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GET TO KNOW FOUR ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES ENJOY THE OUTDOORS Everyone looks for enjoyment in life. Whether you’re born with a disability or acquired one, finding opportunities to be physically active, have fun, or connect with others can sometimes seem like a challenge. We recently caught up with a few organizations…

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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF THE NSM THOUGHT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE Change doesn’t just happen. While one voice can start a movement, it often takes the intentional focus of a team to ensureideas become realities. That’s been the focus of the National Seating & Mobility (NSM) ThoughtLeadership Committee since its inception five years ago. What It Is…

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Ensuring Access to Telehealth for CRT During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve gottenused to doing a lot of things from home. Onepositive of the pandemic is that it’s broughttelehealth to the forefront. While telehealth isn’t new, Public HealthEmergency (PHE) authorizations during thepandemic expanded the availability of telehealthservices for Medicare beneficiaries andothers. This included authorizing physical andoccupational…

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The arts enrich our lives. from fashion and film to dance or design, the arts challenge, encourage, educate and inspire us. Get to know three arts and-culture-focused nonprofits that are creating beauty in various fields as they promote inclusion and access for those with disabilities. Runway of Dreams runwayofdreams.orgIn 2014, Mindy Scheier’s son wanted to…

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Twenty years ago, when Jen and Barry dean learned their daughter, katherine, had Cerebral Palsy, they didn’t really understand what that meant. their journey has been marked by both beauty and struggle. read Jen’s words of encouragement in this excerpt from her longer essay, “How I Learned to Navigate the World with my Daughter in…

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An insurance denial can be devastating, particularly when it’s for the Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) that keeps your daily life in motion. But even when you’re faced with a refusal to cover the equipment you need to live life to the fullest, you can take steps to advocate for yourself. be your own hero! Here’s…

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CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST AND EDUCATOR CREATES THE ADAPTIVE LUXURY MAKEUP BRAND FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES They say practice makes perfect, but for celebrity makeup artist and instructor Terri Bryant, it was feeling like a beginner again that taught her the most. Bryant has a resume to die for, working both in makeup artistry and education…

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HOW AUSTIN WHITNEY HELPS MAKE MUSIC FESTIVALS AND LIVE EVENTS ACCESSIBLE Austin Whitney is the president of Ten Fifty Entertainment, the leading provider of accessibility and guest services programs for event planners across the country. Whitney started the company in 2014, seven years after a car accident that severed the biggest names in live events,…

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THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS BORN AT A CAMP RUN BY HIPPIES. I’m very tired of being thankful for accessible toilets. If I have to be thankful for an accessible bathroom, when am I ever gonna be equal in the community? When Judy Heumann poignantly asks that question in the 2020 Academy Award-nominated documentary Crip…

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WHILE THE PAST YEAR BROUGHT MANY CHANGES, CHALLENGES REMAIN FOR COMPLEX REHABILITATION TECHNOLOGY (CRT). TO GUARANTEE OUR VOICES ARE HEARD, WE MUST STAY IN FRONT OF POLICY MAKERS. The Issue On July 1, Medicare will cut funding for CRT manual wheelchair accessories. This is the most pressing issue CRT users are currently facing. For those…

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