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By Sunrise Group on December 11, 2013
The countdown has begun!! There are only seven more weeks until the Inaugural Barbara Hobbs Gala in Tampa! This year’s theme is the “Super Tailgate For Charity.” All the money raised goes directly to provide vital services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities as well as specialized, assistive equipment and facilities in the Greater Tampa area. Few of these would exist without the support of the local community. What a great event this is set to be. It doesn’t get much better than this!!
By Sunrise Group on August 31, 2013
For many armchair quarterbacks and virtual sports fans, Labor Day weekend marks the kick-off of tailgate parties and contentious sports rivalries on the grid-iron. But for uber-Sports Fan, Ricardo Gayle, sports are a way of life regardless of the season. Find out more about his four most favorite sports….
By Kimberley Thompson on August 29, 2013
Inspired by the civil rights movement, a Disability Rights Activist named Ed Roberts led a similar campaign for the greater disabilities community. One of the founding principles of the movement was the idea that self-advocates are the best experts on their needs. As a result, people with disabilities organized themselves for political power through the self-advocacy movement. The spirit of Roberts’ ideals and self-advocacy are still vibrant and thriving today. Appropriately, many disability advocates use the symbol of the prickly artichoke to represent the ongoing fight for equal access and rights across the United States.
By Sunrise Group on April 9, 2013
Fathers of children with disabilities think of themselves pretty much the same as fathers of children without disabilities. They engage, teach, interact and serve as life-long role models for their adult children. As George Herber once said, “One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters.” Sunrise’s own, Carmelo Ayala strongly agrees. Read his blog post to find out why..
By Kimberley Thompson on March 19, 2013
We are proud to announce that Sunrise was selected to be featured at PhilanthroFest 2013 which is taking place at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus on April 6, 2013! The Second Annual Event brings together the non-profit and cultural arts community for a family friendly festival. PhilanthroFest 2013 features art, music and dance entertainment, a kid’s zone, a community stage, and other fantastic attractions.
By Sunrise Group on March 18, 2013
With no end to the budget conflict in sight, the National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policy – today released a report titled “Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities: Policy and Implementation Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers” to assist with the implementation of managed care reforms without harming Americans with disabilities.
By Sunrise Group on March 15, 2013
People use wheelchairs for many different reasons. Wheelchairs are enabling and mobilizing, like a car or a bicycle. At the same time, wheelchairs can create feelings of isolation, even when surrounded by large groups of people. Hear more about the world of wheelchair users from self-advocate, Miriam Allen and her front row “seat” to the world of inclusion.
By Sunrise Group on March 14, 2013
On this day, March 14, 1990, at least 16 activists were arrested in Washington, DC during a protest where people were demanding that the federal government pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADAPT organized what they called the DC Capitol Crawl in March of 1990, where people who were in normally in wheelchairs, got out of the wheelchairs and dragged themselves up the steps of the Capitol building in DC. This wasn’t just a symbolic protest against the systematic lack of accessibility in the US for people with disabilities, it was a direct confrontation against the federal government, which also did not make accessibility a priority before they were forced to face the Americans with Disabilities Act.