Author: Shari Cooper

My Life According to Football

Football season is back and I’m ready! I’m a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan and since they had such a successful season last year, I’m looking forward to a repeat performance. Our first game of the regular season was against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For those who don’t know, my favorite guy is a Pittsburgh super-fan! Pittsburgh... Read more »
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It’s a Dog’s Life By Guest-Blogger Nahseam & Regatta

Often, we just see dogs as just pets. When a person is blind, a dog not only can become one’s pet, but it also becomes one’s eyes. Learn in this blog how a dog named Regatta found her purpose in life and found a forever mom, Nahseam.  Also, learn how Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley’s upcoming... Read more »
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A Different Kind of Sign Language

Language is a fascinating thing. Think about it, everyone has their own language. If you are only fluent in the English language, there is a good possibility if you step outside the United States to visit another country, you are not going to understand what is being said. I took French classes in high school... Read more »
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Stories of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion By: Katelyn & Malon

More and more American companies and non-profits are embracing DEI – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices in the workplace, including Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley (GESMV).  The agency has a DEI facilitator and a committee which offer education for employees on different cultures, as well as encouraging the conversation to continue about diversity, equity and inclusion.... Read more »
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Accessible Event Changers By: Shari Cooper & Linda Pelfrey

When attending events such as concerts, plays and movies, I’m always concerned that the accessible wheelchair seating won’t be as accessible as the venue thinks. Don’t get me wrong, the seating is usually pretty good, just sometimes it is difficult for the venue to look at in my perspective. I use my scooter “Cherry” for... Read more »
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Early Childhood Assessment Helps Make Life Better

It’s that time again, kiddos are going back to school. I mentioned in previous posts that due to a difficult birth, my parents were informed by doctors that there was a strong possibility I may have a disability. By them knowing this, they had me assessed at a young age. I truly believe if my... Read more »
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Loving My Community Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, and I’m hyped. Although, I face many challenges as a person with a disability, I’m proud of myself and very proud to be a part of this unique community. In this case, the definition of pride is; the achievements of the those whom one is closely associated with, or from... Read more »
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Senior’s Happy Place

As the world turns, so does people’s age. Aging is a part of life, and just because it is, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a quality of life. Along with aging may come many challenges. One such challenge is Dementia, which will require people who poses empathy to bring forth special care to those who... Read more »
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Back Up Against The Wall

Unfortunately, the caregiver crisis is still alive, and well. Since my blog on this issue a few months ago, I know of at least one of my friends under the age of sixty who’s had to go into a nursing home. My friend was not ill, but instead, needed everyday care to live which includes,... Read more »
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