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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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MEET FOUR EMPLOYEES THAT EMBODY HONOR, EXCELLENCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPECT, TEAMWORK AND SERVICE. LYNN FERGUSON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL (ATP); CHICAGO, ILLINOIS For Lynn Ferguson, caring for his clients is a calling. Ferguson is the recipient of the 2020 HEARTS award, one of seven awards announced during NSM’s virtual Employee Awards Ceremony in February. “This winner is…

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PERSONAL STORIES THAT INFORM, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER KATHLEEN TEVNAN Kathleen Tevnan has always been inspired by the arts. A painter, world-traveler and aspiring opera star, her passions have continued to fuel her studies and encouraged her to finetune her craft and knowledge of the arts. “As a student, my career goal was to study music…

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SEAN SIMONSON’S LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS IS IMPRESSIVE. Firefighter, world champion mountain bike racer and Harvard graduate are a few of his many achievements.And while the global pandemic may have pushed pause on Simonson’s racing for the time being, it hasn’t slowed him down at all. For Simonson, the future is still looking up. Dropping In…

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