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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 from our workspaces. And while a familiar routine is starting to set in, there are times we find ourselves longing for more, whether it’s out in the world, in a book or on the screen, a little adventure.

This edition, we’ve got a great mix of reviews, recipes, and amazing stories from around the Southwest.

With the summer winding down, you might have heard the phrase socially distanced vacation. People getting away, enjoying some time in the great outdoors. Even if it’s just in the pages of this magazine, we’ve got some stories that will help you explore the vast outdoor beauty of the Southwest. Karam Gafsi will take you on a high-flying adventure paragliding through the skies of Draper, Utah with Project Airtime. You’ll also find great reviews for accessible sightseeing at the Grand Canyon and camping in Northern Arizona.

If you’re not quite ready to venture out of the house yet, this edition is chocked full of entertainment reviews. Read Sarah Farrell’s book review on “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” and then pick up a copy for yourself. We hope you watch our team’s web series produced with the author’s Judy Heumann and Kristen Joiner on our social platforms. If that’s not your cup of tea, check out Shane Crowe and Tony Jackson’s review of the coming-of-age film “Come As You Are” for your next movie night.

Those of you more into watching live sports than reading the latest book or watching a new movie–like some of our staff–know able-bodied professional sports have largely returned around the world. In this edition, we take a look at the state of adaptive sports. Reinert Toft tells the story of a new wheelchair football league just taking off with virtual training and team building. Sarah Farrell also sat down with adaptive athletes from sports and teams around the country for a comprehensive story detailing how they’ve continued to train safely through COVID-19.

We know that consuming new media has not been the only way you’ve kept yourself busy during the last few months. Many of you have ventured into the kitchen, learning to cook or expanding your repertoire with new recipes. Chef Steve welcomes you into his home kitchen this edition with recipes for seasoned chefs and new cooks alike. He breaks down foods with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you should include in your diet to boost your immune system. And if you’re still trying to figure out the best way to get your groceries during this time, our staff reviews four different grocery apps for you to try out.

As we wrap up this edition, it should be noted that without question, this magazine and our marketing team would not be what it is, and we would not have accomplished what we have without our President & CEO Phil Pangrazio’s belief in what we are doing. We want to thank him for his unwavering support and leadership during his incredible career at Ability360, and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement. No matter what brings you happiness and peace of mind during this COVID-19 time, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy in this edition of LivAbility.

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