Stereotypes are groups of attitudes which have little or no basis in reality and yet persist in cultures. Stereotyping reduces the individuality and character of people to false social constructs. This leads to name-calling and violence towards the subjects of stereotyping, undercutting the humanity of the victims.

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Programs For Schools: Making Minds Handicap Accessible

Since 2010 Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach have toured the United States with Handicap This!, a two man stage show with a message of tolerance and inclusion. Mike is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy; Tim has served as Mike’s aide for over 14 years. The pair have captivated and motivated educators and students with their motto: “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.”

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What a Financial Advisor in Granbury Learned from His Dad’s Disability

I recently met Mike McGowan, CFP®, a Financial Advisor, at a Granbury Chamber of Commerce breakfast. I sat at his table and was immediately drawn to his easy smile and friendly demeanor. I asked about his private label practice, McGowan & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and it was clear he enjoys helping families identify and work toward achieving their long-term goals. I then told him about my latest venture, Accessible Granbury.  When I explained my desire to create a world in which everyone can participate equally, one location at a time, we realized we had a common interest. Mike shared with me that his dad has muscular dystrophy and needs accommodations to perform basic activities he used to take for granted.

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Five Easy Almost-Free Ways To Be More Accessible-Friendly

People tell me often they want to cater to individuals with mobility issues, but are intimidated and overwhelmed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and perceived costs involved. Major structural changes might not be possible right now and that’s OK. You may not realize the American Disabilities Act is based on common sense and recognizes altering existing structures is time consuming and costly. The law actually requires only that public accommodations remove architectural barriers when doing so is “readily achievable” and can be done “without much difficulty and expense“. So let’s talk about what you might be able to do without a lot of fuss.

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