Month: December 2014

Our Shining Beautiful Community Glimmers this Holiday Season

While we love our words on Shining Beautiful, it is difficult to string them together in such a way as to capture the camera sees and what are hearts feel during the holiday season. Each year, we have two major events, a holiday party and Mikelle’s birthday party. These celebrations not only connect Mikelle to …

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Welcome to the Shining Beautiful Community

Meet new roommate, Ashley Ryder.  Ashley moved in with Mikelle and me in November just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t worry,  Taylor is still helping out even though she moved out in October.   Ashley’s first blog for The Shining Beautiful Community. Moving truck loaded: check Final hugs and kisses doled out: check Itinerary established: …

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Reflecting on Success. Families at the Forefront of Technology Conference

Start. With a dream. They do come true. Not always. But, this time one did. Fourteen years ago, I wrote my first article on connecting people with disabilities to emerging technology for the Advance, a newsletter for APSE-The Employment Network. Ever since, I have been talking, writing and speaking about bridging the digital divide. Who …

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A Fork in the Road to Shining Beautiful

  Some people say that ‘variety is the spice of life’…and I tend to agree with them. Like most folks, I’ve have “chapters” in my life that define who I am and who I am trying to become. These segments are easy to identify because they’re punctuated with a proverbial ‘fork in the road’ and …

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