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For the Love of Sofie

InMotion 2018

Early on Kristina and Russell Haynes dismissed the “professional opinions” and put all of their faith and trust in
God vowing to fight for their precious gift Sofie. Their youngest of five children Sofie, was born four years ago with Trisomy 13. She has three of the 13th chromosome and has already beaten the odds by surviving past her first birthday.

Blessed with a father, who has the ability to transform a problem into a solution, Sofie utilizes her father’s inventions to aid her development. The “stander” Russell created allows Sofie to be upright for physical therapy. Sofie is unable to stand on her own. Her father’s invention gives her free range of motion with the ability to properly position her in standing position. Russell also invented a suction device that helps prevent her from choking.

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Tommy Hilfiger Releases New Adaptive Clothing Line

In 2016, Tommy Hilfiger partnered with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit organization that works towards a future of inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. They worked together to create Tommy Hilfiger’s adaptive clothing line for children. Over the past few years, they have continued to make their clothing as user-friendly and inclusive as possible. Earlier this month they showcased their Spring design that now offers adaptive clothes for adults.

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10 Things to Look for in an Accessible College Campus

Accessible College Tips

For students entering their first year of college, the experience of higher education can be overwhelming. There’s a new environment to adjust to, new friends to meet, a new roommate to live with and above all, a new campus and classes to navigate. All students want to choose a college that provides them with a fantastic education and experience. However, students with disabilities have to be sure to pick a college whose campus meets their accessibility needs too. College can be an amazing experience, but choosing a school which best fits your needs makes sure that it is. Below are ten things to look for when researching an accessible college campus, to help during the selection process.

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Ohio Masonic Home Helps Cleveland Family Purchase a New Accessible Van

When George came into MobilityWorks in Akron, OH on a brisk March morning, he had no idea his family was there to take home a new wheelchair accessible van. The enthusiastic nine-year-old was ecstatic to learn that they would be leaving their older Dodge Grand Caravan behind and trading it in for a new one. Over the past year the Glaros family has been raising money to purchase an accessible vehicle and when the Ohio Masonic Home found out about their story, they stepped in to help.

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Team IMPACT is Looking for Courageous Kids to Partner with College Sports Teams

Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization based out of Quincy, Massachusetts that pairs children who have serious or chronic illnesses with college sports teams across the country. To date, they have matched over 1,400 kids with athletic teams at 500 colleges in 48 states. Team IMPACT currently has over 1,200 college teams that are ready and waiting to “draft” a new kid to their team.

Founded in 2011 by a group of Tufts University alumni, including Board Co-Chairs Dan Kraft and Jay Calnan, Team IMPACT’s mission is to allow children to gain strength and support by forming life-long relationships with collegiate teams and their athletes. Once a child is paired with a team, they have their official “Draft Day” where they sign a letter of intent and officially join the program.

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