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Everyone needs a chance to join with others in every day activities. Many ask, "But how can someone participate if they have a disability?" To answer their question, A Life Worth Living (ALWL) shares stories on how people choose to live a life worth living.

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Hi, I’m Stevie Wonder. Recently the American Foundation for the Blind honoured me with the Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award.  This award was given in her memory for continuing to serve as a role model for people around the world who are blind or visually impaired.

Helen Keller was 19 months old when she became deaf and blind after a serious illness.  In an autobiography, she describes the intense loneliness during her childhood. This isolation ended when her visually impaired teacher, Anne Sullivan, introduced her to the joys of knowledge and friendship. After her education, Helen spent the rest of her life speaking on behalf of people with disabilities. Even after her death, the inspiring story of Helen Keller influences lives everywhere. Helen’s views remain at the forefront even today.

The World Health Organization reports that disabilities has become the most challenging health problems faced by children. Unfortunately, services have not been able to keep pace with the ever-increasing needs.  During my travels across the continents, I’ve always felt a deep conviction about educating families and the public about blindness.

A Life Worth Living’s vision to produce comprehensive, state-of-the-art educational resources on living with a disability, is a dream come true for me.  More than ever alcohol, drugs and suicide are tempting solutions for youth dealing with the mounting pressures of daily life. Now add to these pressures the sudden onset of blindness.  How do you restore hope when dreams are shattered?

 

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A Life Worth Living's workplace resources focus on business-to-business approaches implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and highlight strategies toward a more inclusive environment.

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