Entries in Disability Scoop (28)


White House Receptionist Breaks Disability Barriers 

Leah Katz-Hernandez, Connecticut native, has recently taken on the role of the receptionist of the United States. Born deaf, Leah has faced many challenges but overcoming work place disability barriers has not been one of them. Directly outside the Oval office, Leah greets anyone coming to meet President Barack Obama, and handles the official guest book. Leah is accompanied with a sign-language interpreter for assistance in daily tasks such as answering the telephone.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and also to show that deaf people can do anything,” - Katz-Hernandez

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness from Lottery Winner

Marie Holmes from North Carolina was the 188 million dollar Powerball winner announced Monday the 23rd. Single mother of four, Marie had previously supported her family working at places such as KFC, Walmart, and McDonald's. Along with putting her children through school, and traveling, Marie also plans to create more awareness for Cerebral Palsy, a disorder her seven year old son was born with.

“I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Holmes said. “Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that.”

 Marie Holmes, second from left, claims her Powerball jackpot from the North Carolina Education Lottery. Holmes, 26, has four children including a 7-year-old son with cerebral palsy. (North Carolina Education Lottery)

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Disability Storylines in Children's Book 

Novels are now being recognized and honored for having a particular aspect in their pieces. They are being recognized for having a story around a developmental disability. For example one novel that appeals more to the 'kids up to 8' category, is about a young boy that stutters except when speaking to animals. Two other novels that were honored, introduced characters that are either on the autism spectrum, or young adults having a developmental disability transitioning in life.

Read more about these specific books here from Disability Scoop!


Valentine's Day Prom for Disabled 

Former NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow is organizing 45 proms around the world this year focusing on those with special needs. Around 7,000 individuals will be attending this prom on February 13th, and the foundation has donated $600,000 to fund the "Night to Shine"event. Paparrazzi, limousine services, a red carpet, food, and make-up stations are all included with of course a dance floor at the event.

Read more here from Disability Scoop about the Tim Tebow Foundation and all that they're doing!


Athlete With Disability Finally Competes

Garrett Holeve or "G-Money" as he is called in the ring, will get the chance to compete for a championship title. Garrett was born with down sydrome and has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. Supported and sponsored by Fighting for Autism (Awareness and advocacy group) Garrett is set to compete against "Cerebral Assassin" David Steffan, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy.

“They’re going to have an opportunity to show people this can be done safely and that they’re skilled martial artists,” - Garrett's father Mitch Holeve had said. “At the end of the day, everybody wins.”

Read more about Garrett Holeve here at Disability Scoop!