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Music for a Cause

Performing artist Lyonn is an alternative musician that uses his music as a stepping stone to raise awareness for causes he truly believes in. He has teamed up with American DanceWheels Foundation, a non profit that teaches dance to individuals with disabilities. “It is immensely uplifting and I am so proud to say they are using my song "Dancing Machine" as their theme song!” shares Lyonn.

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Super Skydiver

“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, two hours before his first skydive. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, resident was getting ready to jump from 10,000 feet, a stunt he was completing to help raise money for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders, as well as improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities. Stone became a paraplegic 10 years ago when a car accident left him with a spinal cord injury.

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Protecting Those That Live Alone

In the United States, more than 11 million people over the age of 65 live alone and more than 61 million have physical or intellectual disabilities and these numbers are growing. In today’s fast-paced society family members need better ways to check on the health and safety of their aging parents and grandparents or adult children with disabilities.

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Are You Ready?

The Are You Ready? video follows the training regimen for three Parapan Am hopefuls: Danielle Kisser (swimming), Jaye Milley (cycling) and David Eng (wheelchair basketball) who represent all athletes vying for a spot at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. The powerful musical backdrop, by A Tribe Called Red, is titled “Electric pow wow drum.” Directed by Vikram Dasgupta, the video features unforgettable images of strength, focus and determination, which begs the question: are you ready for what’s to come in 2015? Follow #AreYouReady

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Real People. Real Life.

No staging. No actors. Stock photo company DisabilityImages.com has created a library of images of people with real disabilities and their lifestyle, emphasizing positive, empowered, accessible and adaptive activities. The collection offers high-quality, royalty-free images for licensing and publication. No models. No posers.

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Ratify the Disability Treaty

I wrote this opinion piece for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after being inspired at the Marine Corps Marathon weekend. On October 27th I had the unique experience of participating in Marine Corps weekend, joining thousands of people running the various Marine Corps Marathon events. I was struck by a strong sense of pride and feeling of patriotism that can feel foreign in today's climate.

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The 7 Percent Wake Up Call

Let's call it what it is: An aspirational quota of sorts. The Department of Labor's long-anticipated final ruling is in, and will require nearly 250,000 U.S. businesses to work towards a goal that 7 percent of their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Crowdsourcing Accessible Playgrounds

National Public Radio has released a new app to help parents and other find accessible playgrounds nationwide. The Playgrounds for Everyone desktop and mobile app maps more than 1,300 venues designed for kids with disabilities, with features like smooth surfaces, swings with backs or safety harnesses, ramps to allow children to access play towers and slides, or sound-play features like drums or chimes.

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