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Empowered through Education

Empowered through Education

Sadly, a large number of students who are leaving high school and transitioning into college often lack the knowledge and or skills to advocate for themselves. That being said, it is imperative that they learn and develop self-advocacy skills, as well as cultivate a strong sense of empowerment before exiting high school.

Equal Employment

Equal Employment

40 percent of adults with disabilities in their prime working years (ages 25-54) have a job, compared to 79 percent of all prime-age adults.

My Wheelchair. My Independence.

My Wheelchair. My Independence.

At 8 years old, I received my first wheelchair and it gave me the freedom and independence my legs failed to provide. It became my equalizer, allowing me to live a more inclusive lifestyle. Today, it still affords me the opportunity to maintain the independent lifestyle for which I am so grateful.

The Time is Now to Take Charge of our Healthcare

The Time is Now to Take Charge of our Healthcare

Having a voice and being a strong self-advocate when it comes to accessible healthcare is of the utmost importance. After all, who knows your body better than you?

Wings for Life: Running for Those Who Can't

Wings for Life: Running for Those Who Can't

The Wings for Life World Run is unlike any other race and fundraising event. Not only does it empower the participants to "Run for Those Who Can't". It also keeps the light shining on spinal cord injury research.

PATTI + RICKY = LOVE

PATTI + RICKY = LOVE

"My mom was my everything. After she passed away, I knew that she was such an incredible mother that she even raised me to be okay without her. Every day I try to think of how I can be better to honor what my mom would want from me. I know she would want me to be happy, healthy and help others." - Alexandra Connell

Writer. Artist. Pole dance Champion. International Sex Icon. Meet Erin Clark.

Writer. Artist. Pole dance Champion. International Sex Icon. Meet Erin Clark.

Her work centers herself and her personal life as a disabled women in narratives with as much adventure, glamour, sex appeal and empowerment as she can get herself into.

CARLY SMILES

CARLY SMILES

"The day I stopped comparing myself to others and instead viewed myself as a unique individual my confidence shot through the roof." - Carly Lloyd

Hope is Contagious

Hope is Contagious

"I feel the most empowered when I am helping others figure out their new way of living. I mentor others with spinal cord injuries, especially new injuries, and seeing the light bulb “turn on” when talking with them is an amazing feeling." - Megan Hammond

Don’t Just Live….. AbleThrive!

Don’t Just Live….. AbleThrive!

"Inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it's also better for companies. When teams are diverse, you have a better chance of covering more bases and understanding how to reach more customers. Also, you open yourselves to benefiting from the skills diverse populations offer. Companies have to make a commitment to inclusion and to go beyond race, gender and sexual orientation to proactively include disability." - Brittany Déjean

Stand Up. Sit Down. Speak Out!

Stand Up. Sit Down. Speak Out!

Did you know that sexual assault doesn't just happen among strangers? More than half of female victims of rape report being raped by an intimate partner.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd marked the UN’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities, a day on which the UN hopes to inspire a “transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”. We should be working towards a world where everyone is included and no one gets left behind. So we want to recognize disability advocates and activists around the world. We celebrate your courage, dedication and life changing impacts. We are with you every day and we stand/sit with you with pride.