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Meet Shaquem Griffin: The UCF Knight's One-Handed Superstar
1/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
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.
Changing Perceptions with Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company
3/1/2018 Tiffiny Carlson
“We are more than a dance company. We are a social movement for inclusion,” says Marisa Hamamoto, founder of Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company. Based in Los Angeles, California, this one-of-a-kind dance company is on a mission.
Meet Ollie: A Real-Life Superhero Who Inspired a Pioneering Comic
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
Ollie also has Down syndrome; and, while his ‘extra chromosome’ was discovered in utero, no one could have known the extra special and groundbreaking impact he would make.
Love Match! Dating Websites for People of All Abilities
3/1/2018 Staff Writer
Dating can be challenging! However, in today’s digital world, exploring romantic partners via online dating has become the norm for many.
New ‘Deaf Chat Group’ Speaks to Benefits of Social-Based Learning
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
Ryan Vander Weide, a Winter Garden, Florida resident, would like to increase the number of people who use ASL. “I think it’s one of the most unique languages in the world,” he says.
Tune into the Benefits of Music Therapy
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
After evaluating the strengths and needs of an individual, music therapists guide therapeutic treatments that may include playing instruments, songwriting, singing and moving to and/or listening to music.
ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents Inclusive Films and Conversations
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
The ReelAbilities Film Festival first kicked off in New York City. Now a decade later and held in fourteen cities nationwide, it’s the largest film festival in the country dedicated to people with disabilities.
‘Breaking Bad’ Star, RJ Mitte, is Breaking Disability Barriers
3/1/2018 Ellen Callahan
Yes, he’s proud of that project and his other acting gigs, yet RJ, who has cerebral palsy, says he’s most fulfilled by another role: advocate for people with disabilities.
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
As the matinee rolled, the then seven-year-old began to flap her hands, dance, twirl and jump. She was happy! But fellow movie-goers were not. Their mommy-daughter date came to an abrupt halt when the duo was asked to leave the theatre.
Singer Terri Gibbs Always Had a Clear Vision for Music Despite Blindness
3/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
“I’m not a blind singer. I’m a singer who happens to be blind.” That mentality ─ to not let her disability define her ─ has been key to her happiness and success.
Restoring Hope for Recovery: My Spinal Cord Injury Story
3/1/2018 Amanda Perla
Because of NextStep Orlando, I'm not only in the best shape of my life but I've gained back so much strength, stamina and function since opening in 2009.
YOOCAN: A Beacon of Light in a Sea of Negativity
2/28/2018 Christalle Bodiford
YOOCAN is helping to create a shift in a mindset that is no longer helping our society. People with disabilities are just like everyone else, and we can do anything we set our minds to do!
Jason DaSilva: Filmmaker, App Creator, and Loving Father
1/1/2018 Haley Brittingham
Jason DaSilva is a filmmaker who studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and graduated at 21 with a film, Olivia’s Puzzle, that was welcomed to the Sundance Festival in 2003.
Home Designer Gives Green Light to Accessible Blueprints
1/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
Susan P. Berry is an architectural consultant offering frameworks for both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on accessibility.
Accessible Accommodations are Just a Click Away
1/1/2018 Nancy DeVault
Traveling can enhance your life on many levels. You may see different things, meet interesting people and, perhaps, even shift your perspective by learning something new. Two lifelong friends from England experienced these wonderful benefits.
Temporary Ramps to the Rescue:  Storefronts Made Accessible Thanks to StopGap Foundation
1/1/2018 Tiffiny Carlson
When we design something for someone with a disability, everyone benefits,” says Luke Anderson, a C5-6 quadriplegic from Toronto.
Center for Independent Living: Creating Opportunity for Disability Inclusion
1/1/2018 Kevin Walker
CIL works to improve the lives and maintain the dignity of people with any kind of disability regardless of demographic.
Understanding Section 508 & WCAG 2.0 for Your Online Presence
1/1/2018 Haley Brittingham
If your site isn’t web-accessible, then you could be missing out on the opportunity to connect with millions of people
Encouraging Future Innovation: Youth Entrepreneurship Education
11/1/2017 Staff Writer
Nearly 80 percent of would-be entrepreneurs in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 34! A 2005 poll from Junior Achievement (JA) found that 68.6 percent of the teenagers interviewed wanted to become entrepreneurs.
Study: Senior Entrepreneurs See Better Quality of Life
11/1/2017 Conor Cawley
Senior employees that make the transition into entrepreneurship are seeing a notable increase in quality of life.
Island Dolphin Care Makes a Splash with Animal-Assisted Therapy
11/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
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.
Spencer's Sensory Shop
11/1/2017 Haley Brittingham
Always creating or making something, Karen just happened to fall into creating weighted blankets as a way to help her autistic step-son, Noah.
I Am Sheriauna
11/1/2017 Haley Brittingham
At the age of four, Sheriauna’s loving mother, Sherylee Honeyghan, began writing the story I Am Sheriauna. It is a tale of a vibrant young girl who just so happens to be beautifully different.
UCP of Central Florida Teaches Beyond Classroom Curriculum
11/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
A nonprofit charter school and therapy center that aims to “unlock the potential” of children with various developmental challenges.
Adaptive Defense Methods
11/1/2017 Emily McDeed
Whether we like to admit it or not, self-defense is necessary in modern society. But for those with limited abilities, protecting yourself may seem unattainable. Fortunately, however, a solution exists...
Artists with Autism
9/1/2017 Cynthia Drucker
It was the vision of Cynthia Drucker, to promote the artistic abilities of her son Brandon who has autism. Brandon is a self-taught artist...
F.R.I.E.N.D.S Down Syndrome West Florida
9/1/2017 Emily McDeed
Need support preparing for your Down Syndrome child, or a place for you and your family to unwind and have fun? Families Raising Inspiring, Educating, and Networking for Down Syndrome West Florida (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) is here to help!
New Smart Toy is Game-Changer for Children with Developmental Disorders
9/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Many parents worry about their children spending too much time playing with tablets, video consoles and other high-tech toys. But what if there was a tech device designed to help exceptional children live exceptional lives?
Orlando Ballet Steps Up Instructional Routine with Adaptive Dance Program
9/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Every Saturday, a small group of enthusiastic students arrive at an Orlando Ballet studio ready to dance in a special hour-long class. Some wear tutus and tights, some wear colored tape on their ballet flats to distinguish left from right...
These School Dogs Look Forward to the Dog Days of Summer
9/1/2017 Pam Green
While interviewing the parent of a potential student diagnosed with autism and anxiety disorders, Edison was in his bed in the director’s south campus office. The child was getting upset, clutching his hands and exhibiting the behaviors of...
Seniors Connect With Computer Classes
9/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
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.
Whispering Meadows Ranch Saddles Up for Life-Changing Rides
9/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Designed for people with both physical and cognitive special needs, the tranquil ranch grounds are lined with oak trees, green pastures and trails believed to naturally serve as a soothing environment for individuals with sensory disabilities and...
Friends & Stars:  A Masterpiece Organization Showcasing Inclusive Art
9/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
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,” including three instructors and about 15 volunteers.
Fairways for Warriors
9/1/2017 Richard Hayward
According to founder Tom Underdown, golf can serve as part of physical rehab, but “We have found that the invisible wounds are usually harder to overcome.”
Challenges in College
9/1/2017 Richard Hayward, MSEd
Kindergarten through 12th-grade disabled students are protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA. However, as students leave high school and move onto college, they leave IDEA behind...
yoocan Community Members: The Hartley Hooligans
7/27/2017 Gwen Hartley
If we knew one thing for sure, it was this -- We already knew how to care for Claire, she brought us infinite joy, and we had learned things from her that we could never have learned had she been born without a disability.
Game On! Endless Possibilities Champions Adaptive Sports in South Florida
7/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Endless Possibilities welcomes all individuals with physical disabilities regardless of sport skill level. “We encourage you to come out...
Surfers For Autism Ride Impactful Waves
7/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Surfers For Autism supports research, awareness and advocacy while also creating safe, fun and judgment-free social environments.
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association Recreation for EVERYONE!
7/1/2017 Laurie LoRe-Gussak, Executive Director
People of all abilities can golf, water-ski, SCUBA dive, dance, horseback ride, kayak and much more. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) believes that everyone can and should benefit from recreation.
Central Florida Attorney Learned to Accept and Appreciate His Disability
7/1/2017 Haley Brittingham
Juan was determined to not let his initial injury or his new prosthetic leg slow him down. Juan realized, “I had to change my perspective on life.
7/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
Aging or ill parents and/or caregivers should plan ahead for the needs of adult children with disabilities, says Deborah Linton, Chief Executive Officer for the The Arc of Florida...
Granny Nannies Help with House Calls
7/1/2017 Nancy DeVault
The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014, according to the Administration on Aging (AoA), representing 14.5% of the U.S. population. That equates to about one in every seven Americans...
7/1/2017 Linda R Price
Approximately six million people in Florida are considered transportation disadvantaged (TD).
7/1/2017 Linda Price
Florida state government tries to help the disabled is through tax reductions or exemptions.
7/1/2017 William J. DeAngelis, Ph.D., J.D.
Many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are in danger of enduring personally unfulfilled lives and of becoming socially isolated.
yoocan Community Members: SouthPawTattoos
5/1/2017 Zack Hunter
I am still climbing that mountain and I am still fighting that fight. There is NOTHING you cannot do, but if you want something in this life you have to take it!
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