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A Most Powerful Story, Introducing Laura Minutello!

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Mar 9, 2015 Advocacy, Illustration, News, Photography , , , , , 2 Comments

As many of you know, I work with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council on some Self-Advocacy projects geared toward assisting persons with Developmental and/or Intellectual Challenges the opportunity to make their voices matter.  In fact, our tagline is MY VOICE MATTERS! Below is the latest article written by Laura Minutello.  Laura is FLSAA’s (Florida Self-Advocacy [...]

Citizens, Not Shut-Ins!

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Jan 26, 2015 , , , , , , 1 Comment

For the last decade convincing Human Resources departments large and small to take the leap and to take a chance and hire a person with a disability was the focus of advocates far and wide…especially in Florida.  While the jobs figures for employees with disabilities are mixed, JVS Manager of Program Administration, Bob Parkinson said that [...]

When Inspiration Wins, Failure is Far, Far Away!

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Dec 11, 2014 News, Photography , , , , , 3 Comments

I am still recuperating from an amazing whirlwind experience at the FL SAND Annual Conference that took place from December 5 to December 7th at the Florida Mall Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida.  This conference is fully supported by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the Arts In Action team plays a major role [...]

Love is a Mirror

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Oct 15, 2014 Advocacy, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , 2 Comments

Tricia doesn’t normally like to admit that she has a disability. She was born an able bodied individual and treated when she was a child, as an able bodied kid. It’s been daunting for Tricia to view herself as someone with a disability. She tells me that folks with disabilities don’t see their disabilities until an [...]

When Your Biggest Roadblock is Society

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Aug 5, 2014 Advocacy, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , 2 Comments

Tricia always dreamed of having kids some day. Realizing that for most people with a disability, this dream never has a chance to be actualized, she knew it was rooted more in fantasy than reality. That didn’t stop Tricia from dreaming and it didn’t stop Tricia’s instinctual yearning to be a mother either. Society has [...]

Obsolete Then, Obsolete Now!

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Jul 10, 2014 Advocacy, Grant Writing, News, Photography, Program Management, Storytelling , , 2 Comments

On April 8, 2014, the Justice Department announced it entered into an agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment [...]

The Intersection of Motherhood & Advocacy

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Jun 26, 2014 Advocacy, News, Photography, Presentations, Storytelling , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Meet Tricia. Mother. Advocate. College Graduate. Smart Phone Photographer. Blogger. Tricia’s warm smile and frequent Facebook posts of her toddler daughter Brielle are typical of a new mom who has taken to cell phone photography and many of the photographic apps available on the market. Tricia catches each developmental milestone for her friends and family [...]

You Learn Something New…

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Jun 20, 2014 Advocacy, News, Photography, Presentations, Program Management, Storytelling , , , , 0 Comments

Not too far from my new hometown near the Delaware River there is a magical place called Grounds For Sculpture!  I had the chance to attend a Cultural Access meeting yesterday hosted in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, The New Jersey Council on the Arts and the [...]