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ABLE-SC empowers disabled to live full lives
MAR 4, 2016

Rachel Kaplan of Able SC presented the organization and its mission to Greer City Council in February.
 

An upstate organization is empowering people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest potential. Able South Carolina is a non-profit Resource Center for Independent Living that serves 23 counties across the Upstate.

Able SC is “An organization not about helping people with disabilities, but built on the central concept of self-empowerment,” said Rachel Kaplan, the Youth Transition Coordinator for Able SC. “It’s a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross disability nonprofit that provides an array of independent living services.”

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'Shopping from a wheelchair is a nightmare'
DEC 17, 2015

Author Kim Wooten shows the difficulty shopping, even without the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that accompany holiday shoppers.
 

Long lines and crowded stores can come as a headache to some shoppers. However, Christmastime brings challenges to shoppers with disabilities.

“There's music and moving lights and large crowds and it's just difficult to maneuver anywhere," stated Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden. 

Kaufman-Scarborough has studied consumers with disabilities since 1995 and has found that most consumer research failed to consider customers with mobility issues ­– such as those having to shop from a wheelchair – as well as people with hearing, vision and cognitive impairments.

 

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Dance is making its way to special needs children, adults
NOV 30, 2015

Dance is making its way to children and adults with special needs in the community.

Carolina Dance Collaborative is a mobile dance outreach program that was founded in the spring.  CDC is an all-inclusive dance program that offers classes for those with disabilities and an Adaptive Christmas Flash Mob.

“Part of Carolina Dance Collaborative foundational beliefs is that all people have the ability to dance and should have access to dance,” Kelsey Crum, co-founder, said in an email interview.

 

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Special Olympics Flame of Hope escorted through Greer Friday
JUN 4, 2015

Natalie Dopp, an accomplished Special Olympian from Greer, will accompany the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through Greer Friday. The public is invited to view the event.
 
 

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be ushered through Greer by the Greer Police Department and deputies from the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday.

The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America will bring the flame through Greer as it makes its way to its final destination — the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Dining out can be a chore for people with disabilities
SEP 27, 2014

Kim Wooten enjoys dining in family- and disabled-friendly restaurants.
 

 • Q&A with Pete Pascuzzi, Divisional Chief for Ryan's

Dining at restaurants is typically a pleasurable and relaxing experience. However, sometimes it is not so pleasing for those with disabilities.

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Kim's first motorcycle ride supports fallen law enforcement officers
SEP 26, 2014

Michele Fowler takes Kim Wooten on a ride in the Deputy Roger Rice Memorial fundraiser last Sunday to benefit families of fallen law enforcement officers.
 

With the wind hitting my face and admiring the beauty of nature I only think of how grateful I am to be able to enjoy a motorcycle ride with my best friend — despite having Cerebral Palsy.

People with disabilities are routinely told what they cannot do, or how hard and what a burden it would be to allow us to try new things.

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Kim's first motorcycle ride pays respects to fallen officers
SEP 26, 2014

Michele takes Kim on her first motorcycle ride during the Deputy Roger Rice Memorial fundraiser honoring law enforcement men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.
 
 

With the wind hitting my face and admiring the beauty of nature I only think of how grateful I am to be able to enjoy a motorcycle ride with my best friend—despite having Cerebral Palsy.

People with disabilities are routinely told what they cannot do, or how hard and what a burden it would be to allow us to try new things.

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