Kelly MacDonald

Host of Kelly and Company on AMI Audio

Bean Gill

Miss Wheelchair Canada

The Arc, USA

Employment of People with Disabilities

Flying Fox Camp

Fun, positive social experiences in Australia

Safety at Home for the Vision Impaired

Things we take for granted around the house can be dangerous

Peter Slatin

Trains the hospitality sector disabilities

Christine Staple Ebanks

Special Needs Parent Advocate

Pankaj Pradhananga

Director of Four Season Travel & Tours, Nepal

Maria Town

President of the American Association of People with Disabilities

Achievement Learning Centre, Dominica

Leading by Example

Angela F. Williams

President and CEO of Easterseals USA

Beautiful Flowers by Gardens4Hope

Gardens4Hope

Cultivating hope through gardening

EqualWeb

Makes websites accessible

Mindy Scheier

Runway of Dreams

Broadstreet Media

Media by the deaf, for the deaf. Barbados.

Izzy Wheels

Decorative Wheelchair Covers

Maureen Webber

Parent Advocate, Jamaica

Paratrek

Where there is a wheel, there is a way.

Labels Are Not Needed

Michael + Albert, Saba Island Properties

Sailability Antigua

People with disabilities are given the opportunity to sail.

Nick Booth

CEO, True Patriot Love Foundation, Canada

Mrunmaiy Abroal

She is not defined by her disability

Nawal Benzaouia

Founder of Massiraa

Exploring Camps in Israel

Participants come from very diverse walks of life

Ableism

There are multiple ways to define Ableism.

Tony Coelho

Co-Author of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Nic Novicki

Founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

Marco Pasqua

A captivating speaker who happens to have a disability

Gabi & Jules

Inclusive Employer

The story of Jean ClaudeMbonigaba

He hopes for improvement in Rwanda for people with disabilities

Easterseals Employment Services

People with disabilities bring strengths to the workplace

The Shalva Band

The Shalva Band The word ‘Shalva’ means ‘peace of mind’ or ‘serenity’ in Hebrew. The Shalva Band, based in Israel, consists of members who represent a variety of intellectual developmental disabilities and physical impairments. The Band members’ disabilities include blindness, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome. The Shalva Band was established in 2005 and has been in existence for nearly sixteen years. It began when the director of the band, Shai Ben-Shushan suggested the idea to the founder of Shalva, Kalman Samuels. Shai did not have any previous involvement in the Shalva organization or...

Dwarfism Awareness with Danielle Webb

  Let’s Talk ... Dwarfism Awarenesswith Danielle Webb"My journey of self-acceptance . . . in progress"     From a young age, I have clear memories of being shamed for my body image and size. From the innocence of my reception classmates saying I “looked funny” . . . to the 15-year-olds shouting “freak” down the secondary school corridors. Be it right or not, I guess you can say “I’m used to it”, so more times than not I brush it off... cold shoulder, because truthfully there are not enough hours in the day to give attention to every person who stares at you as you walk down...

Dementia Awareness with Rianna Patterson

  Let’s Talk ... Dementia Awarenesswith Rianna PattersonRianna Patterson is a personal development coach, TEDx speaker founder of a youth-led dementia charity called Dominica Dementia Foundation which she launched when she was 18, in memory of her grandfather. She is also the film director of: Dementia: The Island Journey film, a documentary on dementia in the Caribbean www.dominicadementiafoundation.orgThis is an important time for Dementia advocacy. As COVID-19 has become a global health priority, other health diseases such as cancer and dementia have been highlighted in the media. This is...

Wives & girlfriends of spinal cord injury

WAGS of SCIWives and girlfriends of spinal cord injuryBrooke & Elena gives us a peek into their worldBrooke Pagé and Elena Pauly of Vancouver, BC, started the Wives and Girlfriends of Spinal Cord Injury (WAGS of SCI) group after becoming caregivers for their partners, both of whom are quadriplegic. In 2014, Evan, Brooke’s boyfriend at the time, got injured at work when a load of unsecured flooring fell on his head, breaking his neck. After the injury, the couple married in 2016 and Brooke is now his full-time caregiver. Elena’s boyfriend, Dan, became severely injured in 2016 after...

Support entrepreneurs with disabilities

Autistic self-taught artist and designerMargaux Wosk (they/them)Support entrepreneurs with disabilitiesMargaux Wosk (they/them) is an autistic self-taught artist and designer as well as an activist and advocate for people with disabilities. They fight really hard for those who own their own business so that these entrepreneurs are able to have the same rights and benefits that are available through organizations that hire people with disabilities. They also engage in public speaking and through everything they do, passionately strive to break down barriers that exist as it relates to what is...

Katy Neas can teach us a thing or two

Katy Neas: She can teach us all a thing or two!by Alexandra Nava-Baltimore [ This interview has been edited for length and clarity. ] Spanning a powerful 30 year career, Katy Neas, the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (United States Department of Education), works tirelessly as she continues her plan to create a clear and strong support system for children, families, teachers, and all those involved in the education of students with and without disabilities. Using her passion and drive, along with the experience and skills she gained...

Avi Golden: A stroke and aphasia survivor

Avi GoldenA stroke and aphasia survivorAvi is a stroke and aphasia survivor. He was an New York City paramedic and about to start medical school when he had a stroke. Prior to his stroke, he loved many outdoor sports like horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, bicycle riding, snowboarding, etc. Now, post-stroke he has aphasia (difficulty communicating) and can't use one arm, but still enjoys many of the same thrilling activities. Avi completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Towson University, in Maryland, USA.   1. As someone with aphasia, what can you share about this condition...

Cole Sibus: ” We have no limits”

Cole Sibus: "We have no limits"  Meeting Cole Sibus for the first time, it will be immediately evident that he is an extrovert. His effervescent personality cascades throughout a conversation, humour seamlessly interwoven, eliciting frequent bouts of laughter from conversation partners. Witty, charming, fun-loving, daring, eager to try new things, compassionate and quite the conversationalist, Cole is a son, brother, athlete and actor. He also has Down syndrome, but this in no way defines him. As an athlete, Cole enjoys a variety of sports including softball, swimming, tennis, and...

Marcela Marañon: “I am beautiful the way I am”

Marcela Marañ[email protected]“I am beautiful the way I am”  At 20 years old, a car accident resulted in Marcela Marañon being confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. Fast forward to today. The adult Marcela enjoys a very influential spot in the social media space. Her Instagram account, @thejourneyofabravewoman, which she started in 2017 “reflects my life,” Marcela said. “I feel really brave putting myself out there and doing things” but with 399,000 engaged followers, it is evident that her contribution is felt. With a degree in communications which included...

The Alinker: A Vehicle for Change

The Alinker: A Vehicle for ChangeBy Shana Jones From the first Alinker deliveries to ecstatic customers, people previously marginalized by society have been re-imagining and re-purposing their lives. She says she’s not an activist, but I respectfully disagree. She has built schools in Afghanistan and taught carpentry to deaf children in Kenya. She challenges the refuge of comfort we tuck ourselves into by refusing a seat on the othering bandwagon. She personifies a fierce defiance of the mindsets driving the ism’s in society, choosing to see a single human race made up of diverse parts...

Annagrazia Laura

President of  The European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT): “Our primary purpose is to make tourism accessible to everyone…”

Joshuanette Francis

She wants to publicly share her Osteoarthritis journey, which she does through her YouTube Channel, Joshuanette’s World.                          (Antigua & Barbuda)

Rebekah Bundesen

President of the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality.            “Never devalue yourself” (USA)

Save the Youth Foundation

The work of a few benefits many (Curacao)

Vision-Enabling Spectacles

For the sight-impaired, there is an exciting prospect looming. (Israel)

Dr. Glenville Liburd, Caribbean CBR

Leading the discussions on disability issues in the Caribbean. (Nevis)

Mr. Keiji Kawahara

“Universal Designs benefit everyone.” (Japan)

Spotlight on the lives of two disability advocates

Judith Heumann & Fred Maahs, Jr. (USA)

Best Buddies

This program ensures that no one is left isolated. (USA)

Disability Advocacy in Antigua

A variety of outreach programs are undertaken year-round . . . (Antigua & Barbuda)

360-Access

Maps and shares accessible features of public spaces. (USA)

Eli Meiri, Accessible Tour Guide, Israel4All

“Many people dream of travelling to Israel, a place of historical and religious significance.” Eli (Israel)

Accessible Metro Vancouver

Vancouver has embraced the concept of Universal Design. (Canada)

My Trip to Accessible Israel

“Israel is so much more accessible than you may imagine.” Fred Maahs, Jr.(USA)

Fully Accessible Barbados

Creating an accessible, inclusive island.(Barbados)

Accessible Japan

Mr. Hideto Kijima: Wheel chair users can navigate city streets with relative ease: (Japan)

Accessible Martinique

Noel Cicalini: The information source for everything accessible on the Caribbean island of Martinique

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