Text reads: Abled: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere. Accessible Communities, Content, Products, Services, Technology. The background image is a digitized map of the world in various shade of green, grey back and white slightly out of focus. A collection of black silhouettes of people who are Abled in a variety of ways, whether walking with a guide dog, riding a sports wheelchair, os sitting on a park bench with silhouettes of world city landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty and more in the same gradient green color as the Abled logo. The Abled icon is centered on the page and consists of a gradient green rounded triangle with a check mark cut out of it sitting inside a glowing gradient green ring against a rounded square gradient black icon frame.

Abled: A New Definition For A New Way Of Thinking

Abled-Definition photo looks into an office from the rear left quarter behind a woman with reddish brown hair wearing a red long-sleeved blouse and charcoal grey pants working at a computer on a modern white oval desk. The desk is also covered in personal photos and office paraphernalia and the woman is sitting in a modern wheelchair with a black seat, and burnt orange and silver colored wheels.

A cartoon shows an older woman with glasses speaking to a man in a wheelchair. The woman's speech bubble says So, what do you prefer to be called? Handicapped? Disabled? Or Physically challenged? The man's speech bubble says Joe would be fine. The cartoon's caption reads ' the most appropriate label is usually the one people's parents have given them.

If you do an online search of the world ‘Abled‘, you’ll come across a procession of definition sites that describe it as:

(ˈā-bəld)

adj.

Having normal physical and mental abilities; not disabled.

n. (used with a pl. verb)

People with normal physical and mental abilities considered as a group.

[Back-formation from disabled.]

 

 
:  capable of unimpaired function <the design is physically helpful for the less abled — Royal Ford> — compare DIFFERENTLY ABLED

 

Medical Definition of ABLED

 

: capable of unimpaired function <the senior citizens, those less abled in some way—Richard Hair>—compare differently abled

 

Note the sentence ‘not disabled’.

 

We beg to differ. We’ve mentioned that our mission at Abled.com is to take the dis out of disabled. We also don’t agree with the term ‘differently-abled’. Why do we need an ascending or descending scale of labels to describe whether someone thinks someone else measures up to their judgmental definition of a human being.

 

As President John F. Kennedy once said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

 

Our definition of Abled® is that we are all born abled in mind, body and spirit in a way that is personal and individual to each and every one of us.

 

Some of us just need accessible and adaptive tools, thinking and opportunities to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. It’s not a matter of measuring up against someone else. It’s a matter of being abled to the fullest degree of how we each define our life for ourselves.

 

That’s why we haven’t limited Abled.com to just being about disability issues. Our goal is to build it into the most accessible and inclusive place on the Internet for all users, whether living with a disability or chronic health condition or not. We’re all growing older and many of us are, or someday will be, facing an impairment or condition of some sort. Our goal is to be the best resource to help you live a more Abled® life through accessible and inclusive Communities, Content, Products, Services and Technology. It’s an ambitious goal and we’ve only just begun.

 

And that’s why we’ve trademarked Abled® to protect the integrity of this mission.

 

We also want to change the way people think about and view other persons with special needs – in essence, we want to disable ‘disableist’ thinking so that we evolve into a society that discards the need for labels, marginalization, bullying because of someone’s gender, race, sexual orientation, beliefs, or ability.

 

This isn’t another attempt at political correctness – this is about disrupting long-ingrained patterns of disabling attitudes and behavior in an attempt to say ‘stop it . . . enough already’. Because someone is in a wheelchair, or is blind, or requires Closed-Captioning to enjoy a video or movie in the same way you might doesn’t make them any less a human being than you are. And in many cases, they might be a lot smarter, more compassionate, or even more of a jerk than you are. Nobody’s perfect.

 

But let’s lose the labels. Our Co-Founder is not Laura the blind woman, or Laura the blonde woman. She’s simply Laura . . . a warm-hearted, intelligent, funny and sexy woman who happens to be blind, and who is striving to achieve the goals she has set for herself, and who, through this website,  is trying to help others achieve their goals along the way.

 

Here’s to living an Abled® life!

 

Photo shows Laura Meddens kneeling beside her Seeing EYe Guide dog Wagner, who is a golden retriver on the beach in front of the Riu Palace resort in Aruba. Laura has blond hair and is wearing a baby blue short sleeved t-shirt with silver buttons and blue jeans and a pair of sport sunglasses with black frame with white trim.

 

 

 
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AbledNews Banner: Special Coverage of the Oso Mudslide - The banner shows an aerial photo of the landslide area in Washington State with the scarp or edge of the slide face looking like a curved wall of a dam. CLick here to go to the main Special Coverage Page.

 

AbledSurvival Post link box shows a dark map overview of the continents flanking the Pacific Ocean with the so-called 'Ring of Fire' of earthquakes, fault lines and volcanoes represented by a range of green to orange/red glowing data points. It shows a string of glowing dots from New Zealand, up the eastern coast of Asia, across the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska and down the west coast of the Americas. The headline reads: AbledSurvival: Earthquake: Chile 'Ring Of Fire' Concern. Click here to go to the post.

 

AbledCoping Post link Banner shows a woman reading messages on a memorial banner in Malaysia that has large purple print of MH 370 surrounded by handwritten notes and images. The headline reads: AbledCoping: Flight MH 370: Families' Hope and Despair. Click here to go to the post.

 

AbledNews Post link Banner shows a photograph of Oscar Pistorius entering a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa. He has a youthful face with closed-cropped hair and is wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and black tie. The headline reads: Oscar Pistorius: Paralympic Gold Medalist is On Trial For Murder In South Africa. Click here to go to the post.

 

AbledConditions Post link Banner shows a digital display of an MRI scan of a prostate with certain areas showing blue, green or red. The headline reads: AbledConditions: Prostate cancer: Vitamin E and Selenium Supplements May Double Your Risk For It. Click here to go to the post.

 

AbledRights link banner shows a Russian Soldier standing guard in a green helmet with a green winter mask covering his face except for his eyes as a convoy of trucks passes by him out of focus in the background. The headline reads: AbledRights - Ukraine: Will Crisis Kill New Disability Laws?. Click here to go to the Post.

 

AbledCoping Post Banner shows an anorexic teenage girl in a bra and panties looking in the mirror and seeing herself as fat. The headline reads: Eating Disorders: UK Charity Finds National Health Service 'Failing' UK Students. Click here to go to the post.

 

AbledPeople Post Link Banner shows a still-frame from a TV commercial for Duracell batteries featuring Derrick Coleman, a fullback for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks who has been deaf since the age of 3, putting his helmet on as he walks out to the stadium field. The text reads: Derrick Coleman, The Seahawks' Deaf Hero. He has been named Abled.com Person of the Month. Click here to go to the story.

 

AbledCauses banner shows a line drawing of a heart inside the gradient green rounded triangle of the Abled icon.

 

AbledCauses link box shows a photograph of web evangelist Molly Holzschlag with her trademark curly long hair before she became ill with a rare disorder. The other photo is a more recent one, showing Molly with much shorter hair covered by a colorful head scarf. The text reads: AbledCauses: Molly Holzschlag: The Fight of  Her Life. Click here to go to the story to learn how you can help this Internet Pioneer beat this rare illness.

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AbledAlert Post Link Banner shows a graphic from CBS News titled Testosterone Treatment 55 thousand 593 Men within 90 Days of treatment Heart Attack Risk Almost Tripled in those younger than 65 with a history of heart disease. The AbledAlert headline reads: Testosterone Supplements: Linked to Double and Almost Triple Risk of Heart Attack. Click here to go to the post.
AbledHealth Post link Banner shows a background photo of an industrial poultry shed with thousands of broiler chickens crowded together. In the foreground are two screengrabs - one of the ConsumerReports.org website showing their story The High Costs of Cheap Chicken with a photo of a package of raw chicken breasts with yellow tape wrapped around it and the word caution printed twice. The other is the cover of the PEW Report on the Weaknesses in the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service's Salmonella Regulation. It features a photo of packages of poultry products in a grocery store display. The headline reads: Salmonella Poisoning: Two reports slam poultry safety - One finds 97 per cent infection rate. Click here to go to the story.
AbledPeople Post link Banner shows Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist in Moguls Skiing - Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic whom he cites as his greatest inspiration as he lives with Cerebral Palsy. Click here to go to the post.
AbledKids link box shows a photo of best friends Dylan and Jonah at a library reading of Dylan's book Chocolate Bar which he designed and wrote himself to raise money for research into his friend Jonah's rare disease. It's gone viral and raised over 750 thousand dollars. Click here to go to the Post.
AboutAbled link Banner shows Abled Co-Founder Laura Meddens looking out at the seaside at sunset in Curaçao with the text Laura Meddens: An Abled Vision For Global Accessibility, Inclusion and Equality. Click here to go to the AboutAbled page.
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