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Suzanne Robitaille looks at disabilities and special needs.
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Hearing Aids a Nice Fit for American Girl

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American Girl now sells dolls with hearing aids, well as dolls without hair, giving little girls who are differently-abled an even more personalized doll experience. Any 18-inch My American Girl doll can be fitted with one or two hearing aids. All it takes is a visit to an American Girl store, er, doll hospital — […] [Read More]

‘Push Girls’ Pulls You In

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I’d like to forgive Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times’ T.V. writer, for his lukewarm review of Push Girls, which premiered last night on the Sundance Channel (and you can also watch it on Hulu.com, iTunes and Xfinity). Push Girl tracks five dynamic women with acquired mobility disabilities –- four paraplegics and one quadriplegic — […] [Read More]
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Shop Like a Superhero

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On Wednesday, May 23, you can shop on Greenwich Avenue for a great cause. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is holding Reeve Shops Greenwich to support the Foundation’s research and quality of life programs. These are grants that are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis. Participating […] [Read More]
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Why Can’t American Girl Dolls Have Disabilities, Too?

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I recently stopped into American Girl Place in Chicago. My American Girl dolls are a popular, experiential concept where you choose a doll and then customize her through the purchase of clothes and other accessories that reflect hobbies like cheerleading and taking tea. Absent from the shelves, however, is much in the way of a […] [Read More]
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Why Oprah Needs Zach Anner

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Oprah Winfrey, who is starting her own network called OWN and is looking for contestants to host a new reality TV show, is at the center of a voters’ dilemma. Rumors are adrift that Winfrey’s show producers may be rigging viewers’ votes against lead contestant Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. […] [Read More]
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New Law Will Make Cruise Ships, Ferries More Accessible

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Taking a cruise may sound luxurious, but for people with disabilities it can be a logistical nightmare. From making sure a wheelchair can fit through the doors, to finding your way around a ship using tactile braille, it’s almost easier to just stay home. Things may be getting a little easier for this group. The […] [Read More]
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New Xbox Is Good for Disabled Gamers, Others

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Microsoft unveiled its new add-on for the Xbox 360, known as Kinect, which uses motion detection instead of hand controls to play –- similar to Nintendo’s Wii. Microsoft, which launched Kinect at E3 in L.A., believes the program will make the Xbox more accessible to disabled gamers. Ablegamers.com writer Steve Spohn has some nice things […] [Read More]

One-Way Ticket to Relay Hell

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Amtrak’s website was down, and I needed to book my ticket from Stamford to Boston for the sixth annual Games for Health conference. G4H focuses on many uses for videogames and videogame technologies in health and healthcare. I’m speaking at Game Accessibility day on May 25 about games for people with physical and mental disabilities. […] [Read More]
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Himes “Examining” Web Caption Support for the Deaf

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Today the National Association for the Deaf held a national virtual NAD legislative day in support of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3101). This new law, if passed, would require all captioned TV programs on the Internet — like Hulu and ABC Network programs — to be shown with […] [Read More]
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Local Companies Attend Disability-Hiring Boot Camp

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A group of Fortune 500s, along with local disability organizations, met today in Windsor, Conn., for a leadership boot camp to examine ways to employ more people with disabilities. The backdrop: Walgreens distribution center in Windsor, which is designed to employ 30% people with disabilities. Companies attending the boot camp included Walgreens, Ernst & Young, […] [Read More]
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