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Connecting Through Music: Justin Hines

Connecting Through Music: Justin Hines

At 30 years old, Justin Hines is starting to make a name for himself. But like a lot of entertainers, he’s been doing what he loves most of his life.

2007 Person of the Year: Chantal Petitclerc

2007 Person of the Year: Chantal Petitclerc

  Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc is unquestionably the world’s fastest woman on wheels. In the 2004 Paralympics, she achieved a clean sweep of all five women’s wheelchair track events, taking the gold medal for each race. In 2007, Petitclerc continued to dominate her sport, winning every major national and international event and setting two […]

Dave Kiley: Moving On, Giving Back

Dave Kiley: Moving On, Giving Back

Several years ago, I interviewed a young man named Sean Burns. Then 9 years old, Sean was a whirling dervish of wheeling energy, avid about a half-dozen sports. He also loved to watch sports, rooting for every team in his Carolina region. When I asked Sean to name his favorite athlete, knowing his favorite spectator […]

Muffy Davis:The Challenge of Optimism

Muffy Davis:The Challenge of Optimism

The 2000 Disabled Skiing World Championships in Enzère, Switzerland, weren’t turning out the way Muffy Davis had hoped. In the downhill, she never finished a run. In the super G, usually Davis’ best event, her ski broke on the second gate. Frustrated and angry, she approached her next event, the giant slalom, in very un-Muffylike […]

No Exceptions Made: Violence Against Women with Disabilities

“Once he knocked me out of my wheelchair with my baby on my lap. Another time he knocked me out of my chair, through a glass door, then dragged me by my hair through the broken glass.” Laura Jackson* speaks quietly and deliberately as she recalls scenes from her marriage. [This woman's name has been […]