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Autistic Baker Jeremiah Josey: Baking ‘Allowed Me To Believe In My Abilities’

Josey shares his experience of living with autism and encouraging people with disabilities to pursue their dreams. At just 21 years old, Maryland-based Jeremiah Josey is a baker, model and inspirational speaker on the topic of autism.

Penny Leclair.

‘There’s nothing I can’t do’: What it feels like to be deafblind

Born without sight, Penny Leclair knew that when her hearing began to fade, she would have to fight to stay connected. When Penny Leclair was a young child growing up in the ’50s without sight, she wanted to do what her siblings were doing — riding bikes, learning to cook and exploring their neighbourhood. It was this drive to learn that would help her find new and developing resources as she began to lose her hearing in her early adulthood.

Nicholas James Vujicic.

Nick Vujicic’s Success Story

Nick Vujicic was born to Dushka and Boris Vujicic in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Although he was an otherwise healthy baby, Nick was born without arms and legs; he had no legs, but two small feet, one of which had two toes.

Selma Blair.

Selma Blair: It’s Time We Shift the Story About How Disabled People Are Represented

Selma Blair explains why it’s time for media to shift toward a world where everyone sees themselves represented, and how to build belonging into media.

Justin Dionne and his family.

Living life to its greatest potential despite a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

More than ever, individuals with the severe neuromuscular disease are empowered to live actively and independently. Nine-year-old Justin Dionne (bottom right) was diagnosed with SMA at age four but has been able to enjoy a full, active life that includes extracurricular sports and travelling with family.

Picture of people celebrating disability purple light up day.

Disability Champion’s winter round-up

Before many of us take our Christmas and New Year break, I would like to look back and give you an update on what has happened in the disability space in recent months.

Picture of Lizzie Velasquez.

Lizzie Velasquez Pleads For End To Cruel ‘FaceTime Prank’ On TikTok

She urged parents not to teach their kids to fear people who are different. Author and disability advocate Lizzie Velasquez called out the prank on her own TikTok account on Sunday. It involves telling someone they’re going to FaceTime with somebody they know, and then instead showing them a photo or video of someone intended to shock or scare them — like a mug shot, or a video of a disabled person. Velasquez came across someone using her own image, as a way to scare a child.

Photograph of Shaun Ryder.

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder on being a rockstar with ADHD

Shaun Ryder, who is best known for being the lead singer in the bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in 2020.

Alycia Anderson.

Beyond Compliance: Accessibility in Multifamily

In the multifamily industry, we have all heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have policies in place for it. It is referenced, stated, and explained in our training courses, onboarding materials, and development plans.

Jeff VanDyke.

‘What will my child become?’

My differences were thought of as less ‘cool.’ I was the target of bullying, both verbal and physical.’: Man with cerebral palsy says ‘you are more than the struggles you face’