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.

The Colors of Fall

Fall is my favorite time of the year and it’s almost here! I love watching the leaves transform into beautiful orange, yellow, and red colors. It’s also something about the briskness in the air during the fall season that sets my mood calm. As fall approaches, I tend to look for accessible activities to enjoy... Read more »
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McCormick Vision Resource Fair

What does it mean to be visually impaired?  How would you function with no eye sight or some kind of vision impairment?  It most probably would be quite the adjustment.  At Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley, we offer a Vision Program that assist those in need whom have some kind of vision impairment.  We will be... Read more »
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Help Me Halloween

Last year, Cowgirl Shari made a special appearance for Halloween and she was a big hit. The Cowgirl Shari look was easy to pull off. I like simple but fabulous with a lot of swag. Just to give you a recap on how I brought Cowgirl Shari to life was, put on some jeans, added... Read more »
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Walk It Out

When parents are expecting a baby, all they want to hear is, their bundle of joy is developing typically. Who can blame parents for that? A general ultrasound can detect many things like the sex of a baby and if he or she has ten fingers and toes, but what happens when it detects something... Read more »
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Quality of Life Means More Than Just Taking Meds

Having a quality of life probably means more to me than you could ever know. I want it all from work, love, family, house, accessible van to enjoying life’s exciting activities. After all, I may have a disability but by no means am I dead! Sometimes people just focus on a person’s disability and making... Read more »
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Helpful Beginnings

What are parents to do when they suspect their child may have a developmental disability? The struggle began from the time I was born.  It was a difficult birth for my mom.  Both of my parents told me that I had a hard time entering this world.   The doctor was concerned at the time and... Read more »
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Friendship

Making friends can be hard, but it can often be more difficult if you have a disability. Friends are hard to come by and if you have two to three people you can truly call “real” friends, you’re doing well. How does one make true friends? Well it can be a tricky process; I’ve had... Read more »
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Communication is Key

Not too long ago, I was paid a compliment referring to what I was wearing. I was ready to say thank you until that same person finished the compliment with “who picked it out for you.” This took me by surprise and I actually had to take a few minutes to think about my response.... Read more »
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Coop’s Movie Scoop-Black Panther

By now, I’m sure you have seen the movie, Black Panther? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of the best superhero action packed films made in a long time. Without giving up all the goods, how about I just give you a sliver of why this movie is so great; It holds an... Read more »
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The Last Straw

All the recent discussion over banning straws at restaurants is really starting to stress me out! The issue that started this push to get rid straws is that they are thought to have a serious effect on the environment including polluting the ocean. Now, I’m all for clean air and going green to save the... Read more »
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