LivAbility Magazine ParkSmarter New technology from VMI may solve parking headaches READ MORE Ability360's Loan Closet Ability360 offers a myriad of services, including disability advocacy, home health care, and the state-of-the-art Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. Did you know we also maintain a loan closet from w... READ MORE National Ability Center Utah 2020 was the year of unknowns. For the National Ability Center, that’s exactly how we felt about navigating the full impact of COVID-19 on our organization. After all, we thrive on providing in-pers... READ MORE Documentary Review: Rising Phoenix Netflix's "Rising Phoenix" follows the lives of multiple paralympic athletes worldwide as they prepare for the 2016 Games in Rio. It also gives an educational overview of the foundation and history of... READ MORE Accessible Kitchen Gadgets For some, cooking can be daunting. As people with physical disabilities can be met with challenges in standing, reaching, or using just one side of their body. LivAbility and Chef Steve have worked to... READ MORE When in Death Valley There’s no better–or warmer–landing place than Death Valley, Calif. where you are a short drive from Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park and the Las Vegas Strip. Stay at the recently ren... READ MORE End of an Era Perhaps proudest accomplishment, though, is that Ability360 is the embodiment of inclusivity, creating and sustaining long-standing careers for some of its employees (with and without di... READ MORE Soup for Any Season In the winter and spring months, Chef Steve is always look forward to making a big pot of healthy and delicious homemade soup, and one of my favorites to make is French onion. He just loves the aroma ... READ MORE Cool Careers: Quinn Brett Many in the accessibility department of the National Parks Service (NPS) have been working to change this, including Quinn Brett. In July, Brett was hired for a three-tiered position at the NPS, focus... READ MORE Show Review: The Healing Power of Dude Characters with disabilities are becoming more common in TV shows and movies. Most of the time, they play a small part, a friend, or background passerby. Lately, however, we’ve seen an influx of shows... READ MORE Gear up for Tokyo In 2015 the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the final 22 sports contested at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, now to be held in 2021. First-time sports include para-badminton and ta... READ MORE Creative Note Part of my job has always been to identify opportunities to communicate our message to the public. You see, Phil’s office is no bigger and no grander than anyone else’s here at Ability360. But that’s ... READ MORE A Message to Phil A reflection on Phil Pangrazio's legacy from his colleagues in our community. READ MORE A Different Point of View: Executive Privilege The presidential motorcade is parked outside a McDonald’s restaurant. READ MORE Grocery Delivery Service Review Edition 21 | Summer 2020 Technology and mobile applications have changed the retail industry. As we continue to see large department store retailers like Macy's and JC Penney liquidate their a... READ MORE Hitting the gridiron Teams formed, plans made, the new USA Wheelchair Football League (USAWFL) was set to debut in 2020. READ MORE Lyman Lake offers accessible getaway options Edition 21 | Summer 2020 During a pandemic, more people are taking up camping to get away by Kelly Beaubien Lyman Lake State Park is a beautiful gem in Northeastern Arizona. Hidden away ... READ MORE Soar over the Grand Canyon on a wheelchair accessible flightseeing tour Make no mistake about it, the best way to see the Grand Canyon is from the sky. Nothing beats the thrill of soaring like an eagle above this massive red rock chasm. And although most companies don’t o... READ MORE COVID-19 alters online teleconferencing tools The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic introduced drastic changes to daily life for many people around the country. For non-essential workers, the biggest change was the transition from regular, in-person... READ MORE Taking flight When the wind allows it, it’s the town of Draper, Utah, where many first take flight. Atop a mountain range in Draper known as “Point of the Mountain,” people of all kinds visit to run off its edge a... READ MORE What can food do for you? Food has always played a major role in how our bodies function. Consuming healthy, vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables can improve your mood and help reduce anxiety. Eating too many salty, sugary junk ... READ MORE Edition 21 Creative Note Edition 21 | Summer 2020 By LivAbility Creative Team There’s no doubt that it’s been a hard couple of months. Our staff has been working from home, once again producing an entire magazine f... READ MORE Being Heumann When you think about civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela come to mind straight away—followed by images of marches, protests and great speeches. Few would put ... READ MORE Come as you are Edition 21 | Summer 2020 What’s not to love about a movie that has guys with disabilities heading to a brothel? By Shane Crowe and Tony Jackson (Movie) Review “Come As You Are” is a c... READ MORE More than a game As 2020 began, so too began the countdown to the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Just 236 days of training left–the culmination of more than three years of hard work for hundreds of athletes. READ MORE Ability360 President & CEO, Phil Pangrazio As Phil Pangrazio's 20-year tenure comes to a close, we've asked him some questions that allowed him to reflect on what he has accomplished. READ MORE Being Heumann | Fighting for justice The book Being Heumann is about Judy Heumann, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history. She tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, hav... READ MORE Sprucing up for Spring with Maegan Blau Photo by Estefania Cavazos Meet an Arizona interior designer putting accessibility first By Sarah Farrell April 03, 2020 3:44pm Updated When you’re a kid, you dream about what the... READ MORE Edition 20 Creative Note Edition 20 | Spring 2020 The LivAbility Creative Team By LivAbility Creative Team What is it that makes a creative team great? Skillset diversityDecisive leadershipGoal-oriented progr... READ MORE Trying Times – Message from President & CEO Phil Pangrazio Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Christian Guerithault By Phil Pangrazio By the time you read this, the world may be a far different place. Or, hell, for that matter, it may all be b... READ MORE Making Sex Accessible Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Illustration by Estefania Cavazos Learn more about the research behind teledildonics By Tony Jackson Technology is making the modern world more accessible wit... READ MORE A Night to Shine Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Jake Slonecker Recognizing the trailblazers within the disability community in the place where it all started By Aitana Yvette Mallari April 09, 2020... READ MORE For the Love of the Game Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo Courtesy of Marge Bancroft How the Austin Blackhawks spread the sport of beep baseball By Sarah Farrell April 09, 2020 Updated: 10:06 a.m. Steve Pury... READ MORE Start Your Grills… Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Sarah Farrell Chef Steve’s plant-forward burger is sure to wow barbecue guests this Spring By Steve Norton The term “plant-forward” comes from the Me... READ MORE Welcome to Mozzeria Edition 20 | Spring 2020 A San Francisco pizzeria serving up more than a hot slice By Kasey Kaler What is it about food that brings us together? People of all different cultures, ... READ MORE University of Arizona: Teeing it Up Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo courtesy of the University of Arizona UArizona introduces the first collegiate adaptive golf program in the U.S. By Angeline Carbajal The University of ... READ MORE Introducing the Omeo Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Jerry O'Connor A redefining mobility device By Sarah Farrell Where can your personal mobility device take you next? With the Omeo, that answer is ... READ MORE Sleepbox: Travel Comfortably Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo courtesy of Sleepbox, Inc. Sleepbox lounge provides new alternative for weary travelers By Alisa Murphy Is there any way to make an eight-hour layover a... READ MORE Spencer’s Place Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Summer Sorg Surprise, Arizona coffee shop and bistro with a unique twist By Kelly Beaubien The job market is full of different opportunities for many... READ MORE Desert Bones Edition 20 | Spring 2020 Photo by Shane Crowe Oftentimes, the Earth provides an adaptive aid By Shane Crowe Desert trails can be treacherous, even for the most seasoned hikers. Many f... READ MORE A Different P.O.V. Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Illustration by Marieke Davis Illustration by Marieke Davis Subscribe to LivAbility Marieke DavisVisual Artist@MariekeDavis1 Phoenix native Marieke Dav... READ MORE Cool Careers: CJ Hernandez Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photo by Estefania Cavazos Autism hasn’t stopped him from finding his superpower By Karam Gafsi As a child, visits to the barber would instill fear in Carlos ... READ MORE The Key to Freedom Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photo by Loren Worthington At age 58, Arizona cyclist Todd Key is striving to make Team USA and get on the road to Tokyo By Kasey Kaler Ask any competitor wha... READ MORE Heart of a Warrior: Holly Katke From the battlefield to the playing field, the story of one woman's refusal to be defined by any one thing. READ MORE Ability360 Power Soccer on the Rise Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photos by Estefania Cavazos Phoenix Rising FC and the Ability360 announce new collaboration By Kasey Kaler Phoenix Rising Football Club and Ability360 announc... READ MORE The Woman Behind the Words Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Illustration by Estefania Cavazos A Look at Marin Sardy’s Experience Writing “The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia” By Ambur Wilkerson Every write... READ MORE Not Broken (Movie) Review Edition 19 | Winter 2020 A documentary that destigmatizes: A review of AZPM’s “Not Broken” By Ambur Wilkerson In October, Arizona Public Media mental health reporter, Gisela Telis, h... READ MORE New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photos by Summer Sorg Prescott’s first adaptive fitness center By Summer Sorg Over the past few years, Prescott, Arizona has grown tremendously, and with that... READ MORE Ability360 Launches the High Five 360 Club Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photo by Loren Worthington Recurring monthly donations benefit sports center programs By Meghan Fable A high-five may seem like a simple gesture, but as anyon... READ MORE FAR Beacons: A Review Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Photo by Estafania Cavazos Taking a look at an application that extends traditional navigation systems By Shane Crowe Following his usual routine, David Furuk... READ MORE My Dad Matthew (Movie) Review Edition 19 | Winter 2020 A must-see winter documentary By Kasey Kaler “My Dad Matthew,” a multi-award winning film, is a story told from Elijah Wangeman’s perspective about his dad, ... READ MORE Moshing for Mental Health Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Using the freeing nature of rock music and dance Story by Ambur WilkersonPhoto by Ambur Wilkerson In early November, the second annual Mosh for Mental Health... READ MORE Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Arizona-based organization delivers training and wheelchairs in Indonesia Story by Alana MinklerPhotos courtesy of Mia Hansen After years of playing and coac... READ MORE Chef Steve's Winter Walnut Wonder Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Chef Steve’s Winter Walnut Pesto Pasta By Steve Norton During this festive time of year, there’s one binding element that brings people together: food. Wh... READ MORE Creative Note – Edition 19 Welcome to LivAbility in the roaring 2020s! The future is looking bright as we enter this decade with remarkable passion and determination in our minds. READ MORE Message from our CEO Edition 19 Without question, we need to be encouraging tomorrow’s leaders, advocates and changemakers. So welcome to the next decade! READ MORE Rescued Rollers Edition 19 | Winter 2020 Providing equipment and education for paralyzed pets Story by Laura StackPhotos by Jesse Friedin Maxwell, a German Shepherd and blue heeler mix, is just like... READ MORE Welcome Home, Christine Hà Having just opened The Blind Goat, MasterChef season 3 winner Christine Há talks about authenticity and disability. READ MORE Chef Steve’s Pumpkin Curry Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Chef Steve's take on curry Story by Steve NortonPhoto by Estefania Cavazos The culinary industry is flourishing with people from the disability community. Ther... READ MORE The Spartan: A New Assisted Gait Training Machine Edition 18 | Fall 2019 An engineer’s path to a new, more accessible machine Story by Gabrielle OliveraPhotos courtesy of ReneGait Just 20 years old, Daniel Campbell (pictured above) ... READ MORE Creating Neurological Change with Music Edition 18 | Fall 2019 How music therapy can pave the way to independence Story by Steph AmayaPhoto by Steph Amaya It’s no secret that music serves us in more ways than pure enjoymen... READ MORE Going Back to Work? Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Tips to get started with the Ticket to Work Program Story by Larry WangerPhoto by Loren Worthington This December will mark the 20th anniversary of Ability360’... READ MORE Audible Talkers Edition 18 | Fall 2019 World’s first Toastmasters club for the hard of hearing Story by Sarah FarrellPhotos by Sarah Farrell Getting up and speaking in front of people is a daunting ... READ MORE Target Reveals Adaptive Costumes for Kids Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Halloween costumes now offered for kids with disabilities Story by Laura StackIllustration by Estefanía Cavazos Target has released an inclusive and affordable... READ MORE Cory Lee Visits Northern Arizona Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Featuring the Grand Canyon Railway and Bearizona Story by Cory Lee WoodardPhoto by Peggy Coleman Photography & Xanterra Travel Collection This past summer,... READ MORE Even Arizona has Adaptive Skiing We take a look at the accessible skiing destinations around the Southwest and in Flagstaff, Arizona. READ MORE Oakland Athletics Leading Inclusion Push MLB's Oakland Athletics unveils the league’s first sensory room inside of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. READ MORE Adaptive Gaming The gaming world is growing, but accessibility is lagging far behind. Tony Jackson dives into the world of adaptive gaming. READ MORE Life is Blurry Comic Strip: Number 25 Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Comic Strip by Marieke Davis Illustrations and text in the following comic strip have alt text for those who use screen reading software. Rotate handheld devices ... READ MORE Adaptive Van Life Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Kirk Williams makes a mobile home out of an accessible van Story by Kirk WilliamsPhoto by Kirk Williams Let’s face it, not everyone loves to travel. Planning a... READ MORE Volunteering Edition 18 | Fall 2019 Amanda Malik is taking steps to prepare her for a future career Story by Karam GafsiPhoto by Estefania Cavazos Every Friday, Amanda Malik calls a Dial-a-Ride t... READ MORE Creative Note - LivAbility magazine edition 18 Edition 18 | Fall 2019 By LivAbility Creative Team Welcome to another edition of LivAbility! Spoiler alert: Yet again our writers have created some great stories about people doing the ... READ MORE Message from our CEO Edition 18 | Fall 2019 LivAbility Magazine Edition 18 Story by Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO, Ability360Photo by Estefanía Cavazos Perhaps nothing is more empowering than havin... READ MORE 24 Hours in Houston with Aitana Yvette Mallari Edition 19 | Fall 2019 Story by Aitana Yvette MallariPhotos by Kolanowski Studios, Inc. 24 Hours in Houston This is about food. But this is also about disability. It's about being Am... READ MORE Four Must-See Summer Movies/Shows Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Disability-related shows to watch now! In the Dark (The CW) Review by Kasey Kaler “In the Dark” is the story of an impassive, heavy-drinking blind... READ MORE Four Stops off the Light Rail With the new 50th and Washington Street station, Tony Jackson offers riders the top entertainment and dining options along the light rail. READ MORE Redefining Student-Athlete By Angeline Carbajal. The power of sport to provide opportunities to higher education to two wheelchair basketball athletes. READ MORE Surfeandos Sonrisas Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Hang ten: nonprofit showing kids the benefits of adapted surfing in Mexico Story by Brielle Carter & Rebeca CavazosPhoto courtesy of Surfeandos Sonrisas ... READ MORE San Diego State University Announces Adaptive Athletics Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Program will offer track & field and wheelchair tennis in Fall 2019 Story by Kelly BeaubienPhoto courtesy of San Diego State University Athletics College... READ MORE Message from CEO Phil Pangrazio Edition 17 | Summer 2019 By Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO, Ability360Photo by Loren Worthington On July 26th, 2019, we will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Am... READ MORE Celebrating Six Years of MaxInMotion Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Ability360's youth sports programs flourishing with support from MaxInMotion Foundation Story by Meghan Fable Since 2013, Ability360 has had a true partner i... READ MORE Float'n Thang Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Relaxing in the pool just got easier! Story by Cipriano Chayrez, Jr.Photo by Summer Sorg For many, summer means cookouts, pool days and having fun in the sun... READ MORE ASU Launches Disability Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program Edition 17 | Summer 2019 The program becomes just the third in the Southwest Story by Summer SorgPhoto by Summer Sorg This fall, Arizona State University (ASU) is launching a new Dis... READ MORE Summer Freshness: The Perfect Summer Salsa Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Chef Steve Norton returns with the perfect summer barbecue snack! Story by Steve NortonPhoto by Sarah Farrell Summer means more daylight hours to spend outdo... READ MORE James Ian Edition 17 | Summer 2019 The story of one musician finding his voice Story by Kasey KalerPhotos by Rick Morel As most musicians would, James Ian (born James Ian Thomas) speaks about ... READ MORE Edition 17 Creative Note Edition 17 | Summer 2019 By LivAbility Creative Team Welcome to our Summer edition of LivAbility! We’re stoked to share Edition 17 with our readers, as we continue to push past the frie... READ MORE Imagine the Day of Hailing an Accessible Van Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Ability360 partnering with Lyft, VMI to test accessible ride-sharing Story by Gabrielle Olivera Before 2019, Lyft, the ride-share app, did not have a widespr... READ MORE Camp with a Ramp Edition 17 | Summer 2019 A three-day, cabin-bunking, getaway experience for adults! Story by Cipriano ChayrezPhoto courtesy of Camp with a Ramp Summer camping retreats can be the hig... READ MORE Cool Careers: Rachel Fisher Art, absurdity and #BlindGirlProblems with Rachel Fisher, her daughter, Madison, and guide dog, Austin. READ MORE Tempe Unveils Accessible Pickleball Courts Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Continuing a mission of inclusion, eight courts opened at Tempe Sports Complex Story by Cipriano ChayrezPhoto by Summer Sorg On Friday, May 17, eight pickleb... READ MORE Exploring Morgan's Wonderland A review of just how the San Antonio water park became the standard for accessibility and inclusion in entertainment. READ MORE Ability360 FC Crowned Power Soccer National Champions Edition 17 | Summer 2019 In first national tournament, Ability360 FC returns with gold Story by John and Kelly BeaubienPhoto by Alison Baionno After months of peer-pressure from a go... READ MORE Viviendo Bien con una Discapacidad Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Ability360 offers Living Well with a Disability in Spanish Story by Gabrielle OliveraPhoto by Gabrielle Olivera Every Tuesday, a small group of eight gathers... READ MORE Ability360's Ticket to Work Proves Successful Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Over the last 5 years, 350 individuals have returned to work and generated over $73 million in salary Story by Susan Webb Bill Couch went to work today as a ... READ MORE Work from Home Edition 17 | Summer 2019 Six jobs that offer the benefits and comfortability of working from home! Story by Gabrielle Olivera When a person has a disability, working at a desk job ca... READ MORE 2019 Spirit of Ability Awards Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Recognizing those who empower the community Photo by Estefanía Cavazos The Spirit of Ability Award is presented in recognition of actions that promote and pe... READ MORE Bridging the Gap Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Arizona universities partner to create health mentor program Story by Steph AmayaPhoto by Adam Brooks Today, many colleges are seeing the value in interprofe... READ MORE Message from our CEO Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Story by Phil PangrazioPhoto by Christian Guerithault I was excited to hear about the grand opening of the DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. DRI... READ MORE Under the Glass Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Exploring Biosphere 2 Story by Kade GarnerPhotos courtesy of Biosphere 2 Saguaro cactuses tower over the mesquite and paloverde trees, wild poppies and other... READ MORE 360 Breakfast Recap Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Cardinals receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, orates Ability360 breakfast Photo by Karam Gafsi Larry Fitzgerald knows empowerment and its perfect companion, personal... READ MORE The Culinary Cure Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Relearning the art of cooking after a stroke Story by Steve NortonPhoto by Estefanía Cavazos Creating culinary art with food was my first love, it has always... READ MORE DRIVEN – A Las Vegas road to recovery Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Nevada opens a new neurological recovery center Story by Arlette YousifPhoto courtesy of DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center Las Vegas is home to DRIVEN, a new neuro... READ MORE Influential Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Kaitlyn Dobrow Builds a Social Media Career Story by Kade GarnerPhoto by Daniel Cewinski Like, share, comment, subscribe and follow. Words that bombard inter... READ MORE Cool Careers - K.J. Jones Edition 16 | Spring 2019 One man's lifelong love of rodeo Story by Aitana Yvette MallariPhotos by Loren Worthington, Estefanía Cavazos and courtesy of K.J. Jones My Saturday night st... READ MORE Scooter Pollution Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Encountering inaccessible obstacles in public transportation Story by Tony JacksonPhoto by Summer Sorg What a time to be alive! Within just the past coupl... READ MORE A Note from the Creative Team: Edition 16 Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Welcome to another addition of LivAbility! Story by LivAbility Creative Team We’re ecstatic to share Edition 16 with our readers. This edition follows the su... READ MORE Prepare Now Edition 16 | Spring 2019 You are your first line of defense Story by Kade Garner Minutes, mere minutes. When a natural disaster strikes, a few minutes is all it takes for a family... READ MORE 2019 Wheelchair Bonspiel Recap Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Competition results and information about Ability360’s curling league Story by Jacqueline Benson Photo by Jacqueline Benson In late February, Ability360 host... READ MORE Home Security and Accessible Home Protection Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Products with accessibility in mind Story by Karam Gafsi Soft creaks and shuffles emanate from the living room. Maybe a priceless vase shatters, followed by ... READ MORE Emoji Update Edition 16 | Spring 2019 More representation for PWD reaching devices soon The final emoji list for 2019 has been approved by the Unicode Consortium and includes a total of 230 new emoj... READ MORE Teresa Begay – Warrior Woman Edition 16 | Spring 2019 From Guillain-Barré to DC Wonder Woman Race Series Story by Kelly Beaubien Photo by Estefanía Cavazos If you were to ask Teresa Begay three years ago if s... READ MORE 2019 Wheelchair Bonspiel Recap Edition 16 | Spring 2019 Team Pierce crowned champions Story & Photos by Jacqueline Benson In late February, Ability360 hosted its annual Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel at the Coyot... READ MORE Natural Disasters Edition 15 | Winter 2019 How can Centers for Independent Living (CILs) help? Story by Gary Karp Illustration by Samantha D'Sa Editor’s note: This was a critical story for us to tell.... READ MORE Tempe Town Lake Flooding with Adaptive Activities Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Once a Dry Riverbed, TTL has Become 360’s Go-to Location for Adaptive Water Sports Story by Christian Guerithault Illustration by Alison Baionno Pick a time ... READ MORE Farm Fresh and Within Reach Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Steve Norton Explores Downtown Phoenix’s Open Air Market Story by Kade Garner Photo by Kade Garner The morning is as crisp as the fruits and vegetables piled... READ MORE Mary Stack – Stronger Edition 15 | Winter 2019 How a sport in which an athlete’s lower body is strapped to a bench is freeing a competitor from stigmas Story by Kade Garner Photos by Kade Garner and Mary Sta... READ MORE Alexis Skye is in Control Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Story by Keerthi Vedantam Photo by Kade Garner It’s Saturday morning, which means the Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix is packed with people–from parents drag... READ MORE Love and Adventure Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Story by Steph Amaya Photo by Loren Worthington “If I had come out at a younger age, my mom would have to deal with that and me being in a wheelchair, so ... READ MORE A Message from Our CEO Edition 15 | Winter 2019 By Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO, Abililty360 Photo by Loren Worthington You can’t always win. And if you do, you probably aren’t pushing hard enough. We ... READ MORE New Year, New Accessible Technology Edition 15 | Winter 2019 As Technology Rapidly Advances, Are the Days of Inaccessible Gaming Coming to a Close? Story by Matt Lively Illustration by Estefania Cavazos For too long, v... READ MORE JAAM – Sports & Beyond Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Story by Meghan Fable Photo by Christian Guerithault The power of the love that parents have for their children is the power behind the Junior Adaptive Athletes... READ MORE Max in Motion is Back and Starting Earlier in 2019 Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Six Years of Raising the Bar for Youth Adaptive Sports Story by Christian Guerithault Photo by Christian Guerithault Photo by Christian Guerithault The Ab... READ MORE Creative Note – Edition 15 Edition 15 | Winter 2019 Does anyone even read a magazine anymore? Story by LivAbility Creative Team Photo by Kade Garner It’s certainly a question we on this side ponder every quar... READ MORE Getting Lost at Lost Dutchman State Park Edition 15 | Winter 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwJcatSrBYY Arizona’s Newest Accessible Camping Area is the Perfect Weekend Getaway Story by Kade Garner Photo by Kade Garner ... READ MORE Food and Cooking: Therapy for the Soul Again Edition 15 | Winter 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoD1U7eHNic A journey to using food as medicine Story by Steve Norton The holidays often invoke memories of a fancy tablesca... READ MORE Driverless Vehicles Edition 15 | Winter 2019 People with Disabilities May Some Day Get to Enjoy All the Perks of Autonomous Vehicles Story by Keegan Kelly Photos provided by Local Motors Phoenix has bec... READ MORE FABRICATING FUN O’Connor, who spent years as a general contractor and construction worker, spent much of his early career building things to keep people in one place: prison. Nowadays, he builds quite the opposite. READ MORE Hey Jude! Nicole Abbott, a certified public accountant, and Aaron, a high school teacher, held all the dreams any expectant parents have. For Aaron, it was giving their two-year-old son Lincoln a sibling to ... READ MORE Note from the 360 Creative Team Edition 14 | Fall 2018 13 Editions Later… Illustrations by Samantha D'Sa Thirteen magazine editions later, we thought we had it figured out. What started as a small newsletter transf... READ MORE Recap 2018 National Council on Independent Living Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Rebeca Cavazos Illustration by L. Samantha D'Sa “Mobilize: Resistance through action” was the perfect slogan for the 2018 annual conference of the Nation... READ MORE Lacrosse Team Goes to Nationals Edition 14 | Fall 2018 "We lost, but it didn't even matter" Story by Tim Surry Photo by Di Miller Photography I gave Josh Myer a jersey. Number 15. With an emotional voice, he told m... READ MORE Temporary Mods Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Loren Worthington Ever visited a friend’s home to find you couldn’t get into the bathroom? Or wanted to invite an elderly relative for the holidays, but... READ MORE Have You Heard of PVA? Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Paralyzed Veterans of America, Arizona Chapter Story by Christopher Di Virgilio For more than 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has been advocatin... READ MORE Is Arizona Disaster Prone? Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Are residents prepared? Story by Gary Karp As the Carolinas start to recover from Hurricane Florence (just two years after Hurricane Matthew) you might look a... READ MORE Edition 14: Message from our CEO This September marked my 39th year of living with a disability. My 39th year since I was injured in a car accident at age 19. When I was discharged from rehab in 1980, I found myself sleeping in a ... READ MORE Cool Careers: Gaming the System Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Theresa Devine teaches the art of games Story by Keegan Kelly Photo by Clinton McDaniel Theresa Devine spent her entire time in college as an artist. But short... READ MORE Employee Spotlight: Seeing Miracles Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Matt Lively Photo by Christian Guerithault Michael Stewart has seen miracles. “Don’t ask me how, but I’ve watched people walk who have never walked,” ... READ MORE Wheels Beyond Borders Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Brooke Brown Jennifer Conway recalled the bright smile of little Esmerelda as the girl got comfortable sitting in her very first chair. The mother cried ... READ MORE Unmask Invisible Injuries Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Creating masks for those with a brain injury Story by Matt Lively Photo by Clinton McDaniel “An arrow is only shot forward once you pull it back; you have to g... READ MORE Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Gena Kittner Photo by Karla Worthington The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum easily is one of my family’s favorite places in Tucson. The 98-acre museum is pa... READ MORE Rural Roots Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Story by Kade Garner Photo by Kade Garner A young man with light brown hair and broad shoulders makes his way over to the enclosure, opens the door and leans out ... READ MORE Trail Through Time Edition 14 | Fall 2018 New Mexico's Catwalk Recreation Area Story by Kade Garner Photo by Kade Garner Deep within the evergreen forests and between mountains that billow into the clo... READ MORE Regular Teen, Paralympic Hopeful Edition 14 | Fall 2018 Stephen Hernandez Story by Matt Lively Photo by RSVP Photography Stephen Hernandez has never shied away from sports. Not in second grade, when he forcefull... READ MORE You have to meet Toni Grimes Toni Grimes is known as a lupus survivor, #veteran and personal trainer. But the people closest to her can tell you stories that would make your heart melt. She was recently inducted to the Arizona... READ MORE Congratulations CI Unit An award-winning collaborative project between Ability360 and Valley Leadership alumni is providing real estate agents and individuals with disabilities looking to buy a home with significantly m... READ MORE Medicating with Marijuana One individual’s experience Story by Cassandra Brandt It’s just another day, but for me that means waking up in pain, anxious, and with my limp body flopping around the bed like a fish... READ MORE Breaking Barriers Conquering Joshua Tree National Park Story by Kelsey Bocken Photos by Tara Scoville “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness,” a great person once said. These “h... READ MORE A Match Made in MySpace The romance nine years in the making Story by Kade GarnerPhotos by Karla Worthington It is not uncommon to meet a couple whose relationship began online thanks to one of the ma... READ MORE Medical Marijuana Can cannabis help? Story by Cassandra Brandt Arizona legalized medical marijuana (MMJ ) in 2010. Now, more than 100,000 Arizona residents hold registry identification cards, also known ... READ MORE The EZeeGolf Power Club Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means we may garner a small commission at no cost to you if you choose to make a purchase. Ballistic power for those who can’t sw... READ MORE Why Golf Matters 360 members are the real winners Story by Jennifer LongdonPhotos by Loren Worhtington Jake Gort works out twice a day at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. That’s right, twice ... READ MORE Cool Careers- Rus Wooton Comic letterer Rus Wooton spells it out Story by Jennifer Longdon As a comic book letterer, Rus Wooton has one of the coolest careers on the planet. The problem is, few people understa... READ MORE Overcoming Financial Hurdles Your guide to adaptive equipment grants Story by Nick Pryor A new pair of shoes or shorts and maybe a new headband -- it doesn’t cost much to become an athlete, unless you’re an adapt... READ MORE Stellar Cosplay One family reaches for the stars Story by Aitana Yvette MallariPhotos by Aitana Yvette Mallari A cyborg angel and a Victorian-era pirate washed their hands next to each other in a Phoe... READ MORE Phoenix Comic Fest Disability no barrier for fans Story by Aitana Yvette Mallari Photos by Aitana Yvette Mallari Along with a new name, Comic Fest also brought a fresh look at accessibility for t... READ MORE Exploring Arizona Community partners team up for trails program Story by Summer SorgPhotos by Summer Sorg In search of Arizona’s beautiful scenery and accessible trails, Exploring Arizona hit the road i... READ MORE No Need to Knock igloohome Lock Story by Kade Garner Phone, keys, wallet; three essential items to never forget at home. But what if you didn’t have to fret about one of them anymore? The igloohome d... READ MORE Apple Today Accessible features you didn’t know you have Story by John Beaubien Photos by John Beaubien I visited the Apple Store at Scottsdale Quarter to learn more about the adaptive features o... READ MORE AZ Diamondbacks Hit it out of the park on access Story by Matt LivelyPhotos by Loren Worthington While there are few certainties in life, baseball in the summertime is an absolute guarantee. The i... READ MORE AzDS Air Gun League Shooting for perfection Story by Taylor WilsonPhoto by Loren Worthington For veterans, the experiences and skills they gained while serving in the military stay with them for life. Som... READ MORE Global Sports Mentoring Program Rola Allehaweh Story by Jennifer Longdon Photo by Summer Sorg Created by the U.S. Department of State, the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) is an initiative to empower internat... READ MORE Sun and Socializing Ability360 at the Desert Botanical Garden Story by Kade Garner Photos by Summer Sorg It’s 9:30 in the morning and the sun is blazing. The heat doesn’t deter the birds, butterflies an... READ MORE Health Literacy It could save your life Story by Tina Brown It was a family dinner in Detroit when I realized my family didn’t talk about health. My uncle was babbling out loud but no one seemed to pay... READ MORE Going the Distance Kelly McCall's rides cross-country Story by Summer Sorg Golden hour illuminated Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park in amber highlights, reflecting off Kelly McCall’s German-made, Schmicking Ha... READ MORE A Note from the Creative Team Lucky 13 To say we’re all over the map on this thirteenth edition is an understatement. This edition of LivAbility is loaded with diverse stories that we think continue to point out how co... READ MORE Tim Surry: Sports & Fitness Center Receptionist and Registration Specialist Adaptive Golf Coordinator Photo by Randy Bingham A local company uses a title for their reception staff as the Director of First Impressions, Tim Surry is most certainly that. When y... READ MORE Scenic Peavine Trail Prescott's most accessible trail Story by Loren Worthington and Summer Sorg Photos by Summer Sorg This 12-mile loop trail is a hard-compacted gravel path that winds along the east side... READ MORE Accessible Airbnb Tucson Poet's Studio Story by Angeline Carbajal Photos by Irma Nyrkkanen Originally built as an artist’s studio in the 1940s, the Tucson Poet’s Studio Airbnb is a hidden gem located ... READ MORE Phil's Message: Thank You Amina! Phil READ MORE The Golfboard Who needs a cart when you can skate? Story by Jack LechichPhotos by Clinton McDaniel The GolfBoard, a combination of a skateboard and a golf cart, is the newest way to cruise down the c... READ MORE Arizona Center for Disability Law Honored for Their Work in Bringing Services to Arizona Tucson, AZ-- The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) was honored by the National Disability Rights Network, in Baltimore, Maryland for their work on implementing Text-to-911 services in ... READ MORE Legislative Update- April Reed Your checklist of the good, the bad and the to-do Story by April Reed Victories: SB 1296: Government Communications; Emergency Response Interpreting Auxiliary aides and services m... READ MORE 2018 Desert Challenge Athletes Compete in International Paralympic Qualifier Story by Summer Sorg Sweat forms in beads on athletes and audience members alike as they gather in the relentless heat at the Sun ... READ MORE Phil's Message- We want to hear from you Story by Phil Pangrazio In each edition of LivAbility Magazine we ask, “How are we doing?” I’d like to take that a step further. I’d like to ask, “How is Ability360 doing?” Yes, I’d like t... READ MORE We All Have an Advocacy Journey What's your story? Story by April Reed As I have stepped into my new role as the Vice President of Advocacy, many people ask me,“What led you to this work?”and “How did you end up... READ MORE Handy Bag Tech Review 2018 Story by Sean StorrsPhoto courtesy of Handy Bag Handy Bag was founded to offer practical storage solutions for wheelchair users. The Dynamic Bag, the company’s top-of-the-line model, is de... READ MORE Volunteering Opportunities Await Meet our Volunteer Coordinators Story by Summer SorgPhotos by Summer Sorg April is National Volunteer Month. Ability360 welcomes new volunteers for both the peer mentor program and the... READ MORE 2018 Spirit of Ability Awards Photo by Tina Hedges The 18th Annual Spirit of Ability awards were held on March 27th on the Ability360 Center rooftop to honor those that embody the philosophy of independent living. H... READ MORE Oscar Mike Militia Debuts at Rugby Rave Story by Christopher Di Virgilio Photos by Loren Worhtington Quad rugby is known for its quick pace, hard hits and rowdy atmosphere and this year’s Rugby Rave had all those eleme... READ MORE AZ Talking Books Library Invite the Talking Book Library to Meet with Your Community Story by Christine Tuttle Interested in knowing more about the Arizona Talking Books Library? Invite the AZTBL to present to... READ MORE Renovated Accessible Playground Opens in Scottsdale Accessibility Upgrades at Scottsdale's Chaparral Park Photo by Johanna Huckeba The City of Scottsdale unveiled an upgraded, fully accessible playground at Chaparral Park on Jan. 17, 20... READ MORE AMP1: Newest Addition to 360 Sports Story by Nick PryorPhotos by Loren Worthington Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center sponsors and promotes para-sports, making it possible for individuals with disabilities to participate... READ MORE Terrain Hopper The chair that goes everywhere Story by Loren WorthingtonPhotos by Loren Worthington The TerrainHopper was invented in the U.K. in 2010. The first US-built models will hit the trails th... READ MORE Todd Lemay: Entrepreneur Story by Loren Worthington Photos by Loren Worthington Would you believe the TerrainHopper making its way to the U.S. all started as a love story? Not too long after graduating from ... READ MORE A message from the creative team- Creative Interns Twice a year Jennifer and Loren return to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the downtown ASU campus. Their mission is to recruit future journalists to do a on... READ MORE Learning the Language of Disability The Journey of Aitana Yvette Mallari Story by Keerthi VedantamPhotos by Loren Worthington In a grainy 2005 home video, a seven-year-old girl’s face peeks out from a loud orange life ve... READ MORE AirBnB- Linda Loma Retreat Story by Jennifer LongdonPhotos curtesy of AirBnB host Hidden on an easy-to-miss private street in Phoenix’s Loma Linda neighborhood near Sky Harbor International Airport are two side-by- ... READ MORE Lera Doederlin- Paralympic Sled Hockey Sled Hockey Hopeful Eyes Beijing in 2022 Story by Keerthi VedantamPhotos by Karla A. Worthington Video by Keerthi Vedantam Sled hockey--it’s a sport characterized by sharp turns on ... READ MORE Joe and Ernie Meet the 360Heat teammates training for Japan Paralympics Story by Matt LivelyPhotos by Matt Lively As Americans watched the 2018 Winter Olympics, it was hard not get excited over the ... READ MORE Employee Spotlight Carolyn Drake: Yoga Instructor & Cranial Sacral Coach Photo by Loren Worthington When it comes to teaching classes at the Sports & Fitness Center, Carolyn is our “go to” yoga in... READ MORE Callahan and Me Gary Karp on the movie and the artist Story by Gary Karp In 1999 I met John Callahan, the brilliant, wonderfully sick-minded cartoonist who also happened to be quadriplegic. He liked t... READ MORE Vet Tix: Program connects veterans through event tickets Story by James FawbushPhotos by Salute Media Working in the veteran community you learn how hard it is to connect with post-9/11 vets. I enlisted in 1996 and retired in 2016. I was rais... READ MORE Swipe Left Navigating Tinder with a Disability Story by Sophie Rabb My former college roommate, Jordan, 22, is one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. With thick curly brown hair, short ... READ MORE Embrace Your Voice Will disability be heard? Story by Jennifer Longdon It started with a tweet. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” actress Alyssa ... READ MORE Youth Summer Camps Is an inclusive recreation program the right choice for your child? Story by Lane Gram & Sara Bright Inclusive summer recreation programs continue to grow in Arizona. Lane Gram, of ... READ MORE A Wild Adventure Exploring Out of Africa, Wildlife Adventure Park Story by Keerthi Vedantam The sun felt like it was nearly touching the rocky soil—an unmistakable characteristic of the sub-Saharan... READ MORE From Puppy to Partner Service dogs in training Story by Jennifer LongdonPhotos by Loren Worthington and Summer Sorg At 11 weeks old, Kai, a golden retriever puppy, ricochets from spot to spot enthralled wit... READ MORE Maricopa County Initiates Text to 911 Maricopa County Initiates Text-to-911 Service READ MORE 2018 Rugby Rave Tucson Prevails Story by Matt LivelyVideo by Matt Lively Rugby Rave 2018 crowned a new champion for the first time in three years. The University of Arizona Wildcats wheelchair rugby t... READ MORE A Note From the Creative Team: Edition 11 As we enter into our 3rd year, we are reminded of the importance of creating stories that reflect the diversity of the disabled community. We have some great stories about women in our community who a... READ MORE Leonard Hosea Smith Sr. - Employee Spotlight Leonard Smith, an independent living skills advocate, has been with Ability360 for 14 years. He sat down with us to talk about what inspires him to keep going. READ MORE Dyrti Redd Dyrti Redd sustained a spinal cord injury when he was 6. Now, he's melding his faith and his talent for rap to inspire others to follow their dreams. READ MORE I'm Sorry: There's no need to apologize Gary Karp is in a wheelchair. But when it comes to crowded elevators or restaurants, he doesn't want people to go out of their way to help him. He knows what he's doing, after all. READ MORE Ability360 President and CEO Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award Phil Pangrazio was acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Congresswoman Kate Gallego and MCDI Vice Chair Dan French. READ MORE Daring to Take the Path Less Traveled As the adaptive recreation program coordinator for Daring Adventures, Brenna Bean strives to make all outdoor trails, hills and parks accessible to people with disabilities. Prior to her T4 spinal cor... READ MORE Art, Interrupted After a harrowing motorcycle accident, former firefighter Ernie Lizarraga paints motorcycle helmets and other art READ MORE Tracy Heuermann: Cool as Ice Tracy Heuermann is an active and well-known volunteer at Ability360. But when she discovered curling, 'active' took on a new meaning. READ MORE Meet Ability360’s New Vice President of Advocacy April Reed, a longtime advocate for disability rights, wants to tackle local and national political issues like healthcare and transportation READ MORE Community Connections: The Power of Play Day on the Lake provides adaptive water sports for people with physical and neurological disabilities. READ MORE The Angle Oar We recently tested the Versa Paddle by Angle Oar, a mounted kayak oar designed to allow individuals with disabilities to paddle a kayak. READ MORE Dead Horse Ranch State Park Dead Horse Ranch State Park offers accessible hiking trails and beautiful nature for those in wheelchairs and power chairs READ MORE ACLU Takes a Stand against Disciplinary Bias in Maricopa County A mother is fighting against what she calls disciplinary bias in Maricopa County after her son, who has learning disabilities, was constantly penalized in class READ MORE Gina Is On A Roll Gina Shuh has creative and unconventional ideas for her advocacy. Her legislative priorities include creating ADA-compliance officers to monitor accessibility compliance and incentivizing developers t... READ MORE Swift Charities Champions Swift charities raised more than $50k for Ability360 to update equipment in the Sports and Fitness Gym and support their various adaptive sports teams READ MORE Relationships: Love Knows No Bounds She's 34. He's 69. But their love is so strong it doesn't matter. Jolene De Tiege and Daniel Overman talk about the future and their upcoming wedding. READ MORE CLA 2017 Graduates The Community Leadership Academy is excited to welcome the first graduates. READ MORE WHILL Power Chair WHILL Power chair's unique design promises to work on most terrains. Ability360's Mason Ellis tested it out. READ MORE Phil Pangrazio: Let's Talk Tax Reform As we step into the new year, President and CEO Phil Pangrazio looks towards an issue that is on the horizon: Tax reform. As we move forward we must continue to stay vigilant and fight for our rights. READ MORE Café Cultivate Cultivating wholesomeness at Ability360 Story by Jennifer LongdonPhotos by Loren Worthington After months of anticipation, Café Cultivate opened mid-December bringing coffee and cat... READ MORE AZSILC Changes The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council says goodbye to Larry Wagner, who accepted a new position in Fresno, California. READ MORE Amina Donna Kruck: 27 Years of Advocacy Story by Amina Donna Kruck I sit here surrounded by boxes I’ve brought home from Ability360 after 27 years of advocacy-related work: photos and documents from the past and materials to sup... READ MORE Cool Careers Casey Johansen, Demolitions Expert Story by Jennifer LongdonPhotos by Jerry O'Connor Business owner and inventor Casey Johansen has never applied for a job, though he’d been working sin... READ MORE Employee Spotlight Lisa Purdy: Lead Employment Coordinator Photo by Loren Worthington Actions speak louder than words. Lisa epitomizes what many people with a disability can achieve regardless of their di... READ MORE Camelot Horse Therapy Making Wishes Come True Story by Aitana Yvette MallariPhoto by Loren Worthington It was a decision made 15,000 feet in the air. Somewhere in the stratosphere between California and Arizona, the parents of 12-y... READ MORE Mandela Washington Fellowship Continues Partnership With ABILITY360 Madagascar by April Reed I traveled to Madagascar through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2016 Reciprocal Exchange Program to work with mentee, Holiniaina, H... READ MORE Republic of Mauritius by Brooke Coltelli In Mauritius people with disabilities do not have access to public transportation and are often unable to access certain public places. Determined to help those with dis... READ MORE 360 Global International Disability Advocates Train at 360 by Amina Donna Kruck I watched a moving video about people with disabilities in Bolivia petitioning their government to provide a small monthly pension to the citizens with disabilities living... READ MORE Paratransit 5 Things to Know by Ron Brooks The changes to Valley Metro Paratransit that took place on July 1, 2017 only impact customers traveling in the East Valley, in the Northwest Valley or those taking regional t... READ MORE Unstoppable The Travel Bag for Wheelchair Users Story by Jennifer LongdonPhoto by Loren Worthington For some wheelchair users, managing luggage while traveling solo is awkward. The Unstoppable gear bag by Phoenix Instinct was designed t... READ MORE Entrepreneurial Spirit Broadcaster Launches ParaSportsLive Tony Jackson is a power soccer athlete/coach and broadcaster. He launched a new company called ParaSportsLive to broadcast adaptive sports online. We sa... READ MORE University of Arizona Creates First Accessible Study Abroad Course by Angeline Carbajal The University of Arizona has created the first accessible geoscience study abroad program. Accessible Earth offers students the opportunity to gain the skills and kno... READ MORE 360 Charity Golf Another Year of Community Support The 360Charity Golf Tournament presented by Lovitt & Touché was held Friday, September 22nd at Longbow Golf Club for the second year. “Lovitt & Touché was honored to serve as the p... READ MORE 8 Instagramers You Should Know Instagram is the 3rd largest social media website in the country behind Facebook and YouTube. Its over 700 million users post photos and short videos, letting viewers into their lives and sharing... READ MORE Hand Controls More Widely Available in Car Rentals by Christian Guerithault Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, provides a variety of mobility equipment to individuals... READ MORE Latino Disability Summit Recap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwaCaT_uFXQ What You Missed This Time by Jennifer Longdon Ability360 again hosted the Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair. This was the second ye... READ MORE Go Flying with Your Chair Some Tips Before You Do https://ability360.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Adobe-Spark-Video-2.mp4 by Gary Karp For years now, my work has had me up in the air. Which is a very corny way of telling you that I’... READ MORE World Independent Living Network visit 360 Kenji Hamano and Kyota Yagi made history on July 23: they met with other Independent Living leaders in Washington D.C. to form the World Independent Living Network that seeks to unite people with disa... READ MORE Parking Stripes Know the New Law by Gillian CarrPhotos by Loren Worthington When you only enter your car from one side due to a ramp, lift or other assistive device, you have to rely on the common cour... READ MORE Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles VMI’s Vision of the Future Story by Scott Daravanis Phoenix-based wheelchair van conversion manufacturer, VMI, is a long-time friend of the disability community. Our newest contributor,... READ MORE Duel in the Desert Celebrating 5 Years by Nick Pryor The Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center is planning its fifth year of an all adaptive sports tournament, Duel in the Desert. In its first year, it was a one-day event t... READ MORE Hot Off the Ice Phoenix Coyotes Poised for Victory by Scott DaravanisPhotos by Loren Worthington For Tom and Sharon Lopeman, life in Prescott revolves around sled hockey. At 72, Tom is the oldest member of the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hocke... READ MORE Reversed Roles Parenting with Disability by Cassandra Brandt It’s Saturday morning and Haley, my 15-year-old daughter, comes to my room. We talk softly as she gives me my morning meds and empties my catheter bag. She brushes my ... READ MORE Pedal N’ Paddle Fest Dragon Boats on Tempe Town Lake by Nina Bernardo Join Arizona Disabled Sports at Tempe Town Lake for the fourth annual Pedal N’ Paddle Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21! Take a spin around the ... READ MORE Winning at Love Meet Erik and Kym by Emily LopexShe just wanted him for the car, Erik teases. Kym disagrees while laughing. Erik Hightower and Kym Crosby met three years ago at the Olympic training ... READ MORE Café Cultivate Opening at Ability360 Center Gregory and Juli Bryan’s love for the food and hospitality industry began in 2016 when they helped their son Oliver, a survivor of traumatic brain injury, open Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean, a ... READ MORE Darrel Christenson Elected NCIL Treasurer Darrel Christenson, vice president of community integration at Ability360, was elected treasurer of the (NCIL) National Council on Independent Living. Christenson has been an NCIL Board Me... READ MORE Message from the President & CEO Summer Recap By Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO, Ability360 For nearly 20 years, I’ve been going to the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) in Was... READ MORE Ashley Bridwell 40 Under 40 Congratulations to Ability360 Board member Ashley Bridwell for her recognition by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of 2017’s 40 Under 40. This designation honors individuals under the age ... READ MORE Sarah Kader Honored with Newly-Created Advocacy Award Photos by Clinton McDaniel Sarah Kader, staff attorney at Arizona Center for Disability Law received the Arizona Disability Coalition’s 2017 Advocacy Award for her “passion and relentless ... READ MORE Ability360 Introduces the Community Leadership Academy Leadership Training Program for PWD Leadership Training Program for PWD Ability360 kicked off its new advocacy training: the Community Leadership Academy. The Community Leadership Academy is a free, six-week course that will tra... READ MORE A Note from the Creative Team Passion Drives Our Work Employment. It’s what gets this magazine published. It’s what keeps all of us here (rather late at times): our passions, our drives, our careers. And this editio... READ MORE Invictus Games By Tim BinningPhoto By Courtney Verrill Frequent readers of LivAbility magazine may recall our profile on local athlete Gabby Graves-Wake earlier this year. That article touched on Ga... READ MORE 2017 - 360 Charity Golf Tournament Event Recap The 360Charity Golf Tournament presented by Lovitt & Touché was held Friday, September 22nd at Longbow Golf Club for the second year. READ MORE Public Policy Advocacy: Good News and Bad News The good news and bad news on the public policy front. Featuring new legislation on ADA lawsuits and a new bill for accessible parking spaces. READ MORE Cool Careers: Ty Kachanuk and Precision Hot Rod Ty Kachanuk uses his powerchair when he works at his hot rod shop with his dad. He welds custom parts for cars and has been known to catch slightly on fire. READ MORE Arizona Talking Book Library: Recording Books for Greater Accessibility The Arizona Talking Book Library records audio versions of over 120,000 books so that people with visual or motor disabilities can enjoy them as well. READ MORE Boyce Thompson Arboretum Jennifer Longdon describes the high points of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Markus Davis shares his story of how the park helped him enjoy nature again. READ MORE Light Rail: 50th Street Station Breaks Ground Construction has begun on a new light rail station just outside the Ability360 Center on 50th Street. The station is set to open in May 2019. READ MORE Barrow Connection's Day on the Lake Learn about the Barrow Connection's Day on the Lake event with a video by Aitana Yvette Mallari and a photo gallery. READ MORE 2017 Cactus Classic Recap of the Cactus Classic Stand-Up Amputee Basketball Tournament that took place on June 9th and 10th at the Sports and Fitness Center. READ MORE Double Exposure: Greg Wickenburg's Photography Journey Greg Wickenburg found a form of photography that fit him fine. Now he makes masterpieces with the help of his Mount'n Mover. READ MORE United States Quad Rugby Nationals Recap of the United States Quad Rugby Nationals. The 360Heat won in a close match against the Minnesota Steelheads with a final score of 55-51. READ MORE It's Always About Winning: Wheelchair Rugby with Scott Hogsett Wheelchair rugby coach Scott Hogsett shares his experiences on the 360Heat team. People who know him share what makes him a great coach. READ MORE Employee Spotlight: Daniel Mueller An interview with Ability360's van driver/maintenance man Daniel Mueller. READ MORE Soldier's Best Friend (SBF): Valley Non-Profit Pairs Veterans with Dogs in Need SBF provides combat veterans with rescued service dogs. Learn about how one such pair, David and Caleb, improved each other's lives. READ MORE Marco Beltrán: Powerlifting His Way into Competitions Marco Beltran wants to be the best at powerlifting. His current max is around 265 pounds and he plans on nearly doubling that to compete. READ MORE iFLY Indoor Skydiving Hosts All Abilities Night iFLY Indoor Skydiving hosted an event where people of all abilities could experience the thrill of plummeting from six feet up. READ MORE Dorm Life at UA: The Disability Resource Center UA's Disability Resource Center focuses on making dorms accessible to all students. Learn about their approach toward accessibility. READ MORE 360 Perspective: Moving On and Going Out Cassie Brandt shares her experience with quadriplegia and how going out and socializing with others made her effort worth it. READ MORE Charge on the Go: Cripple Concepts' New Power Port Cripple Concepts' latest product is an adapter port that will let people with power chairs use the chairs to charge their phones. READ MORE It's a Zoo Out There: Volunteer Program Currently Recruiting Learn about the Phoenix Zoo's volunteer program featuring goats, giraffes and more. Meet some of the people who work there, too. READ MORE Shielded by Love: Michael and Susan Shields on Family Caregiving Ability360 helped Susan Shields learn how to be a caregiver for her son Michael. They both gained a greater appreciation for what Ability360 does. READ MORE Life on the Road with Billy Marvin Billy Marvin got tired of inaccessible or unavailable hotel rooms, so he built his own RV instead. It has its own trailer to store his motorcycles, too. READ MORE 360 Creative Team Issue 9: Articles and Carolan Quenneville An overview of the stories in this issue of LivAbility. Featuring a thank-you to newsletter-graphics specialist Carolan Quenneville, who has worked at Ability360 since 1999. READ MORE Message from the President and CEO: Community Partnerships Ability360 President Phil Pangrazio discusses Ability360's partnerships with other organizations and how they have helped Ability360 succeed. READ MORE Project C.U.R.E Accepts Surplus Durable Medical Equipment Project C.U.R.E will accept your medical equipment and supplies and donate it to communities in need through its ProC.U.R.E program. READ MORE 8 Rules for Writing a Successful Resume Susan Webb discusses how to make your resume appeal to potential employers, giving an overview of the best and worst strategies. READ MORE Celebra la Independencia: Latino Disability Summit Learn about the Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair on September 16th at Ability360. Two summit organizers weigh in on their goals for the event. READ MORE Pioneering Access in the Wild with Susan Black Susan Black, the Executive Director for Arizona State Parks and Trails, discusses her plans to make Arizona state parks more accessible. READ MORE Adaptive SCUBA Ability360 now offers an adaptive SCUBA course for people with disabilities to experience the fun of diving and breathing underwater. READ MORE Ed Roberts: The Father of Independent Living Ed Roberts was a pioneer in disability rights. We have him to thank for curb cuts, accessible colleges and more. Learn more about his story. READ MORE Ability360 Provides Field Trips for Schools Ability360 hosts around 60 field trips each year for students with disabilities. Scottsdale Charros and the Davignon Charitable fund help pay for the trips. READ MORE The Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association (AZSCIA) Learn about the AZSCIA, a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 for people with spinal cord injuries, and the services it provides. READ MORE Police Chief’s Cross-Disability Advisory Board and Local Community Advocate Honored At Rays of Hope The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona honored Jennifer Longdon and The Phoenix Police Chief’s Cross-Disability Advisory Board at their Rays of Hope event. READ MORE Josette Ulibarri Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2017 Josette Ulibarri was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Arizona this year. Learn more about her platform and her goals for the future. READ MORE Tempe Awards Ability, Advocacy, Access and Achievements Tempe's 29th Annual Mayor's Disability Awards recognized six people for their commitment to equality and commended nine students. READ MORE AZCLA: Arizona Community Leadership Academy Strengthens Advocacy Arizona’s Centers for Independent Living and the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council created the AZCLA to improve participation in advocacy. READ MORE Arizona Athletes Prepare for Upcoming Paralympics Learn about 3 athletes from Arizona and their plans for the upcoming 2018 and 2020 Paralympics. READ MORE Food is Medicine Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza talks Barrio Cafe, living w/Sarcoidosis, invisible disability, food as medicine, & her new restaurant concept. #ComidaChingona READ MORE Emergency Response Interpreter Certification Aids Deaf The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ensures accurate & timely communication for Deaf & hard of hearing in AZ disaster zones READ MORE Josette Ulibarri Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2017 Photos by Jennifer Conway The Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2017 Pageant was held Friday evening, April 7, at the Ability360 Center. Josette Ulibarri was crowned titleholder with her platform: “E... READ MORE Presence is Everything There are a variety of ways to advocate and a variety of personalities and styles advocates can have. You would be surprised at the amazing things that happen if you just show up. Start by taking acti... READ MORE 360 Mentors Visit Mentees in Africa Meet two mentors and mentees for Mandela Washington Fellow Program, a leadership program for emerging leaders with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa. READ MORE Disabilities Conferences The 2017 African-American Conference on Disabilities and the American Indian Disability Summit addressed popular issues surrounding disabilities. READ MORE 7 Tips for Navigating Voc Rehab Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities return to employment. Learn how to get the most out of your VR services today. READ MORE NAMI Valley of the Sun NAMI Valley of the Sun is the Maricopa County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Learn more about its programs here. Shout-out @NAMICommunicate READ MORE Chris DiVirgilio: Sports 'N Spoke Photographer Chris DiVirgilio once wanted to be a police officer and a writer. He achieved both goals, but his writing work deserves special attention. Shout-out @sportsnspokes, @weareinvictus, @phoenixcollege READ MORE Nick Pryor: AMPed UP The 3rd annual Cactus Classic Amputee Basketball Tournament will take place on June 9th and 10th. Tournament director Nick Pryor also plays on the team. Shout-out @amp1_basketball, @ability360sport READ MORE Employee Spotlight: Vera S. Whitted Vera S. Whitted has been with Ability360 for a long time. We sat down with her so we could get to know her better and let her tell her story. READ MORE Adaptive Sports Build Confidence in Youth Here are the stories of two local teenage athletes, Kevin Messner and Madison Sanchez-Forman, and what involvement in adaptive sports has meant to them. READ MORE Making a Splash: Aquatic Center Grand Reopening On the last day of February, the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Complex reopened the aquatic center. Our pools are back in business for the summer heat. READ MORE Kirk O'Hara: An Inside Look at Paintmouth First Friday goers surround Kirk O’Hara to watch the mouth painter hard at work. However, for O’Hara he’s just doing what he loves. Shout-out @kirkohara READ MORE Noah Abraham - A Man Named Nuh Noah Abraham, a Syrian refugee, has had a profound impact on the people he has crossed paths with since coming to America. Shout-out @ccarizona READ MORE Message from the President and CEO: Issue 8 President and CEO Phil Pangrazio talks about Ability360's employees and their commitment to creating a community with equality for people with disabilities. READ MORE Paying it Forward Meta Goforth rescued Glenn Long from a terrible living situation, nursed him back to health and became family to him. Years and another caregiver later the family grew and helped each other in trying ... READ MORE Paco Torres and Emily Eldredge: The Rock and the Kite Paco Torres and Emily Eldredge fell in love after years of knowing each other. They love to travel and go to rugby tournaments together. READ MORE Breaking Barriers Program Allows Youth to Experience Outdoor Adaptive Sports https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQwkF0_APRs By Savannah Haas Lily, 12, was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. She began climbing the rock wall a few years ago at the Ab... READ MORE Gary Karp: Changing Hearts and Minds By Gary Karp Most people we meet don’t get disability. It can be frustrating, this unavoidable pattern of our lives with a disability; people responding to us in ways that are so disco... READ MORE Day on the Lake: Freedom Through Water Adaptive Recreation The Day on the Lake program is the largest integrated watersports program offered in all of Arizona thanks to the vision of Bryan Church, owner of Bartlett Lake Marina READ MORE Kartchner Caverns: The Park Under Arizona There’s nothing like a day or weekend adventure that takes you to some of the most well-decorated caverns in the world, but before going on your adventure here are some tips and tricks you might want ... READ MORE New Path to Empowerment Program Focuses on Independent Living Ability360 is combining multiple services to create one cohesive program that will allow people with spinal cord injuries to receive financial aid throughout their transition out of rehabilitation int... READ MORE Gabby Grave-Wake's New Mission Photo by Loren Wortington It was a distracted driver who changed Gabby Grave-Wake’s trajectory. A Marine Corporal on track for the Naval Academy to study rocket science, Grave-Wake, was... READ MORE 2016 Spirit of Ability Awards The Spirit of Ability awards recognize employees, mentors, home care providers and leaders that make Ability360 great. This year’s awards were held on March 28th in the Nina Mason Pulliam Conference C... READ MORE 360 Creative Team: Issue 8 The 360 Creative Team discusses the articles in this issue of LivAbility and how they relate to this year's theme of "We do, you do." READ MORE The Rolling Pilot: Michael Glen, First Wheelchair user to Fly a Balloon 42-year-old Michael Glen flies an adaptive hot-air balloon. He wants to make hot air ballooning more accessible and fly in all 50 states while he’s at it. READ MORE Arizona Legislative Update Don’t let them (Arizona Legislators) make decisions without hearing your voice! The Arizona Legislature starts in January and only last 100 days. Are you ready? Senator John Kavanagh (R-LD... READ MORE The Arizona Disability Coalition The battle to protect our civil rights gears up A proposal will be introduced during Arizona’s 2017 legislative session that will adversely affect Arizona citizens who have disabilities. S... READ MORE Supreme Court 2017 Rarely does disability civil rights become as much of a focus of the Supreme Court as it will be when it issues two crucial decisions by June of 2017. 2017 poses unique opportunities and t... READ MORE Gary Venjohn Retires Often times, we measure coaches by their win-loss record, by championships and gold medals won. For Coach Gary Venjohn, some of those things just came with the territory. Instead, he prefers to talk a... READ MORE Mark Jones Ability360 | Employee Spotlight We have a motto at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center: “Stay New.” Stay new gives our staff pride in maintaining our equipment, keeping the building in tip top shape and maintaining a very clean envir... READ MORE National MS Society Arizona Chapter Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable and often disabling disease. The National MS Society has an Arizona Chapter for those affected and their families. READ MORE Disability Benefits VS. Work Can You Make the Transition? People who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are often scared of losing their cash benefits, so they do... READ MORE Cool Careers -- Rick Goldstein COOL CAREERS — Rick Goldstein developed a compact, portable shower chair that anyone could use. It is called the "Go-Anywhere Commode, Shower 'n Tub Chair." READ MORE UofA: Tucson University Rolls Out Red and Blue Carpet for PWD The University of Arizona's Disability Resource Center goes beyond the usual call of duties. Their DRC has an adaptive sports community for their students. READ MORE Eddie McGuire and the Strike Force Power Chair In 2012, the Strike Force Power Chair became the first chair specifically for players of power soccer. Meet one of the people who created it. READ MORE Power Soccer: An International Score Learn about the history of power soccer and where to find it this athletic season. Ability360 has two teams of its own for anyone interested in playing. READ MORE CILs - What are they? Centers for independent living (CILs) are a vital resource for people with disabilities. Learn what they are, what they do, and where you can find one. READ MORE Thinking About the Unthinkable: Gary Karp on Disaster Planning Gary Karp covers how to plan for a potential disaster and how FEMA helps people with disabilities survive and access the services they need. READ MORE Working & Healthcare: AHCCCS Freedom to Work Explained Learn about the Freedom to Work Program, which allows Arizona residents with disabilities to maintain health coverage while employed. READ MORE Prop 206 Learn about Proposition 206, a bill increasing the minimum wage, and the effects it could have on the disability community. READ MORE Home Modifications Yes! We Do! An introduction to Ability360's Home Modifications Program. Coordinators Paul Pearson and Jim Stewart talk about what got them modifying homes for accessibility. READ MORE Corbin Beu Corbin Beu is a race car driver and former triathlete known for making or modifying his own racing equipment and helping other adaptive athletes with theirs. READ MORE OdySea in the Desert The new OdySea in the Desert complex features an aquarium, an artificial lagoon with dolphins, and a butterfly conservatory in addition to restaurants and shops. LivAbility reviews its accessibility. READ MORE Getting Out: Adaptive Recreation Learn about Daring Adventures and Arizona Disabled Sports, two local organizations that bring adaptive recreation to people with disabilties in Arizona. READ MORE 360 Creative Team Issue 7 Learn what's changed for Livability's 360 Creative Team in 2017: New writers, more state and national news, and our first 7-page story. READ MORE Buckle up for the Road Ahead Ability360 President Phil Pangrazio discusses the 2016 election and what a Trump presidency means for the disability community. READ MORE Community News Issue 7 Learn the most recent news in the Arizona community. Features a new playground, an oral health announcement, an award, and more. READ MORE Rio in Review Paralympics...Where hard work equals success. The 2016 Rio Paralympics were nothing short of amazing. The media focused on what could go wrong in Brazil and in the end; everything went right – real... READ MORE Get to Work Gary Karp reflects on the positive changes in disability access and the impact of these changes for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. READ MORE Droning Around Jim Boomer lives with T-5 paraplegia and flies drones and multirotors through the skies of the Valley. Both controlled aircrafts can transmit their view of flight onto headgear. They allow the user t... READ MORE Cookin' Up Community Smooth jazz, the sizzle of meats hitting the hot grates and the aroma of charcoal smoke filled the Ability360 courtyard as military veterans grilled and smoked sausages, chicken and hamburgers at the... READ MORE Detour Company Theatre Casts Winter Production Detour Company Theatre stars actors and actresses with disabilities; the only rule is to have fun. READ MORE The Power of Your Vote The most influential route anyone can take to have a voice in his or her future is through voting. Vote early at the Ability360 Center. READ MORE Moving to Success: Rita Malemed Read about Rita Malemed's experience with Ability360's Ticket to Work Program, where she honed skills necessary for suitable employment. READ MORE Employee Spotlight Meet Maribel Sanchez, the receptionist and glue of Ability360 headquarters. Her vivacious personality and smiling face brightens every person's day. READ MORE Raising the Bar Asim Dietrich is an attorney with the Arizona Center for Disability Law focusing on abuse and neglect investigations and discrimination due to a disability. READ MORE Opportunity, Innovation Improved Through Inclusion Businesses are encouraged to participate in recognizing the benefits of an inclusive workplace through National Disability Employment Awareness Month. READ MORE Community News Read all about it! Accomplishments and announcements by members of the community. READ MORE Book Review: In a Different Key The CEO of Arizona Autism United, Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin, reviews “In a Different Key,” a book that explores the history of autism through the perspective of the first person officially diagnosed.... READ MORE Tax Incentives: Another Reason to Hire PWDs As a qualified applicant, if you know these incentives, it gives you an advantage in negotiating for the job. READ MORE YouthAbility Arizona Youth Leadership Forum Alumni share their experience at the National Council on Independent Living Conference, an opportunity made available to them by Ability360. READ MORE The Arizona Center for Disability Law Meet Ability360 Center partner, the Arizona Center for Disability Law. Every day, the ACDL upholds its mission to advocate for the legal rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, negl... READ MORE Latino Disability Summit Gabe Trujillo recaps the inaugural Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair. The event, the first of its kind in Arizona, was a day filled with culturally-relevant information, inspiration and resou... READ MORE Lopex On Love: The Story of Geoffery The commonality of having a disability does not guarantee a successful relationship. Columnist Emily Lopex demonstrates this idea through her personal story of an unsuccessful partnership.