Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Faces of Ability! -RicStar's Camp 2010

Celebrating a few of the Faces of Ability from the 8th Annual Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp at MSU's Community Music School. Another great event and full camp! Reminder: register early for 2011!

Thanks to everyone who made this wonderful camp rock once again, especially the campers!

Photos Judy Winter 2010

Minute Vacations -July 2010

Have you played hard lately? Put fun back into your life.

Photos Judy Winter 2010

Words of Wisdom from Chinese Proverb - July 2010

"A man without a smiling face must not open a shop." -Chinese Proverb

My Favorite Canadians at RicStar's Camp / Judy Winter 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

DiversityInc -Top Ten Companies for Employees with Disabilities

What makes a company an inclusive and accommodating place to work for those with disabilities? DiversityInc has done the homework for you and announces the results, featuring it's Top Ten, on its website. See the results here.

Judy Winter

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Jack's Tale in June issue of Cesar's Way

Check out my article/photos about life with my wonderful, former shelter dog, Jack, in the June issue of
Cesar's Way, the terrific magazine of Cesar Millan, the incredible Dog Whisperer.

The piece focuses on how Jack helped me find additional special needs purpose after my son's death. Jack is now a working therapy dog and member of Therapy Dogs International (TDI). We've both found renewed life purpose visiting children in need.

Shelter dogs, and Jack, rule!!! Cesar Millan's pretty good at what he does, too.

Education News-VSA Arts

I believe strongly that we need to do a better job of highlighting the accomplishments of people with disabilities, including in our classrooms.

As a writer, I especially like VSA Art's (The International Organization of Arts and Disability) online educational tools that feature short literary works for pominent writers with disabilities, tools that help create classrooms conversations and greater awareness about disability. Check it out here.

Reminder: The International VSA Festival arts and disability being held next week June 6 thru June 12 in Washington DC. Details here.

Love, love, love this organization!!!

Photo by Judy Winter: One of many huge street puppets, featuring innovative and creative artistic designs, which took over the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the annual FestiFools Parade on April 11th, 2010.

Special Needs Kudos: So You Think You Can Dance

I was moved to tears watching last night's So You Think You Can Dance when Andrew Phillips, whose twin brother has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, said "he would dance for them both," and then again, when Jarrell Robinson, who is deaf, performed. Amazing moments on one of my favorite shows. Plus, Andrew made it through to Vegas.

Yeah, baby!

Photo Judy Winter 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Minute Vacations -June 2010

Nature's remarkable beauty is everywhere this time of year. A trip to your local greenhouse or flower market offers a great escape, however brief.

Photo Judy Winter 2010

Words of Wisdom from Amelia Earhart - June 2010

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done."-Amelia Earhart
Photo by Judy Winter