Category: Make Things Happen

Blogger-in-chief, award-winning public speaker, and disability awareness advocate Shari Cooper provides insight, humor, and reflection on a range of issues.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

When my favorite guy and I moved into our house a year and a half ago, the neighbors welcomed us to our new community. Some of the neighbors have been there for many years; they offered information only they knew from living in the neighborhood. We felt great being a part of such a welcoming... Read more »
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Ohio First In Assistive Technology

Assistive technology plays a major role in people with disabilities’ lives. Because of assistive technology, many of my friends are living independently. I’m happy to report; Ohio is the first state that has taken the wheel to ensure people with disabilities receive the services. Former Governor John Kasich signed a Technology First executive order into... Read more »
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What’s A Caregiver

I’m really thankful for my current caregiver Q. She’s always on time and if she’s running late or can’t make it, she will call or text early enough to find someone else. Q knows how I like my hair fixed, how I like my clothes, make-up and even how I like my sausage cooked. If... Read more »
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Coop’s Movie Scoop Green Book

As we prepare to bring Black History Month 2019 to a close, I would like to invite you to watch the phenomenal film and my Oscar pick for best movie, Green Book. Green Book is about a friendship between an accomplished African-American pianist and a rather worldly Italian-American. As I watched this movie, I came... Read more »
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Barbie Rolling With The Times

Six years ago, after toy shopping with my sister and twin great nieces, I was compelled to write a blog about “What If Barbie Was In A Wheelchair”?  Well, many things have happened since then; the twins are now in High School and it was just announced toy maker Mattel is creating a new Barbie. ... Read more »
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For The Love Of Play

In grade school, recess is the part of the day a child looks forward to. Recess is a time when children bond and it’s very important to their development. When preparing for recess, children jump up and put on the appropriate gear, depending on the weather.  During winter, they would probably put on a coat,... Read more »
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28 People to Celebrate Black History 2019

It’s time again for me to pay homage to 28 African Americans.  February is Black History Month and I like to celebrate by educating and informing about great African Americans; both from Dayton and individuals who have made a major impact around the world. DeWayne Cooper- Former Dayton Daily News Pressman, loving father, son, husband,... Read more »
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Coop’s Movie Scoop “Night School”

Friday is my movie night. It’s a great way to unwind from a long week. I watched a pretty good movie not long ago that had a good message and I think you should add it to your “watch list”; it is Night School! Night School, stars two of the biggest comedians in Hollywood today,... Read more »
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Kalen is Ballin

When growing up, most of the young boys where I lived, loved playing basketball on the court of Resurrection’s Church. If you ask me, I think they all dreamed of being drafted into the NBA (National Basketball Association). I know my brothers did! Boys and girls who love and play any sport work hard to... Read more »
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What a Wonderful Dream

As we prepare to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday let’s be reminded of the dream he had to make life better for all. As a person with a disability, life presents its challenges, but it can be even more difficult when you fall victim to prejudice. People can be rude, but mostly because... Read more »
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