Nancy DeVault

Lifestyle

How to Make Halloween Inclusive for all Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween can be tricky for children with special needs, but don't fear... festive fun awaits.

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Entertainment

ASL Music Interpreters Amp Up Accessibility for the Deaf Community

Viral videos are stirring up noise about ASL music interpreters. But the conversation should remain focused on improving equal access for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Sports

Adaptive Coaches Fiercely Flex the Limits of Fitness Training

Adaptive athletes are revolutionizing the fitness industry, from both the trainer and the trainee perspective. AmeriDisability connected with three adaptive coaches to learn more about the progression.

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Health

In-Utero Surgery Improves Outcomes for Babies with Spina Bifida

Because spinal cord damage is progressive during gestation, prenatal surgery is scientifically proven to be more effective than postnatal repair.

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Fashion & Beauty

Here’s Why a Popular Health & Beauty Company Prioritizes Inclusive Product Design

P&G is focused on accessibility in the workplace, in homes and in the community. The motivation is personal to both those creating and benefiting from these inclusive efforts.

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Sports

Soccer Superstar Carson Pickett Scores by Promoting Inclusion

Orlando Pride defender is a role model on and off the field.

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Health

How Color Therapy Benefits People with Disabilities

Here's the silver lining to this holistic approach...

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Tech

Innovative Electronic Glasses Help the Visually-Impaired See Clearly

eSight glasses are intended for individuals with low vision or legal blindness.

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Sports

Adaptive Bicycles Pave the Way for Riders with Disabilities

People with differing abilities can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of cycling.

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Education

Smart Ways to Keep Kids with Disabilities Off the “Summer Slide”

Seasonal brain drain is a reality, and children with special needs are especially at risk. Don’t let summer vacation drown out educational gains. 

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Education

School Nursing Policy in Question After Needs of Student with Disability Not Met

A Florida family is advocating to change conflicting school policies.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seniors

SilverSneakers Offers Free Fitness Programs for Seniors

Physical activity is essential to healthy living and, perhaps, especially so for mature adults. It can prevent and/or help control many health problems and also build and maintain strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and mental well-being.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

Whispering Meadows Ranch Saddles Up for Life-Changing Rides

A nonprofit property dedicated to enriching the lives of those with disabilities through recreational and educational equine-assisted programs and activities.

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Health

Holistic Therapies You Need to Know About

Holistic therapies consist of a wide array of nontraditional health and wellness practices that fall outside conventional care, like pharmaceutical or surgical treatments.

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Seniors

Seniors Connect With Computer Classes

Technology is second nature for younger generations who are accustom to computers, cellular phones, video game consoles and more. For many seniors, however, the ever-changing world of computer-based technology can feel foreign.

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Tech

New Smart Toy is Game-Changer for Children with Developmental Disorders

Leka is an interactive and multi-sensory toy offering children with special needs the ability to play fun and educational games that motivate social interactions; increase motor, cognitive and emotional skills; and stimulate autonomy.

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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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Sports

Game On! Endless Possibilities Champions Adaptive Sports in South Florida

Endless Possibilities welcomes all individuals with physical disabilities regardless of sport skill level.

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Health

Surfers For Autism Ride Impactful Waves

Surfers For Autism supports research, awareness and advocacy while also creating safe, fun and judgement-free social environments.

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Sports

Wheelchair Athletes Have a Ball

Since 1992, the Orlando Magic Wheels have encouraged people with disabilities to bring their A-game to team sports.

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Health

Granny Nannies Help with House Calls

Eighty percent of elderly people have one or more chronic health conditions or illnesses that requires long-term care. GrannyNANNIES' certified nursing assistants and home health aides allow for both short-term and long-term assistance to be offered in the comfort of one's own home.

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Sports

The "Freedom" of Adaptive Adventures

Sporting nonprofit founded by adaptive athlete mobilizes recreation.

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Health

Planning Ahead for Lifelong Care

Navigating support systems for individuals with disabilities can be overwhelming, especially since programs vary per state.

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Sports

The Stand Up and Play Foundation is Above Par for Adaptive Sports

Following injuries stemming from military combat and a car accident caused by a drunk driver, Anthony Netto, found himself wheelchair bound. He got back into playing golf by developing the paramobile.

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Travel

Best Florida Destinations for Travelers with Disabilities

Just in time for summer travel, AmeriDisability Services is pleased to spotlight some of the sunshine state’s best destinations for travelers with disabilities. There are many places to visit, but Key Largo may just be ‘key’ to Florida’s finest accessible vacation!

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Health

Yoga Therapy is Flexible to Fit Everyone with Adaptability

Yoga provides physical benefits with movement; social aspect through the community of a group class or one-on-one with a yoga therapist; and, in some cases..., a spiritual aspect to find inner strength and inner peace.

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Professional

Empowering America's Heroes to Begin New Ventures

Working the National Veterans Entrepreneurship program.

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Health

Wired to Activate for a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The progression, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but he National Multiple Sclerosis Society is working hard to find answers...

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Tech

Arming the World with Bionic Heroes

Innovative nonprofit builds bionic arms and other techs for people with disabilities.

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Tech

Go Baby Go: A Driving Force for Mobility

Go Baby Go aims to promote early, independent mobility through research, advocacy and education.

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