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.

My Put-In-Bay Adventure

Last weekend my favorite guy and I had a great adventure on the island of Put-In-Bay. I heard a lot about this unique island, so I decided to go see for myself what all the hype was about. Like with everywhere I go, I did my homework on activities, restaurants, and accessibility challenges that I... Read more »
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A Speech to Remember

Often, when you have a speech impairment or are non-verbal, people think you’re incompetent. I know this to be true because I have a speech impairment and have been fighting that stigma all my life.  In my current role as Public Relations Assistant, I give many presentations about the programs Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley offers... Read more »
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The Power Of Juneteenth

As an African American, I’m very proud to celebrate Juneteenth! Just to give you a little history of how Juneteenth came to be, President Abraham Lincoln originally freed slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation into law, January 1,1863. Unfortunately, some were not very happy.  No matter how much we try to ignore or not want... Read more »
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Toy Inclusion

I’m so happy because one of my fondest wishes is coming true, toy inclusion. For the last ten years or so, I’ve been blogging on how I wish there were more toys representing disability. It’s been a long time coming, but little by little, my dream is finally coming true. Since I last reported, there... Read more »
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FROM A VETERAN

Often, if you don’t know about someone’s struggle, you’re quick to assume. I love sharing awareness about my disability in hopes of opening people’s eyes of the beautiful differences that make up this world. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is something I know little about. Yes, I’ve heard of it, but until you hear and learn about... Read more »
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Art You Can Feel

I imagine, when first becoming blind, it can be very difficult to handle. I’ve had a disability since birth. Although, I was able to walk until the age of 32, I still had to deal with the challenges cerebral palsy brings. When I lost my ability to walk, I was not a happy camper but... Read more »
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Dayton Art Institute Is A Place For All

Where do you go to see the beauty of the fine arts? I’m talking about Van Gogh, Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms, and Norman Rockwell and whose artwork makes you stop in your tracks and marvel at its beauty. I go to the Dayton Art Institute! The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is a very mystical... Read more »
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Ameera Joins The Block

When hearing the first verse of this song, Sunny days, everything, aye ok, you immediately know it’s the theme song to Sesame Street. I love Sesame Street! My siblings and I grew up watching it as kids. Each character had its own unique look. My favorite by far was, and still is, Oscar the Grouch!... Read more »
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Coming Out of the Dark

We’re finally in the season of Daylight-Saving time and I’m so happy! Although I love the fall and winter season, I especially like it when the leaves change on the trees, drinking apple cider and hot chocolate, wearing my very fashionable boots, and celebrating Christmas; but the fact that it gets dark at 5 pm... Read more »
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