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In a world where formatting is key, when the race to nowhere is queen, let us look with a different perspective on possibilities open by diversity
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A Sparkly Beacon of Hope: the Prospector Theater

A Sparkly Beacon of Hope: the Prospector Theater | Different is cool | Scoop.it
There is a wonderful and very unique theater in my neighborhood. It has delighted me since it opened about three years ago and I could not wait until I had an opportunity to bring my elder son who has severe autism to a movie  I thought he would enjoy. The Prospector Theater had a sensory screening…
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Halloween Target ad features little girl with braces in Princess Elsa's Costume

Halloween Target ad features little girl with braces in  Princess Elsa's Costume | Different is cool | Scoop.it
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I Used To Work For Ellen DeGeneres. — Disability Stories — Medium

I Used To Work For Ellen DeGeneres. - Disability Stories - Medium

AdvocatNow I’m Asking Her To Work With Me To Achieve Inclusive Retail

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Advocating for inclusive clothing is always a good thing. Think about how empowering it is to be able to dress nice when you are differently abled or when you look different because your body is.

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Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer.

Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer. | Different is cool | Scoop.it
"People think I am being rude but I can't help it."
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Definitely true for my own son. He learned to make eye contact when appropriate, but he can glance and get so much information from the glance. We are the ones very limited with our vision and that is why we need to look for a long time and sometimes not even get what is there to see. Very nice piece of insight from an individual with autism who can explain in a very articulate manner.

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Replay DOCUMENTAIRE du 21/03/2015 en vidéo :

Replay DOCUMENTAIRE du 21/03/2015 en vidéo : | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Vincent est un jeune homme de 21 ans. Il est trisomique. Aujourd'hui il est ceinture noire de karaté et apprenti serveur en salle. Il aimerait travailler comme tout le monde, vivre de façon autonome et avoir une histoire d'amour. Il pourrait aussi devenir professeur de karaté. Son père Edouard va tout faire pour aider son fils à trouver cette indépendance qu'il désire tant, mais dans quelle mesure est-il possible pour Vincent de voler de ses propres ailes et est-ce que la société est prête à l'accepter? Un documentaire réalisé par Edouard Cuel et Gaël Breton. Une production Bagan Films et L'arbre production.
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La société est handicapée par ses préjugés et par sa difficulté à s'adapter aux individus dont les droits sont imprescriptibles. Film émouvant et important. 

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CLICK HERE to support The Gift of Stuttering

CLICK HERE to support The Gift of Stuttering | Different is cool | Scoop.it
An inspiring and empowering memoir about overcoming challenges and discovering true happiness. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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This is a crowdfunding campaign for a motivational speaker who is looking for publishing his memoir about overcoming stuttering ~ a testament to overcoming any kind of challenge anyone can have to overcome secretly or openly in their lives. Even if you cannot donate right now, you can help making the project known, so please read and share!

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It’s Time To Stop Using The Word “Retard” — The Cauldron — Medium

It's Time To Stop Using The Word "Retard" - The Cauldron - Medium
From Special Ed to starter in the National Football League, I’m 6 ‘3, 300 lbs., and learning disabled — and I dare you to call me retarded.
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It is not the first time we are claiming that "it is time". We will probably have to repeat it over and over, and face the usual useless PC arguments and counter-arguments of those going on the defense of lax language for the sake of being cool and who won't get it about the offensive nature of words when they are misused.

 

Here is another compelling piece to the claim. 

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Wilton HS Seniors Organize to Choose Very Special Prom Queen | Good Morning Wilton

Wilton HS Seniors Organize to Choose Very Special Prom Queen | Good Morning Wilton | Different is cool | Scoop.it
We've all heard the Fairfield County stereotypes about our privileged, over-indulged kids. Wilton, CT kids are just into themselves, their possessions and
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A nice heartwarming and feel good real story in our neighborhood to remind us of the power of coming together to support and accept each others

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Life, Animated

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IMAGINE being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life, language, and emotion mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? Actually, it’s the real-life story of Owen Suskind, who is the son of the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind and his irrepressible wife, Cornelia.

Due in April 2014, Ron Suskind's new book recounts their twenty-year journey through animated movies to break through communication and connection.

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Teen's big voice shatters obstacles

Teen's big voice shatters obstacles | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Being born blind and diagnosed with cerebral palsy hasn't stopped Marlana VanHoose from inspiring people with her extraordinary singing voice
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Inspiring story from a KY teen with a beautiful voice and spirit

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▶ Pro Infirmis «Because who is perfect?» - YouTube

Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figure...
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Thousands defend Wegmans employee with Asperger's syndrome after customer yells at him for being too slow

Thousands defend Wegmans employee with Asperger's syndrome after customer yells at him for being too slow | Different is cool | Scoop.it
A mean shopper starts a Facebook phenomenon.
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There should be signs to remind people of the laws of kindness. It is not right to lash out on strangers nor to feel entitled to service because we are customers. The story of this young and sensitive man is a strong reminder of human transactions. 

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Karrie Brown is 17, Has Down Syndrome, and Just Became a Wet Seal Model!

Karrie Brown is 17, Has Down Syndrome, and Just Became  a Wet Seal Model! | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that the modeling industry is a hard nut to crack—but when 17-year-old Karrie Brown told her family she wanted to be a model, her mom, Sue, was super supportive of her daughter’s dream.
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In the words of her mother: we sometimes hear people tell us "not to encourage /our children/ to do things that /they/ might not be able to do", but Karrie is one of the numerous examples of why we don't need to place any limit on anyone and ourselves.

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The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens With Autism

The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens With Autism | Different is cool | Scoop.it
In Israel, military service is compulsory for all 18-year-olds following high school, though exemptions are issued on a number of grounds, including residence abroad, religious reasons, or physical or mental disability.
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Many autistic soldiers who would otherwise be exempt from military service have found a place in Unit 9900, a selective intelligence squad where their heightened perceptual skills are an asset.



Beginning early in life, autistic children may compensate for lagging social development by developing stronger-than-average perceptual skills, excelling in visually- and systematically-oriented activities. 

For these young people on the autism spectrum, the unit is an opportunity to participate in a part of Israeli life that might otherwise be closed to them. And for the military, it’s an opportunity to harness the unique skill sets that often come with autism: extraordinary capacities for visual thinking and attention to detail, both of which lend themselves well to the highly specialized task of aerial analysis. 

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An Amputee Veteran and "Bionic" Model Came Together For an Absolutely Stunning Photo Shoot

An Amputee Veteran and "Bionic" Model Came Together For an Absolutely Stunning Photo Shoot | Different is cool | Scoop.it
They're owning the cards they were dealt. 
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"It's really about opening up the dialogue about disabilities, it's to stop hiding the disability," Urruela, 29, amputee Iraq war veteran. "It's to stop being ashamed of it and to own it, and I think that's what Rebekah and I both do."

 
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Introducing Annie Titus - YouTube

Please allow us to introduce you to Annie Titus. Annie was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and like many autistic children, struggles with communicatio...
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Finding her voice will definitely change her life. A beautiful story to inspire many to believe in themselves.

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Photographer Dad Makes His Son With Down Syndrome Fly In Adorable Photo Series

Photographer Dad Makes His Son With Down Syndrome Fly In Adorable Photo Series | Different is cool | Scoop.it
18-month-old William (Wil) Lawrence, the youngest in his family, was born a little bit different from the rest of his brothers and sisters, but that won't hold him back. Wil has Down syndrome, but thanks to a bit of Photoshop magic from his photographer dad Alan, he also has a very special gift – Wil can fly!
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“These photos of Wil flying have taken on a special meaning/.../about the unique challenges Wil is going to face growing up. I hope to teach him that even with his disabilities he can do anything he puts his mind to.” 

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World Down Syndrome Day 2015 - PREVIEW - "My Opportunities, My Choices" - YouTube

Welcome to the PREVIEW for "My Opportunities, My Choices", interviews with people with Down syndrome from 39 countries looking at their enjoyment of full and...
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Today is World Down Syndrome Day 2015 - This is the preview and the full interviews will be available this day! Please share.

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Skeletons Hug, Kiss, And Dance Before A Crowd. When They Step Out From The Screen? I'm Smiling.

Skeletons Hug, Kiss, And Dance Before A Crowd. When They Step Out From The Screen? I'm Smiling. | Different is cool | Scoop.it
When they stepped out from behind the screen? I smiled.
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Love has no gender, no age, no race, no disability. Love is love and it encompasses all. 

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Changing the Face of Disability One Joke at a Time

Changing the Face of Disability One Joke at a Time | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Maysoon Zayid and Marie Forleo share a candid conversation about overcoming adversity, using humor to combat ignorance, and the truth about growing up in Jersey.
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Disability is the largest minority in the world and in the US and the least represented in Hollywood and entertainment in general. And why would that be so? Maysoon Zayid points out that the industry does not feel like they should comply with ADA.

 

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Woman Writes Perfect Response to Disrespectful Restaurant Employee

Woman Writes Perfect Response to Disrespectful Restaurant Employee | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Brittany Adler could have been angry when she was seemingly ignored at a restaurant in Miami, Fla.
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Kindness and education kill negativity

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How Do YOU Define Yourself Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen - YouTube

How Do YOU Define Yourself Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen - YouTube | Different is cool | Scoop.it
n a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Vela...
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A hero for diversity and acceptance.

Lizzie Velasquez has a very rare condition and she has embraced what it gave her in such an inspiring way. 

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Rion Holcombe gets a special letter in the mail - YouTube

via YouTube Capture Rion Holcombe, a 20 year old with Down syndrome, gets a special letter in the mail......and his dream come true, the chance to become a c...
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Rion's mother Susan explains: Rion was accepted into a special program called Clemson LIFE. This is an amazing two year program for a small number (15) of young adults with special needs. This isn't a program in which one can earn a degree. Right now, Clemson is one of five universities in SC with a LIFE program. I love that kids like Rion get to experience college life and this type of independence.

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The Day Autism Erased My Future

The Day Autism Erased My Future | Different is cool | Scoop.it
One ordinary day when I expected nothing but strolls and sandwiches, my dreams were dealt a crushing blow. Our little boy was diagnosed with autism. I held it together through the evaluation. I smiled and nodded encouragingly at all the right places.
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A beautiful take on expectations and being grateful for what is.

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These Middle Schoolers Went Behind Their Coach's Back.. But You'll Never Guess Why

These Middle Schoolers Went Behind Their Coach's Back.. But You'll Never Guess Why | Different is cool | Scoop.it
Jocks don't have a reputation for always being nice to the little guy.
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When a feel-good story make the news, it is worth sharing it. A football team at a middle school makes plan to allow the little guy to shine, and in the process learn the most important lesson of the game of life.

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