April 2022 issue showcases

Christine Chama

IZ Adaptive solves clothing conundrums for people with disabilities

SenseIT

Roger Chard: a life of excellence (part 2)

Q&A with Ashley Lyn Olson

Toby Willis, blind sailor talks about acceptance and the power of the dog

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Christine Chama, “Self acceptance is the key to happiness”

Christine Chama, “Self acceptance is the key to happiness”

Self-acceptance is the key to happinessPerception of people with disabilities People in my community and country have very negative perceptions about people with disabilities. It is erroneously believed that they are always looking for someone to help them; they...

IZ Adaptive solves clothing conundrums for people with disabilities

IZ Adaptive solves clothing conundrums for people with disabilities

IZ Adaptive solves clothing conundrums for people with disabilitiesBy Nancy Baye Izzy Camilleri has been in the fashion industry since graduating fashion college in 1984; working in high fashion, collections, and making custom wardrobes for the film industry. Now she...

Roger Chard: a life of excellence (part 2)

Roger Chard: a life of excellence (part 2)

Retired attorney, Roger Chardtalks about a life of grit, determination and excellence (part 2)  Roger Chard at Parry Peak, ColoradoInclusive employment  When it comes to hiring, education of potential employers is critical. This is where messages from a magazine...

Q & A with Ashley Lyn Olson

Q & A with Ashley Lyn Olson

Q & A with Ashley Lyn Olson Author, travel enthusiast, bloggerQ: Tell us about your writing. I grew up wanting to be a writer although never thought it would be possible. Writing jobs are few far between, and there aren’t many Stephen Kings in the world. So, I...

Rosemarie Rossetti: Universal Design Expert

Rosemarie Rossetti: Universal Design Expert

Rosemarie Rossetti: Educator, Author, Universal Design Expertby St. Cloud State University Student, Taylor Mulcahy Rossetti holds a double major in agricultural education and horticulture for her Bachelor of Science degree. She then studied agricultural education for...

Disability Champion: Jose Antonio Bourdain

Disability Champion: Jose Antonio Bourdain

Portugal has a disability champion: Jose Antonio Bourdainby St. Cloud State University Student: Tera Brooks March 2022 will commemorate 34 years that Jose has worked with people with disabilities. It has been a long and winding road that he has traveled to get him to...

Blogger, Holly Tuke, “Life of a Blind Girl”

Blogger, Holly Tuke, “Life of a Blind Girl”

Blogger, Holly Tuke, “Life of a Blind Girl” Holly Tuke“I love going to concerts - I probably went to way too many pre-pandemic times.  You’ll always find me listening to music. I’m a bit of a bookworm as well.” The older I got, I became much more aware of the...

Dr. Ferdico and Sensory Access

Dr. Ferdico and Sensory Access

Dr. Daniela Ferdico says there’s something about the senses… by St. Cloud State University student, Jordan RadfordDr. Daniela Ferdico loves traveling, gets giddy going to the airport and being on a plane. Her experiences through her unique career path and personal...

Hafsa Qadeer

Hafsa Qadeer

hHow Hafsa Qadeer followed her Heart to Special Olympics and what she’s learned from her journey in MENAHafsa Qadeer and her brother Ahmed Qadeer.by Alexandra Nava-BaltimoreHafsa Qadeer heard a whisper in her ear and followed it to Special Olympics. Working from...

An able-bodied person’s eye-opening Experience

An able-bodied person’s eye-opening Experience

An able-bodied person's eye-opening Experience"I can just imagine how much people with disabilities can achieve with support and awareness." ~Joyana Riviere My experience attending the Youth with Disabilities Caribbean sessions was indeed an eye opener! This event is...

Interview with  Bart Vulliamy

Interview with Bart Vulliamy

Interview with Bart Vulliamy Autistic, self-taught photographic artist1. Tell us a bit about yourself  A resident of East Vancouver, Canada, I have had a lifelong struggle with anxiety disorders.  To some people I’m considered a Lomographer (the act of taking...

Nic Zapko

Nic Zapko

Listen to what she has to say!We all need someone like Nic in our Deaf communities.  Nic is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. She faced many barriers in her previous home state and decided to move to Minnesota. She  found her true home here where she feels truly welcomed....

Marlene Valle: Deaf Content Creator & Travel Blogger

Marlene Valle: Deaf Content Creator & Travel Blogger

Content Creator, Travel Blogger and Travel Photographer She's passionate, adventurous, and creativeQ. Share with us a bit about your childhood/background. A. I was born in Los Angeles as a first generation Mexican-American, and I'm the only deaf child in my family....

Realwheels Theatre – only one of its kind in Canada

Realwheels Theatre – only one of its kind in Canada

Realwheels Theatre“Hell is other people.” This classic line from Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic No Exit has seen a lot of milage over the years. Used bitingly, it’s often sighed by those who feel they have to suffer through the actions or company of those they dislike,...

Bee You Dolls

Bee You Dolls

Dolls that Reflect every ability and raceIt all started when Andile was looking for a baby doll for her baby niece. She could not find the specific doll she had in mind, namely one that was not a barbie doll, one that was also reflective of her ethnicity – African...

Life Being Little – Dwarfism Awareness

Life Being Little – Dwarfism Awareness

Dwarfism Awareness with Danielle WebbMastering the basics- The reality of being a little person in lockdown. As restrictions have begun to ease over recent months- and the covid world we came to knew has begun to fade- I have taken time to reflect on the last two...

Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility & Its Importance to Travel Businesses in 2022Did you know that 25% of the global population has a disability or condition that affects their ability to use the internet? That equates to around 61 million people in the U.S. and over 1 billion...

Collette Divitto

Collette Divitto

Collette Divitto of Collettey’s CookiesAll the right ingredients to be a leaderBy: Fred J. Maahs, Jr.I spoke with Collette Divitto, owner of Collettey’s Cookies, and her mother, Rosemary, recently for a candid discussion about Collette, her bakery, and the...

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