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Always Teaching, Always Learning

At 24 years old, Theo Thompson is already preparing to raise the next generation. As a future teacher and current student, studying special education at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, Theo certainly has a lot to offer. He is incredibly self-motivated, a fierce advocate for disability rights, and extremely passionate about communication and teaching […]

Posted On: 2021-09-03

Keep Pushing, Young Lion

With sheer will and creativity, Ravi Sharma made a life of his own, one that others in his life doubted that he could do! Ravi was born with spina bifida and has arthrogryposis. “My family and healthcare providers had a certain idea of what my life should look like, but I was able to build […]

Posted On: 2021-08-06

Being Rare is a Superpower

Hillary Wool is a multifaceted woman, with many talents and titles. She is a New Yorker, a management consultant, an “adaptive adventurer,” a model, a dog mom, a traveller, and, above all else, rare. “It’s such a superpower to be rare,” she says, “as hard as it may be.”  This past year, Hillary, like many […]

Posted On: 2021-07-02

When Shit Hits the Fan, Get Busy Livin’

  Brian DeMatteo was on cloud nine.  He had recently sold his tech company and was semi-retired after years of working too hard. Pondering his next move, Brian walked along a beach – familiar territory, as he was an avid surfer. Life was good and full of possibilities, but tragically it ‘turned on a dime’. […]

Posted On: 2021-06-04

Creating Your Own Way

Lisa Wirkus is a powerful woman. She knows who she is and where she is going. She has always been strong. She has had to be. Since birth, she has dealt with a hereditary bone disease that caused progressive hearing loss, resulting in total deafness in her mid-twenties. Assertive and inquisitive as a child, her […]

Posted On: 2021-05-07

Not Giving In or Giving Up

Jennifer “Lizzie” MacDonald is clear that she is not conventional when it comes to societal norms. She is not afraid to feel her feelings, including sadness, frustration, and pain. “There will always be a struggle in life,” she says. I am not going to give in or give up, but show up each morning and […]

Posted On: 2021-04-01