Saving Lives to Save Lives

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing About 30 percent of men and women who have spent time in war zones experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); many of those veterans also suffer from depression. And approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year. Why not bring veterans and furry friends together with a program […]

3 steps to make airline travel easier for people with mobility challenges

As we are coming upon the holiday season, many people are planning holiday travel and a lot of folks will be flying to get to their destination. Traveling by plane can be stressful and for those with special needs it can provide even more challenges. According to U.S. Census nearly 20% of the population has […]

Disabilities and Employment: Expect. Employ. Empower.

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?  NDEAM is a favorable time to educate Americans about “disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Kathy Martinez stated: “We all have a role to play […]

Wit: Natural Language for the Internet of Things

We may often find ourselves uttering to a stubborn appliance or device.  “Television, turn on.”  Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually listen and obey our commands.  Several large companies such as Google and Apple have their own voice recognition technology; however, smaller companies and independent developers don’t have the necessary budget […]

A Chance to Reach for the Stars

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing It’s a week-long camp giving visually-impaired students an experience that’s truly “out of this world.” Since it began in 1989, Space Camp for Interested Visually-Impaired Students (SCIVIS) has offered kids with special visual needs the chance to do everything Space Camp® has to offer — from learning how the space […]

It’s What’s On the Inside — AND the Outside — That Counts

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer But for people with disabilities, living in their clothes can often be a more difficult challenge than you might imagine.   Making clothing accessible for everyone Grace Teo, a recent Ph.D. graduate from MIT, got that […]