Disability Pride

Something to chew on: A piece written by Sarah Triano Disability Pride represents a rejection of the notion that our physical, sensory, mental, and cognitive differences from the non-disabled standard are wrong or bad in any way, and is a statement of our self-acceptance, dignity and pride. It is a public expression of our belief that our disabilities are a natural part of human diversity, a celebration of our heritage and culture, and a validation of our experience. Disability Pride is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge to systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability. It is a militant act of self-definition, a purposive valuing of that which is soci

Sisterhood

A sisterhood unlike another! It was truly amazing to see all of the Former Miss Iowa's who attended the Miss Iowa Scholarship pageant this year! Thirteen woman who served the state of Iowa for an entire year came to Davenport to support the program and cheer for our newly crowned queen, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw!

Mentors

I have some of the BEST mentors. Meg is intelligent, motivated, and has raised three of the best kiddos! Oh, she also runs the nonprofit Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It! ❤️ #mentor #thankful #difference #inclusion #scholastic #partnership Meg walked into my life 5 years ago asking me to write a piece for her web blog. I kindly agreed thinking perhaps that would be the end of our relationship. In truth, it was just the beginning. Over the past 5 years I have spent time at Meg's house with her children, speaking in her home's school system, sharing my story at her non-profit's Gala, and sharing countless conversation over the phone or dinner/cheesecake. She is an amazing woman with fierce ideas and a

Healthline Feature!

These are the first days of the rest of her bionic life. And Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa 2013, is allowing us to witness it with her. Read More: https://www.healthline.com/health/nicole-kelly-viral-reddit-bionic-arm

ADA's 25th Birthday!

Check out the blog on VSA's website! Forty years ago, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith founded VSA to ensure that people of all ages living with disabilities could learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Over the course of those 40 years, countless artists with disabilities have benefitted from the Ambassador’s important vision and work. One exhibition in the 25/40 Celebration, entitled VSA 40th Anniversary: Championing the Arts, features eight such artists on whom the arts, and VSA, have had an enormous impact. Read More: https://vsainternational.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/a-vision-embodied/

Duffified Live

So thankful to famous Chef Brian Duffy for having me as a guest on his show! "This week’s show was something that Chef Brian Duffy has been wanting to do for a while!! One day chef was flipping through Instagram & saw a video of a beautiful young woman interacting with a young girl who was about 3 or 4. This little girl had such a look of happiness on her face as she looked at this young woman because they both had a similar appearance… 1 hand. Chef Brian Duffy immediately contacted Nicole Kelly and never imagined how much he would love talking to someone! A conversation about everything from school in Iowa and growing up in a town of 10k people to college and having to navigate the world wi

Today.com Feature!

Thanks to Today.com for an amazing feature! Check out the rest of the article: https://www.today.com/health/former-miss-iowa-s-videos-using-prosthetic-hand-goes-viral-t116581

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