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MEET FOUR EMPLOYEES THAT EMBODY HONOR, EXCELLENCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPECT, TEAMWORK AND SERVICE. ETHAN KRUEGER REHAB EQUIPMENT SPECIALISTBURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA Ethan Krueger loves the excitement of adaptivedownhill mountain bike racing. The competition, thecamaraderie of riders, the joy of taking on tough trailsat high speeds—he loves it all. Krueger, who sustained a spinal cord injury on…

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The new normal. We’ve all heard that phrase over and over again during thepandemic, but for me, my new normalbegan in 2018. For more than 25 years I helped peopleand served my community as a lawenforcement officer in PembrokePines, Florida. My wife, Tania, and Ihave been married for 21 years, andwe are the parents of…

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I’m convinced that when each of us can lead our best lives, it’s better for all of us. I’ve always been an active person. Before my accident, I was always in the water—water skiing, swimming, kayaking. In 2015, I was training in Wisconsin for a national barefoot water skiing competition when I fell and injuredmy…

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FOR WESLEY HAMILTON, THERE’S JOY IN EMPOWERING OTHERS. “We want to help people create their own perspective on life so they can live the life they want to live,” says Hamilton, the founder of Disabled But Not Really (DBNR). “We help them do that through a focus on nutrition, fitness and mental health.” DBNR is…

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PERSONAL STORIES THAT INFORM, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER CREATING CHANGE At 16 years old, Alex Johnson is already working to make the world more accessible. The key, he says, is opening people’s eyes to what it’s really like to use a wheelchair, from navigating heavy doors and steep ramps to reaching the top shelf in the…

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The Able Fables® children’s book series exists to celebrate and normalize disability and diversity through morally-rich, rhythmic storytelling. You’ll meet a new character in every story, as they follow their dreams and learn a valuable lesson. At the end of eachbook, 10 real children who share a similar disability or diagnosis as the main character…

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HOW VICTOR CALISE IS WORKING TO MAKE NEW YORK THE MOST ACCESSIBLE CITY IN THE WORLD Victor Calise is no stranger to competition. Whether he was playing touch football as a kid in the streets of New York or sled hockey in the Paralympics, Commissioner Calise has continually challenged himself to excel at any task…

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PERSONAL STORIES THAT INFORM, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER SHANNON DEVIDO Shannon DeVido’s career began at just 7 years old during a school production. Since then, her impressive resume has expanded to include notable acting, comedy, singing and writing projects. “When I was in elementary school,everyone had to be in the plays. It wasn’t a choice,” said…

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Created by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, these artfully designed wheel covers allow you express yourself in a style that’s all your own. With tons of designs to choose from, these unique accessories turn your wheelchair into a statement piece. Izzy Wheels empower wheelchair users to make a statement about themselves. Having stylish wheels…

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IN 2020, OUR WORLDCHANGED DRASTICALLYDUE TO A VIRUS. But my world changed in 1977when a bullet ripped throughmy chest, punctured my lungsand severed my spinal cord.I was angry and frustrated atGod and my friend for pullingthat trigger. But I wasn’t raisedto quit. When I changed myoutlook, I gained confidencein the power of the humanspirit and…

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