Blair is Talking About Multiple Sclerosis

There's a power to celebrities talking about their disability. It paves the way to much needed conversation and understanding! 

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Seniors

Will Your Family Have to Guess Your Health Care Wishes?

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day — a time to educate and empower people of all ages to create their advance care plan.

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Professional

Make these Smart Money Moves with your Tax Refund

Filing taxes can be tedious and a bit stressful but, for many Americans, receiving a tax refund is welcomed.

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Health

It's not 'Just the Flu' for Seniors and People with Chronic Health Conditions

Adults 50 years of age and older are more likely than younger age groups to have a chronic illness, such as asthma or other lung disease, heart disease or diabetes that can be exacerbated by the flu.

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Tech

Rolling Through Paralysis with Innovative Technology

Have you ever imagined a lightweight device with the ability to make a paraplegic stand upright, move through doors with ease, and come to him or her at the touch of a button?

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Lifestyle

Susquehanna Service Dogs to the Rescue

Since its founding in 1993, SSD has placed over 300 service dogs with people throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.

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Entertainment

The interPLAY Orchestra Strikes a Chord with Inclusive Ensemble

Everyone is born with a musical gene, attests Paula Moore, a conductor who says she’s seen proof in both her personal life and professional life.

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Professional

Sock Company Puts Best Foot Forward with Inclusive Workforce

Sometimes it takes years for a start-up company to attain profits. And sometimes, as with John’s Crazy Socks, a business realizes immediate success.

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Seniors

7 Heart-Healthy Habit for Seniors

Show your heart some love! Celebrated annually in February, American Heart Health month provides the perfect opportunity to look at how you can protect your heart through a healthy lifestyle.

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Entertainment

Microsoft Scores with Winning Super Bowl Ad Featuring Xbox Adaptive Controller

With a lack of touchdowns in the low-scoring game, many took to social media to declare Microsoft as the true winner thanks to its spot featuring the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

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Entertainment

9 Theater Companies Putting Actors with Disabilities Center Stage

Non-disabled actors play approximately 95 percent of television characters with disabilities in top ranked shows, according to a study by Ruderman White Paper.

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Professional

7 Disability-Related Considerations When Interviewing For and Accepting a Job

Job hunts are generally stressful for all, and more so for those with disabilities despite employment rights. To align with an ideal employer, here are disability-related considerations when interviewing for and/or accepting a job offer:

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Professional

Disability-Supporting Drink: How a Coffee Company Brewed Up an Inclusive Cause

For many coffee lovers, a cup of joe is just their main pick-me-up each morning but, for Diane Grover, coffee also supports a cause.

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Lifestyle

Creating Accessible Backyards & Outdoor Living Spaces

Time spent outdoors enhances self-esteem and mood, improves cognitive function and memory-related abilities, and increases attention spans among children with autism spectrum disorder, to name a few ...

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Lifestyle

Tiny Homes Can Offer Big Accessibility Options for Seniors and Disabled

One may assume that tiny homes are ill suited for individuals with disabilities, more specifically those with physical limitations or wheelchairs. However, though customization, that’s not the case.

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Health

Could a Group Home be Best for Your Child?

One brave family shares how residential treatment works best for them.

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Health

Exercise and Disability: Resources for Accessible Gym Equipment

Exercise is an important part of everyonone's health and well-being. Here are some resources for accessible gyms and home equipment.

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Health

Cervical Cancer Remains a Risk for All, Including Seniors

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. In 2018, about 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed and about 4,170 women died from the disease.

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Education

The nonPareil Institute is Serving Adults with Autism

Plenty of programs and resources exist for children on the autism spectrum. But what happens when they grow up?

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Lifestyle

It's Not Easy Being Green

My favorite Muppet, Kermit, said it best: “It’s not easy being green.”

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Seniors

Senior Living: The Difference Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

More than 80 percent of seniors plan to reside at home as they age, according to a recent survey conducted by the Retirement Living Information Center.

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Entertainment

The Documentary Changing Hollywood's Perception of People with Disabilities

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion is a documentary that discusses how Hollywood has portrayed members of the disability community for the past 120 years.

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Entertainment

Flame: The Blues and Rock Band

While there are a lot of popular mainstream musicians, Flame stands out from the rest of the pack.

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Professional

How to Create and Manage an ABLE Tax-Advantaged Account

ABLE accounts let disabled citizens save money in tax-exempt savings accounts. It enables them to save money and receive federal public benefits.

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Travel

The Best National Parks for Accessible Travel

If you want to experience the history, majesty, and beauty of nature across the U.S., these parks are the perfect places to explore.

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Lifestyle

Looking for a Well-Trained, Grateful Pet? Adopt a Senior!

Thinking about adopting a cat or dog from your local animal shelter?

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Health

The Healing Power of Therapy Pets

Therapy animals provide many benefits to individuals and patients.

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Professional

Temporary Ramps to the Rescue: Storefronts Made Accessible Thanks to StopGap Foundation

Luke Anderson, a civil engineer and the co-founder of the StopGap Foundation, a non-profit bringing accessibility to the world.

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Lifestyle

3 Surprising Ways Pets Benefit Your Kids

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, growing up with a pet can usher in a host of benefits.

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Professional

Understanding Your Voting Rights as a Person with a Disability

The disability community is a powerful voting block. During the 2016 election, voters with disabilities comprised approximately one sixth (16.67%) of eligible voters, totaling 35.4 million people.

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Fashion & Beauty

Creating Clothing for Functionality and Style

For most, putting on clothes is one of the many monotonous, five-minute activities done to start the day. But for those with disabilities, mainstream clothing can be a challenge to overcome each morning.

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Professional

Seeking Employment? A Disability Recruitment Company May Help

Bender Consulting Services has created employment opportunities for over 1,000 individuals, of which about 20 percent are disabled veterans.

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Professional

Secondhand Purchases Afford First (or Second) Employment Opportunities

Since its founding in 1902, Goodwill has operated with the philosophy of “not charity but a chance,” specifically focused on influencing the workforce.

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Fashion & Beauty

eAerie Undergarment Line Uncovers the Untouched Beauty of "Real" Woment

The Aerie brand is geared toward younger women (teenagers and twenty-somethings), a demographic that often struggles with body confidence – regardless of whether one has a disability.

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Fashion & Beauty

Design for Disability Outfits Cerebral Palsy Foundation Models with Fashion Creators

Cerebral Palsy Foundation, an organization transforming lives through research, innovation and collaboration.

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Entertainment

Angela Rockwood: A Beautiful Role Model

Angela Rockwood by age 26, was newly engaged to actor Dustin Nguyen, content with her spiritually and launching an L.A. based acting career with small roles in The Fast and the Furious and the television series V.I.P. Then, in 2001, her life dramatically shifted.

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Art & Design

Dolls with Disabilities Play Up Uniqueness

Kids love playing with heroic toys, like firemen, astronauts and superheroes galore. While these characters certainly ignite imagination and joy, they can fail to showcase disabilities.

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Education

Experts Weigh In: Lessons on Self-Advocacy & Personalized Learning

Self-advocacy skills allow students to advocate and communicate their rights and needs.

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Fashion & Beauty

Target Hits the Bulls-Eye with Sensory-Friendly Clothing

As part of their ‘corporate responsibility,’ Target has integrated diversity and inclusion into its culture to better serve both employees and customers.

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Health

A Little Fashion Accessory Makes a Big Fashion Statement

Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign aims to address the nation’s number one birth defect, congenital heart disease, which affects about 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

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Art & Design

One Dad's Vision for Daughter's Artistic Eye Patch

Layla loves Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She doesn’t just showcase her affection for the cartoon mermaid through clothing; she also wears a customized character-clad eye patch hand-drawn every day by her dad, Geof Grubb.

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Education

Learning Disabilities Association of America Celebrates 55 Trailblazing Years

LDA, whose mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities among future generations.

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Education

Picture This....LessonPix Offers Visual Classroom and In-Home Support Materials

LessonPix, an online tool for educators, therapists and parents to create visual support materials.

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Health

Mental Health Association Helps Families Find Support

MHACF is affiliated with the national Mental Health America network though, since 1946, this privately-run nonprofit has facilitated initiatives geared to meet the specific needs of its local community with education, advocacy and outreach.

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Sports

Meet Isabella Matos: An Adaptive Athlete Paving the Way on the Right Track

The newbie athlete, who is wheelchair-bound, just completed her junior year by earning gold at the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) State Competition.

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Education

Former Florida Senator Continues to Impact Education for Students with Unique Abilities

The disability-related efforts spearheaded by Former Senator Andy Gardiner continue to impact families well beyond his term.

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Sports

American Ninja Warrior Contestant Jimmy Choi Inspires Others with Parkinson's Disease

Jimmy Choi was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 at the age of 27. “The doctors told me that I would have about 15 good working years left, and that I should do whatever I could to prepare for my future.”

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Education

Museum of disAbility History: An Inclusive Space of the Past, Present and Future

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to preserving and recounting the trials and triumphs of disability rights and persons with disabilities.

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Art & Design

The Beautiful Artistic Vision of a Blind Artist

Texas-native John Bramblitt proclaims, “I think I could draw before I could walk;” but he never envisioned his art hobby would become a career.

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Health

Perservering Through Paralysis

Although neurological disorders seem rare, many people may find themselves dealing with one at some point in their lives.

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Lifestyle

Making a House a Home with the Echo & Google Mini

Say goodbye to the days of The Clapper. Home automation, technology that controls devices in the home hands-free, has been turned upside down and it’s been a windfall for the disability community.

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Art & Design

Microsoft's Inclusive Design Program is a Much-Needed Culture Reboot

Microsoft is leading the way to do more in our overall culture through “inclusive design” by embracing diversity and disability to further innovation.

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Art & Design

Playmore Puts Fun in Functionality for Inclusive Playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds are helping to break isolation barriers and empower all children and their loved ones ─ with and without disabilities ─ to play together in an innovative environment.

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Health

Upgrade Day-to-Day Functionality by Downloading Mobile Apps

Games, directions, news, weather and much more are just a click or swipe away! Apps are easy to download on both Apple and Android devices and can conveniently upgrade your access to most anything.

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Tech

Game-Changing Charity Plays Up Virtual Reality Experiences

Best friends founded Gamer’s Gift, a California-based nonprofit using video games and virtual reality to promote well-being and positive spirits, particularly among people with disabilities, seniors and hospital-bound and/or ill patients.

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Tech

Tech-Savvy Teen Developing an Inclusive Mobile App

Teenager, Alex Knoll developed Ability App to “help people with disabilities and their caregivers navigate public spaces and find safe, reliable services and employment opportunities.”

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Lifestyle

Therapist Offers "Sexpert" Advice to People of All Abilities

Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, with a Ph.D. in psychology focuses on dating, relationships, intimacy and sexuality, particularly among people with disabilities.

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Lifestyle

Home Delivery Services Serve Up Improved Accessibility to Food and More

Home delivery services and subscriptions may provide convenient solutions for improved accessibility to food and much more.

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Entertainment

Did Shakespeare Lie?

Theatre Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) produces different types of plays: those that feature disabilities and other plays that feature Ike Schambelan’s interpretations of Shakespeare, where the actors showcase their talent.

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Entertainment

ReelAbilities Film festival Presents Inclusive Films and Conversations

ReelAbilities Film Festival, an annual celebration promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.

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Entertainment

Changing Perceptions with Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company

Based in Los Angeles, California, this one-of-a-kind dance company is on a mission.

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Lifestyle

Love Match! Dating Websites for People of All Abilities

Dating can be challenging! However, in today’s digital world, exploring romantic partners via online dating has become the norm for many.

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Health

Tune into the Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy has struck a chord within the field of medicine and is benefiting patients with diverse conditions, such as anxiety, autism, asthma, chronic pain, dementia, depression, end of life care, irregular sleep patterns, mobility issues, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

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Entertainment

'Breaking Bad' Star, RJ Mitte, is Breaking Disability Barriers

RJ Mitte, a spokesman for I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers With Disabilities), a campaign associated with the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity Association, RJ strives to improve industry access, inclusion and portrayal accuracy for all.

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Art & Design

Meet Ollie: A Real-Life Superhero Who Inspired a Pioneering Comic

Chip Reece, a social worker in Wichita, Kansas recognized a gap in the comic industry. There weren’t any comics featuring superheroes with disabilities.

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New 'Deaf Chat Group' Speaks to Benefits of Social-Based Learning

Sign language is based on the philosophy that vision is the most useful tool a deaf and/or hearing impaired person has to communicate and receive information...

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Entertainment

How One Mom Rewrote the Movie-Going Experience with Sensory Friendly Films

A mom's determination for her daughter to go to a movie led to AMC and the Autism Society teaming up to launch “Sensory Friendly Films,” a monthly program for individuals on the autism spectrum and/or with other special needs.

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Entertainment

Singer Terri Gibbs Always Had a Clear Vision for Music Despite Blindness

Singer Terri Gibbs says she’s lived a real-life Cinderella story. “One year you’re on the couch [in a mobile home] watching the Country Music Awards and, the next year, you’re on the stage receiving an award,” Gibbs tells AmeriDisability Services.

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Travel

Accessible Accommodations are Just a Click Away

Accomable, an online booking platform that houses accessible accommodations worldwide including homes, apartments, swaps and other rentals. The mission: To make accessible travel as easy, simple and straightforward as possible.

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Art & Design

Jason DaSilva: A Filmmaker, App Creator and Loving Father

A person is not defined by what they look like or how they speak but by their unique thoughts, perspectives, and vision unseen by others.

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Sports

Meet Shaquem Griffin: The UCF Knight's One-Handed Superstar

The UCF football team recently wrapped up an undefeated 2017 regular season… Go Knights! For linebacker Shaquem Griffin, it was the perfect climax to his senior year.

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Lifestyle

Home Designer Gives Green Light to Accessible Blueprints

Susan P. Berry is an architectural consultant offering frameworks for both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on accessibility.

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Art & Design

Friends & Stars

Friends and Stars hosts about 500 people per month with classes facilitated through "a group of professional artists with a desire to give back to community."

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Art & Design

I Am Sheriauna: A Beautifully Different Book about Disabilities

A true story that promotes positive conversations about differences.

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Education

Tech Opportunities for All - Learn the Skills Today and Reap the Benefits in a Matter of Months

In today’s day and age, technology is where you can learn skills in as little as three months and come out with a job that pays more than most professions that require a bachelor's degree.

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Health

Florida Autism Center Helps Children Reach Personal Potential

The Florida Autism Center (FAC) provides applied behavioral analysis (ABA) based services which involves clinically-proven techniques and principles that bring about meaningful and positive changes in behavior.

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Health

Island Dolphin Care Makes a Splash with Animal-Assisted Therapy

Island Dolphin Care is a nonprofit providing uniquely motivational dolphin-assisted therapy programs for hundreds of children and adults with diverse special needs or illnesses and their families.

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Education

UCP of Central Florida Teaches Beyond Classroom Curriculum

A nonprofit charter school and therapy center serving more than 3,000 children across seven Orlando area campuses. UCP aims to “unlock the potential” of children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida and various developmental challenges

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Health

Spencer's Sensory Shop: A Business Blanketed with Disability Research

Always creating or making something, Karen just happened to fall into creating weighted blankets as a way to help her autistic step-son, Noah.

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