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Linda GonzalesLinda Gonzales
Helping Rural CILs Drives Her

By Janine Bertram Kemp

She’s a braniac with gorgeous blonde hair and deep red lipstick. In these, her middle-age years, she still can turn heads. She is well dressed and moves through the world in her power chair. Linda Gonzales is also softspoken -- more of a doer than a self-promoter.

Gonzales is a leader who likes to anticipate issues. She sees problems coming and offers answers. She has been looking at the potential funding crisis for centers for independent living (CILs).....

Linda continued

With Aid of Technology, Blind Girl Is Writing Her Own Success Story

By John M. Williams

Enthusiastic. Determined. Ambitious. Independent. Visionary. These words describe10- year-old Sofia Priebe. Her life’s goal is to be a writer, she said. “I have a lot of stories to write.”
Sofia continued

Into The Light by Peter Kahrmann

Disability Publications Need Broader View

By Peter S. Kahrmann

If you live with a disability, no one needs to tell you how often you are defined by that disability. You know too that there are times when what you can or can’t do in life is dictated to you by others simply because you have a disability and, in the eyes of still too many, you are your disability -- and nothing more.
Broader view continued

Product Testing

Spread the Word: MS Speech Recognition Program is Great

By John M. Williams

Three years ago, I started having trouble typing. For decades, I averaged 45 words per minutes. Rather suddenly, my typing speed was fewer than eight words per minute. My daughter, Faith, commented: “Dad, you used to type so fast. What happened?”
speech continued

Intellectual Disability Community
Enjoying ‘Bus’ Memoir’s Journey

By Kathi Wolfe

When you write a memoir, you hope it will receive good reviews, sell reasonably well (in a TV- and video-oriented world) and touch some readers. You don’t expect your work to become not only a TV movie, but a phenomenon beloved by a civil rights movement.
Memoir Continued

For Deaf-Blind, New U.S. Program
Good Way to Make the Connection

By Deborah Kendrick

Today, there are an estimated one million Americans whose combined loss of sight and hearing places them in the category of deaf-blindness, and a relatively new piece of legislation now offers a similar promise of flinging wide the gates of connection to the world.

Part of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program Connect continued

Panic Sets In -- and Help Turns Out

By Peter S. Kahrmann

One night in 1985, I am watching a movie called “The Theresa Saldana Story,” the story of an actress who was stalked and stabbed repeatedly by her stalker. To my amazement, she plays herself in the movie. In 1982, Saldana established a nonprofit organization in California to help crime victims called Victims for Victims (VFV).
Panic continued

New Audio Options Music to Ears of Tech-Savvy Blind Book Lovers

By Deborah Kendrick

When I was growing up, I had a friend who shared my disability of blindness. Like me, she loved to read. One Christmas, Gayle’s parents bought her a book, and I marveled at and was envious of her good fortune. Audio options continued


Realistic Portrayal of Mental Illness a Credit to ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

By Kathi Wolfe

When I was growing up in South Jersey, we shied away from or whispered about people with mental illness, but we talked at the top of our lungs about the victories and defeats of our adopted team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Even now when I go back home, I root for the Eagles to win as if the fate of the earth depended on it, though I wouldn’t know a pigskin if I fell on it. I thought of this when I saw “Silver Linings Playbook,” a star-packed movie just out on DVD that features Philadelphia, the Eagles, dancing, romance and characters with mental illness. Playbook continued

In Illinois, Going Home Campaign, Governor Fight Institutionalization

By Mike Ervin

Closing old state institutions where hordes of people with disabilities live has become the norm in the 21st century. But Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt to methodically phase out his state’s “developmental centers,” as they are called, has met with fierce opposition from the union representing employees of the centers and from family members of some residents.
Illinois continued



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Red triangle indicating article is from previous  issueHarkin Going Out Swinging for the Disability Community April Cover
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- PDF version of this issue
- ILUSA.COM Searchable Database
- An interview with author, Diana Henriques
- New Cash Identifier Sounds About Right
- Do We Make a Difference? Yes!
- Author: U.S. History of Disability ‘Pushes us to Examine Ourselves’
- Robots ‘Picking Up’ the Slack for Individuals with Disabilities

Old Stories

- GOP Senators Showed Blurry ‘Vision’
- ‘Sessions’ Director: Film’s Intimacy Seems to Have a Universal Quality
- Universal Web Accessibility? Cerf’s Up for the Challenge
- PWDs Pursuing Parenthood
Facing Severe Discrimination
- Google’s Focus on Web Accessibility
- Indiana’s Ralph Braun Used Brains to Start a Mobility Revolution
- Max Cleland: A Profile in Courage
- Walking Into Fear
- Mother, Daughter Taking Personal Struggle Public
- Assistive Technology Lab at College Gets an A-Plus
- Disability Plays Prominent Role in Unique N.Y. Theater Company
- Forum Highlights Disability Issues
- Seeing the Whole (TV) Picture
- Disability Rights Activist Denise McQuade Did Her Part to ‘Change the World’

- Remembering Pat - comments from family, friends and colleagues
- Pat and Tad: A Beautiful Defiance
- Dedicated to our Publisher Pat Figueroa 1948-2012
- Pat Figueroa and the Battle for Independent Living in N.Y.
- Memories – and a Forever Smile

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