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Jeff Byron: transformation, change, and growth since 1969: By Abilities United

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Noel & Michael Pino: it’s a family thing: By Abilities United

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A Poem: I am the Disabled Child

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Mary Doten: Five decades worth of life’s greatest experiences: 50 Years of Abilities United

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Karen Denny: 26 Years with Abilities United: Families, Lives, Society Transformed: By Abilities United

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Peter Leung finds inspiration, shares passion, at dream job: By Abilities United

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Dr. Harry Hartzell remembers 50 years of Abilities United & services for people with disabilities: By Abilities United

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The Wrestler: By Shubhankar Jain

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If I Had a Usual Child

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Inspiration: About Wendy Kuehnl

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Blessing : By Cathy Zakedis

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Joni by Lenora: Holding Hope

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Cindy’s Story: Holding Hope

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Kathy’s Story Continued

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Holding Hope for Others by Kathy: Holding Hope

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The Aging Process: Holding Hope

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He is Normal: By Tracy Stroud

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My Experience with a Disability: By Anonymous

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Noreen-My Light, My Angel: By Ruchika

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Don’t Mourn for Him: By Jahanvi Sardana

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Unlimited: By Kushan Gupta

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Regained Perspective: What Matters in Life: By Joanne Koong

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Not Just a Boy: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Autism in Autumn: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Misty : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Helping Those in Need: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Smile : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Changing Experience: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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David: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy from Pixabay My first life experience with people with disabilities began when I met David Han, a brilliant sophomore in Cupertino High School. David was different than other students and I can say he was gifted with something special. I first met David when I saw my friend, Eugene, helping and talking to him. I […]

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A New Perspective: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Public Domain Images During International Week, on Global Community Day, I was watching a robotics activity alone when all of a sudden, a kid with a disability from my school came up to me and started talking to me. At first, I did not know that he was talking to me. Once […]

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Perspective : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Corey Ann When I was about four or five years old, my mother had put my brother and sister in a volunteer service which helped numerous kids with different disabilities. The volunteers would play with each of them and try to teach them lessons and life skills. It was a day care […]

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Hope : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of mademoiselle lavender The instances where I found myself including people with certain disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia, down syndrome etc. was during middle school. In Lawson Middle School I met my first friend. My loneliness and unfamiliarity with the students of this school, propelled me and persuaded me to talk with her, […]

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Connected : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of vasta When I was in middle school, I met a boy named David Han. He was blind. Observing how he and others dealt with his handicap opened my eyes to a new perspective on disabilities, and helped me grow as an empathetic and helpful member of the community. I began to think […]

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Sam : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Canadian Veggie A few years ago, there was a family who lived in my apartment complex. Their son, Sam, was unlike others. He was disabled and so, his thinking process was slow. He seemed as though he was not able to function on his own. Since my sister was close friends with […]

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Lucky : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Carole Smith When I was in the seventh grade, I had to have my appendix taken out.   I was hospitalized for two days.  In the hospital, I had complained about my pain, the ugly scars on my stomach, and how I was not able to walk.  Thankfully, the surgery was a success […]

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Tracy : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Paperclip.Pro I have a friend named Tracy. I met Tracy though a volunteering event a few years ago, where we were making paper cards for children at a local orphanage. We talked and worked at the same time, each describing our lives at home. Tracey told me that she liked to write […]

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Senses : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Eagle1.effi In seventh grade, I sat next a student with a disability he was born with. His name was David, and he was blind. I had never spoken to him before, but I knew who he was. I remember that he had many friends and was always friendly towards anyone he met. The class […]

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Speech : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Caveman Chuck Coker The irony could not be greater. In my speech group, our mentor had a physical disability. When I first met her, I was amused at the idea that she would be able to instruct us. After all, how could someone who was not perfect herself help us? Still, at […]

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New : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Ceziceu It’s the year 2008, and the scariest thing I did was to help a neighbor named Bruce with his groceries. No, he wasn’t some shadowy  monster from the stuff of nightmares, but Bruce-the-white-guy-with LOTS-of-cats-and-a-wheelchair was right up there with Dracula and Frankenstein in my twelve-year old mindset.  Also, I possessed a […]

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No Difference : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Fran Tapia One of my hobbies is volunteering.  Being a young teenager, I believe thatvolunteering is important in our community. I volunteer at the library for acraft program where I help children make crafts for them to enjoy.  As I was volunteering at the library one day,for a craft program, I had […]

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Care : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Wonderlane Out of all the disabilities out there in the world today, the most tragic of all are the ones that are invisible to us: mental disabilities. People have ignored these types of problems and claim that they are able to be cured through ignorance and just simply, through stress-relief. I felt that […]

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Changes : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of CECAR When I was in 7th grade, I was invited to be part of a group of friends for a special girl called Lauren. Lauren had cerebral palsy. She could not talk, walk, or control her drooling. She had a computer to help her communicate with others and always needed an aide […]

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AYSO VIP Soccer : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Dawn Huczek For our sophomore year we were required to complete 6 hours of community service. At first, I was just going to volunteer with my clubs at school but then I heard about an opportunity to work with disabled kids by helping them play and learn soccer. I immediately became interested […]

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Recycle Bin : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of epSos.de During a regular day in class a year ago, I sat the closest next to the door and was in charge of turning on and off the lights. While I was listening to a lecture from Mr. Jia (My Chinese teacher) I heard the door open and thought it was another […]

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Soccer : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of stevendepolo In my high school history class, we had an assignment to go out and do community service for school credit. When I first heard of this assignment, I was intrigued, because I always feel like I should do something for the community, but could never seem to find the time. The […]

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Decisions : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Whiz Kris It was a bright day, as I walked to school looking forward to the motivational speech we were to be given. As a change from the regular schedule, I knew that the motivational speaker would add a new light to my day. However, I did not know he would completely […]

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Awesome : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of kevin dooley In elementary school, I met this blind boy in church named David. He was a very tall person who was very strong and talented. I always was with him at church and hung out him a lot. Some people did treat him differently because he was blind. I never treated […]

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Water Guns : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Britanglishman When I was about 12 years old I saw a new kid walk in through the door of my church’s youth group room.  At that time I had no idea that he had ADHD or Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or that he was made fun of all his life because he could […]

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Blessed : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of Ron Cogswell I was more than excited when I found out my parents told me I could go to Hong Kong for my very first time. I couldn’t sit still during the thirteen hour flight to Hong Kong, and all I can think of is the food I am going to eat, […]

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Smile : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of Ola Wiberg In my world history class, there is a boy named David, who is blind. He never really talked to me, apart from the time when he told me that he went on 13 rides in a single day at Great America. Although no one talks to him that much, and he […]

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Be A Catalyst : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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A child of the age of 15. Going to high school, just like the rest of you. But one thing makes him stand out from the rest. People stare as him as he strolls by in his 50 pound electric wheelchair with a man behind him, guiding him to his classes. People try avoiding him […]

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Homeless in San Francisco : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Pedronet On the first day of Winter Break, I was signed up for a mission’s trip to the Soma district in San Francisco. There, I and a few friends were told to go out around the neighborhood and talk to the homeless people. We then made a lunch for ourselves, and went […]

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My Grandfather : By John Zhao – Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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My grandfather has Parkinson’s disease. He used to be a tall, athletic, smart man. As a high school student, he was a good basketball player. He even helped found a university in Shanghai. Having Parkinson’s disease has taken away most of his mobility and cognitive capabilities. As a child, I almost always visited my grandparents […]

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Others Like Me : By Herman S – Grace Community Center

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Photo Courtsey of me’nthedogs Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has played a major role in my life, especially since I was a teenager. It was at that time that it came into fruition to the point where I could no longer function normally. At that time, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was totally unknown even in the psychiatric community. […]

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Three Qualities : By James M – Grace Community Center

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In the past year I’ve discovered qualities about [me] that I had not given myself credit for in the past. Here are 3 qualities about myself that I’d like to share. First, I am able to endure a great deal of hardship. I’ve lived with a disability and a disease that nearly took my life. […]

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Anything Is Possible : By Emilio S – Grace Community Center

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Photo courtesy of Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ As a young man radio had always interested me. I would listen at night with my radio under my pillow until I would fall asleep. As I grew up radio became my best friend, and from AM pop to FM culture I listened when I could. Radio soon became records, and then […]

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Photo – Courtesy of bloggyboulga Photo – Courtesy of bloggyboulga No other piece of cake in the world would’ve felt so much rejection. It was a beautiful cake, chocolate and white-cream with nice little red cherries on top, the kind little children would crave- for in their dreams. Even as I began to protest, a […]

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Time : By Jane Parks-McKay

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Photo Courtesy of Brenda Anderson Dateline: 1980’s Coming out of some time off after years of teaching, I found myself volunteering for a cable tv show shot out of De Anza College. Called “On the Move” and produced by Able Cable Productions, the show was founded on the principal of “I Can-do” by the disabled […]

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A Different Disability: By Srinivaas S.

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Every year, my family makes or at least attempts to make a visit to India. The visits have been happening ever since I was able to walk and they will continue on. These trips have been nothing more than reunions with family, sightseeing, and idle relaxation. However, that has changed recently. Last summer vacation, my […]

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HOHAE: By Joshua Park

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Edited by Sunwoo Jeong Photo Courtesy of norrisbaby Last year, I had the opportunity to watch a documentary about a child who had been inflicted with cancer. While watching this film, I could see the exhaustion on his face from of all of the treatments and medications that he had to go through on a […]

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Compassion: By Jesse Zhou

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I’ve always thought of my grandma as inferior. She can’t read or write, and doesn’t understand deep concepts, not because she wasn’t educated well, but because she never got the chance to learn. My grandma was born during a time when girls weren’t allowed to educated in China, and furthermore, she was born to a […]

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Skilled Hands – By Kalpana Aroda

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Edited by – Sunwoo Jeong Photo Courtesy of Muffet Most of my childhood was spent in a government “bungalow”. My family used to have chairs that were made up of thick nylon threads, knotted around the chair frame. These threads were weaved in a unique way which gave the chair enough strength to hold the […]

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Mother-Daughter: Poem By Judy Paulson

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Photo Courtsey of daveparker Mother: I see your potential; proudly stand by your side Take you out in the open; don’t let you hide Holding on to your hand; holding on really tight I’ll stand by your side; day and night.   I’ll give you the courage to stand straight and tall Try new experiences; […]

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My Boss, Angie: By Judy Lipcsak

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­­­­When I graduated from college, my first “real” job was a Program Coordinator for The Muscular Dystrophy Association in my area. My boss was an amazing woman named Angie. She was the MDA Director for the Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. Angie was not only the director of a multi-county area, but she […]

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Dream Come True: By Julie Paulson

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Photo Courtsey of peterp I met Julie at Via West Open House on Saturday March 10th. She met us warmly and offered to take us to tour of Via West. When she heard about WorldWeDream she was moved and promised to write her own story. Here is the speach that she gave at Via Services […]

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Silence Is Truly Golden : By Panchavan Parivendan

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Photo Courtesy of Adhi Rachdian When we think of great leaders, we always assume that they must be able to speak; able to stir the masses. But, a true leader does not say much. He does not command with his words but by his actions. I know a man – a great man in the southern […]

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Powerful Leader: By Anonymous

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When I was a student in graduate school, I met one of the most attractive personality Pat (name changed to protect privacy). Not only was Pat very beautiful but she was a leader of the class. She was always very active in activites around the campus. One day  she suffered from a deep tragedy that would […]

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ViaServices – Special Lives… Special Challenges… Special Needs…

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In the early 1940s, public schools were not required to provide educational services to children with disabilities. Children and adults with disabilities most often lived idle, isolated existences with little community contact and no educational or recreational opportunities. In 1945, two women in the community, Frances Anderson and Faye Braely, became aware of one 13-year […]

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Tony – My Friend : By Anonymous

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About seven years ago I met a young man named Tony. He was 16 years old  trying to get by in an over populated high school not far from home. When he was  3 he had a terrible accident wich left him in a full body cast for 6 months. He  fell out of a […]

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No Arms… No Sweat!!!: By Kim Sullivan

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Recently, I was going through a challenging time in my life and would satisfy my chocolate craving every Tuesday with a chocolate milkshake from the local Dairy Queen.  Regardless of what time of day I stopped by the Dairy Queen each Tuesday, there was a young man with no arms, with another older gentleman who […]

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My Brother: By TS

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  As a child I grew up with my younger brother having Lowe’s Syndrome. He was in a wheelchair for half of his lifetime and was able to learn how to walk. He loved to sing his favorite song: the peanut butter and jelly song that his school had taught him. He was very popular […]

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Rain : By Gautam Khandelwal

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It was rainy season in Pune, India. It was raining heavily when I was passing by Corporation bridge.  I had bad backache therefore I used to go by car everywhere those days.  I was feeling good that I am inside the car.  That was very crowded square, everybody was either inside some vehicle or under […]

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Like a good neighbour … : By Satish Sachdeva

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There is nothing quite like growing vegetables in your very own backyard. The subtle play between the reds, yellows, and greens as a plant sprouts out its precious gift to the world. The blending of hues and shades, the changing of forms and shapes, as you painstakingly nurture something from  the earth itself… Again, there […]

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Story of Bob Hunter – Inspirational mentor, coach, friend and teacher: By Naveen Jain

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Mr. Bob Hunter began his career at Miller Middle School in 1960 at the young age of 28. During his 39 years of physical education teacher, he impacted thousands of young students. He was a mentor and a friend to many. These friendships that he developed with his students continued to flourish even after they […]

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Every Little Bit Counts! : By Satish Sachdeva

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On our last summer vacation, as usual, my family and I loaded up our car with bottled water.  While enjoying cold water on the hot summer drive, my older son Ankit (He is 9 years old) read the word “CRV” on the water bottle label and asked me about it.  He was surprised to learn […]

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Little Charmer : By Astha Gupta

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Last summer my sister joined a Casio keyboard class at a local music school. It was her fervent desire to learn to play the instrument. The school had students of all age groups who wanted to learn how to sing and play a musical instrument. Among the students, there was a notable individual: an eight […]

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Should the fastest man with no legs participate in London Olympics? : By Naveen Jain

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Oscar Pistorius is a South African runner; however, he is not any normal runner. He is a double amputee. He was born with congenital issues with his legs and at the age of 11 months, both his legs were amputated between the knees and ankles. In spite of this, he participated in numerous sports in his […]

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Anyone can run : By Shobhit Gupta

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Shobhit Gupta (Age 9) I had always thought people with small legs could never able to run. Then one time, someone with small legs that was an adult came to our school. His name was Larry and his legs were about the size of a kindergartner’s. He said he could run really fast and demonstrated […]

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Surf Boarding : By Naveen Jain

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Santa Cruz has recently become my family’s go-to place for jogging. The weather is usually very pleasant and the salty air from the ocean is so refreshing when I am on the ocean side trail that that goes along the shore from Santa Cruz Boardwalk to the Tri state beach. Most of the time, we see […]

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Why bother? Someone else will take care of it…: By Kalpana Aroda

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Last year.. but really not so long ago, just a month back.. we spent a glorious weekend with friends in Angels Camp  and then decided to surprise mom and dad and went straight to LA from Angels Camp to spend a holiday week with them.  By the time we reached LA, it was late in […]

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How I adopted running as my hobby : By Vandana Jain

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Since I was born, I had never been able to run. When I was in school, I would typically give up midway during school races and walk the rest. I could not run a step past 30 meters. I could walk for longer distances such as one or two miles, but I had always felt […]

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Impossible isn’t a word : By Shubhankar Jain

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Since I was six years old, I have been playing competitive soccer. Starting off as a small three and a half foot kid simply kicking the soccer ball in almost any direction, I have grown and developed my soccer skills to an extent that last year I played on my high school’s varsity soccer team […]

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Flight Time : By Naveen Jain

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Last year in December, my family and I went to Los Cabos, Mexico for vacation. We chose to go there because it was a short 3 hours flight from San Jose, where we live. We were not sure if Paras, my autistic 11 year old son, could handle long flights. pharmacy Recently, he had become […]

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Fearless Grandma : By Shubhankar Jain

“Hello There”, a loud, warm and pleasant voice greeted my family and me as soon as we were about to enter the car to go to the nearby grocery store. It was Grandma Phila (name changed for privacy reasons), our neighbor. She is not my grandma by blood, but it is said that family isn’t whose […]

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WorldWeDream’s Story

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My little brother Paras was born in November, 2000. 18 months later, he was diagnosed with autism. As he grew older, my family and I saw the communication and behavioral difficulties that he faced. We were blessed to find organizations in our area that helped Paras overcome these challenges. We experienced services given to Paras […]

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