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January 2014 Buzz Articles

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Blindness and Cerebral Palsy Can't Keep Teenaged Filmmaker from her Hollywood Dream

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Harrington has a vision.

Born with anophthalmia—without eyes—her vision does not depend on her ability to see. It is not hindered by her cerebral palsy or her eye prosthetics. Instead, this vision is what drives her to fulfill her Hollywood dreams and what caught the attention of award-winning independent filmmaker Tim Greene.

Elizabeth's current film project, directed by Greene, is a documentary entitled Hollywood Here We Come which chronicles her journey to Hollywood to make a short film and walk the infamous red carpet.

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Product Spotlight: Eco M

Small footprint, BIG impact.

The M is for Mobility, and EcoCentre's latest venture, the Eco M, is primed to revolutionize the accessible vehicle industry when it hits the market sometime in the second quarter of this year. EcoCentre was established in 2012 as the nation's first automobile dealership network dedicated to economical, environmentally friendly fleet and consumer vehicles.

Now, with the advent of the Eco M, their goal of providing high-quality, affordable electric vehicles to everyone really does mean everyone.

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En Garde!

One of the first sports to be included in the Paralympic program, Wheelchair Fencing made its debut in England in 1953 in the Stoke Mandeville Games, a competition especially for war veterans. The first countries to develop the sport were precisely those with a tradition in world fencing: England, France and Italy.

When it was introduced in the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome, the program proposed included only saber events. Based on the regulations of the International Fencing Federation (FIE, in French), two more weapons were introduced—foil and epée—in the Tokyo Games four years later.

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The Life and Times of Chris Rohan

What do you do when your whole life changes in an instant? How do you cope? What about your sense of self when everything is changing? Where can you turn? Ask Chris Rohan. She knows, because it has happened to her again and again. Just look; she has the stubborn grin to prove it.

"I had always wanted to be a nurse. And I was, for a while. And an aerobics instructor. And I worked at the desk there. I always liked the people, wherever I worked. I always wanted to learn more about them."

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Abilities365.com Features Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare is not your average managed care organization. When emergency room physician C. David Molina noticed the volume of low-income, uninsured people coming to the ER for general healthcare services, he opened a clinic in Long Beach, California with the idea that every patient deserves to be treated like family. Today, though Molina serves more than 1.8 million people in multiple US states, their mission to promote health and wellness for all of their patients—including seniors and those with disabilities—hasn't changed. In fact, their Bridge2Access services were created to ensure that these important members of the Molina family don't fall through the cracks.

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A Mother's Journey Affirms There is No Limit to a Mother's Love

What started off as an ordinary day in the life of Lisa Brodeur in November of 1997 took a turn for the devastating when a drunk driver claimed the life of her husband and paralyzed her 10-year-old son, Kyle.

When that split second of impact inexorably changed the Brodeur family's life, it set in motion a roller coaster of events that pushed Lisa physically, psychologically and emotionally farther than she ever thought she could go. Her new memoir, A Mother's Journey: Through Faith, Hope and Courage, chronicles the heart-wrenching aftermath of the accident including Kyle's surgeries and fight for his life, her young daughter's trauma and her own determined efforts to hold the family together.

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Making a Difference: Annie Hopkins' Story and Vision for the World

Annie Marie Hopkins took the world by storm during her short stay on earth. She made her presence felt when she was here, and her legacy and vision—embodied in her company 3E Love—continue to touch many lives throughout the world. What Annie may have lacked in physical ability, she more than made up with her entrepreneurial spirit and love for life!

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December 2013 Buzz Articles

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Angela Madsen vs. the Pacific Ocean

I am often asked, "Aren't you afraid" and "Do you have fears about whether you will be able to make such a journey?" YOU BET! I have fears and doubts every time I set out to row an ocean. The prospect of rowing for months by myself the more than 2,300 miles from Santa Cruz, California to Hawaii was certainly no different.

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Product Spotlight: ABR Canada Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation

To date, most of the accepted treatment methodology has been to address the functional training of an individual with, for example, cerebral palsy. ABR takes a different tack. This rehabilitation program first targets the musculoskeletal system, arguing that this must be normalized before optimal function can hope to be achieved.

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Criptaedo Inspires Confidence and Independence

My name is Paul Brailer. I am a black-belt from the Art of Karate in Barberton, Ohio and the creator of Criptaedo, a new martial art designed to educate the community of people with disabilities on self-defense and fitness.

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ADA Legacy Project Sets the Stage for the ADA's 25th Birthday

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn twenty-five in 2015. As with any anniversary, this will cause many of us to reflect on our history, consider the present and think ahead to the future. That is what the ADA Legacy Project is all about.

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A Broken System Makes It Hard to Get the Right Wheelchair

I attend every Abilities Expo because it is the number one expo for people with disabilities and people who love people with disabilities.

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Dancers Wanted!

AXIS Dance Company is seeking highly motivated, open-minded, athletic movers with disabilities interested in joining our team as company dancer and/or dance apprentice.

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